Wednesday, September 28th: The high speed ferry departures have been canceled for today. All traditional ferries are running on schedule.

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FAQ’s


WHERE DO THE FERRIES DEPART FROM?
WHERE DO THE FERRIES ARRIVE ON BLOCK ISLAND?
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE FERRY TERMINAL LOCATIONS?
WHERE ARE THE PARKING FACILITIES?
SHOULD I MAKE VEHICLE AND PASSENGER RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE?
DO I NEED A RESERVATION TO BRING A MOTORCYCLE OR MOPED?
WHAT IS YOUR CHANGE/CANCELLATION POLICY FOR RESERVATIONS?
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE FERRY TERMINAL?
WHAT IS THE STANDBY PROCESS FOR VEHICLES?
WHAT IS THE SAILING TIME OF THE FERRIES?
WHICH AIRPORT IS CLOSEST TO THE FERRY TERMINAL?
HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE FERRY TERMINALS?
WHAT IS THE CLOSEST TRAIN STATION TO THE FERRY?
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT BLOCK ISLAND?
ARE PETS ALLOWED ON THE FERRIES?
DO THEY SERVE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON BOARD THE FERRIES?
IS SMOKING PERMITTED ON THE FERRIES?
IS THERE A LUGGAGE POLICY?
CAN I SHIP ITEMS OVER ON THE FERRY?
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING ON THE FERRY?
ARE THE FERRIES ACCESIBLE FOR PASSENGERS WITH WHEELCHAIRS?
WILL A FERRY EVER BE CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?
WHICH FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT CARD?
WHERE CAN I USE MY GIFT CARD?
DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES?
DO YOU OFFER ANY SPECIALS OR PACKAGES?

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WHERE DO THE FERRIES DEPART FROM?

Pt. Judith: The ferry terminal for our year-round Traditional and seasonal Hi-Speed ferries departing Pt. Judith is located in the fishing port of Galilee (Narragansett, RI). Physical address is 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.

Newport: The ferry terminal for our seasonal Hi-Speed Newport ferry is located out of Perrotti Park in downtown Newport, RI. Physical address is 39 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.

Fall River: The ferry terminal for our seasonal Hi-Speed ferry out of Fall River, MA is located at the State Pier. Physical address is 1 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02721.

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WHERE DO THE FERRIES ARRIVE ON BLOCK ISLAND?

All Traditional and Hi-Speed ferries departing from our Pt. Judith, Newport, and Fall River locations will dock in downtown Old Harbor, Block Island, located in the center of town.

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WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE FERRY TERMINAL LOCATIONS?

To find more information about our Pt. Judith, Block Island, Newport and Fall River departure points, such as parking facilities, transportation, and tourist info, please visit our Around The Towns Pages.

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WHERE ARE THE PARKING FACILITIES?

We do NOT own or operate any of the parking facilities near our departure locations in Pt. Judith, Newport and Fall River. They are independently owned and operated, and have no affiliation with Block Island Ferry. During the summertime travel season, parking lots fill up quickly so be sure to plan accordingly.

Pt. Judith: All of the parking for the Pt. Judith ferries are conveniently located right on the same road as the ferry, directly across the street. All lots are independently owned, and pricing ranges from $5-$15/day, depending on the time of year. All parking lots are within walking distance of the ferry terminal.

Newport: A public parking garage is located a few blocks from Perrotti Park, adjacent to the Newport Visitor’s Center and Marriott Hotel. The cost is $3.00/car per hour, up to $24.50 for the day. Privately owned lots are within walking distance.

Fall River: Parking is available at the Fall River Line Pier at the ferry dock located at 1 Water Street, Fall River, MA. All parking is owned and operated by the Fall River Line Pier Inc. (cash only). A public parking garage is located a few blocks away from the ferry terminal. A shuttle service is available from that location to transport passengers to and from the ferry.

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SHOULD I MAKE VEHICLE AND PASSENGER RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE?

Vehicle Reservations: For those looking to bring a vehicle with them to the island, a vehicle reservation is required in advance. All vehicle reservations must be made over the phone by calling our Reservations Office at (866) 783-7996 ext. 3. The office is open 7 days a week. Please have your desired travel dates and ferry times, vehicle make and model, driver contact information, and credit card information available when you call. Passenger tickets for vehicle reservations will be purchased on the date of travel at the Vehicle Check-In Window when you arrive (Drivers ticket is NOT included with the vehicle ticket). All passengers traveling with a vehicle reservation are guaranteed a spot on the ferry.

