Arriving to Providence and to RISD
There are many ways that you can get to Providence based on your personal preference and your budget! Below you will find a few of the ways that many RISD students travel to Providence and to RISD.
Most students arrive in Providence by either first coming through Boston’s Logan Airport or through JFK Airport in New York and then taking a bus to Kennedy Plaza in Providence, which is only a 5 minute walk away from RISD’s main campus.
For other locations at RISD, you can find directions via Google Maps using RISD's mailing address, 2 College Street or find directions below via air, train, bus or car.
Arriving by Air
T.F. Green Airport (PVD)
T. F. Green Airport is located about ten miles south of Providence. The most convenient mode of transportation to the campus is by shuttle (see below), which leaves the airport on the hour and arrives on campus about 25 minutes later. The airport is also served by the MBTA, which runs commuter trains to Providence and Boston, RIPTA (see below) bus routes and taxis.
Getting to RISD from the Providence Airport
RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) Buses:
These are free with the use of a RISD ID or $2.00 cash without an ID.
There are 2 buses that run to the Providence Airport: # 14 WestBay (stop ‘D’ in Downtown Providence at Kennedy Plaza), or #20 Elmwood Ave. (stop “A” in Kennedy Plaza).
The shuttle runs daily from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm
The shuttle stops at 30 Waterman (in front of RISD Public Safety and Freshman Dormitories), as well as a few hotels in the area (Marriott, Renaissance Hotel, Biltmore and Westin) and the Providence Train Station.
Please visit http://airporttaxiri.com/schedule/index.html for information about shuttle service
Logan International Airport (BOS)
Logan International Airport is approximately fifty miles north of Providence, and is served by Peter Pan Bus Company. The ride to Providence takes about ninety minutes.
Arriving by Train
The train terminal is located in downtown Providence. From there, you can either walk to RISD’s main campus (about 10 to 15 minutes) or take a cab. Please note that the walk may be difficult if you are bringing luggage with you.
800 USA-RAIL (800 872-7245)
Amtrak is a private company that runs train service nationwide.
MBTA Commuter Rail Service (from Boston to Providence via the Attleboro/Stoughton Line)
MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) is a Massachusetts based service that runs throughout the state of Massachusetts and extends to Providence, Rhode Island.
Arriving by Bus
The Peter Pan bus terminal is located just north of downtown Providence, and provides free shuttle service (with a RISD ID) to Kennedy Plaza, the downtown bus terminal. From there, you can either walk up to RISD’s Main Campus (about 10 to 15 minutes) or take a cab to campus. You can purchase bus tickets online and you should arrive at the stop at least 30 minutes before the bus departs.
401 751-8800 (toll-free 888 751-8800)
+1 402 330-8552 (international areas without toll-free access)
800 752-4841 (assistance for passengers with disabilities)
800 345-3109 (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf — TDD)
MegaBus provides a lower cost express service between Providence and New York City
us.megabus.com 877 GO2-MEGA (462-6342)
Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA)
For information on public transportation within Rhode Island, including buses, trolleys and the Providence/Newport water ferry service, visit www.ripta.com. RIPTA buses are free to RISD ID holders.
Arriving by Car
From the north or south: From either I-95 South or I-95 North, take Exit 22A, Downtown, Memorial Boulevard. Proceed straight through the first three sets of traffic lights and enter the left-hand turn lane as you approach the fourth set of lights. Take a left over the bridge and proceed up the hill along Waterman Street to the third intersection. Turn left onto Prospect Street and proceed through the intersection with Angell Street. Woods-Gerry House is the next block, on the left.
From the east: Follow I-195 West to exit 2, South Main Street. Travel down South Main Street to the first light. Turn right onto College Street. At the next stop sign, go straight up the hill. Turn left onto Prospect Street and proceed through the intersections with Waterman and Angell streets. Woods-Gerry House is the next block, on the left.
From the northwest: Follow Route 146 to I-95 South. Once on I-95 South, follow the directions above (from the North and South).
If you need a Rental Car here is a list of providers in the area.
Alamo: 800 327-9633; www.alamo.com
Avis: 800 831-2847; www.avis.com
Budget: 800 527-7000; www.budget.com
Car Rental Express: www.carrentalexpress.com
Dollar Car Rental: 800 800-4000; www.dollar.com
Hertz: 800 654-3131; www.hertz.com
National: 800 227-7368; www.nationalcar.com
Thrifty: 800 847-4389; www.thrifty.com
Zipcar is the world’s largest car sharing and car club service. It is an alternative to traditional car rental and car ownership. RISD students (18+) have the opportunity to join Zipcar’s car sharing program and get a car when they need one. More information can be found at www.zipcar.com.
** If you do not currently have a U.S. or international driver’s license and want to drive in the U.S., please contact RISD’s Office of International Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where to Stay in Providence
If you need a place to stay in Providence before you move into your campus residence hall or off-campus housing, here are some options:
400 Angell Street
11 West Park Street
Two George Street
801 Greenwich Avenue
58 Weybosset Street
Providence RI 02903
21 Atwells Avenue
311 Westminster Street
213 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA 02771
508-336-8700, ext 1535
One Orms Street
144 Benefit Street
11 Dorrance Street at Kennedy Plaza
32 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903
220 India Street
5 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903
500 Kilvert Street
1 West Exchange Street
220 India Street
Providence, RI 02903
If you would like to print a copy of this information for easy access while traveling, a .PDF file is available here.