There are only two ways to get on the island: by ferry or by aircraft. The Block Island Ferry leaves from two Rhode Island locations: Narragansett and Newport. In a rush to begin your vacation? A high-speed ferry leaves from the Narragansett’s Point Judith, which takes about 30 minutes. There is also traditional ferry service. No matter your port of departure, you will dock in Old Harbor, located in the center of town. The ferry features snacks and a full bar, and even has its own signature cocktail, the Chai-tini.
In 12 short minutes, New England Airlines will take you from Westerly to Block Island. Flights run daily, every hour on the half-hour, in the summer season. Returning flights run every hour on the hour. New England Airlines has been providing daily scheduled air service to Block Island since 1970.
If you don’t want to spend money on parking lots, which charge daily, Little Rest Limousine can get you to your destination. This family-owned car service serves the three surrounding states. They will take you from your starting destination to the airport or the Block Island Ferry.
A Airline Express is another convenient limousine and car service option. This lo- cally owned and operated business will also transport you to the most convenient airport in the area.
Although the ferry does allow you to transport your vehicle, cars are not a necessity to get around this easy-going, small town. Aldo’s Mopeds and Bikes (401-466- 5018), on Weldon’s Way, provides bike and moped rentals. If you find that you would prefer to travel in a car, Aldo’s also has cars that you can rent for a day or the entire duration of your stay. The Moped Man (401- 466-5444) on Water Street also has bikes and mopeds that are available for the day or for the entirety of your vacation. The Old Harbor Bike Shop (401-466-2029) rents bikes, mopeds and cars, also on Water Street.
There are a variety of taxi services available on the island, including, Mig's Rig Taxi, McGovern’s Cab, and Starr Car (401-499-9824). Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to travel; rates are not metered but set by the town. Taxi stands can be found at the marina or you can call to arrange one. The taxis run all day but stop running at about 1:30am. As a bonus, the taxi drivers are all locals and can give you recommendations or answer any questions.
Because there are no public bus tours or trolleys, the best way to venture through Block Island is through Block Island Taxi Tours (401-466-5497). The tours last about an hour and are narrated by your very own, knowledgeable taxi driver. Arrange for a pick-up at your hotel or find a taxi at the Taxi Stand located in Old Harbor. Bring the whole family, as taxis can hold up to 14 people depending on the vehicle.
Finally, if you want to make for a true island-hopping adventure, Block Island Express will run you to Long Island, docking at Orient Point.