Clipper Connection Information

About the Clipper Connection

The Clipper Connection is COAST's express bus service to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Portsmouth.  

The project is funded in part with support from the US Navy's facilities division (NAVFAC) as well as a USDOT Congestion-Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.  The routes currently operating are hoped to be just the beginning of what is expected to be a larger, multi-route service covering much of southeastern New Hampshire and border communities in southern Maine.

The service is open to the public, but serves primarily employees of the Navy Yard and Portsmouth.


Routes by community

Click a route number for more information, including specific pickup locations in each community and the schedule.

Route # 100 101 103 2cc 41cc
Origin Somersworth Dover Rochester Kittery Portsmouth
Origin 2 Berwick     Portsmouth  
Origin 3 South Berwick        
Origin 4 Eliot        
Destination 1 Navy Yard Gate 1 (Kittery) Navy Yard Navy Yard Newington Navy Yard
Destination 2

Portsmouth Market Sq.
(Connections available)

    Dover Market Sq.
Destination 3       Somersworth  
Destination 4       Rochester  

Service between Portsmouth and the Navy Yard is provided via the Lafayette Road Trolley (route 41cc) or Route 2 (2cc). Please see the route 41 or route 2 schedules for this information (the runs are marked on the schedule with an asterisk *).  A Clipper Connection monthly pass or base cash fare of $3.25 is required to ride to/from Kittery on routes 2cc & 41cc.

Service to/from Pease Tradeport

The Clipper Connection no longer services Pease Tradeport directly.  Service from Portsmouth to Pease Tradeport is available via the Pease Trolley (route 40).   The morning Lafayette Road Trolley (41cc) dropping off/picking up at the Navy Yard continues on from Market Square as route 40 towards Pease.

Other service between Pease Tradeport and surrounding communities can be facilitated via routes 2 & 40, which connect at the Fox Run Mall in Newington.

COAST also offers direct commuter service between Rochester and Pease Tradeport for the same price as our regular routes.  See route 20 for details.

Clipper Connection Information

How It Works

  • All COAST bus routes are open to the public.
  • Buses will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Our MCI commuter coaches (currently used on routes 100 and 103) have seating for 55 passengers.  No standees are allowed, but the seating capacity is more than adequate at this time.  You can use our seat tracker tool on the left side of the screen to see how many open seats are generally available on the morning runs each day.
  • Our New Flyer buses (currently used on route 101, and the others from time to time) have seating for 37 passengers, with standing room available for up to 80 passengers in total.
  • We may use other equipment in our fleet as our operational needs dictate.  All of our full-sized buses have the capacity for at least 43 passengers (including standees).  There may be occasions in which some passengers are required to stand, but we try to keep these to an absolute minimum.
  • Our ADA-compliant buses are able to transport two passengers using wheelchairs or other mobility devices if necessary.
  • Each bus (including the coaches) can carry 2 bicycles on the front bicycle rack on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be prepared to lock your bicycle at your pick-up point if the rack is already full.
  • Schedules are approximate. Be at your stop about 5 minutes before the published time to ensure you don’t miss the bus. The morning buses will not depart any timepoint early. The afternoon return buses will not depart the Navy Yard early, but all stops thereafter become drop-off only and may not run exactly according to schedule.

Service Issues

  • COAST is the main contact if you have questions, complaints, or suggestions about our service – please do not contact staff at PNSY with these issues. If you need to contact us, you can reach us by phone at 603-743-5777.
    • Questions about the schedule, if the bus is late, stop locations, etc. go to Dispatch. Press 1.
    • Complaints (and commendations!) about the service go to our Operations Supervisors. Press 4.
    • Suggestions, planning, and service requests go to our Manager of Operations and Planning, preferably emailed to, subject “Clipper Connection”
  • COAST will operate service in just about any weather. In the 2008 ice storm, COAST buses continued to run without incident, despite no power to our radio tower or dispatch center. In the unlikely event of a major service interruption, notice will be posted through as many of the following means as possible:
    • All local radio stations
    • New Hampshire’s WMUR and Portland’s WCSH
    • Our Twitter feed features regular updating for service conditions. @COASTbus (
    • Our website will be updated for planned service outages
    • Our phone system greeting will always be updated during bad weather with up-to-the-minute status of bus departures.
  • COAST observes six holidays on which no service is operated: New Year’s, Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days.