Just in time for the beginning of summer, the Providence to Newport Ferry returns. Operated by Seastreak, the ferry will start its season on Friday, June 26 and run through Columbus Day weekend. The beautiful one-hour ride takes passengers down the coast of Rhode Island, under the Newport Bridge and ends on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. Bristol stops and departures are again available on weekends. With indoor and outdoor seating, the ferry can hold up to 90 passengers. During inclement weather, when outdoor seating is not available, only 60 passengers will be allowed. Since capacity will be limited, reservations are recommended.
Proper safety measures will be taken, including sanitization during and between ferry runs, as well as at the end of each day. Face masks must be worn on the ferry and social distancing must be maintained.
Ferry ticket prices will remain the same as last year: $11 for adults and $5.50 for children, seniors and those with disabilities. Bikes and pets are again allowed on board with no additional charge. Parking is free at the ferry terminal at 25 India St. in Providence.
Another popular feature returning this year is an agreement for joint ticketing that allows passengers riding Amtrak trains to purchase a ticket that includes the ferry. In addition, there is free RIPTA shuttle service to and from various Providence locations.
Tickets can be purchased online at RideTheBayRI.com, by calling 1-800-BOATRIDE, or on-site.