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)
888 268-7222
401 737-8222

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).


Airport Shuttle:

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 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)
800 392-6100

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.

Peter Pan
401 751-8800 (toll-free 888 751-8800)

800 229-9424
+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 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 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).

Rental Cars
If you need a Rental Car here is a list of providers in the area.

Alamo: 800 327-9633;
Avis: 800 831-2847;
Budget: 800 527-7000;
Car Rental Express:
Dollar Car Rental: 800 800-4000;
Hertz: 800 654-3131;
National: 800 227-7368;
Thrifty: 800 847-4389;


 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 

** 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 (


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:


Annie Brownell House

400 Angell Street

Providence, RI

401 454-2934

Christopher Dodge House Bed and Breakfast Hotel

11 West Park Street

Providence, RI

401 351-6111

Comfort Inn/Pawtucket

Two George Street

Pawtucket, RI

401 723-6700

Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings

801 Greenwich Avenue

Warwick, RI

401 732-6000

Hampton Inn & Suites

58 Weybosset Street

Providence RI 02903



Hilton Providence

21 Atwells Avenue

Providence, RI


Hotel Providence

311 Westminster Street

Providence, RI



Johnson & Wales Inn

213 Taunton Avenue

Seekonk, MA 02771

508-336-8700, ext 1535


One Orms Street

Providence, RI


Old Court Bed & Breakfast

144 Benefit Street

Providence, RI

401 751-2002

Providence Biltmore Hotel

11 Dorrance Street at Kennedy Plaza

Providence, RI


Providence Courtyard by Marriott

32 Exchange Terrace

Providence, RI 02903


Radisson Hotel/Providence Harbor

220 India Street

Providence, RI

Renaissance Providence

5 Avenue of the Arts

Providence, RI 02903

401 276.0010

Residence Inn/Warwick

500 Kilvert Street

Warwick, RI

401 737-7100



1 West Exchange Street

Providence, RI

401 598-8000


Wyndham Garden Providence

220 India Street

Providence, RI 02903



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