Ideally, your travel arrangements should bring you to Newport directly or to the Providence or Boston airports.
You can reduce your luggage by mailing some of your belongings to Salve Regina ahead of time. Please contact the Office of International Programs to make arrangements prior to shipping any packages.
As you travel through the U.S., there are a few things to consider. Many stations will have baggage handlers and other helpers available. It is customary to tip these people around $2 per bag handled.
You should make sure you have small U.S. bills ($1, $5, $10) to meet these needs. You should consider having at least $500 in cash. You will also need to pay cash for any taxi service and some shuttle services. At most transportation stations, tickets can be paid for with credit cards. Some bus and train stations are not staffed. You will find adequate information posted at these sites, but no one to answer questions.
Traveling by Air
Salve Regina provides one-time shuttle service from the Boston airport to campus. You should contact the Office of International Programs with your arrival information at least two weeks before you arrive. If you cannot make the shuttle, you will need to find alternate transportation to Newport.
If you fly into Boston, you may take the Peter Pan bus ($32) from the airport to the Newport bus terminal, called the Gateway Center. A taxicab from Boston to Newport is not recommended, as it will cost $200 cash.
Traveling by Bus
You may travel to Newport by bus, although some transfers may be required. The only bus company that serves Newport is Peter Pan Bus Lines. Remember that the travel time on a bus is much longer than a car. A bus trip from New York City will take about 7-8 hours.
The cost varies with the distance you travel, but you can expect to pay around $75 to $95 one-way. While you can usually purchase tickets upon your arrival at the bus station, it is highly recommended that you purchase your ticket in advance. In making your reservations, your final destination should be Newport. You can be picked up at the Newport bus station, but arrangements must be made ahead of time.
You can also take a taxicab from the Newport bus terminal, called the Gateway Center, to Salve Regina for about $10 if you have not made prior arrangements to be picked up.
Traveling by Train
There are Amtrak train stations in most major cities. If traveling by train, you should make Kingston, R.I., your final destination. You can be picked up at the Kingston station, but arrangements must be made ahead of time.