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Getting In and Around Providence

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Once you’ve decided to holiday in providence, the most important part of planning a trip to Providence is deciding how to get to Providence, and even more importantly, how to get around.  Public transit system is one of the most convenient and affordable options. Taxi or renting a car is also a good option to help you discover Providence from an entirely different angle. Similarly, there are plenty of ways to get to the city- by air, water, train, car or bus. Being the capital city, Providence is easily accessible. It is just three hours from NY and an hour from Boston, with numerous other stops along the way. Read further to know in detail about the Providence Transportation System.

Getting to Providence

Getting to Providence by Plane

Providence Airport
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T.F. Green Airport is the major airport serving Providence. It is located about 6 miles of Providence (south). This airport offers over 100 flights every day through major carriers, including Delta, American Airlines, Southwest, Condor, United Airlines, JetBlue, TACV- Cabo Verde Airlines, SATA-Azores Airlines and New England Airlines. 

Address: 2000 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886, United States
Phone: 1 401-737-8222

Getting to and from Airport: Numerous options are available to get to and from T.F. Green Airport like cab, airport taxi, rental cars and even, buses.

InterlinkInterLink hub is available at the Green Airport. It offers passengers with several transportation options, plus is an eco-friendly transit option. It provides public transit service, rental cars, bus and rail service to Boston, Providence and beyond. 

By Cab: The ride from the airport to downtown Providence is of about 15 minutes and the fare ranges between $28 and $32. 

Airport taxi & Limousine Service shuttle: This service is available from airport to Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Downtown hotels. The fate is $11 per person one-way. 

Limousine Services in Providence

Sentinel Limousine & Coach Inc.
Address: 11 Clemenceau St, East Providence, RI 02914, United States
Phone: 1 401-434-2700

Providence Limousine Service
Address: Providence, RI, United States
Phone: 1 401-229-2996

Moe’s Limousine & Black Car Service
Address: 2008 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence, RI 02911, United States
Phone: 1 401-428-0882

Ryan's Airport Transportation
Address: Providence, RI, United States
Phone: 1 401-585-6050

Another airport serving Providence is the Boston Logan International Airport. It is the closest international airport to the city featuring non-stop flights from over 100 destinations worldwide. It is about 50 miles from Providence and offers many transportation options from Boston, including rail and bus service.

Address: 1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, United States
Phone: 1 800-235-6426

Getting to Providence by Boston Logan International Airport-

By bus: RIPTA buses run from airport to other parts of the city. Bus no. 20 goes to downtown Providence, Bus 14 goes to/from Kennedy Plaza and connects to East Greenwich, Newport and Narrangansett. To know the bus fare and route information, check the official website of RIPTA.

By Car: It takes about one hour from Logan International Airport to Providence. Take Interstate-95 south.

By Coach service: Peter Pan provides bus service once every hour.

Peter Pan bus terminal in Providence:
Address: 1 Peter Pan Way, Providence, RI 02904, United States
Phone: 1 401-331-7500

By Public Transit: MBTA offers commuter rail service to Providence. Silver Line bus/BRT Line goes to South station and from there hop on the MBTA commuter train that travels to Downtown Providence.

Getting to Providence by Train

Providence by Train
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MBTA Commuter Rail: Providence has well-connected train system to Boston and beyond. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offer commuter rail service that connects Boston to downtown Providence and to the Green Airport.  Providence is connected to Boston via commuter rail line, called as Providence/Stoughton line, with several stops along the way. The fare for one-way trip is $10.

Amtrak: Amtrak offers train service to Providence. Several Amtrak trains run through Providence. Amtrak running between Boston and NY City stops at Providence, Westerly and Kingston. 

Providence Amtrak Station-
Address:  100 Gaspee Street Providence, RI 02903, United States 

Getting to Providence by Car

Conveniently located between New York and Boston, Providence is easily navigable by car. The major interstate highway in Providence is Interstate-95. If travelling from New York or Boston, take Interstate-95. Downtown Providence is located off of I-95.
  • If coming from the west, take I-495 and then follow I-95.
  • If coming from Western Massachusetts area or Worcester, take Route 146.
  • If coming from Eastern Massachusetts area or Cape Cod, take Interstate-195.

