Travel Information

Travel and Check-In Details for Syriac Symposium, Brown University

From Boston Logan International Airport: you will still be 55 miles from Providence.  There are several ways for you to arrive in Providence, depending on the time of day or evening your flight arrives.

  1. Take the Silver Line MBTA bus/train.  This will be a free bus shuttle to South Station Boston, transferring there to the Providence/Stoughton MBTA local train line.  The whole trip takes about an hour, and costs $11.50 one way.  It should be signposted at Logan, or you can ask at the Information desk.  Information and schedule are here:

  2. Peter Pan Bus runs from Logan to Providence: you want the Providence-downtown stop (near Kennedy Plaza).  The one-way cost is $24.  There is a pick up outside the baggage claim area at Logan.  This bus only runs several times a day, so you may not find its times convenient.  Information and schedule are here:

  3. If you arrive later in the evening, these methods of public transportation may not be available.  You can get to Providence, directly to wherever you are staying, by standard taxi (quite expensive), or Uber or Lyft.  The regular taxi fare will be approximately $160-$200.  Uber/ Lyft should be approx. $85.  There is information here:


From T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, RI (near Providence), there are several ways to get to downtown Providence: 

  1. If you are staying at the Hampton Inn, you may call them to send a shuttle bus.  The fee is $15.  The telephone number is: 833-517-4225.

  2. Regular taxi fare directly to your hotel/ dorm/ wherever is approximately $38.  Lyft is available at approximately $15.  For both, you follow the exit signs from the baggage area.  For Uber, you will have to walk out from the airport to Post. Rd. for pick up, for a price like Lyft’s.

  3. On weekdays, there is morning and late afternoon service on the MBTA local train on the Providence/ Stoughton Line.  This will take 16 minutes and cost $3.25.  Fast and easy, but does not run often.  Here is the information: 

If you are arriving by train (Amtrak or MBTA) into Providence Station:

1. You will be a 10-minute walk to the Hampton Inn hotel.  The Hampton Inn provides a free pick-up from the Providence Train Station, if you call them to arrange it: tel. 833-517-4225. If you arrive in the evening, it is strongly advised that you take the hotel shuttle, or taxi/ Uber/ Lyft, any of which will be quite inexpensive.

 2. You will be approximately a 20-25 minute walk to the Brown dormitory, with a very steep hill. A taxi, Uber/ Lyft are strongly advised, especially in the evening.  Regular taxi would be approx. $7, Uber/ Lyft cheaper still.  Your destination is: Vartan Gregorian Quad, 101 Thayer St., Providence (see check in note, below). 

If you are staying at the Hampton Inn Hotel:

The address is 58 Weybosset St., Providence; tel. 833-517-4225.

The Hampton Inn is about a half-mile from Brown University’s main green, where our two meeting locations are found: the Kasper Room at the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center (Sunday) and Friedman Hall (Monday-Wednesday).  It is a steep uphill walk from the hotel (or downhill, returning).  We have reserved a (free) shuttle bus for those of you who prefer not to walk.  Please tell the staff at the Reservation Desk if you want to use this shuttle, and please note that the shuttle only holds 12 people.  Uber/ Lyft will be cheap options.

Shuttle Bus schedule:

Sunday 6/16

3:00 pm from hotel to the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman St.

8:40pm from Sharpe Refectory (144 Thayer St.)  to hotel

Monday 6/17

8:15am from hotel to Friedman Hall 

8:55pm from Faculty Club (1 Bannister St.) to hotel

Tuesday 6/18

8:15am from hotel to Friedman Hall 

9:30pm from Faculty Club to hotel

Wednesday 6/19 

8:15am from hotel to Friedman Hall 

12:40pm from Friedman Hall to hotel


If you are staying at the Brown dormitory: 

You should go to Vartan Gregorian Quad Building B (on your right as you walk in), located at 101 Thayer St., Providence.  The main check-in will be Sunday, June 16, 12:00-3:00 pm, with a staff person there on site.  At all other times, please call 401-601-4592, and someone will arrive to check you in very quickly.  That number is answered 24 hours a day;  there is always someone available.  

101 Thayer St. is a short two blocks (turning right as you exit the quad) from a cheerful business district on Thayer St., right next to the main Brown campus.  On Thayer, you will find abundant cafés, restaurants, and food eateries at good prices. You will be three or four short blocks from the main campus green where our symposium buildings are located.


Overnight visitors using the visitor lot require a parking permit.  To obtain a parking permit please visit the Brown Transportation Office (69 Brown Street).  Guests arriving on Sunday (or outside regular hours, which are 8-4), should do the following:

  • Pay for the day’s parking upon entering the lot.
  • Immediately call the Parking Office (401-863-3157), leave name and plate number and inform them that you are staying overnight.
  • On Monday, between 8am and noon, come in person to the parking office to pick up a permit.