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Car or motocycle is the easiest way to reach Lake Winnipesaukee, but there are buses as well, and a major airport an hour's drive away.




Laconia, Lake Winnipesaukee's major commercial and administrative town, is 95 miles (153 km) north of Boston (map).

Interstate 93 is the major highway north from Boston to the lake. Take Exit 20, then NH Route 11 East from Tilton toward Laconia.

From Portsmouth NH, take the Spaulding Turnpike (NH Route 16) north to Rochester NH, then NH Route 11 west to Alton and the lake.

Distances: Laconia is 24 miles (39 km) north of Concord NH, and 56 miles (90 km) south of Franconia Notch NH.


Concord Coach runs daily buses between Boston's South Station Bus Terminal and Berlin NH, stopping at the Lake Winnipesaukee towns of Tilton Junction, New Hampton, Meredith (map), Center Harbor, and West Ossipee. More...

In Meredith the bus stop is near the Aubuchon Hardware store on the Daniel Webster Highway (NH 25/US 3), near the intersection with the Whittier Highway. From Meredith, you continue your trip by taxi.

Local Bus

The Winnipesaukee Transit System operates weekday bus service connecting the towns of Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia and Tilton. No buses on weekends or national holidays.


The closest major airports with scheduled service are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport , 51 miles (82 km) south of Laconia, and Boston-Logan International Airport., 97 miles (156 km) south of Laconia.

Lake Winnipesaukee has a small general aviation airport: Laconia Municipal Airport.

Airport Shuttle

Lakes Region Airport Shuttle

Based in Tilton, this shuttle company (tel: 888-386-8181, serves Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; Boston's Logan International Airport, South Station Transportation Center, and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. More...


New Hampshire's only scheduled intercity train services in New Hampshire are:

— Amtrak's Downeaster between Boston MA and Brunswick ME, stopping at Exeter, Durham and Dover NH. (Dover is 46 miles (74 km) southeast of Laconia.) More...

— Amtrak's Vermonter, stopping at Claremont NH and, perhaps more conveniently, at White River Junction VT, just across the Connecticut River from Lebanon NH. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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New Hampshire Highway 11 sign

New Hampshire Highway 11: the road to
Laconia and Lake Winnipesaukee.


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