Picturesque and secluded Block Island is situated 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. So close, and yet—getting to Block Island can be a bit tricky for day trippers, vacationers and even residents. Whether you're traveling from New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, Newport or points beyond, getting away to Block Island requires either a ferry boat ride or a quick flight from the mainland.
Here is your guide to ferry services and airlines that serve Block Island from departure points in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York State. Keep both price and timing in mind as you consider your transportation options. Always book a return trip. And seriously consider leaving your car on the mainland.
Block Island Ferry provides the only year-round ferry connection to Block Island and the only vehicle ferry service to the island from its departure point at Point Judith in Galilee, Rhode Island. During the high season (late May through mid-October), Block Island Ferry also provides high-speed passenger ferry service to Block Island from Point Judith: The trip takes only 30 minutes.
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If you're departing on an early-morning ferry from Point Judith and need to stay over the night before, the Lighthouse Inn of Galilee isn't fancy, but it can't be beat for location. It's located right across the street from the ferry dock and is open seasonally.
Other Ferry Departure Points
During the high season, Block Island Ferry also offers high-speed ferry service to Block Island from Perrotti Park in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, and traditional ferry service from State Pier in Fall River, Massachusetts. Travel time from Newport to Block Island is about one hour. The trip from Fall River to Block Island takes about two hours and 15 minutes.
Reservations for all ferry departures may be made online or by calling 401-783-7996 or toll free, 866-783-7996.
Block Island Express provides seasonal, high-speed passenger ferry service between New London, Connecticut, and Block Island. The trip takes just over one hour. Pets travel free to dog-friendly Block Island (book a stay at the dog-welcoming Darius Inn). Just keep in mind that dogs must remain in a carrier while aboard the ferry.
Reservations can be made online or by calling 860-444-4624 or 401-466-2212.
Don't have a car? You can still get to Block Island from NYC and other urban centers by train. The Block Island Express dock is located across from Amtrak's New London train station.
This interstate transportation company offers fast ferry service between Montauk on New York's Long Island and Rhode Island's Block Island aboard the 225-seat Viking Superstar, designed for stability in order to minimize the chances of seasickness. The journey takes about an hour. Boarding passes for reserved trips must be picked up at least 30 minutes prior to departure. For schedule details and reservations, call 631-668-5700. Tickets may also be purchased online.
New England Airlines, based out of Westerly State Airport in Westerly, Rhode Island, is the only airline that offers a regular, daily, year-round schedule of flights to Block Island (Airport code: BID). Time in flight is about 12 minutes, and the round-trip adult fare is $109 as of 2018. Parking at the airport is free. Private charter flights to Block Island are also an option. For flight reservations, call 401-596-2460 or toll free, 800-243-2460.
Block Island-based Resort Air is a twin-engine air charter service that connects the island with Northeast airports including New York City's JFK and LaGuardia and Boston's Logan Airport. Space is available for up to five passengers in the air-conditioned cabin. For a price quote and to check availability, call 401-466-2000 or 800-683-9330.
Action Airlines offers private charter flight service to Block Island from Connecticut's Groton-New London Airport. This "airborne limousine" can also pick you up at any other public airport including NYC-area airports and fly you to Block Island. Two aircraft options are available: a 5-passenger Piper Seneca or a 7-passenger Piper Navajo Chieftain with plenty of cargo space for your luggage. To inquire about charter fees and availability, call 860-873-0003 or toll free, 800-243-8623. You may also request a flight estimate by emailing Reservations@ActionAirlines.net.