Getting Here

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 the ability to host small and large, independent companies with plans for national or global competitiveness.


Portsmouth's closest airport is Pease International Tradeport (PSM) in Portsmouth. Other airports, including Manchester Airport (MHT), Logan Airport (BOS) and Portland International Airport (PWM) 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.  

Railroad: CSX Transportation

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) and the UNH Wildcat Transit. 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). COAST provides service to neighboring communities serviced by Amtrak passenger service in Dover and Exeter, NH.

Portsmouth can be reached by Greyhound buses, Vermont Transit and C & J Trailways. Flight Line airport shuttle provides access to Boston's Logan Airport (BOS), Manchester Airport (MHT), and Pease International Tradeport (PSM).