Providence does have bus service, provided by the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority. RIPTA being chronically short of money, the number of bus routes and the frequency of the runs seems to be constantly on the decline. Therefore, at least as far as public transport is concerned, this is nearly an "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!" situation. However, all is not lost. Let's assume you've managed to get downtown, by long-distance bus or train (both of which have downtown stops) or by a shuttle or taxi from the airport. The good news is that much of what you want to get to can be reached on foot, and for slightly further-afield ventures, there are cute little trolleys that circle the business district, legislative district, and arts district. (If you come on the third Thursday of the month, these are free for Gallery Night.) You can get to Newport or Westerly by bus. It just isn't easy or quick. But DO try the RIPTA ferry to Newport!
Providence is great as far as transportation: you can drive there, fly there, take a bus and train.
I found one of the best ways to get around Providence is on the Trolly. The bus system is pretty good there too. There's a lot of automobile traffic, so if you can walk around, or take the bus/trolly I really recommend that. Providence is a 'tight & narrow' type of city. And, there are way too many cars there!!!
If you want to go up to Boston, just go to the train station. The train takes about 1 1/2 hours to Boston, or you can take a bus which takes about 50 minutes (if the driver is cruising, and if there's light traffic).
If you want to go to Newport, there's a bus and also a ferry. I didn't take either when I went to Newport, but it's an option. Traffic to and in Newport is just as bad as in Providence.
The PVD airport is in Warwick, about 20 minutes away by car. The train station is roughly 4 hours from NYC, 1 hour from Boston. There is a newer express train faster, but I don't know the time; check out www.amtrak.com for info.
There is an extensive bus system in the city. Check out www.ripta.com for more information.
Fly into T.F. Green, in Warwick, RI. It's about a 10-minute drive to Providence; the Amtrak station is right in the heart of the city, across the street from the State House.
You can really walk just about everywhere, but city buses are plentiful
Interstate 95 goes directly through Providence. Also Providence is both a AMTRAK station and a Commuter Rail station for trains to Boston.
We were dropped off so we did not have to worry about a car. We walked around for a few hours and felt safe.
Go to the greyhound \bus station and get maps to all buses.
to go to newport take bus 60 local $1.75 for each trip $5 for all day 1hr 15 min
to go to newport on greyhound bus express 18
you can by a pass on the bus but you have to indicate what you want before putting your money in. You can use dollar bills as well as change.
Planes, trains and automobiles..
Buses, bicycles and feet....
...here are two of mine....