Public Transportation

There are numerous public transportation options within Providence, Rhode Island and the New England area. Due to the expensive nature of purchasing and maintaining a personal vehicle, most students and scholar make extensive use of the public transportation options available below. If you would like to obtain a Rhode Island State driver's license or purchase a personal vehicle, please refer to the additional information on the OISSS website.


RIPTA (RI Public Transportation Authority)
Travel by bus throughout Rhode Island.
Note: Brown University students, faculty and staff ride RIPTA for free; Brown ID required.

Peter Pan Bus Lines
Travel by bus throughout most states in New England and New York.

Greyhound Bus Lines
Travel by bus throughout the United States. 

Car Rental

You may wish to rent a car for a short period of time. Here are the phone numbers for the T.F. Green Airport location of companies from which you can rent a car. There are several locations for each company throughout the Providence area. To find the location nearest you, be sure to call the toll free phone number or check out their website.

Advantage Car Rental (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-777-5500; Local: 401-736-5272
Hertz (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-654-3131; Local: 401-738-3550
Alamo Car Rental (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-327-9633; Local: 401-737-4800
National Car Rental (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-227-7368; Local: 401-737-4800
Avis (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-331-1212; Local: 401-736-7500
Payless Car Rental (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-729-5377; Local: 401-736-8503
Budget (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-527-0700; Local: 401-739-8986
Thrifty Car Rental (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-367-2277; Local: 401-732-2000
Dollar (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-800-4000; Local: 401-739-8450
Zip Car (Cars parked around City of Providence)
Requires a membership.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (T.F. Green Airport)
1-800-325-8007; Local: 401-732-5261

Taxi Cabs

It may difficult to get a taxi in the Providence without calling ahead. Please keep in mind driving after drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited in RhodeIsland! Keep the phone numbers of taxi companies handy.

Bay Taxi: 401-461-0780 Economy Cab: 401-944-6700
Big Daddy Taxi: 401-943-3636 Gonzales Taxi: 401-331-9560
Dominican Taxi: 401-421-3787 Yellow Cab: 401-941-1122
East Side Taxi: 401-521-4200

Airport Shuttle and Limousine Services

Airport Express Service: 1-800-627-5499 All Occasion Limo: 401-312-0945


Travel by train throughout the United States.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Commuter rail service from Providence that connects to Boston’s subway system.

Brown University Transportation Office