New Hampshire Transportation

Transportation of New Hampshire

When it comes to transport, New Hampshire is one of the state of the USA that has a very well-maintained grid of Interstate highways, U.S. highways, and state highways. The major routes of New Hampshire include:

  • Interstate 89 (from near Concord to Lebanon on the Vermont border)
  • Interstate 93, the main Interstate highway (from Salem on the Massachusetts border to Littleton on the Vermont border)
  • Interstate 95 running along New Hampshire's seacoast  
  • U.S. Route 1 running parallel to I-95 along New Hampshire's seacoast to the east.
  • U.S. Route 2 running east-west through Coos County. It intersects Route 16 on the way.
  • U.S. route 3 is the longest route running from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border.
  • U.S. Route 4 runs to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle connecting Durham, Concord, Boscawen and Lebanon in the way.
  • New Hampshire Route 16 parallels the border with Maine and enters Maine eventually as Maine Route 16. It is a major highway of New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire Route 101 is in the southern part of New Hampshire. It connects Keene with Manchester and the Seacoast region.

New Hampshire Air

New Hampshire does have 25 airports. Out of them, 4 are for commercial passenger service. The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester and Londonderry is the busiest airport. It serves the Greater Boston metropolitan area. This airport does have the greatest number of passengers arriving and departing daily. Nashua Municipal Airport is the airport with the highest number of daily operations. It is used for the flight programs’ practice by Daniel Webster College.

Public Transportation: Railways and Buses

The public transportation of New Hampshire mainly is the passenger rail service. Amtrak’s Vermonter and Downeaster lines operate through New Hampshire and connect different parts of the state.
The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority is planning and working accordingly for extending the "Capital Corridor" service from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua, Concord, and Manchester, including Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; and "Coastal Corridor" service from Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Plaistow, New Hampshire.

There are also local and regional bus services that operate in and around the state. Eleven public transit authorities and eight private carriers operate buses for the purpose. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation takes enough care that the transport services of the public are designed well enough to match the need of the natives and the tourists. As for the tourists, there are the tourist railroads like Conway Scenic Railroad, Hobo-Winnipesaukee Railroad, and the Mount Washington Cog Railway as well.

New Hampshire Freight Railways

The freight railways in New Hampshire are:

  • Pan Am Railways
  • New England Central Railroad
  • St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad
  • New Hampshire North coast Corporation.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT)

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Agency Overview
NHDOT Formed 1986
NHDOT Preceding Agencies State Engineer
Division to the Highway Department
New Hampshire Department of Public Works and Highways
NHDOT Jurisdiction New Hampshire
NHDOT Headquarters 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire
NHDOT Agency Executive George N. Campbell, Jr., Commissioner
NHDOT Parent Agency State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Transportation Website

List of Airports in New Hampshire

City Served FAA IATA ICAO Airport Name
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
Manchester MHT MHT KMHT Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Portsmouth PSM PSM KPSM Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports
Lebanon LEB LEB KLEB Lebanon Municipal Airport
Reliever Airports
Nashua ASH ASH KASH Nashua Municipal Airport (Boire Field)
General Aviation Airports
Berlin BML BML KBML Berlin Regional Airport (was Berlin Municipal)
Claremont CNH CNH KCNH Claremont Municipal Airport
Concord CON CON KCON Concord Municipal Airport
Haverhill 5B9     Dean Memorial Airport
Jaffrey AFN AFN KAFN Jaffrey Airport - Silver Ranch Airpark
Keene EEN EEN KEEN Dillant-Hopkins Airport
Laconia LCI LCI KLCI Laconia Municipal Airport
Newport 2B3 NWH   Parlin Field
Plymouth 1P1     Plymouth Municipal Airport
Rochester DAW   KDAW Skyhaven Airport
Whitefield HIE HIE KHIE Mount Washington Regional Airport
Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Alton Bay B18     Alton Bay Seaplane Base
Bristol 2N2     Newfound Valley Airport
Colebrook 4C4     Gifford Field
Errol ERR ERR KERR Errol Airport
Franconia 1B5     Franconia Airport
Gorham 2G8     Gorham Airport
Hampton 7B3     Hampton Airfield
Deering 8B1     Hawthorne-Feather Airpark
Moultonborough 5M3     Moultonboro Airport
Twin Mountain 8B2     Twin Mountain Airport
Notable Private-Use Airports
Hampton NH35     Fisher Scientific Heliport
Pembroke NH33     Brigham Heliport
Wolfeboro NH31     Mountain View Field
Notable Former Airports
North Conway CWN     White Mountain Airport (1930-1988)