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Accessing Portsmouth:
Inter and Intra-city Transportation Summary

Portsmouth, located just 50 miles north of Boston, has a strategic position on the East Coast. Its accessibility by air, rail, and Interstate 95, as well as its deep water port, enhance its ability to host small and large, independent companies with plans for national or global competitiveness.

Highlights of the transportation network include:

Portsmouth's closest airport is Pease International Tradeport (PSM) in Portsmouth. Other airports, including Manchester Airport, Logan Airport (Boston) and Portland International Airport (Maine) are easily accessed within an hour drive from the city. Several bus transportation providers and private airport shuttles serve all three airports with direct service into Portsmouth.

Pease International Airport
Pease International Airport (PSM) The airport at pease provides passenger service and air cargo transport on its 11,000 foot iluminated runway with navigational aids. For a listing of companies providing various air transport (passenger and cargo) related services a Pease International Airport go to:
Boston's Logan Airport
Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) is located 50 miles South of Portsmouth.

Manchester Airport
Manchester, NH Airport (MHT) is located 35 miles West of Portsmouth.

Portland (ME) International Airport
Portland International Airport, Maine (PWM) is located 60 miles North of Portsmouth.
Road Routes, Railroad and Port of New Hampshire
Road Routes Routes 1,4,16,1A,I-95
Railroad: Boston & Maine and Guilford Rail
The rail system through Portsmouth is solely utilized for freight movement. Passenger Rail service does not directly serve Portsmouth, however neighboring communities Dover and Exeter have Amtrak service and COAST provides service to those stations.

Port of New Hampshire
Port of New Hampshire The Port is an effective means for freight shipping and receiving. For information on Portsmouth's Foreign Trade Zone and capabilities of the Port of Portsmouth see the "International Business" section and the Port of NH website.

Bus Transportation
Portsmouth is served by local fixed route bus service provided by COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation). Special accommodations are made for handicapped accessibility and services are tailored to serve several dense commercial areas in the city including the Pease International Tradeport, downtown Portsmouth's Market Square, and Lafayette Road (U.S. Route 1). For more information on bus routes and transit services visit the City of Portsmouth's Parking and Transportation web page

COAST provides service to neighboring communities serviced by Amtrak passenger service in Dover and Exeter, NH.
Intra-City Bus Transportation: COAST (

The University of New Hampshire provides bus service through Portsmouth's downtown and makes several stops on its routes connecting Durham and Newington with Portsmouth. The UNH Wildcat Transit system also connects Durham with Newmarket and Dover.
Map and Schedule:

Inter-City Bus Transportation to Cities outside of New Hampshire include:
Vermont Transit*

C&J Trailways*

Flight Line airport shuttle provides access to Boston's Logan Airport (BOS), Manchester Airport (MHT), and Pease International Tradeport (PSM).

(* The above external links are not related to the City of Portsmouth Website in anyway.)

Contact Information

Nancy Carmer
Economic Development Program Manager
City of Portsmouth, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 610 - 7220
Fax: (603) 427-1593