Parking in Bristol

* For vehicles lining up to board the ferry please form 2 lanes in the marked area at the north end (right side of the lot when facing the ferry). *

Parking in Bristol

Prudence & Bay Islands Transport owns/manages no parking in Bristol. Please find a list below of the parties who offer parking in Bristol.

Bristol Harbor Master’s Office

Harbor Master: Gregg Marsili
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Alves

Office Location
Maritime Center, 1st floor
Thames Street
Phone: 401.253.1700
Fax: 401.253.1706

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Bristol Harbor Master’s Phone: 401.253.1700

Annual Parking

Annual spots through the Harbormasters office are currently sold out. The parking for these  year-round permit holders has been moved to across the street from the Robin Rug Factory. This was previously a municipal lot that is now for permit holders only, no day parking.

Overnight Parking:

Overnight passes can be purchased through the Harbormasters office for the municipal lot across from the ferry, passes are $10/night, limited spaces are available. This lot it only available seasonally.

Day Parking:

Free day parking is available in the municipal lot across the street from the ferry, and in the parking lot at Independence Park.


Robin Rug Factory

Annual/Seasonal parking passes are also available for purchase through the Robin Rug Factory for the dirt lot behind the municipal lots across from the factory.

No day or overnight parking without a permit. 

Call or email for rates:

Phone: 401-253-8350



Goglia’s Market

374 Wood Street, Bristol RI

Day, overnight, weekly and monthly parking available for purchase.

Visit the market Tuesday – Friday 9:30 AM to 5 PM

or call Victor for rates and passes.

Victor 401-996-9877




Parking at Homestead, Prudence Island


Click for full P.I Parking Lot diagram


Please follow signs and park in areas designated for the following:

  • drop off
  • live parking
  • daily, no overnight parking
  • 72 hour parking
  • three week parking

Please note there is no parking available for longer than three weeks.

Vehicles left in the Prudence Parking lot longer than three weeks may be ticketed or towed. If you have a vehicle that has been in the lot for an extended period of time please plan on moving the vehicle. If you need assistance in moving your vehicle or getting a ride to or from your home when moving your vehicle Officer Tavernier has offered his assistance in this matter. Please contact the ferry office to get in touch with him if needed.

Use of public boat ramp.

The boat ramp on the north side of the ferry dock is open to all and is kept clear by the Town of Portsmouth. When using the boat ramp please access the ramp using the North entrance to the parking lot and avoid driving trailers through the parking area.