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Providence Train Station (PVD) - MBTA & Amtrak

Train Station
Downtown Providence, Providence
  • Scott D.
    "accurate on the MBTA app rather than the website."(4 Tips)
    Emily S.
    "Visit Cafe France for a delicious breakfast or meal for the road."(36 Tips)
    Hard R.
    "Nice view of the State House."(2 Tips)
    Kevin L.
    "Best train station sandwich I've ever had."(7 Tips)
114 Tips and reviews
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  • state house
  • breakfast food
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  • Michael H.
    Michael HJuly 30
    Been here 5+ times
    A nice, clean station. Limited food and beverage options.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Great train station.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SoukasJune 18
    Been here 5+ times
    Visit Cafe France for a delicious breakfast or meal for the road. #gf bread available!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MilbankOctober 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe la France is a great morning spot for breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
  • Barbara Derecktor D.
    Barbara Derecktor DonahueSeptember 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    2 day sunshine visit with our darling Izabelle 💗🎉🌺🎶🌹Ox
  • Jason B.
    Jason Baughman-OpricăJuly 7, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Still under construction but both stateside and cityside entrances are now open again.
  • David H.
    David HowlandJanuary 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    As of January 1, 2016 the garage is still closed with no warning until you get to the entrance. Plan ahead.
  • William H.
    William HubaMarch 11, 2015
    Its a train station. Come for the trains.
  • Carly H.
    Carly HeitlingerFebruary 4, 2015
    Stop by cafe la France to get a snack for your ride. The breakfast sandwiches are great!
  • Jake L.
    Jake LevineNovember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best train cafe in the contiguous USA
  • mickeymania
    mickeymaniaNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    No place to park, lot was closed.
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 13, 2014
    Really helpful (and direct) staff.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerSeptember 22, 2014
    Ample seating in the lobby. Nice view of the State House. Shopping mall nearby.
  • Rinaldo D.
    Rinaldo DormanAugust 11, 2014
    Not quite as depressing as I expected it to be...
  • Connor
    ConnorAugust 3, 2014
    Be sure to use the elevator if you have a lot of luggage. Way better than the stairs.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShakerJuly 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get here early tonight for Water Fire. To get a good place to park
  • Tim S.
    Tim SeamansMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a coffee or latte at Cafe La France before boarding. Also grab a water here - cheaper than on board.
  • Cathy C.
    Cathy Chen-RennieFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Train station clock is 3 minutes faster than T-Mobile cell clock...
  • Barbara Derecktor D.
    Barbara Derecktor DonahueNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Thankyou to the train that takes my darling girl home safe - I hope she gets to sleep on the way back to the city
  • Frederick Bernard S.
    Have cash for your commuter train tickets before you get here.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DonnellNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If it is cold out, don't go out to the platform until a few minutes before the train comes. No use freezing your buns off.
  • Hao T.
    Hao TranOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be a cash-only sucker waiting in line. Download the MBTA app and pay for your ticket with your credit card from your phone.
  • Antonio G.
    Antonio GuimaraesSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    MBTA Commuter Rail double decker cars with a curved stairway have electrical outlets. Straight stairs means wifi is available. No cars have both outlets and wifi.
  • Sally S.
    Sally SmithAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    So if you buy your tickets for the MBTA Commuter Rail at Cafe La France it's cash only however if you download the MBTA app you can pay with your credit card!
  • Finca D.
    Finca DigitalAugust 16, 2013
    The coffee at Cafe La France is pretty good!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SantosJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Amtrak people are probably the most unpleasant people I've ever has the displeasure to interact with.
  • Mick H.
    Mick H.June 9, 2013
    Coffee Syrup sold at the station newsstand/gift shop.
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cafe isn't open after 5 on get decent food elsewhere before you head to the train!
  • Emily (silver1110)
    Emily (silver1110)May 31, 2013
    The cafe is amazeballs! Try the Nutella & banana breakfast Sammy!
  • Brendan G.
    Brendan GuentherMay 17, 2013
    $3 to the airport; regional rail FTW!
  • kenny t.
    kenny tseMay 7, 2013
    Skip the unhealthy microwaved stuff you get on the train! Customize your Panini at Cafe La France and take it to go for your trip.
  • Abhinav G.
    Abhinav GautamMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    No need to buy ticket with cash or wait in line now. Use the MBTA iOS app and buy ticket with credit card on the go.
  • Rudyard M.
    Rudyard MontasApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    What do you mean the men's room broke??????? Fix fast
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CatauroApril 9, 2013
    Awesome old school flap display by Solari is still hanging on in the rotunda, transmitting the calming sound of train status updates... except when the update is that your train is late(r)
  • John G.
    John GrohApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy tickets at the cafe or on your phone for convenience. Plenty of trains to and from Boston during the week.
  • Javier C.
