Commuting to Boston from NH Seacoast: Making it Work
So you're contemplating a move to the greater Boston area. A quick Google search will tell you that the NH Seacoast is well within commuting range and has a number of communities that are perfect for Boston professionals looking to live away from the chaos of the city. But is commuting to Boston from the NH Seacoast really feasible?
The answer: absolutely. The drive from a beautiful seaside community like Rye to Boston is just a little over an hour on I-95, and if you're not interested in driving, or your company doesn't offer parking in the city, there are a number of commuter-friendly travel options available from the NH Seacoast.
With routes to Commercial Street/Boston and MIT/Cambridge from Portsmouth and Hampton, a MassRide VanPool is an incredibly convenient option for anyone commuting to Boston from the NH Seacoast. A vanpool is a group of people who share the costs of commuting and ride in a vehicle with 7+ seats. The group divides the cost of the monthly van rental, gas, insurance, and other costs among themselves.
Ride time: From Portsmouth to Boston, ~65 minutes.
C&J Bus Lines
C&J runs from Portsmouth and Dover to Logan and South Station daily. The line offers 6-ride commuter passes and monthly passes and features free wireless internet and bottled water for passengers. C&J makes commuting to Boston from the NH Seacoast a breeze! Heading to Manhattan for the weekend? C&J also offers service from NH to NYC.
Ride time: From Portsmouth to South Station, ~90 minutes.
For those who prefer the train, Amtrak's Downeaster runs all the way from Brunswick ME to North Station in Boston, with stops in Dover, Durham, and Exeter, NH along the way. Monthly commuter passes and corporate share passes are available, and the train is equipped with free wireless internet, for those days when work can't wait until you reach the office. The Downeaster also has a small business class section available with reclining leather seats, complimentary newspapers, and a free non-alcoholic beverage delivered to your seat.
Ride time: From Exeter to North Station, ~70 minutes.
MBTA Commuter Rail
While the MBTA commuter rail doesn't run all the way to NH, there are stations in northern MA that may accommodate your travel needs. Both the Haverhill and Newburyport stations are right over the border about a 30-minute drive from Portsmouth and offer service to Boston's North Station.
Ride time: From Newburyport to North Station, ~60 minutes.
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