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PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 3:26 am

Due to a free ticket, i've decided to take my first transcontinental trip on Southwest...(a loooong voyage, to be worthy of a trip report)...anyway, I'm flying into PVD, and out of Manchester (did that diliberately to experience TWO new airports on the same trip...!)

So - PVD looks really nice on the website, but I can't find any information on how to travel to Boston without renting a car. Does anyone have any tips? Must I take a bus to Providence and then get on a train? Any transport advice, and/or cool things to watch out for at those airports would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 3:29 am

It's neat to fly Southwest to experience new Airports. I did it a while back from Hobby to San Diego. WN432 HOU-MAF-ABQ-LAS-SAN. Quite a ride on a 737-200.
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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 3:34 am

Check out, which offers service from PVD direct to the Boston South Station bus terminal. The fare is $17 one way. From there, you can take the MBTA subway wherever you need to go.

Hope this helps!  


RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 4:35 am

Like N202PA said, the easiest way to get to Boston is to take the bus. They leave at least once an hour all day, and it's only an hour's ride away. If you're flying into PVD, don't forget to stop by and see the city. They've done a lot of work on it the last few years, and it looks beautiful (you ever see the footage on "Providence"?). Plus, there's Brown University, Benefit Street, and many other things to see.

Have a good trip!

RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 4:38 am

Sorry for the extra response....I forgot to mention that you can take the train from downtown PVD. It's 10$ one-way on Amtrak.

And if you have lots and lots of time to waste, I've actually tried Expedia and asked for a flight from PVD-BOS, and they do exist.... Unfortunately, most of them connect in Baltimore, so I'm guessing that the train or bus might be a bit more efficient  
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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 4:42 am

You're gonna love PVD. Modern, clean, open, fun, great views, great planes. The airport's two major carriers couldn't be any farther apart, in walking distance. USAirways occupies six gates in the terminal's south airside. Southwest utilizes four gates at the northernmost end. The terminal is a two-story structure, with a "T" configuration, with ticketing and baggage check centrally located. DL, NW, CO, AA, UA, Air Ontario and Cape Air all have either one or two gates each.

You can take a cab from PVD to the downtown Amtrak train station in Providence. 15-minute trip. That line connects with Amtrak and the "T" (MBTA) with direct links to Boston, and all parts in between. Bonanza Bus is also good. Hotel buses are do the trick. I believe MBTA has a web site with schedules. Have fun.

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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 4:53 am

Excellent! Thanks alot - i'll probably grab that Bonanza Bus. Unfortunately, I won't have time to see Providence since I only have one night in Boston, then I'm off to the North Woods of Maine... but I've been there before visting Brown, nice place!
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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 12:24 pm

I will be doing the same thing in about a month. I did some checking and the websites for Bonanza Bus is The website for the MBTA is and for the return from either Maine or Boston the website for Concordtrailways is I have lots more information on this so if you want you may email me. Good luck.
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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Fri Jul 28, 2000 1:06 pm

PVD is a great smaller airport, now that they have expanded it...I will be thru there in Aug-Sep myself..BUT since it's a few miles from downdown, getting around ain't easy as others...I have relative to handle pickup/dropoff as bus service to my actual destination (Cape Cod) is not as good as BOS.

I have always gotten my luggage very quickly there as air traffic is not overwhelming the capacity.
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RE: PVD-Boston Advice...

Wed Aug 02, 2000 2:30 am

Though this isnt going to happen this year i foget if it was laye 2001 or 2002 but there will be an Amtrak and MBTA station at PVD with a moving sidewalk to the Terminal. I belive ground preperation just got underway. This will allow people a direct connection to Boston.
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