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Newport, Rhode Island is centrally-located in southern New England and is just an hour from points north like Boston or about three hours from New York City by car. Trains, buses and flights to Providence's T.F. Green Airport are also available to shorten your travel time to and from Newport. The Providence airport lies 25 miles to the north and the train station is located 20 miles west in Kingston, RI at the University of Rhode Island main campus. The Providence airport has grown exponentially over the years, and offers a substantial number of non-stop flights from across the country as well as western European countries. Smaller private/charter planes have access to Newport State Airport located just a few miles outside the city.

Visitors can also choose to fly to Boston's Logan airport, about 75 minutes drive to Newport. Boston's commuter rail sytem (the "T") can take you all the way to Wickford, RI, a short 10 minute drive to Newport. You could also choose to get off at the Providence Airport stop and rent a car from there. Your driving time to Newport from the Providence Airport is only about 20 minutes.

Area hotels and private companies offer shuttle service from the airport daily. In addition, there is a bus terminal at the Gateway Visitor's Center located in downtown Newport with direct service to New York City and Boston. Once you arrive in town, there are several places to rent cars, bikes and scooters on the island.

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Newport, RI Area Map

Driving Directions to Newport RI

From Boston and Points North

  • Follow Rt. 24 South through Fall River and into Tiverton, RI
  • Take second exit after bridge to Portsmouth, RI(Newport Beaches)
  • Right at end of exit to light. Right at light onto Rt. 138 South (East Main Rd)
  • Follow Rt. 138 South until you see a sign for "Newport Beaches". Turn left here onto Aquidneck Avenue (Fleet Bank will be on your right before the turn)
  • Follow through 1 light to end and take left at second light
  • Follow this road (Memorial Boulevard) past the beach on your left and up through the center of Newport. From here, you can reach Thames Street and the rest of downtown Newport

From Connecticut and Points West

  • Follow Rt. 95 North into Rhode Island
  • Take Rt. 138 East Exit
  • Follow Rt. 138 to Rt. 1. Take left onto Rt. 1
  • Follow Rt. 1 until the Newport Bridge (Rt. 138 Exit)
  • Go over both bridges and take first exit in Newport (Scenic Newport). Take right at end of ramp
  • At 2nd light, take right onto America's Cup Ave
  • Follow America's Cup Avenue into town. From here, you can reach Thames Street, Ocean Drive, Memorial Boulevard and the beaches