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Trip Summary

There are 14 daily trains from Providence to Boston. Traveling by train from Providence to Boston usually takes around 46 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 36 minutes.

Distance41 mi (66 km)
Fastest train0h 36m
Lowest price$6.00
Trains per day28
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Providence to Boston

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Lael

November 27, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Ease & comfort of travel

Ease & comfort of travel

5.0

Cynthia

November 18, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quick, convenient, and affordable. Cons: No improvement needed. Tips: Buy your tickets ASAP for the best price for first class travel.

Pros: Quick, convenient, and affordable. Cons: No improvement needed. Tips: Buy your tickets ASAP for the best price for first class travel.

5.0

Stanislav

November 7, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The train was very clean and the seats were comfortable. It left and arrived on time. Cons: Amtrak could benefit from a better announcement system. Tips: Have your tickets ready when the conductor comes by.

Pros: The train was very clean and the seats were comfortable. It left and arrived on time. Cons: Amtrak could benefit from a better announcement system. Tips: Have your tickets ready when the conductor comes by.

5.0

Roman

October 30, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: In and out. Cons: None. Tips: Get there on time.

Pros: In and out. Cons: None. Tips: Get there on time.

5.0

Sergey

October 14, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: easy and nice. Cons: I do not know.

Pros: easy and nice. Cons: I do not know.

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

$19.41 is the average price of a bus ticket from Providence to Boston. 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

$30$20$10JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Providence to Boston will vary between $17 and $25. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Providence over the next 7 days is $19. 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 Providence to Boston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. 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 Providence to Boston 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 Boston from Providence will be about $8.94 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Providence to Boston?

2 train services operate from Providence to Boston. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Acela60h 42m$37.82
Amtrak Northeast Regional80h 49m$11.93
  • 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 6 Acela trips from Providence to Boston 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 8 daily train trips from Providence to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Providence to Boston 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 the train from Providence to Boston a good day trip?

The train from Providence to Boston makes for a great day-trip. On the Amtrak Northeast Regional, the average trip duration is just 51 minutes, while on the Acela it is just 46 minutes. Trains for Boston depart as early as 7:00 a.m. on weekends and 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. For your return trip, the last train of the day departs for Providence at around 9:30 p.m. on both weekends and weekdays. Boston has plenty of activities to keep you busy for a day trip, including the historic Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Harvard Square in Cambridge, Fenway Park and more.

How long is the train journey from Providence to Boston?

The distance between Providence and Boston is approximately 41 miles, or 66 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 36 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Boston.

When are trains the most crowded?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 Boston, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Providence at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 train departures serve Boston each day?

There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. 28 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Providence.

City Information

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.

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 Providence?

Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-0

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Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-1

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Main departure station: Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

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

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main arrival station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Boston receives travelers from Providence at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

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