Getting Around Providence

One of the largest cities in the New England region, Providence is conveniently accessible by several modes of transportation. The city is located right along Interstate 95, one of the busiest highway corridors in the Northeast part of the country. I-95 stretches between northern Maine and southern Florida. Interstate 95 provides a direct link between Providence and other major cities such as Boston and New York City. Interstate 295 is a beltway that surrounds Providence, serving the nearby suburbs. Interstate 195 is a short highway that links Providence to the southeastern part of Massachusetts.

Public transit in Providence and the surrounding communities is provided by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. RIPTA operates more than 60 total bus routes that primarily serve Rhode Island's capital city. Many of the buses link Providence to the surrounding suburbs, making RIPTA a reliable commuter service. The bus routes are numbered and also given names based on the major streets served. For example, bus Route 11 (Broad Street) begins its service along Broad Street in Providence and ends at Main Street in the northern suburban community of Pawtucket. Similarly, bus route 3 (Warwick Avenue) connects Providence with the southern community of Warwick. One of the busiest bus stations in the RIPTA system is Kennedy Plaza in Downtown Providence. Additionally, intercity buses such as Greyhound and Peter Pan also stop at Kennedy Plaza. Many of the RIPTA buses also stop right near major Downtown venues such as at the Rhode Island State House, Convention Center, and Providence Place shopping mall.

Located right next to the State House, the Providence Station is the main rail hub in Providence. The train station is served by Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional lines. These long distance train services stop at major cities such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. Providence Station is also served by a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail line. The Providence Stoughton Line provides service between Providence and South Station in downtown Boston.

The T.F. Green Airport is the main airport in the Providence area. Served by six airlines, the airport provides direct flights to major cities all over the United States including Denver, Newark, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Ground transportation options include nine car rental companies, and multiple taxi and shuttle services. RIPTA bus routes 8,14, and 20 serve the airport. Another public transportation option is to take the MBTA commuter rail line from the airport's train station to Providence Station.