Newport, RI Travel Guide

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Getting Around Newport, RI

The easiest way to get around Newport is on foot and by trolley. Many of the city's top hotels are located within walking distance of downtown Newport, and popular attractions like the Cliff Walk and Newport's historic mansions can be reached by the city's trolley. To get to and from T.F. Green Airport (PVD), visitors can drive, take a taxi or ride one of the city's buses. However, due to limited street parking (especially during the peak summer season), driving is not recommended.

On Foot Newport is a walkable city thanks to the concentration of shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions in the downtown area. The Newport Visitor Information Center, Touro Synagogue and many of Thames Street's boutiques and eateries can be found in central Newport. To make navigating Newport's cobblestone streets on foot a bit more comfortable, plan to bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
Trolley

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offers trolley service to Newport's southern tip. Departing daily from the Newport Visitor Information Center, the No. 67 Bellevue/Mansions trolley route stops at several points near the Cliff Walk, including Salve Regina University – two blocks north of The Breakers – and the Marble House. An additional stop at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Ledge Road is offered during the summer months.

Trolleys depart every 15 to 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m. on weekdays, 8:40 a.m. on Saturdays and 9:40 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. The last trolley returns to the Newport Visitor Information Center around 8:40 p.m. Trolley fares cost $2 per ride and must be paid in cash on the trolley. A one-day pass, which includes unlimited rides on buses and trolleys until 2 a.m. the next day, is also available for $6 per person. Children 4 and younger ride for free.

Bus

Dozens of bus routes operate in and around Newport. Key routes for central Newport include the Nos. 60, 63 and 64 buses. If flying in and out of T.F. Green Airport, travelers can use the No. 14 bus. The bus travels directly to the airport, but to get into Newport, transferring to the No. 60 or 64 bus is required. Buses are operated by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and cost $2 per ride (plus an additional dollar for transfers), $6 for one day of unlimited use or $25 for a seven-day pass. Operating times vary depending on the bus route, though most run daily between 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Select bus routes are not offered on Sundays.

Taxi

Taxis are available in Newport and can be hailed by phone or on the street. Keep in mind, though, that all Newport taxis charge a $3 initial rate before tacking on a metered fare and fuel surcharge based on the distance traveled. Each mile costs about $4. Additional fees will be added for multiple passengers and pieces of luggage. Lyft and Uber ride-sharing services also operate in Newport.

Car If you plan on traveling to multiple parts of Newport (or to other New England destinations), renting a car may be worth considering. However, narrow cobblestone streets and limited street parking can make driving in Newport a bit of a headache. For those who decide to drive, a half hour of free validated parking is available at the Newport Visitor Information Center. Additionally, public parking lots are located on Mary Street, on Touro Street and at Long Wharf. Fees start at $2 per half hour or $1.25 per hour, depending on the lot. Metered parking is also available on select streets for $1.25 to $2 per hour. Between Nov. 1 and April 30, all lots and metered streets offer complimentary parking. Rental cars can be found at Newport State Airport, T.F. Green Airport or in central Newport.

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