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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.

Station Information

Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-0

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Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-1

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Built in 1986, Providence Station is the state of Rhode Island’s busiest train station. Falling on the Northeast Corridor, Providence Station acts as a gateway into Boston to the north and also provides direct connections to many major cities to the southwest, such as New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The station is served by Amtrak, which runs its flagship Acela and Northeast Regional services, and the MBTA, which operates between T. F. Green Airport, Providence, and Boston. Located in the city’s downtown, Providence Station sits opposite the historic Rhode Island State House and is within a stone’s throw of various shops and restaurants.

Popular train stations in Providence:

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • Seastreak Ferry Terminal

What train companies travel to Providence, Rhode Island?

Located in Rhode Island, Providence is accessible by train from 31 other cities. You can choose from 300 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Providence on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.

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

Train companies serving Providence

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak2616h 11m$102.96
Amtrak Northeast Regional394h 37m$115.97
Amtrak Acela112h 54m$145.40
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • 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. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket often costs more than other lines' offerings.

Which train carrier has the best service to Providence?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Providence by train with Amtrak Acela giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Providence taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.6 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 Amtrak Acela has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Providence, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$11.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Providence, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Providence. In the last month, trains from Westerly to Providence had the lowest average price at $11.00. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Providence:

The busiest train station in Providence is Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St. As Providence's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Seastreak Ferry Terminal.

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.
Providence is the most popular train destination in Rhode Island. It also ranks number 17 in United States. Providence has the most train connections in the region. There are 302 train 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 101 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Providence range from $11 for a short trip to Providence, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Providence starts at , and a longer trip by train 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.
People who take the train to Providence are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Providence easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Providence is Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St 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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