Approximate travel time by car between Newport and New York City is 3 hours; Newport and Boston is 1.5 hours; Newport and Cape Cod is 2 hours; Newport and Providence airport (T.F.Green) is 40 minutes.
By Bus to Newport: From any location (including New York City) take a *bus to Providence then change to a Rhode Island Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus from Providence. See walking directions below. The RIPTA Bus is one of the cheapest ways, though not the most efficient, to travel on public transportation between Newport and Providence, and Providence's T.F. Green Airport and Newport. No matter what bus you take to Newport, get off at the last stop which is the main bus station in downtown Newport. Peter Pan Bus Lines is the main long distance bus line that comes into Newport via Providence. When taking a Peter Pan bus to Providence and then catching a RIPTA bus on to Newport, be sure to get a ticket to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, not the Peter Pan Bus Terminal which is just outside of Providence off I-95. If you end up at the Providence Peter Pan Bus Terminal, you will need to catch another Peter Pan bus to Kennedy Plaza in order to catch the RIPTA bus to Newport.
*Chinatown-Bus and Megabus are two less conventional bus lines that ply the roads between NYC, Providence and Boston. They are considerably cheaper than Peter Pan Bus Lines though harder to navigate (ie. finding the bus stops can be a challenge). Megabus tickets can only be purchased online.
** CAUTION! When taking Peter Pan Bus Lines from New York City to Newport, Peter Pan Bus Lines will encourage you to take their bus all the way to Newport. We don’t recommend this because of the cost plus the length of time you will spend on stopovers in Providence (30 minutes) and Fall River, Massachusetts (1 hour with no nice facilities). The total length of time to go via this route is approximately 6 hours and it takes you needlessly through another state. Approximate cost $50. We recommend the following route instead: take Peter Pan Bus Lines (or less conventional company as outlined above) to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, then change to RIPTA bus # 60 ($2) to Newport. For the RIPTA bus schedule go into the (small) Providence bus station at Kennedy Plaza and see times posted on electronic board or ask at Ticket & Information window (not the Peter Pan Bus Lines window). Note that the word “RIPTA” is not posted anywhere in the bus station, however information on this bus line is there and RIPTA buses do leave from there. Total time from NYC approximately 5 hours. Approximate cost to Newport: Peter Pan Bus Lines $40 + RIPTA $2 (the price of less conventional bus lines between NYC and Providence range between $5 - $25).
By Bike to Newport: All three bridges onto Aquidneck Island (where Newport is located) are closed to bicycle traffic. A Rhode Island Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus can get you over any bridge for $2.00. Your bicycle will be attached to a rack on the outside of the bus. For suggested bike routes on Aquidneck Island, click here.
By Car to Newport: From points north -- 95 South, to State Highway 4 South ( a few miles south of Providence), Highway 4 south merges with Rte. 1 South. Exit off Rte. 1 South to 138 East to Newport. (Note: If coming from points north of Boston try to go around Boston rather than through it, especially during rush hours)
From Cape cod -- 6 West to 195 West, to 24 South, to 138 East to Newport.
From points west -- 95 North to 138 East to Newport.
If you use "online" driving directions to get to Newport, we suggest you switch to our "walking directions" below upon arrival downtown. Newport is full of one way streets and online directions often don't allow for this when outlining directions to the hostel from points downtown.
By Train, then bus to Newport:AMTRAK trains run from Boston or NYC to Providence. From Boston to Providence a less expensive train is offered by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (www.mbcr.net) from South Station, Boston (cheapest way to travel on public transportation between Boston and Newport). Once in Providence change to Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) bus for Newport. Get off at the last stop which is the main bus station in downtown Newport. See walking directions below.
By Air to Providence: The T.F. Green airport outside of Providence, RI, is the closest airport to Newport. The best way to get to the William Gyles Guesthouse from the airport is by a minivan shuttle service run by Cozy Cab. Cost from airport to Newport is $25 one way; approximate travel time is 40 minutes. For reservation call 1-800-846-1502 if out of the area or 401-846-2500 if in Rhode Island. Ask them to drop you off at the William Gyles Guesthouse in Newport.
The people from Cozy Cab may want to drop you off at a hotel near the guesthouse rather than at the guesthouse. If so, have them drop you off at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Newport. From there you can get to the guesthouse by catching a local cab ($4) or by walking 15 minutes along the waterfront (see walking directions below). This scenario could happen because you are taking an airport “shuttle” which costs $25, not a private taxi, which costs $75. Consider yourself fortunate if they drop you off at the guesthouse when taking the shuttle. For more information visit: www.cozytrans.com
The cheapest way to get to Newport from the T.F. Green airport is by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). From the airport take a bus into Providence and then change to another bus that will bring you into Newport (approximate time 2 hours). See walking directions below.
Airport car rental - If you are thinking of renting a car at the airport for the purpose of a visit to Newport, a car is really not necessary. Public transportation from the airport to Newport is convenient and inexpensive and everywhere in Newport is accessible by foot or bicycle from the hostel.
By Air to Boston using public transportation to the William Gyles Guesthouse: The Logan International Airport services the Boston area. However, you can reach the William Gyles Guesthouse from this airport in a couple of hours by public transportation for under $20. Public transportation information out of Logan Airport can be found on the airport website www.massport.com
Using public transportation to get to the William Gyles Guesthouse from Logan International Airport we suggest you take the MBTA Silver Line bus from the airport to Boston’s South Station, then the MBTA Commuter rail
to Providence. Once you arrive in Providence see “By bus to Newport” (above) to complete your journey to the Guesthouse.
Walking directions to 16 Howard Street from Newport Transportation & Visitor Information Center and Marriott Hotel (next door):
The Transportation & Visitor Information Center where you will arrive if coming by bus is on America's Cup Avenue in downtown Newport. Keeping the water on your right walk about 1/8 mile to where America's Cup feeds into Memorial Drive. Thames St. will be on the right. Take a right on Thames St. The Red Parrot Restaurant will now be on your left. Continue straight for about 8 blocks along the waterfront to Howard St. (on the left). You will pass a Greek Orthodox Church on the left. See the Patagonia shop on the far corner of Howard St. then take a left (on Howard St.). 16 Howard is the third house on the left - a large blue house with black shutters (takes approximately 20 minutes to walk from the bus station to the hostel). The hostel entrance is on the right side of the house off the driveway and up a staircase to the 2nd floor. Do not go to the back of the house where there is an entrance to a private apartment. If driving: Howard is a one-way street going towards the waterfront. If driving you will need to take the next left after reaching Howard onto Pope, then left on Spring, then left on Howard. 16 Howard is the third house from Thames St. on the right.