    Javier ChacinApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe La France is one of the best sandwich shoppes around, train station or no train station - staff is amazing, and so friendly, ingredients are locally sourced, the whole place is like an oasis.
  • Tricia
    TriciaApril 2, 2013
    Get the mbta app for Android or iOS and you can buy your tickets from your phone. No more worrying about cash.
  • Ty D.
    Ty DuganMarch 15, 2013
    Get cash for MBTA. They're no Metro-North. You actually buy your tix at the cafe
  • Scott B.
    Scott BreakerMarch 4, 2013
    Tan sweater dress and CFMB's FTW!!
  • James F.
    James FinelliFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like the urine smell in the men's room or the graffiti on the mirror..... You'll LOVE the pubic hair on TOP of the urinals..... How did it get there???
  • Kisha ⚡️🔥 T.
    Kisha ⚡️🔥 TapanganJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The people that run the parking garage are nice.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EnosDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't go to the little store/newsstand, oakwells, rude & bad service.
  • Hayley M.
    Hayley McGuirlDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe la France now accepts credit cards for purchases over $5!
  • Jason
    JasonNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The train parking lot does NOT take AMEX. Only Visa/MC. Consider yourself warned fellow biz traveler.
  • Kara L.
    Kara LeeNovember 26, 2012
    Get there early!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DonnellNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Wifi at the station is pretty good, use it there before riding the MBTA where it isn't very useful.
  • Aaron E.
    Aaron EdelsteinNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    MBTA had a new app where you can pay with your card and show them that you paid by going to " my tickets" if heading to Boston this feature is not available till end of November... No more waiting
  • James F.
    James FinelliNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enter the men's room if you have a gas mask only. Also bring la cash to cafe la France if you want la ticket
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah M.September 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get to the station early or don't go there at all
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew Horton-HallJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have to change into your work clothes, change on the train. Avoid the bathroom at all cost.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShakerJune 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy you MBA ticket at cafe and save money.
  • Chocolee W.
    Chocolee WilsonJune 2, 2012
    Go check out newbury comics in the mall if you have time.
  • Gail A.
    Gail AhlersMay 31, 2012
    can I buy a ticket in the cafe a day ahead of time?
  • Eric O.
    Eric OMay 19, 2012
    If you're picking someone up and you're early, there are usually a few meters open just to the south of the station.
  • Paula A.
    Paula AbilheiraApril 12, 2012
    CASH ONLY for everything at this damn station. :-{
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew Horton-HallApril 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Coffee and pastries are also cash only.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SantosMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pay attention to how much duct tape is used to hold stuff up.
  • James G.
    James GreenMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    It's cheaper to buy mbya tickets from the cafe instead of onboard the train.
  • James G.
    James GreenMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Gross bathrooms
  • John O.
    John O'ConnorMarch 18, 2012
    The cafe here has great everything bagels - They covered in poppyseeds on top and bottom!
  • Crystal K.
    Crystal KusmaMarch 17, 2012
    If you are traveling on Saturday or Sunday, you can park at the state house up the street and walk down the hill to the station. Skip mall, garage, and street parking!
  • Paula A.
    Paula AbilheiraMarch 5, 2012
    Buy tix at the cafe. Cheaper, but cash only. Also, go to far right cashier, as that is where they sell the tix.
  • James G.
    James GreenMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The cafe is over-priced and cash only
  • Dana H.
    Dana HuntFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you don't get on the wrong train!!!
  • Philip S.
    Philip SwayzeFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe LaF is fine. Not cheap but good/healthy options. Buy tix online to speed process.
  • Scott D.
    Scott DiefenbachFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Train times are more accurate on the MBTA app rather than the website.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There's absolutely no parking at this station
  • Ben R.
    Ben RobertsDecember 8, 2011
    The food at cafe la France is from the cupcakerie and seven stars bakery. Definitely worth a stop
  • Ji K.
    Ji KimDecember 8, 2011
    Bathroom is in front car. Stinky!
  • Danyel B.
    Danyel BaileyDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The new cafe staff/management has done wonders for the cafe.
  • Augustine T.
    Augustine TorresNovember 21, 2011
    Get here early
  • SoUr D.
    SoUr DeeOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You already know #WorkBound
  • SoUr D.
    SoUr DeeOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Never jump on a moving train
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SantosOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The old lady at the desk is extremely rude. I walk in asking for the ATM and she said I've been sitting there and should've have waited until then to ask. The attitude was uncalled for.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AngelinaSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Would be a lot better if there was a bar!
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AbbottSeptember 17, 2011
    Gloomy and depressing. Like a giant underground restroom.
  • Dread M.
    Dread MightySeptember 16, 2011
    This is where you get off to have a great time in Boston!
  • Steve R.
    Steve RizkSeptember 15, 2011
    Check your bag at the station and walk to the mall if you have time to kill
  • Wayne C.
