Coming and Going
More than 20 million people are within a four-hour drive of the ferries and airlines that bring visitors to Block Island, and 10 million can reach a ferry or airplane in under two hours. Your island vacation is nearer than you think!
Block Island Ferry/Interstate Navigation provides year-round service from Point Judith, Rhode Island (304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, R.I.) to Old Harbor, Block Island. This is the only ferry that can take vehicles to the island, and reservations for them are required (the sooner you can do this the better). Passengers do not need reservations for the roughly one-hour trip. You can find schedules and travel and reservation information for Interstate Navigation at (866) 783-7996 or blockislandferry.com.
Block Island High-Speed Ferry/ Interstate Navigation runs a high-speed catamaran from mid-May through mid-October that gets you from Point Judith (304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, R.I.) to Old Harbor, Block Island, in 30 minutes. A second high-speed catamaran offers daily service from Fall River, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island to Block Island during the summer. For schedules and more information call (866) 783-7996 or visit blockislandferry.com.
Block Island Express gets you to Old Harbor in just over one hour on a high-speed catamaran from a terminal in New London (2 Ferry St., New London, Conn.) that’s right next to the Amtrak train station. It runs May through September. Block Island Express also offers connections to Block Island from Orient Point, Long Island, via its Cross Sound Ferry service. The two services have matched-up schedules making it convenient and quick to take the fast ferry from Orient Point to New London and connect to the ferry to B.I., all in 2 hours and 45 minutes,including layover. Schedules and connection information for Block Island Express are at (860) 444-4624 or goblockisland.com.
Montauk Ferry runs between the tip of Long Island, New York (462 West Lake Drive, Montauk, N.Y. ), and Block Island during the summer. The trip takes just under two hours. Schedules and information at (631) 668-5700 or vikingfleet.com.
By Private Boat
Dock your own boat at one of four full-service marinas or anchor in either Old Harbor or New Harbor. For more information on marinas, moorings, and anchorage, please visit blockislandinfo.com.
By Commuter Plane
New England Airlines has provided daily scheduled air service to Block Island from Westerly, Rhode Island, since 1970. The airport (56 Airport Road, Westerly, R.I.) is just off Interstate 95 and is an easy drive or train ride from anywhere in New England. (Amtrak serves Westerly with daily trains between Washington/New York and Boston.) Flight time is 12 minutes. For schedules and information call (800) 243-2460. www.block-island.com.
By Private Plane
Block Island State Airport welcomes private prop planes on its one-lane runway. There is no control tower, but pilots should announce themselves on frequency 123.00. For more information check the Airport Facility Directory for the Northeast or call airport manager Landmark Aviation at (401) 466-5511.