Getting to Providence & the Providence Biltmore:

  • by air Theodore Francis Green (TF Green) Airport, PVD, is located about ten minutes south of downtown in a suburb called Warwick (“Wahrrick”). A modern facility, it has just sixteen gates total so it’s extremely easy to navigate. You can catch a taxi right outside baggage claim but taxi rates are very high. It is suggested that anyone using PVD look into using a different type of ground transportation.

For example, the Boston Commuter Rail (MBTA) extended its Providence line to PVD airport in the past year; however, those trains do not operate too frequently, but it’s still an inexpensive option.

Even more inexpensive is the RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit) bus, with just $2 express (bus 14) and local (bus 20) service to downtown. Catch RIPTA on the far curb outside baggage and to the left. Cautionary note: this is also a stop for outbound routes, so be sure that you are catching an inbound route; just ask the driver if he’s heading to downtown Providence/Kennedy Plaza. Again, the Biltmore is diagonally opposite Kennedy Plaza.

  • by train Amtrak offers Acela express and Northeast Regional train service to Providence. The Providence train station is a few blocks from the Biltmore but still accessible by foot even with luggage. Taxis are lined up in the event of inclement weather or if you prefer not to walk. When arriving, you’ll take the escalator up from the platform to the station lobby, which has two exits opposite each other: Statehouse side and downtown side. You want the latter. Exit and veer to the right, then walk straight ahead along Exchange Street, down a slight hill. Continue on Exchange St. past Memorial, then at the next stop sign (Exchange Terrace, at the northeast corner of City Hall park), look to your right and you’ll see the Biltmore. There is a Map and Directions link on the PVD station page on the Amtrak website. The Boston Commuter Rail system uses the same station on its Providence-Stoughton line.
  • by bus Providence is served by express bus from a number of origins. For example, Megabus or Peter Pan, offer service from NYC and Boston Logan airport. It’s cheap, direct, and has modern amenities such as electrical outlets and wi-fi that mirror more expensive travel options. Any bus arriving in downtown Providence will let off at Kennedy Plaza, extremely close to the Biltmore so no further directions are required.
  • by car Map your route to the Providence Biltmore (11 Dorrance), the Biltmore is just seconds off the I-95 downtown exit. Here is a map of parking garages:  Park Downtown Providence Adjacent to the hotel is the Biltmore Garage.  However, it is privately owned and thus parking is limited and not guaranteed.  Current rates are $26/night. 

Getting Around Providence:

  • walking
  • buses
  • Zip Cars
  • taxi

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