Providence, RI
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Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: students get free bus transportation, taxis are fairly cheap, and there are a good amount of zipcar parking lots around campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cost is affordable and hours are reasonable.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There is an airport shuttle available for students to take to the airport, however, it only runs at specific times and is sometimes late. If you need to take a taxi to the airport, it usually costs at least $35 for one person (pretty expensive), but the price is more reasonable if you share with multiple people.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is generally walk-able. Cars definitely aren't necessary. If you don't want to walk the campus shuttle comes in a reasonable amount of time to various campus locations. Zipcars are available as are taxis and campus shuttles to places that are further.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free shuttle rides and free public transportation.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 387th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 404th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1322nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Austin, TX
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For such a small city, Providence offers a lot of options to travel within the city and to other big cities. If you want to get to New York or Boston via train or bus, you can walk downhill to the station in about 10 minutes. Within the city, trolleys run to major areas of town, and they are cheap and run regularly. There are also a lot of people on campus brave enough to bring cars, so it’s easy to bum rides.

Cheap and reliable, Providence’s RIPTA system will get you everywhere you need without the hassle of having a car. Many Brown students use public transportation infrequently because most missions can be accomplished without having to leave College Hill, but when you need them, a trolley, bus, or train are waiting to carry you away.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Buses/trolleys
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $30.
  • The Airport Shuttle - (401) 737-2868 The shuttle runs from Brown's Faunce Arch and picks up students at 27 minutes past the hour, but you should call to confirm they are running on the day you need service.
  • There is a free shuttle that operates during extended school vacations.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

BrownMed/Downcity Express

Transportation for Brown/RISD medical students to local hospitals.

Brown Shuttle Service

The shuttle runs a set route around campus with 12 stops and promises no more than a seven-minute wait. Riders must show IDs to board.

Daily 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

Brown Escort Service

This service provides transportation between University buildings and off-campus residences that are within the service's boundaries.

(401) 863-1778

Daily 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

T.F. Green Airport (PVD)

T.F. Green is an international airport located about nine miles from Brown and is approximately a 15-minute drive from campus.

(401) 737-4000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Providence Greyhound , Trailways Bus Terminal

1 Kennedy Plaza, Providence

(401) 454-0790

Kennedy Plaza Bus Station

Washington and Dorrance Streets, Downtown


Bonanza Bus service runs out of both the bus depot off I-95 exit 25 and downtown Kennedy Plaza Bus station

(401) 751-8800

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Providence Amtrak Station

100 Gaspee St., Providence

(401) 727-7370

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 6% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 34% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 34% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 63% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 35% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 28 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 27 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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