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2017 Annual Meeting: Transportation

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Providence is accessible by plane, train, car, and bus. The Biltmore Hotel is downtown at 11 Dorrence St.

Plane to T.F. Green Airport

T.F. Green Airport ( PVD) in nearby Warwick offers many low-cost and regular flights from major East Coast (and some Midwest) cities in the United States operated by American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United Airlines.

Getting into Providence from TF Green Airport is easy.

By car: take I-95 North (approx. 20 minutes). For further directions to the Biltmore Hotel, click here.

By taxi: there is a rank by the Arrivals Concourse—the likely one-way fare downtown (as of July 2016) is in the range of $40–$50.

By bus: the #20 bus goes to and from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence by way of Elmwood and Roger Williams Park and Zoo (approx. 40 minutes). The #14 bus goes directly to and from Kennedy Plaza (approx. 15–25 minutes), and also connects to Newport, Narragansett, and East Greenwich. Kennedy Plaza is just across the street from the Biltmore Hotel

By commuter rail: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates a service from the airport into the city. There are ten trains throughout the weekday. On leaving the main exit from the downtown station (with the capitol building in front), turn left on to Gaspee St. and then left again on Francis St., walking south until you reach Dorrence St. across from Burnside Park (8–10 mins. walk).

Plane to Boston’s Logan Airport

Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) is much larger and is generally used for most international flights.

Getting into Providence from Logan is easy.

By car: take I-95 South (approx. 60 minutes, though potentially much longer in traffic).

By bus: Peter Pan Bus Lines (1-800-343-9999) offers a coach service approximately once an hour.

Public transit: take the MBTA Silver Line bus to South Station and then a MBTA commuter train to Providence (approx. 90 minutes in travel time, although add waiting time depending on the schedule). On leaving the main exit from the downtown station (with the capitol building in front), turn left on to Gaspee St. and then left again on Francis St., walking south until you reach Dorrence St. across from Burnside Park (8–10 mins. walk).

Train

MBTA, 100 Gaspee St. (+1-617-222-5000). MBTA runs a commuter rail between Boston and Providence on the Providence/Stoughton line (formerly the Attleboro/Stoughton line). It is currently $10.00 for a one-way trip if booked in advance ($13.00 to pay on board). The ride takes about an hour.

Amtrak’s Acela and Regional services, 100 Gaspee St. (1-800-USA-RAIL), cover routes from the south and west, including from New York City and Washington, DC. But from Boston in the north, it is most economical to take the MBTA. Service is rather frequent. The Acela train takes just under three hours to arrive from New York’s Penn Station.

On leaving the main exit from the downtown station (with the capitol building in front), turn left on to Gaspee St. and then left again on Francis St., walking south until you reach Dorrence St. across from Burnside Park (8–10 mins. walk).

Car

Providence is directly on I-95 linking points north and south. Rt. 146 is better when coming from Worcester or western Massachusetts. I-195 connects to Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. For further driving directions to the Biltmore Hotel, click here.

Bus

RIPTA (+1-401-781-9400) has services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence, with a central hub in Kennedy Plaza (just across the street from the Biltmore Hotel). Bus charge is $2.00, and an extra $.50 for a transfer (valid two hours) to other buses. One-day, 10-day, 15-day, and monthly RIPTA passes can be purchased inside the Kennedy Plaza bus station or at a Rhode Island Stop-and-Shop or Shaw’s.

Bonanza Bus Lines travels from many locations on the East Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Kennedy Plaza or online. Trips depart from Kennedy Plaza throughout the day.

MegaBus runs services daily from New York City, with three round trips. Tickets can be purchased online, with daily deals from $1–$61.

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