Travel to Block Island
Once your travel gets you to the northeast, the only way to access Block Island is by ferry, other boat or small plane. Ferries run to BI from several points including RI, CT & NY. Driving directions and schedules are available on the Block Island Ferry's website.
Other travel options include private boat, private jet ski (yes, jet ski) or by plane. Unless you are chartering from another airport, you may fly from Westerly, RI, on New England Airlines. There are scheduled or chartered daily flights. It is also possible to fly from almost anywhere in the U.S. via a major hub or the smaller airports and get to Block Island.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI (PVD)
is the closest airport and most convenient for getting to the ferry, a 40 minute taxi/limo to Point Judith, RI. You will need allow at least 2 hours from landing for collecting bags and coordinating a ride to the ferry.
Logan Airport, Boston, MA (BOS)
The drive to Block Island Ferry is about 1 1/2 hours or take the train to Kingston, RI then taxi to Block Island Ferry. Trip is about 15 minutes from Kingston, RI.
Hartford Airport, Hartford, CT (BDL)
The drive is about 2 hours to Block Island Ferry in Point Judith, RI.
New York Airports New York, NY (JFK)(LGA) & Newark, NJ (EWR)
Drive is about 3 1/2-4 hours to Block Island ferry or train about 3 1/2 hours to Kingston, RI. Taxi to Block Island ferry in Point Judith, about 15 minutes.
Details on getting to the Ferry
Rent a car (or drive yours) and park at the Ferry Dock in Pt. Judith. One day rentals from the Providence airport run between $50-$75. Parking will cost around $10-$15 per day.
Take a car to Block Island - you will need a car reservation ahead of time.
Take a limo or shuttle from the major airports to the Block Island ferry - about $75 from Providence to Pt. Judith. To Westerly airport, about $95. We recommend Little Rest Livery, Inc. Phone: (401) 294-1414. Group/family rates available.
Take the bus - Peter Panâ€™s Bonanza buses go from Providence or T. F. Green, Boston's Logan Airport or New York City.
Travel by Train. Amtrak trains from Boston (about an hour ride costing about $30*). From NYC (about 3 hours, costing about $55*. The train passes through Kingston, RI. From there it's a 20 minute cab ride to the Ferry Dock in Pt. Judith, around $25. The train passes through New London, CT. (high speed ferry service in summer) *Train fares can be higher on weekends. Trains pass through Westerly, RI as well.
From Route 95 North: Take exit 92 in Connecticut. Bear right onto North Stonington Rd., Rte 2. Look for right hand turn for Rte. 78. At the end of Rte. 78, go left onto Rte. 1N. (Look for a sign that says: "Block Island Ferry"). Travel on Rte. 1N until the Galilee, Pt. Judith exit, Rte. 108. Bear right onto Rte. 108S (Pt. Judith Rd.) and travel for approx. 3 miles until a right hand exit for the Block Island Ferry. Dock is located at the Galilee State Pier, across from the Department of Environmental Management.
From Route 95 South:Take exit 9 in Rhode Island, (Narragansett exit) to Rte. 4. Stay on Rte. 4 to Rte. 1. On Rte. 1 take the Narragansett, Rte. 108 exit. Stay on Rte. 108S for approx. 3 miles, then take right hand exit for Block Island Ferry. Dock is located at the Galilee State Pier, across from Department of Environmental Management.
Parking Information The Parking lots in Galilee and are all individually owned and operated. They are located both across and down the street from the ferry. The charge for parking is anywhere from $5 to $20 per day depending on the season. Tips on Parking
Useful Phone Numbers
- Block Island Ferry: 401-783-4613 www.blockislandferry.com
- New England Airlines: 1-800-243-2460
- Westerly Airport: 1-800-243-2460 www.ids.net/flybi/nea/
Amtrak: 800-USA-RAIL www.amtrak.com
Little Rest Livery Limo 401-294-1414
Eagle Cab 800-339-2970
Wakefield Cab 783-0007
Wrightâ€™s Taxi 789-0400
Peter Pan's Bonanza: 888-751-8800 www.peterpanbus.com
Yankee Chevrolet: 401-783-3396 www.yankeechevrolet.com
Enterprise: 401-783-2859 www.enterprise.com