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Getting to Prudence Island

**At this time, the Prudence and Bay Islands Transportation company is operating the ferry ticket booth out of the Bristol Harbor Master's Office and the ferry is temporarily docked at the end of the dock in front of the Harbor Master's Office. Once ramp repairs have been made at the Church Street Wharf, the ferry will depart from this wharf, which is the same location as it previously departed from.**

The Prudence Island ferry leaves from the Church Street Wharf in Bristol, R.I. The ferry dock is located at the intersection of Thames Street and Church Street across from Aiden's Pub.

The Prudence Island ferry serves passengers, bicycles, and vehicles. If you elect to bring your own vehicle to the island, you will need to make a reservation on the ferry well in advance for both legs of the journey (to and from the island). To make a vehicle reservation, contact the Prudence and Bay Islands Transport at 401.683.0430 or online at www.prudencebayislandstransport.com. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the ferry departs to park and buy tickets!

Ferry Schedule and Tickets

Information on tickets and current ferry schedule can be found here.

Contact Information for Prudence and Bay Islands Transport Company:

Phone: 401.683.0430 (Monday-Sunday: 8:30AM-10AM; 2:30PM-5:30PM)

Website: www.prudencebayislandstransport.com

Email: ARMarine-Office@pi-ferry.com


Visitors who are coming to the island for a day trip have three parking options:

•  You can park your car for free in the Municipal Lot, which is on Thames Street and opposite the Prudence Island ferry landing and parking lot. There is a 2nd free municipal lot just south of the stop sign at the Church & Thames Street intersection, across from the large brick building (this lot may only be open seasonally). Please note that neither of these lots provide overnight parking.

**There will likely be overnight parking available by the ferry landing (for a fee, but cost is unknown at this point) once the new ramp is in operation, however at this time that is not an option. Contact the Prudence and Bay Islands Transport staff for any questions about overnight parking during this time of transition at 401.683.0430.

•  If you do not want to pay for parking and you are staying overnight, generally speaking any distance of two blocks or greater from the ferry landing will allow unlimited on-street parking. You will need to allow extra time (10 15 minutes) to find parking and to walk back to the ferry landing. Check street signs for 'Resident Only' or 2-hour parking to be certain.

If you are leaving a vehicle overnight in Bristol for one or more nights you can park on High Street (parallel with Thames Street, two blocks uphill) or you can park in the lot off of Bristol Common which is between High Street and Wood Street, along State Street.

Please pay particular attention to parking limitation signs, as the Town of Bristol has been known to ticket and tow cars for parking violations (although this is far more common in the summer months).

Food and Lodging on Prudence Island
Although Prudence Island has a small store, there is a limited food selection. Anyone visiting Prudence Island will need to bring most of their food supplies for the duration of their stay. The only overnight accommodations are seasonal rental properties listed through local realtors and on the community message boards at the Homestead Ferry Landing. Many families rent a cottage on Prudence Island for some downtime in the summer. Camping is not allowed anywhere on Prudence Island or in the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve.
Driving Directions to the Prudence Island Ferry Dock in Bristol, RI

From Newport:

1: Travel north on RI-114/W Main Rd.

2: Merge onto RI-24N toward I-195/Fall River/Providence 1.9 mi

3: Take the Boyd Lane exit exit number 2- toward Island Park 0.1 mi

4: Turn LEFT onto RI-138/Boyds Lane. Continue to follow Boyds Lane. 0.6 mi

5: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto RI-114/MT Hope Bridge. Continue to

follow RI-114N. 2.0 mi

6: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto RI-114/Hope Street. 0.7 mi

7: Turn LEFT onto Church Street. <0.1 mi

8: Turn RIGHT onto Thames Street. <0.1 mi

9: Prudence Island Ferry is immediately on your LEFT.

Estimated Driving Time: 35 minutes (from start of RI-114)


From Providence:

1: Travel east on I-195.

2: Merge onto MA-136 S via exit number 2 toward Warren R.I.

/US-6 E/Newport R.I. 3.6 mi

3: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto RI-136/Metacom Ave. 3.7 mi

4: Turn RIGHT onto State Street. Continue to end of State Street. 1.0 mi

5: Turn LEFT onto Thames Street. 0.2 mi

6: Prudence Island Ferry will be on your RIGHT.

Estimated Driving Time: 35 minutes (from junction of I-195 E and I-95)


From Fall River:

1: Travel south on RI-24 S toward Newport

2: Take the exit exit number 2 toward Bristol/MT Hope Bridge 0.1 mi

3: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Boyds Lane 0.5 mi

4: Go over the Mt Hope Bridge. Continue to follow RI-114 N. 2.0 mi

5: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto RI-114/Hope Street 0.7 mi

6: Turn LEFT onto Church Street <0.1 mi

7: Turn RIGHT onto Thames Street <0.1 mi

8: Prudence Island Ferry is immediately on your LEFT

Estimated Driving Time: 25 minutes (from junction of 24 S and I-195)