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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Boston to Providence. Traveling by train from Boston to Providence usually takes around 36 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 28 minutes.

Distance41 mi (66 km)
Fastest train0h 28m
Lowest price£4.35
Trains per day24
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston, MA to Providence, RI

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Evelyn

14 October 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Extremely comfortable seats. Cons: Luggage storage for heavy cases. Tips: Find storage for luggage prior to finding you seats.

Pros: Extremely comfortable seats. Cons: Luggage storage for heavy cases. Tips: Find storage for luggage prior to finding you seats.

5.0

Jimmy

4 October 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Easy and accessible train station locations. Cons: The train trip from South Station to Providence was on time. My return trip was delayed by 10 minutes. So any help towards on-timeness would be greatly appreciated.

Pros: Easy and accessible train station locations. Cons: The train trip from South Station to Providence was on time. My return trip was delayed by 10 minutes. So any help towards on-timeness would be greatly appreciated.

5.0

Natasha

14 September 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Efficient

Efficient

4.0

Sara

6 August 2019 - Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Trip was quicker than expected, arrived 10 minutes early. Cons: My ticket was emailed to me only 2 minutes before train departed. After I purchased ticket wanderu couldn’t display my ticket and said I had to contact original issuer. I could access my Amtrak accou...

Pros: Trip was quicker than expected, arrived 10 minutes early. Cons: My ticket was emailed to me only 2 minutes before train departed. After I purchased ticket wanderu couldn’t display my ticket and said I had to contact original issuer. I could access my Amtrak account and resend itinerary, luckily. We were moved mid trip for minors, was a little awkward.

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5.0

Alice

4 August 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Great. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Great. Cons: Nothing.

Boston to Providence Route Map

Boston Providence

What is the price of a train ticket from Boston to Providence?

In the last month, £11.99 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston, MA to Providence, RI. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £9.72 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to Providence will vary between £12 and £14. Planning a train trip to Providence within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Boston over the next 7 days is £12. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Boston to Providence by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £12 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to Providence in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £20 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Providence from Boston will be about £9.72 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to Providence?

2 train services operate from Boston, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Acela50h 32m£25.81
Amtrak Northeast Regional70h 39m£7.13
  • Amtrak Acela

    Amtrak Acela

    The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. There are 5 Acela trips from Boston to Providence every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. With 7 daily train trips from Boston to Providence, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston to Providence during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Is it worth it to take the Acela over the Northeast Regional?

In terms of price, it is probably not worth it to take the Acela over the Amtrak Northeast Regional from Boston to Providence. On average, you will pay almost $25 more for an Acela ticket and will only arrive into Providence 5 minutes faster than you would’ve on the Northeast Regional.

That said, the Acela does have much to offer in terms of comfort. It’s typically less crowded than the Northeast Regional, and the cars are often newer with nicer seating. The Acela also has a “Quiet Car,” which allows you to ride without the distraction of noise from other passengers. In addition, Acela trains have compartments off the seat in which you can place your luggage, versus the metal racks above the seats on the Northeast Regional.

How long is the train journey from Boston to Providence?

The distance between Boston and Providence is approximately 41 miles, or 66 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 28 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Providence.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Boston to Providence are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Boston at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Boston to Providence?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 24 of these are direct connections to Providence. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Providence to Boston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Boston to Providence for £3.62.

City Information

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Boston where you can board the train to Providence.

Train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

Where is the train station in Providence?

Arrival stations

Providence has one train station.

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