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Travel to Providence, RI
Look at this First:
MAPS OF CAMPUS AND PROVIDENCE:
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.
FLYING TO PROVIDENCE OR BOSTON:
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
TRAINS TO PROVIDENCE:
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
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.
PLACES TO STAY IN PROVIDENCE:
Visiting Scholar Housing
Radisson Hotel Almost walking distance from campus,
but there is a shuttle bus. Near the water.
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