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About Providence

Though some might say that it is overshadowed by nearby Boston, Providence is an interesting destination on its own. A quaint college town with a deep historical value, Providence allows fans of U.S. history to marvel at historic buildings such as the ones on Benefit Street, which boasts the highest concentration of Colonial houses. As you stroll around the streets of Providence at night, don’t forget to take a detour to WaterFire, a sculpture project that features bonfires along the rivers of Providence. Accompanying the bonfires are the sounds of ceremonial gongs and various music programs, which brighten up the night. For those seeking a unique cultural experience, the Federal Hill quarter sits among the most famous Little Italian neighborhoods, and it features some of the best Italian restaurants in town.

The staple dish of Providence is oysters, which are not difficult to find in the city. However, if you can endure a short drive, Matunuck Oyster Bar, an oyster restaurant located 40 miles south of South Kingstown, provides some of the freshest and most delicious oysters around. Some other notable establishments include Birch, Oberlin, and Tallulah’s Taqueria.

The Providence airport is located in nearby Warwick which is only a 6 miles’ drive from the city. The main bus hub for Providence is found at the Rhode Island Convention Center Parking Garage, where travelers could catch a bus from Greyhound or Peter Pan Bus Lines. The main Amtrak train station is located just a 10-minute walk across the Woonasquatucket River.

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The Rhode Island Conference Centre, sometimes shortened to the RICC, includes parking in the heart of Providence courtesy of its two adjacent garages. Both Peter Pan and Greyhound operate bus service from the RICC Parking Garage. Situated in Downtown Providence, the Parking Garage offers immediate access to the city. It forms part of the RICC, an extensive and multi-purpose events space, and is within range of the city’s central commercial hub and several tourist attractions such as the Rhode Island State House and RISD Museum.

Popular bus stations in Providence:

  • RICC Parking Garage

  • Peter Pan Term

  • Regency Plaza Apartments

  • 21 Atwells Ave

What bus companies travel to Providence, Rhode Island?

Located in Rhode Island, Providence is accessible by bus from 12 other cities. You can choose from 116 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Providence on Wanderu. Peter Pan Lines usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Providence are also available.

Bus companies serving Providence

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US17710h 6m$64.32
Peter Pan Lines394h 11m$34.82
Greyhound2110h 4m$54.41
OurBus42h 54m$20.07
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Providence?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Providence by bus with Peter Pan Lines giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Peter Pan Lines had the most comfortable bus service to Providence taking into account the seats and amenities that Peter Pan Lines offers. They rate Peter Pan Lines a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Providence punctually, travelers suggest that Peter Pan Lines has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Providence, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$10.99 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Providence, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Providence. In the last month, buses from Fall River to Providence had the lowest average price at $14.00.

The busiest bus station in Providence is RICC Parking Garage. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Providence are:

  • RICC Parking Garage
  • Peter Pan Term
  • Regency Plaza Apartments
The closest airport to Providence is Providence Theodore Francis Green State Airport (PVD), it is located 6.4 miles from the city center of Providence.

Where you should stay in Providence depends on where the bus drops you off.

A number of different buses drop passengers off in Downtown Providence, near Kennedy Plaza. Downtown is a lively place to stay with good food and nightlife. Just across the Providence River is College Hill, where you can find some budget-friendly accomodations by Brown University. On the other side of Downtown is Federal Hill, a centrally located neighborhood known for its rich Italian history (read: good Italian food).

If you get dropped off at the Peter Pan Bus Terminal just north of the North Burial Ground, there are tons of cute, very affordable homeshare options in the Mt. Hope neighborhood. Because you’re a bit outside of the city, things will be a little more quiet, and you’re still in walking distance of College Hill and Brown University.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides low-cost bus fares to multiple locations from downtown bus drop-off locations, as well as from the Peter Pan Bus Terminal. (From the Bus Terminal, the 49 bus can get you to Brown University in about 11 minutes.) You can purchase an all-day bus pass for just $6, or a one-way ticket for $2.

You’ll find RIPTA services the greater Providence area as well, with easy options to get to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, restaurants in Federal Hill, and shopping destinations on Thayer Street. RIPTA also provides a downtown trolley service that runs year-round.

The most obvious destination in Providence is Brown University, an Ivy League institution in the College Hill Historical District that was founded in 1764. The campus itself is lush and beautiful, and the greater neighborhood is dense with Colonial-era buildings. The area’s architecture is well worth a visit.

A terrific family-friendly place to visit in Providence is the Roger Williams Park Zoo. This zoo was founded in 1872, and contains more than 160 animal species. Adult admission costs $14.95, and child tickets (for ages 2-12) cost $9.95.

If you’re a music fan, The Strand Ballroom in Downtown Providence is a beautifully restored theater where you can see many top touring acts. It’s centrally located on Washington Street, near a lot of great dining options.

Near bus drop-off points in Downtown Providence, you can chow down at Haven Brothers Diner, or stop in at Figidini for wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Thayer Street in College Hill has a ton of hot dining options, from vegan By Chloe to the straightforward Kabob and Curry. Up in Mt. Hope near the Peter Pan Bus Stop, you can find Providence Bagel, arguably the best spot to score a bagel and schmear in the city.

For finer dining, as we mentioned previously, Federal Hill is an excellent area to find some delicious Italian food. One of the most highly respected venues there is Andino’s Italian Restaurant, which opened in 1975 and continues to serve up world-class dishes. The vibe is very 1940s, and the lobster ravioli is so very New England.

If you are looking for something less expensive, Harry’s Bar & Burger near the Old State House is more reasonably priced. The restaurant is known for their burgers (as the name suggests), but they also have a wide selection of craft brews.

The best time to visit Providence is from June to November. While bus tickets may cost a bit more in the busy summer season, the comfortable temperatures make it worth it. Crowds peter off a bit in the autumn, offering better prices and the bonus of beautiful New England foliage.
Providence is the most popular bus destination in Rhode Island. It also ranks number 60 in United States. Providence has the most bus connections in the region. There are 71 bus schedules arriving in Providence each day.
The population of Providence is 179207. Providence ranks number 1 in terms of population in Rhode Island and number 148 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Providence range from $11 for a short trip to Providence, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Providence starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Providence can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $11.
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The closest bus station to the city center of Providence is RICC Parking Garage, located just 0.2 miles away. Select RICC Parking Garage as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Providence. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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