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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The airport is not in walking distance, but there is a shuttle from campus to the airport that runs every so often. People also take cabs. The train station and Peter Pan/Greyhound Bus terminal are both 15-20 minute walk from campus. Brown students can use RIPTA (Rhode Island public transit) for free, which can take you pretty much anywhere in Providence, but most major downtown locations are pretty easy to walk to. There's a Brown shuttle (free) that goes around campus but campus is pretty walk-able, so I only really use that when it's cold or I'm tired.

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4 College Student

Transportation: All Brown students can use RIPTA buses for free with their Brown ID. These can generally get you all around Rhode Island. They have been clean and safe each time I used them. On Campus, Brown provides a shuttle that runs pretty late in the night (3am), which is generally helpful when trying to head home at night. Most students don't use much of the transportation though, since the campus is self-contained and easy to walk.

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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.

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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.


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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 72 responses

  • 46% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 36% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 54% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 42% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 29 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 29 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 28 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 72 responses

  • 39% Very easy.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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