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Providence Destination Guide

Fly Direct to Providence, Rhode Island 

Whether you are heading for Boston, Greater New England, or Rhode Island, get your trip off to a perfect start and enjoy close airport parking with short walks to the terminal. You’ll also love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon - no congestion and no hassle guaranteed!

And remember that if you’re travelling to the United States from Shannon, our full US Preclearance facilities means you can undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections before you leave, making your arrival in the US easier and faster.

Providence is the capital of America’s smallest state Rhode Island and can be reached in approx. 5 hours from Shannon. Even though you might have Boston in mind as your main destination, we suggest you consider exploring Providence while you’re here.

It’s just 90 minutes from Boston and other iconic New England locations such as Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

When you land

You can get an MBTA commuter train to go the 10 miles from the airport to downtown Providence, to South Station in Boston, and several other locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Alternative transport options include RIPTA buses, and a wide variety of shuttles and taxi companies.


Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States with a population of 179,154 while Rhode Island is steeped in history as one of the first colonies to renounce its allegiance to Britain in 1776. Providence today shows off its rich cultural and architectural heritage with many colonial buildings throughout the city.

Fun for kids

There’s plenty to entertain the kids, including the city’s very own Providence Children's Museum, one of the oldest zoos in the country, and the Alex and Ani City Center - 14,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city.

Shopping, Nightlife & Food

Providence’s shopping scene is heavily influenced by its creative student population offering high-end boutiques and vintage to antiques, design, and funky book stores.

For nightlife, Newport offers jazz, nightclubs and classical music while Providence is home to many nightspots, including cocktail bars, live music venues, and large-scale clubs. For a true Rhode Island food experience, head to one of the state's many clam shacks and start with an order of clam cakes, which are small bits of chopped clams surrounded by fried dough – delicious!

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