Here is some general information provided to help you plan your 2015 pilgrimage to Lovecraft’s Providence, and to help you get around once here:
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find that Providence is a reasonably small city with good public transportation options and lot of opportunities to walk safely along some of our historic (though sometimes hilly) thoroughfares. If you’re wanting to do some real exploring, we recommend getting a pass from RIPTA, our public transportation system, which has buses and trolleys traveling all over the city – RIPTA buses even go most places in the state!
Get info on passes and routes by clicking here.
We’re also arranging with local pedicabs to have very unique micro-shuttles between convention venues!
In fact, if you’re ever visiting Providence and up for a unique way to experience much of the city, check out our friends at Sol Chariots!
In order to complete your pilgrimage, here are the best options:
Rail – there are regular Amtrak trains (including Acela) from Boston and NYC, etc, arriving into the heart of Providence, just a few short blocks from the main venues at the Biltmore and Omni Hotels. What better way to arrive than by the method Lovecraft himself preferred.
Air – Providence’s T.F. Green airport is located just ten minutes south of downtown, and has regular train and bus connections. By June 2015, a European carrier (Condor Air) will be offering direct flights from Frankfurt Germany, too.
You may also consider flying into Boston’s Logan Airport, and then taking a shuttle bus to downtown Providence – placing you very nearly at the steps of the Biltmore Hotel, with the Omni just around the corner. This is about an hour ride using the Peter Pan Bus Line.
Parking in Providence:
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of cheap and easy options for parking, though there are a few. One great resource is this handy online guide to parking options of all sorts, both for overnights and day visits.