Newport is not typically known as a budget destination. In
fact, the whole city was originally built more than a century ago for the rich
and famous. So while ritzy hotels and sailing cruises aren’t necessarily budget-friendly,
with a bit of planning you can enjoy all of what Newport has to offer without
breaking the bank.
Visiting Newport by Bus
Taking the bus into Newport is a great way to save some
cash. Once you arrive, most of the sights around town are within a short walk
or bus ride. If you’re coming from another east coast city like Boston or New
York, you can take the Peter Pan or Megabus lines to Providence, and then catch
a local bus from Providence to Newport. Direct routes to Newport are possible
but are often more expensive. A route from Boston or New York to Newport can
cost as little as $7 for the entire ride. Bus #60 connects Newport and
Providence and you can find the route and schedules online.
Newport’s Cheap Eats
A hearty and filling bowl of New England clam chowder is a
must have and can be purchased for $5-$8 in most restaurants. There are several
other restaurants in town with good deals that won’t put too much of a dent in
- Gary’s Handy Lunch – a local diner known for their classic
American breakfast and lunch foods.
- Sardella’s Italian Restaurant – an Italian food favorite
that offers an $8 main course special Monday – Wednesday evenings.
- The Wharf Pub – a neighborhood pub in the middle of
Newport’s famous wharf with live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- The Port Grill & Raw Bar – discover great seafood and
happy hour specials. Events are hosted Thursday through Sunday. Great for
watching the sunset but closed during the winter.
- Flo’s Clam Shack – another great place to find well-priced
seafood and a funky atmosphere at this local favorite located in Middletown,
just a short distance from downtown Newport.
- Belle’s – enjoy a lunch or dinner in the shipyard surrounded
Transportation in Newport
Public transit in Newport is well developed and reliable.
Several of the city bus lines are actually trolleys, which adds a nice charm to
your ride. Another option to get around is to rent a bike and explore the city
on two wheels. This can give you an advantage since you can come and go on your
own schedule without having to wait for the bus. Newport has many designated
bike lanes and most of the drivers are well accustomed to having bikers riding
around the city. Newport also runs a $5 shuttle during the summer months to Middletown
where you can find additional attractions including golf clubs, nature reserves
Free Activities in Newport
You can find many free activities to occupy your time in
Newport. If you rent a bike, you can visit one of the three beaches in the area
and enter without paying for parking. Other free activities include the Schuest
Point National Wildlife Refuge and Norman Bird Sanctuary. Both are located near
Middletown, a few miles out from central Newport. They aren’t always accessible
by bus outside summer months, so you’ll need to have a car or bike to visit
them. The Touro Synagogue, Castle Hill Lighthouse and Redwood Library &
Anthenaeum are a few other spots you can make quick visits to without dropping
a dime. The Sweet Berry Farm also hosts free concerts on the lawn during the
months of July and August.
Newport is not necessarily known for budget accommodations.
You won’t find traditional hostels here but you can find guest houses with
shared rooms. For a single bed in a shared dorm, expect to pay about $30 per
night. If you’re traveling alone or with just one other person, this might be a
good option for you. A larger group can easily split a 3-4 person hotel room
for less than $100 per night.
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