Passenger Tickets: For those traveling without a vehicle between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it is recommended that passenger tickets be purchased in advance online. For more flexibility, tickets may also be purchased at the Ticket Office windows on the day of travel. For Hi-Speed ferry tickets it is strongly recommended to purchase your tickets online in advance.

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DO I NEED A RESERVATION TO BRING A MOTORCYCLE OR MOPED?

Motorcycles and mopeds can be transported on the Traditional Ferry only. Reservations are not required in advance, but are available on the ferry on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, it is recommended that you arrive at the ferry terminal 1hr prior to sailing time and check in with the car reservation lot attendant.

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WHAT IS YOUR CHANGE/CANCELLATION POLICY FOR RESERVATIONS?

Vehicles: You may change a reservation a total of three times. Two times prior to your week of travel, and one additional change within that week. Changes can only be made to another date within that same calendar year. Reservations must be changed prior to your travel date and time. To completely cancel a reservation, you must do so at least 7 full days in advance of your reservation date. You will receive a refund minus the cancellation fee ($12.85 one-way/ $25.70 round-trip). Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to your reservation date will not be eligible to receive a refund.

Passengers: Unfortunately, online passenger tickets cannot be changed or refunded once they have been booked. Please make sure the travel dates and times you have selected are accurate before booking.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE FERRY TERMINAL?

Vehicle Reservations: Those who booked a vehicle reservation must arrive at the ferry terminal to check in their vehicles one hour in advance of sailing time.

All other travelers are recommended to leave enough time to park their vehicles and wait in line to purchase their ferry tickets prior to boarding. It is recommended you leave yourself at least 45 min-1 hour prior to sailing time to arrive at the ferry terminal.

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WHAT IS THE STANDBY PROCESS FOR VEHICLES?

We do offer standby for those without a vehicle reservation, or for those looking to try and get on an earlier ferry time than the one on which they are currently scheduled. Standby is first come first serve for the day, not per sailing time. Standby can only be attempted for a time earlier than the one on which you are currently booked. If you currently have a vehicle reservation and you make it on standby, your payment will be transferred to your new sailing time.

Standby operates year round at both Pt. Judith & Block Island ferry terminals. At the Pt. Judith terminal the sign up procedure varies depending on the season or time of day (see below).  The Block Island terminal Standby signup location operates out of the vehicle reservation lot year round. Please visit our Reservations page for detailed information.

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WHAT IS THE SAILING TIME OF THE FERRIES?

Pt. Judith: Sailing time from Pt. Judith on our Traditional ferry is 55 minutes. Sailing time on the Hi-Speed is 30 minutes.

Newport: Sailing time from Newport is approximately 1 hour.

Fall River: Sailing time from Fall River to Newport, RI (those looking for a daytrip to Newport) is approximately 1 hour. Sailing time from Fall River to Block Island is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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WHICH AIRPORT IS CLOSEST TO THE FERRY TERMINAL?

The closest airport for the Pt. Judith, Newport, and Fall River locations is the T.F. Green Airport (PVD) located in Warwick, RI. Distance to the ferry terminals is approximately 45 minutes for Pt. Judith, 35 minutes for Newport, and 35 minutes for Fall River.

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HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE FERRY TERMINALS?

Unfortunately, there is no direct public transportation to the ferry terminals at this time. If you are flying into the T.F. Green Airport, using a taxi or shuttle service would be the most efficient method of transportation.

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WHAT IS THE CLOSEST TRAIN STATION TO THE FERRY?

The closest train station to our Pt. Judith & Newport ferry terminals is the Amtrak Train Station (KIN) located in Kingston, RI. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes to the Pt. Judith ferry terminal and 35 minutes to Newport. The closest Amtrak Train Station to our Fall River, MA ferry terminal is (PVD) located in Providence, RI approximately 25 minutes to our ferry terminal.

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WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT BLOCK ISLAND?

For island specific information such as accommodations, restaurants, events, transportation, and recreation, please contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce for more information.
1-800-383-BIRI (2474)
www.blockislandinfo.com
www.blockislandchamber.com
www.blockisland.com

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ARE PETS ALLOWED ON THE FERRIES?

Traditional: Pets are permitted on board the ferry but must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Pets are not permitted on the seats or benches inside the cabins.

Hi-Speed (Pt. Judith, Newport, Fall River): Pets are permitted in the cabin in a pet carrier only. Pets that are not in a pet carrier must be on a leash and remain on the outside decks.

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DO THEY SERVE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON BOARD THE FERRIES?

Yes. There are concession stands with a full liquor bar on board all of our Traditional and Hi-Speed ferries departing from Pt. Judith, Newport, and Fall River. Sample selections include hot dogs, bagels, chips, cookies, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and more. All concession stands are cash only.

