This story was originally published on February 24, 2017; it has been updated.
Seastreak has plans to extend the season and the amount of daily trips for the Newport to Providence Ferry in 2017, according to Seastreak’s website.
The 2017 season will run from June 16th to October 1st, 41 days longer than the 2016 season. Also in the 2017 season, the Newport to Providence Ferry will offer 4 trips on weekdays and 5 trips on weekends. Compared to 3 trips on weekdays and 4 trips on weekends in 2016.
In 2016 and in what was called a successful pilot season by many in the travel and tourism industry, the Newport to Providence Ferry had approximately 470 trips scheduled over 67 days between July 1st and September 5th. Approximately 960 trips will be offered in 2017.
The vessel, named the Ocean State, holds a maximum of 149 passengers and also includes bar service. Pets are welcome, and passengers can take their bikes on the ferry, but space is limited. Update: In an earlier edition of this story, we reported that there would be a $5 charge for bikes. That fee is no longer published on Seastreak’s website.
Fares will remain $10 for adults each way, and $5 for children, seniors, and those with disabilities. The trip time is one hour.
Free, secure parking will once again be available at the Providence landing. There is also complimentary shuttle bus service between the Providence train station, convention center, downtown, and the Providence to Newport ferry terminal.
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation provided the following statement on Friday, April 21st;
Providence-Newport Ferry Returns for 2017 Season
New this year includes longer operating schedule, more rides, and through-ticketing via Amtrak
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the return of convenient ferry service between Providence and Newport. Last year thousands of people took advantage of the service enjoying picturesque Narragansett Bay.
For the 2017 season, RIDOT has increased service to provide more trips with an additional roundtrip ferry each day and an expanded operating season. This year there will be four trips Sunday through Thursday and five trips on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Six more weeks of service also has been added, with the season kicking off on Friday, June 16 and running through Sunday, October 1.
Tickets are available for purchase now online at seastreak.com. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the ferry terminal at 25 India Street in Providence starting in early June and once service begins on the ferry at the Newport terminal at Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended, especially for weekend trips, as departures from Providence in the morning and early afternoon were frequently sold out last year.
“This is a wonderful way for visitors and residents to easily experience even more of the Ocean State,” said Lara Salamano, Chief Marketing Officer for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. “Tourists can again enjoy travelling between Providence and Newport without worrying about a car, and experience two very different cities both renowned for their hospitality, all while enjoying a scenic ferry ride.”
“It’s a perfect complement for our tourism product,” Salamano added.
Also new this year is an agreement for joint ticketing that will allow passengers riding Amtrak trains to purchase a ticket that includes passage on the ferry. RIDOT spearheaded the joint ticketing initiative with Amtrak with the hopes it will attract more out-of-state visitors and reduce congestion.
“We all know Narragansett Bay is the state’s greatest natural asset, and last summer proved without a doubt that utilizing it for ferry service connecting Providence and Newport is a win all the way around for Rhode Island,” RIDOT Direction Peter Alviti, Jr. said. “We’re excited about the ferry returning, the additional trips and extended season to help visitors and residents move between these two great destinations.”
RIDOT initiated the ferry service in July of 2016. In its inaugural year, the service provided more than 33,000 trips. Ridership was approximately 20 percent higher than expected. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of all trips were sell-outs.
2017 Newport to Providence Ferry Schedule
2016 Newport to Providence Ferry Season
The Newport to Providence Ferry saw immediate success with 1,000 riding during Fourth Of July Weekend and 5,000 tickets sold in it’s first twelve days.
On August 7th, the Providence Journal reported that 15,000 tickets had been sold 15,000 tickets had been sold at that point.
The ferry service also garnered national attention, in coverage of news stories following its inaugural weekend and recently on the Weather Channel. The station highlighted Providence during its “Weekend Recharge” segment on affordable destinations, prominently mentioning the new ferry service and the ease of traveling between Providence and Newport.
For more information, visit https://www.seastreak.com/ferry-routes-and-schedules/between-providence-newport-ri/.