Portsmouth is an historic city located on the Piscataqua River at sea level, with no significant elevations throughout the City, and no dramatic elevations throughout the Seacoast. Downtown Portsmouth offers wide, easily navigable sidewalks, though caution should be exercised by those with unsure footing where brick sidewalks are laid in Market Square.  Wheelchairs will find the curbside ramps easy to negotiate.

Many of our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops are handicap accessible. Our many al fresco dining spots make even more restaurants accessible during the summer months. Some buildings cannot be made ADA compliant because of their historic registry. Please visit our Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Where to Shop and What to Do sections and filter on Handicap Access to learn which are the best establishments for your ease of access.


The COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation) bus and trolley system throughout the Seacoast is committed to providing transportation to everyone. All buses on their fixed route service are fully accessible and ADA-compliant. They also offer reservation-based services within three-quarters of a mile of the fixed route system for curb-to-curb para-transit services. Please visit http://www.coastbus.org/ada.html for all the details.

The Portsmouth Parking Shuttle offers free weekend parking with a free shuttle to the kiosk at the downtown parking garage during some (but not all) months of the year. All sixteen-passenger shuttle buses are ADA compliant and air conditioned. Visit www.PortsmouthParkingShuttle.com for schedules.

All C&J Commuter Scheduled Service is accessible to persons with disabilities. C&J operates regularly scheduled service between Seacoast gateways and Boston, also with daily service to New York City. www.ridecj.com.