Take the Ferry to Newport

RIDOT's Seastreak Ferry Service Connects Providence and Newport

Providence Newport Ferry
••• The Seastreak ferry leaves Providence for Newport, Rhode Island. Media photo courtesy of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

You don't have to fight highway traffic to enjoy all of the summer splendors of Newport, Rhode Island. After a hiatus of many years, Providence-Newport ferry service was relaunched in 2016, and it is proving to be a popular transportation alternative again in 2017.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has contracted with Seastreak to offer this ferry service between Providence and Newport.

The Providence-Newport ferry operates seven days a week, including holidays, from June 16 through October 1, 2017 during the Ocean State's busy summer and early fall tourism season.

The ferry is not only a stress-free way to travel directly between Providence and Newport, it's also a great way to save on gas, avoid parking hassles and preserve the environment.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said in a press release: "This ferry offers Rhode Islanders and tourists alike a great new way to take advantage of all that Newport and Providence have to offer. We are adding a convenient transportation option to help beat traffic during the busy summer tourism season, connecting two world-class cities for eating and exploring, and better utilizing one of our state's greatest assets–Narraganset Bay."

Seastreak operates a number of other ferries in the Northeast including the New Bedford-Martha's Vineyard ferry.

What You Need to Know about the Seastreak Providence-Newport Ferry

The ferry is handicapped accessible.

The trip from Providence to Newport takes 60 minutes.

The fare is an affordable $10 one way or $20 round trip. Discounted rates of $5 one way, $10 round trip are available for children, seniors and the disabled.

Children under three ride free with an adult. Bring your bike for no extra charge. Tickets are non-refundable, but you may be able to exchange your reservation for another available departure. An exchange fee applies.

Reservations are a good idea, as some ferry trips are selling out. Reserve your space on the ferry by purchasing tickets online.

The vessel, a catamaran named the Ocean State, can accommodate a maximum of 149 passengers. Bar service is available on-board.

The ferry docks at the Seastreak Ferry Terminal in Providence, located at 25 India Street. Free parking is available on-site. RIPTA offers a complimentary shuttle bus to the ferry terminal from pick-up stops at the Convention Center, Kennedy Plaza (Stop X) and Providence Station. Buses also meet the ferry at the terminal 5 minutes after the boat docks to take passengers to downtown Providence.

In Newport, the ferry docks at Perrotti Park at 39 America's Cup Avenue. All-day parking is available at the Gateway Visitors Center.

In Newport, tours and buses depart regularly from the Gateway Visitors Center, just a short walk from the ferry dock in Perrotti Park, taking visitors to the Bellevue Avenue mansions, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Cliff Walk and other attractions.

Sunday Through Thursday Ferry Schedule

Departure Times from Providence to Newport:

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Departure Times from Newport to Providence:

11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday Ferry Schedule

Departure Times from Providence to Newport:

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Departure Times from Newport to Providence:

11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

For more information on Providence-Newport ferry service, call RIDOT Customer Service at 401-222-2450 or SeaStreak at 800-BOATRIDE (800-262-8743).