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Trip Summary

There are 14 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$6.00
Trains per day29
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 33 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Michelle

November 4, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was very easy to find and purchase tickets with connecting transportation where needed. Wonderful!

It was very easy to find and purchase tickets with connecting transportation where needed. Wonderful!

5.0

Kathy

October 7, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Economical and efficient.

Economical and efficient.

5.0

Janis

July 30, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quick and easy way to get to vacation spots. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Quick and easy way to get to vacation spots. Cons: Nothing.

4.0

Evelyn

October 14, 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

October 4, 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.

Boston to Providence Route Map

Boston Providence

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

$20.23 is the average price of a bus ticket from Boston to Providence. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

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 $35. 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 $17. 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 March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $17 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to Providence in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $21 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 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Providence from Boston will be about $14.53 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to Providence?

There are 3 train lines with service from Boston, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 9 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak10h 37m$33.24
Amtrak Acela50h 33m$44.67
Amtrak Northeast Regional90h 38m$15.95
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Boston to Providence every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $26.

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  • 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 9 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Providence, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Boston at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains are there each day?

There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. 29 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 $7.99.

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.

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

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Departure stations

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in Providence?

Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-0

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Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-1

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Arrival stations

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 Express 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.

All train stations in Providence:

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

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