Getting In, Getting Around Providence
T.F. Green Airport in nearby Warwick offers many low cost and regular flights to many cities in the United States. Boston's Logan Airport is much larger and is generally used for most international flights. From T.F. Green Airport, the #20 bus goes to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence by way of Elmwood and Roger Williams Park and Zoo, and takes approximately 40 minutes.
For those driving, I95 will serve you well from Boston or New York areas, Rt. 146 is better when coming from Worcester or western Massachusetts area. I195 connects to Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. Driving from T.F. Green Airport, head north on I95. Driving to the airport exit 13 on I-95.
MBTA runs a commuter rail between Boston and Providence on the Providence/Stoughton line (formerly the Attleboro/Stoughton line). It is $6 for a one way trip taking about an hour. Weekend service (9 roundtrips on Saturday, 7 on Sunday) was added in July 2006. Amtrak's Acela and Regional (100 Gaspee St., +1 800-USA-RAIL) routes continue to the south and west to Washington and Virginia, but from the north Boston it is most economical to take the MBTA. Service is rather frequent and unlike the MBTA, operates on weekends. The Acela train takes just under 3 hours to arrive at New York's Penn Station on the way to points further south.
Downtown Providence is very compact and can easily be covered walking. There is some parking available throughout the city, but R.I.P.T.A's public transport network is extensive and a good alternative to driving. Although public transit in Providence is almost entirely comprised of buses, the buses are on-time, reliable, and much of RIPTA's bus fleet is new. Kennedy Plaza, RIPTA's downtown bus station, has recently undergone a major overhaul and is well laid out with digital displays at each terminal that tell when the next bus will be coming.