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Providence to Newport Ferry Service Starts on Friday, Season is Six Weeks Longer in 2017


The Providence to Newport or Newport to Providence Ferry (depending on how you look at) season kicks off on Friday, June 16th.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and Seastreak invite the public to the first day of ferry service between Providence and Newport.

The day will begin at 12 pm at 25 India Street in Providence with brief remarks from Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano, Peter Alviti, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and Seastreak President Jim Barker.

Capping the day’s event will be the season’s inaugural cruise at 12:30 pm of the Ocean State ferry across Narragansett Bay to Newport. The ferry will return from Newport at 3 pm.

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.

Tickets and schedules for the ferry are available now at www.RideTheBayRI.com.

2017 Season

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. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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/.

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