Ratnagiri is a coastal district and the most convenient way to reach Ratnagiri town is by train. The konkan railway line passes through Ratnagiri and there are numerous trains plying between Mumbai and Ratnagiri.
NH 17 connecting Panvel to Kochi (Kerala) is 4 kms from the Ratnagiri town. Although a national highway the roads are narrow with no dividers.
Regular bus services are available from most of the major cities in Maharashtra to Ratnagiri. State owned and private buses ply from Ratnagiri to many cities in and around. Evening trips of tourist luxury buses are available from Mumbai to Ratnagiri. City buses and auto rickshaws are available for intra city travel in Ratnagiri.
The coastal highway connects Ratnagiri town right up to Bankot which is the northern most part of the Ratnagiri District bordering raigad district. Ratnadurg Shipping has to be thanked for this. Ratnadurg Shipping runs ferry services between Jaigad - Tavsal connecting Ganpatipule to Guhagar, Anjanwel - Dabhol connecting Guhagar to Dapoli and they run the third ferry service between Bankot and Bagmandala connecting Dapoli to Harihareshwar.