Getting here is half the adventure of the vacation….
With regularly scheduled transportation to and from the island, visitors can discover Block Island in just one day or stay and experience the vacation of a lifetime.
Block Island maintains two harbors and is well-known as one of New England’s premier boating destinations.
New Harbor on the West Side of the Island, in the beautiful Great Salt Pond. New Harbor has 3 large marinas, 90 town moorings and a 75 acre anchorage for vessels. The Harbormaster’s Office is located at the Block Island Boat Basin during the summer season. The Harbormaster can be contacted on VHF CH 12 once you arrive in New Harbor. Moorings can be rented for $40 per night and can accommodate vessels up to 50 feet. Reservations are not taken as they are first come first serve. It is a 3 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk from New Harbor to town or to Crescent Beach.
Old Harbor on the East Side of the Island is a Harbor of Refuge protected by a breakwater. There is limited space for anchoring which is restricted to seven days in a fourteen day period. Please call the Harbormaster with any questions. Old Harbor is in the center of town and has a small 30 boat marina operated by the Town. Dockage is $2.50 per foot and is first come first serve. The Commercial ferry landing is also located in Old Harbor.
Block Island Harbors Department Contact Information
Office Telephone: (401) 466-3204
Old Harbor Dock: (401) 466-3235
Summer Hours 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Winter Hours 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
VHF Radio – Ch12 7AM – 9PM – All Calls 9PM – 7AM – Emergency Only
Fax: (401) 466-3219
Block Island Ferry: provides year-round service from Point Judith, RI. This is the only Ferry that can take vehicles to the island and reservations for vehicles are required. Passengers do not need reservations. For information please visit www.blockislandferry.com or call(401) 783-4613.
Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry: A state-of-the-art High Speed Catamaran, the high-speed ferry sails mid-May through mid-Oct. The ferry departs from the State Pier in Point Judith, R.I. and docks in Old Harbor in under 30 minutes. Please visit www.blockislandferry.com for schedules and more information or call (401) 783-4613
Newport to Block Island Ferry: The high speed “Islander” ferry runs multiple trips daily June 23rd -September 3rd, 2018 from Downtown Newport (Perrotti Park) and Old Harbor, Block Island, taking one hour. For schedule and fare information visit www.blockislandferry.com.
Fall River to Block Island Ferry: This high speed ferry runs Fall River to Newport and then on to Block Island from June 23rd -September 3rd, 2018. Sailing time from Fall River to Block Island is about 2 hours. For schedule and fare information visit www.blockislandferry.com.
Block Island Express: Connects New London, CT and Old Harbor, Block Island in just over one hour on a high-speed catamaran. The terminal in New London is located next to the train station and limited parking is available with a municipal garage across the street. This ferry runs May through September only. Visit www.goblockisland.com for schedules and more information.
Viking Fast Ferry: Connects Montauk, NY to New Harbor, Block Island in about one hour via high speed ferry. Ferry runs Memorial Day through Labor Day only. For schedule information and directions visit www.vikingfleet.com.
Block Island Airport (BID)
Block Island state airport is a vacation destination for thousands of passengers each year arriving on New England airlines. The airport also serves the community’s critical needs by providing access for time-sensitive cargo and urgent medical transport. Bethany’s, the on-airport restaurant, is a popular destination for the new England GA community. The terminal has a welcoming atmosphere and is located within walking distance of downtown New Shoreham and Block Island’s free beaches. Various local companies offer charter service to area airports, for information Contact the airport: 401-466-5511, www.blockisland.stateairportri.com
New England Airlines
New England Airlines has been providing daily scheduled air service to Block Island as a certificated Commuter Airline since 1970. Air services, provided by New England Airlines, are offered daily (year round) from Westerly, RI. Westerly, located just off Interstate 95 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 between Westerly and Block Island is 12 minutes. Parking at the Westerly airport is FREE! New England Airlines also offers charter flights to airports throughout New England.
For more information please visit www.blockislandsairline.com or call (800) 243-2460.