    Wayne CookSeptember 13, 2011
    Don't bother buying water from the vending machine, it will eat your 1.75 and there's nothing they can do about it
  • Antonio G.
    Antonio GuimaraesAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Some double-decker MBTA trains have electrical outlets by the table seats. just look by the wall under the tables.
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth ChampagneAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always add 10+ minutes on top of sched mbta arrival time!!
  • Ishan M.
    Ishan MahapatraAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring water or singles. The vending machines won't change $5 bills, and the Amtrak counters won't provide change unless you have a ticket with them.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LukAugust 7, 2011
    Pricey but surprisingly tasty food at the Cafe La France. Best train station sandwich I've ever had.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KingJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Acela Express is late alot. If it's departure time is close to the mbta commuter rail departure time, take the mbta. They'll arrive in Boston at the same time and it's 7.75 vs $14-$37
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FerraroJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I've talked to several locals who had no idea there was a parking structure. Enter at the corner of Park Row and Finance Way, but be prepared. It's pricey!
  • Amtrak
    AmtrakJune 20, 2011
    Save up to 25% on Northeast Regional just for booking 2 weeks early!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MastrobuonoJune 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sometimes the conductors will get fiesty with you if you don't have the correct change
  • heath b.
    heath bishMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Go meet Mary in the gift shop. She is the coolest and nicest lady in Providence.
  • Edward J.
    Edward JensenMay 21, 2011
    There's a great view of the Rhode Island state capitol just as you're leaving the station on your way north to Boston. It's off the left side of the train. Get your cameras ready!
  • JoAnn L.
    JoAnn LefebvreMay 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice station, but the restrooms are way overdue for remodeling.
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    This is the third train station for Providence. The first one burned down in 1896 from a fire, and the second was replaced by a redevelopment project in 1986. Third time's a charm!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RaymondApril 14, 2011
    The Autumn Harvest at Cafe La France was delicious. Fast prep time too ~3-5mins
  • Michael D.
    Michael DietschApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Surprisingly tasty sandwiches, for a train-station eatery.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BertalottoMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Never think for a second that your train will ever be on time.
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't plan on being able to park at the train station after the morning rush-hour. There is a garage onsite and a lot nearby, both are normally full and expensive. Better off cabbing or parking @mall
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.March 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    What does this place have against using the new fangled financial advancement known as credit cards?! Also, the sticky buns at Cafe La France are quite scrumptious. Ask to have it heated, if possible
  • Erin B.
    Erin BoucherFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't rely on the clocks outside. They aren't correct and aren't even the same time as each other!
  • Ian M.
    Ian McGonnigalJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful on the back stairs to tracks 3&5 they're unevenly spaced at the top
  • Michael D.
    Michael DietschDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The newsstand here is useless, unless you like magazines that are outdated.
  • Tristan
    TristanDecember 13, 2010
    I kid u not. Best greek wrap I've ever had. Try with chicken
  • Larry P.
    Larry PesceNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I have used some pretty smelly bathrooms, including those late night/early morning on Bourbon St. This one is by far The Worst
  • David P.
    David PollakOctober 4, 2010
    the cafe francais has great food. a big surprise and a welcome treat.
  • Evan L.
    Evan LadeiraSeptember 12, 2010
    Buy the tickets at the MBTA register in the cafe for a discounted rated compared to buying them on-board the commuter rail!
  • Matty S.
    Matty S.August 29, 2010
    Cafe la France has Yacht Club, but alas only Ginger Beer. Where's the Birch Beer or Sarsparilla?!?
  • Brigette M.
    Brigette MccoyAugust 11, 2010
    dont sit on the quiet car if you have a short commute and you are sleepy.
  • Arthur
    ArthurJuly 28, 2010
    The iced coffee at cafe la france is pretty bad as well
  • Alicia C.
    Alicia CollinsJuly 2, 2010
    sandwich was not bad, pricey though...I would say stop somewhere else if you have time.
  • Caitriona™
    Caitriona™June 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The espresso is REALLY bad at the cafe when I told them they just shrugged me off it tasted like hot milk and sour beans. They also didn't give me my ticket one time after I bought it. Great train tho
  • Gisela A.
    Gisela AydinMarch 19, 2010
    Don't sit next to the woman coughing up a lung in the quiet car. Makes it kind of pointless. Fml.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SchwabMarch 17, 2010
    Wifi is spotty, don't count on it for anything but light surfing.
  • Iversen
    IversenFebruary 8, 2010
    The food at cafe la france smells like vomit, literally
  • Dan J.
    Dan JonesNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Get there early and get a single seater on MBTA. it's as comfy as you'll get.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KiekbuschAugust 3, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    buy MBTA tix at the cafe
  • Juan C.
    Juan CarreónJuly 23, 2011
    Amtrak cancela tambie
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