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IS SMOKING PERMITTED ON THE FERRIES?

Smoking is permitted on the outside passenger decks only. No smoking is permitted on the vehicle and freight decks or inside the cabins.

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IS THERE A LUGGAGE POLICY?

Traditional Ferry: You are able to bring as much luggage as you would like aboard the Traditional Ferry. Storage is available for personal items such as luggage, beach bags, coolers, and beach chairs on the lower deck of the ferry as soon as you board. Wheelbarrows are available for you to load your items onto the boat. If you have more than a couple of items, you may rent a personal pallet from the Freight Office upon arrival. They are available on a first come first serve basis, so it is recommended you arrive at least 45min-1hour prior to sailing. Pallets measure approximately 4’x4’x2’ and cost $10.50. Pallets are transported on the Traditional ferry only and must be accompanied by the individual who rented them.

Hi-Speed Ferry (Pt. Judith, Newport, Fall River): Personal luggage on the Hi-Speed Ferry is limited to two bags per person. You may carry your belongings to the vessel and the crew will help you load it onto the ferry. View the Hi-speed Ferry Luggage policy.

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CAN I SHIP ITEMS OVER ON THE FERRY?

Shipments and deliveries are available through the Freight Office out of our Pt. Judith location only. All shipments will be sent over on the Traditional Ferry. Items may be dropped off and paid for directly through the Freight Office. For more information on shipping policies, procedures, and pricing, please contact our Pt. Judith Freight Office.

Freight Office
304 Great Island Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(866) 783-7996 ext. 118

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WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING ON THE FERRY?

There are no reservations for freight, it is a first come first serve basis, therefore it is recommended that all shipments be dropped off at the ferry terminal at least 45min-1hr prior to sailing time.

All shipments must have the following:

  • A bill of lading/receipt with the full name and contact phone number of both the shipper and the recipient.
  • Packages must be labeled with recipient’s full name and contact phone number.

Please contact the Freight Office with any questions: (866) 783-7996 ext. 118
View our freight shipping guidelines

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ARE THE FERRIES ACCESIBLE FOR PASSENGERS WITH WHEELCHAIRS?

Traditional: All of our Traditional ferries will accommodate wheelchairs on the bottom deck during the ferry ride. Early boarding is also allowed for those who need extra time getting to the upper decks. Please inform an employee upon arrival if this is the case.

**The M/V Block Island has a wheelchair lift aboard the ferry for those who need it. Passengers must arrive at the ferry at least 45min-1hr prior to sailing time in order to access it. Please contact the Reservations Office to find out which sailing times have the lift available. (866) 783-7996 ext. 3.

Hi-Speed (Pt. Judith, Newport and Fall River): Our Hi-Speed ferries are wheelchair accessible on the main deck.

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WILL A FERRY EVER BE CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

On rare occasions, the ferries do get cancelled due to inclement weather, such as high winds or rough seas. In the event that a ferry is cancelled, your vehicle or passenger reservation is also cancelled. You will be contacted by a Reservation Agent that day to reschedule your booking. More information on ferry cancellations will be available and updated on the day of travel by checking our website or calling the Reservations Office, or checking our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please contact our Reservations Office for updated information: (866) 783-7996 ext. 3.

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WHICH FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept Cash, Gift Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover at all of our Ticket Office locations. No checks accepted at any location.

Cash only on board the ferries.

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CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT CARD?

Yes! Gift Cards can be purchased Online, or during business hours at our Pt. Judith Ticket Office location.

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WHERE CAN I USE MY GIFT CARD?

Gift Cards may be used at any Ticket Office window located in Pt. Judith, Block Island, Newport, and Fall River. They may be used to pay for any transaction at the Ticket Office such as Traditional Ferry Tickets, Hi-Speed Ferry Tickets, Vehicle Reservations, Motorcycles, and Mopeds.

May not be used for online orders or on board the ferry.

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DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES?

Any group of 25 people or more qualifies for a group discount aboard the ferry. Group reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your intended travel date to qualify for a group discount. Please visit our Group Sales Page or contact a Group Representative today to receive more information.

Group Office
(866) 783-7996 ext. 124, 125
groupoffice@blockislandferry.com

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DO YOU OFFER ANY SPECIALS OR PACKAGES?

The Block Island Ferry does offer packages partnered with many of the island’s hotels and businesses. If you are looking for accommodations on Block Island, please visit our Specials/Packages Page for island hotels that offer a Ferry/Room package rate. Hotel packages are booked directly with the hotel.

For larger groups of 25 people or more, Lunch or Island Tour packages are available to reserve. Please see our Group Sales Page for more information.

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