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Travel to Providence, RI

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Brown University Travel Portal


The Physics Department is located at 182 Hope Street (at the corner of Hope Street and George Street) in the Barus&Holley building.

Campus Map (PDF). Guest parking spaces and locations of a couple of places to stay are marked.

Another Campus Map

Providence Map (in color). Useful for getting from the train or bus station to the physics department. The bus stops in Kennedy Plaza.

Providence Map . (Probably more detail than you need.)

Driving directions to Providence:

If you are driving to Providence, on street parking can be difficult to find.
Easiest place to find a parking space is the Athletic Center.  (See the campus map.) However, you will still need to get a permit.
All day on street parking can be found 2-3 blocks east of the Physics Department.

More detailed driving directions to the Physics Department.


Fly to Providence T.F. Green Airport (PVD) or to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

T.F. Green Airport is a 15 minute taxi ride (~$40 I am told).

Peter Pan Bus has regular service from Logan Airport and South Station (the train station) in Boston to the bus terminal and to Kennedy Plaza in Providence. The bus terminal is a 10 minute taxi ride to campus. Kennedy Plaza is in downtown Providence and is an easy walk up hill to campus. The bus ride from Boston takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. You will want to look at the Peter Pan Bus web site to get the bus schedule.

It is also easy to take the train from Logan Airport in Boston to Providence (see below)

Flying to Boston can be significantly cheaper than flying to Providence, but flying to Providence will usually be significantly cheaper than flying to Boston if you are travelling from a city served by Southwest.


Amtrak has regular service to Providence. Boston is 30 minutes away by Amtrak.

The Mass Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) also runs commuter trains to Providence from Boston; these trains take about 60 minutes. The MBTA is significantly cheaper than Amtrak, but MBTA trains to Providence are infrequent. The MBTA schedule between Boston and Providence can be found here; note that "Inbound" means "towards Boston". From Logan Airport, you can take the MBTA Silver Line to South Station and then take an Amtrak or MBTA or train to Providence.

The Providence train station (Amtrak or MBTA) is less than one mile from campus and is an easy walk up College Hill. Taxis are also available and take less than 5 minutes to campus.



Visiting Scholar Housing

Radisson Hotel Almost walking distance from campus, but there is a shuttle bus. Near the water.

Providence Biltmore Less than one mile from campus and an easy walk up College Hill.

Marriott Courtyard Providence Downtown Near the Amtrak station. Less than one mile from campus and is an easy walk up College Hill.

Westin Hotel Near the Amtrak station. Less than one mile from campus and is an easy walk up College Hill.

(The Biltmore, Mariott and Westin can be quite pricey, but good deals can sometimes be found at priceline.com. Choose the "Providence Downtown" area and "4-Star Deluxe" or "3-Star Upscale")

Bed & Breakfasts: (all within walking distance)

Cady House, 127 Power Street: 401-273-5398

Old Court Inn, 144 Benefit Street: 401-751-2002 ($95-$175 depending on time of year and weekday/weekend)

Fletcher House, 19 Stimson Avenue: 401-272-5466 (A little pricey, but very close to the Physics Department. Tell them you are visiting the Brown University physics department as they accept only Brown University guests.)

Mary Laporte, 29 Thayer Street: 401-273-0663  (Good cheap option ~$65.  A "Bed" not a "B&B")

Last updated: 11 March 2008