The first trial run for the revived Providence-Newport ferry service went off today, and scheduled service begins tomorrow, July 1. The ferry terminals are at India Point in Providence (25 India Street, next to the site of the old Shooters and the future Rhode Island Central Market) and Perotti Park in Newport, both within easy walking distance of each city’s downtown, although there are free shuttle buses from the ferry terminal to the Providence train station, convention center, and Downcity. So you literally could take Amtrak to Providence and do a Providence-Newport weekend without ever needing a car (Bostonians and New Yorkers, take notice!).
The ferry trip takes about 55 minutes one-way and costs a very reasonable $10 ($5 for children, seniors, and disabled passengers) each way — free tour of beautiful Narragansett Bay included. Tickets can be purchased at the terminals.
The initial schedule is as follows:
Departing Providence: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Departing Newport: 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 11 p.m.
Departing Providence: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Departing Newport: 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 7: 15 p.m.
For more information, see the Seastreak Ferry website.