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There are 4 ways to get from Boston to Block Island by train, ferry, bus or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, ferry  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the train from Boston to New London Northeast Regional
  2. Take the ferry from New London to Block Island to Block Island

Cheapest option

Train, bus, ferry  •  5h 11m

  1. Take the train from Boston to Providence
  2. Take the bus from Providence Station to Uri Memorial Union 66
  3. Take the ferry from Point Judith Ferry Terminal, Narragansett, RI to Block Island Ferry, New Shoreham, RI

2 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  5h 17m

  1. Take the bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Convention Center, Providence, RI
  2. Take the bus from Sabin Midblock Ri Convention Center to Great Island At Ferry Terminal 65X
  3. Take the ferry from Point Judith Ferry Terminal, Narragansett, RI to Block Island Ferry, New Shoreham, RI

Train, fly  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the train from Boston to Westerly Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Westerly (WST) to Block Island (BID) WST - BID

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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Block Island is to bus and ferry which costs $26 - $45 and takes 5h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Block Island is to train and fly which costs $35 - $280 and takes 3h 10m.

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The distance between Boston and Block Island is 87 miles.

The best way to get from Boston to Block Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 4h 30m and costs $45 - $130.

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It takes approximately 4h 30m to get from Boston to Block Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Westerly Airport to Block Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 25 min.

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New England Airlines offers flights from Westerly Airport to Block Island Airport.

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Map of how to get from Boston to Block Island.
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  • Distance: 86.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 30m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Block Island, RI, USA?

There is no direct connection from Boston to Block Island. However, you can take the train to New London, take the walk to New London, then take the ferry to Block Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Boston to Block Island via Providence, Providence Station, Uri Memorial Union, Great Island At Ferry Terminal, and Point Judith Ferry Terminal, Narragansett, RI in around 5h 11m.

Airlines
New England Airlines
Website
blockislandsairline.com
Flights from Westerly to Block Island
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$1 - $170
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to New London
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $95
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$15 - $50
Reserved Coach Seat
$29 - $95
Business Class Seat
$50 - $130
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $75
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$13 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$25 - $75
Business Class Seat
$40 - $100
Train from Boston to Westerly Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$15 - $45
Reserved Coach Seat
$28 - $90
Business Class Seat
$45 - $120
Amtrak Acela

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $95
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$16 - $50
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$29 - $85
Business Seat - Adult
$30 - $95
First Class - Child 2-12
$55 - $90
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$100 - $160
First Class - Adult
$110 - $180
MBTA
Phone
+1-617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Website
MBTA
children 11 and under
$0
Adult
$11 - $13
Bus operators
RIPTA
Phone
+1 401-781-9400
Email
customerrelations@ripta.com
Website
ripta.com
Bus from Providence Station to Uri Memorial Union
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Website
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
Bus from Sabin Midblock Ri Convention Center to Great Island At Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$2
Website
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Convention Center, Providence, RI
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
peterpanbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$28 - $45
Ferry operators
Block Island Express
Phone
+1 860-444-4624
Website
goblockisland.com
Ferry from New London to Block Island
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
goblockisland.com
Block Island Ferry
Website
blockislandferry.com
Ferry from Point Judith Ferry Terminal, Narragansett, RI to Block Island Ferry, New Shoreham, RI
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Schedules at
blockislandferry.com
Book at
blockislandferry.com
Traditional
$13
High Speed
$20 - $21

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