Getting to Providence by Bus

Providence is a perfect hub-and-spoke place. Several charter and bus services provide transportation from Providence to other points via the Northeast.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) offers bus service across the whole of Rhode Island, including Providence, with the central station at Kennedy Plaza. The fare for bus is $2.00 and an additional $.50 for a two-hour transfer to travel with other buses. Day and monthly passes are also available. 

Address: 269 Melrose Street, Providence, RI 02907, United States
Phone: 1 401-781-9400

Bonanza Bus Lines: Bonanza Bus Lines travels to several areas on the east coast. The ticket for bonanza bus ca=n be taken online or from Kennedy Plaza. This bus line is managed by Peter Pan and connects T.F. Green Airport and Peter Pan to South Station, Boston and Logan International Airport, Boston.

Peter Pan Bus Terminal in Providence- 
Address: 1 Peter Pan Way, Providence, RI 02904, United States
Phone: 1 401-331-7500

Greyhound Bus: Greyhound bus service is available in Providence. From Providence to Boston, NY City, Connecticut and beyond is available. Greyhound bus takes about 70 minutes to reach Boston, 4-5 hours to NY City, 1 hour to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. 

Greyhound Bus Station in Providence-
Address: 99 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Phone: 1 401-649-5291

MegaBus: Megabus service is available every day from New YorkCity with 3 round trips. Tickets for the Megabus can be purchased online.

Megabus Stop in Providence-
Address: 40 Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Phone: 1 877-462-6342

Getting to Providence by Water

Newport-Providence water taxi: Ferry service/water taxi from Newport, RI to Providence is available. It takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes from Newport to Providence. The cost for adults is $14.00, children below 5- free, and for disabled and seniors- $12.00.

Block Island Ferry: If you wish to travel to Block Island from Providence, take a taxi or bus to Narragansett, Rhode Island and then ferry to Block Island, RI.  

Address: Address: 304 Great Island Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882, United States
Phone: 1 401-783-7996

Getting Around Providence

There are several ways of getting around Providence like bus, taxi and rental cars.

Getting Around Providence by Bus

Providence Bus Network
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Rhode Island Public Transit offers bus service in Providence. You can travel around Providence in just a few dollars via RIPTA. It is a low-cost bus service in the entire Rhode Island.   The fare is $1.50.   RIPTA also runs a tourist trolley in Downtown Providence, called as the Providence LINK. This tourist trolley offers access to Providence attractions, restaurants, historic sites, shopping, entertainment, hotels and more. The fare for a single trolley ride is $2 per person, and for one-day pass- $6. To know the routes and schedule, click here.

Address: 269 Melrose Street, Providence, RI 02907, United States
Phone: 1 401-781-9400

Getting Around Providence by Cabs/Taxi Service

The standard rate for a taxi ride in Providence is $2.50 per mile. Some of the cabs/ taxi services operating in Providence are:

Address: 47 Rosedale St, Providence, RI 02909, United States
Phone: 1 401-227-0584

Providence taxi
Address: Providence, RI, United States
Phone: 1 401-255-2050

High Class Taxi LLC
Address: 296 New York Ave, Providence, RI 02905, United States
Phone: 1 401-595-9222

City Cab Company
Address: Providence, RI, United States
Phone: 1 401-516-9365

Express Taxi
Address: Providence, RI, United States
Phone: 1 401-286-5515

Mr Taxi
Address: 600 Hartford Ave, Providence, RI 02909, United States
Phone: 1 401-332-0905

Getting Around Providence by Rental Cars 

Providence has many rental cars companies. Some of them are:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Phone: 1 401-861-4408

Avis Car Rental
Address: 1 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Phone: 1 401-521-7900

Budget Car Rental
Address: 17 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Phone: 1 401-751-5401

Hertz Rent A Car
Address: 400 Silver Spring St, Providence, RI 02904, United States
Phone: 1 401-274-4043

Dollar Rent a Car
Address: 520 Reservoir Ave, Providence, RI 02910, United States
Phone: 1 401-461-0748

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