Getting to Block Island can require planes, trains, cars and boats but once here on Block Island, The National Hotel offers the perfect location! Situated on the main street of the town in the heart of the Old Harbor District, the National is directly across the street from the Pt. Judith, RI and New London, CT ferries. It is walking distance to the shops, restaurants and beaches. There are bike and moped rentals around the corner and taxis available for island tours or trips to other areas of the island.
Pt. Judith, RI
This is the only ferry that runs on a year round basis. They offer both hi speed and traditional service in the summer time. The hi speed ferry takes approximately 30 minutes while the traditional ferry is a 60 minutes and is the only ferry that transports cars and freight to the island. Operated by Interstate Navigation, more information can be found on their website, www.blockislandferry.com.
Fall River, MA – Newport, RI
This seasonal ferry starts each day in Fall River, MA, travels to Newport and docks in the Old Harbor across from the National Hotel. The entire trip lasts 2.5 hours with the trip from Newport taking just over an hour on this high speed ferry. It runs from the end of June until Labor Day. Also operated by Interstate Navigation, the schedule and rates can be found at www.blockislandferry.com.
New London, CT
The departure area for this ferry is conveniently located near the Amtrak station in New London, CT making train connections simple. This high speed ferry runs seasonally from May through September, takes approximately one hour and docks directly across from the hotel. It is operated by Cross Sound Ferry which also offers connections from Orient Point, NY. Their website is www.goblockisland.com.
This ferry service is also seasonal running from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Its Block Island port is in New Harbor which requires a short taxi ride to town. This high speed trip also takes approximately one hour. It is operated by Viking Fleet and its website is www.vikingfleet.com/activities/montauk-to-block-island-ferry.
New England Airlines
This is the only company that flies directly to Block Island. It departs from Westerly, RI and is approximately a 12 minute flight. The airport is located one mile from town and there are taxis to transport to the hotel. For more information, visit www.blockislandsairline.com.
The closest airport on the mainland is Providence Airport (PVD) located in Warwick, RI . It is approximately a one hour drive to the airport.
The Block Island Airport does accommodate private airplanes as well and more information can be found here, https://www.pvdairport.com/corporate/general-aviation/block-island-bid.