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Old 07-02-2011
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Newport RI travel advice needed


I need to hop on a boat in Newport RI. Is Amtrak the best way to get to Newport from the NYC area? I see Amtrak has stops in both Kingston Station and Providence on the Northeast Regional line.

The Acela to Providence is faster, but 3x the cost..I have a good book to read.

Either station looks to be about 20 miles from Newport. Does anyone know if one station works better than the other? Have info on Taxi's or Shuttles to Newport from the Station, or a better way to get there using public transportion.

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Tempest, I think last time I made that trip I took Amtrak (plain train) into Providence, then there's a local bus stopping every few blocks that takes 1/2 hour plus and eventually winds up near the docks in Newport. You might want to check on the current bus connections to see which stop makes it simplest these days.

Trivia: When the "new" bridge to Newport was being proposed, it was suggested to be 3 or 4 lanes in each direction in order to have enough capacity. The Newport town fathers said no, keep it 2 lanes each way, just like the old one. Helps keep the riffraff in autos out of town. (The bridge is bumper to bumper on summer weekends.)

Amtrak's a nice ride, good view of the coast for much of the run so sit on the starboard side heading up.
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Thanks, I'll be traveling during the week. Hopefully, the bus trip won't take longer than the train ride. Starboard it is!
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If you are looking for the cheapest mode of transportation, think of so called Chinatown Buses, like Megabus, Bolt etc. Catch the "direct" bus either from Philly, Cherry Hill, or NYC to Boston (the fare should $10 to $15) and there is plenty regional bus from Boston to Newport RI for 20 to 30 bucks.

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