Discover Newport, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island and Local Officials Join RIPTA and City of Newport to Announce Return of Free "Hop-On Hop-Off" Newport Bus Service

Travel in Newport Gets Easier with Free Service Beginning Friday, May 26


WHAT: Newport Mayor Xaykham (Xay) Khamsyvoravong, along with Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely, will join Discover Newport and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) officials to announce the return of the free "Hop-On Hop-Off" bus service promotion in Newport beginning Friday, May 26. The service offers transportation around Newport to tourist destinations and beaches. This includes all service on Route 67 (Bellevue/Salve Regina Univ.) and the Route 68 (CCRI/Memorial Blvd./First Beach). The service will be free through Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Route 68 service will be free beginning June 17, 2023.


  • RIPTA Chief Executive Officer Scott Avedisian
  • Discover Newport President Evan Smith
  • The Right Reverend W. Nicholas Knisely
  • Newport Mayor Xaykham (Xay) Khamsyvoravong

WHEN: 2 pm, Thursday, May 25, 2023

WHERE: Newport Transportation Center (bus station side)

                23 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI





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