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.
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.
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 Page.
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.
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, contact information, and credit card information available when you call. New for 2020 you will need the drivers when making the vehicle reservation. 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.
Motorcycles and mopeds can be transported on the Traditional Ferry only. We do not accept advanced reservations, space is available on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, it is recommended that you arrive at the ferry terminal at least 1hr prior to desired departure time and check in with the car reservation Lot Attendant.
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. The assigned drivers name cannot be changed after the initial booking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ATMs are available before boarding the ferry.
Smoking is permitted on the outside passenger decks only. No smoking is permitted on the vehicle and freight decks or inside the cabins.Traditional ferry on the top observation deck only.
Traditional Ferry: You can 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, we recommend that you 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. Click here for full luggage policy.
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.
304 Great Island Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
(866) 783-7996 ext. 118
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
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.
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.
We accept Cash, Gift Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover at all of our Ticket Office locations. Checks ( including travelers checks ) are NOT accepted at any location.
Cash only on board the ferries.
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.
Any pre-formed 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.
(866) 783-7996 ext. 124, 125
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.