Directions to Rockport Massachusetts
Rockport is easy to reach by train, car or boat. See a map here and a satellite photo here. By car, Rockport is less than an hour from Boston and just over four hours from New York City.
You can fly to Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) or Manchester, NH Airport (MHT). Rockport offers several Airport Transportation Services (see here)
From Logan: Driving, go right off the airport exit road onto Route 1A North. Follow for 3 miles to Route 60 West. Follow Route 60 to Route 1 North (in Saugus). Follow Route 1 North to exit onto Route 128/95 North. Follow directions to Rockport above. In normal traffic conditions, expect the drive from Logan to Rockport to take approximately 60 minutes. If coming by train from Logan, take a taxi or the “T” (Blue line to Orange line) to North Station & follow directions below. Information about Logan Airport is available here.
From Manchester, NH Airport: Take a right at the bottom of the airport exit road, onto Route 293 South/101 East, following signs to Route 93 South. Turn right onto Route 93 South and follow directions via Route 93 South above. In normal traffic conditions, expect the drive from Manchester to Rockport to take approximately 90 minutes. Information about Manchester Airport is available here.
(Note: Limo services can be prearranged from both Logan and Manchester Airports.)
Take a taxi, public transportation (the “T”), or walk to North Station in Boston. Commuter Rail trains to Rockport leave regularly from Boston’s North Station. Once in Rockport, you are a 5-10 minute walk from downtown and the Atlantic Ocean. Subway and train schedules are available here.
Navigate to Rockport Harbor 42°39’N, 70°36’WIf you have any questions or concerns about Rockport harbor, please contact the Rockport Harbor Master on Channel 9 or by telephone at (978)546-9589.
Follow Route 128 North to Rockport/Gloucester. In Gloucester, you will come upon 2 rotaries (also known as roundabouts or traffic circles), continue straight through both rotaries. Follow the signs toward Rockport past the second rotary, to the first traffic light. This is Route 127 North, (Eastern Avenue.) Turn left onto Route 127 and follow for 3.0 miles.
Travel Note About Interstate 95 and Route 128: Routes 128 and 95 are the same highway from southern Massachusetts until Peabody, MA. In Peabody, Route 95 branches off to the right toward New Hampshire and Maine. When traveling north on Interstate 95/Rte. 128, you must stay on Route 128 by keeping to the left at this point (this is exit #45).
VIA Route 95 North: Follow directions to Rockport above.
VIA Route 95 South: From New Hampshire, follow Route 95 South to Exit #54 in Georgetown, MA. This is Route 133 East, go left at top of off-ramp and follow Route 133 East through Rowley, Ipswich, and Essex to Gloucester where there is an on-ramp to Route 128 North. Follow directions to Rockport above.
VIA Route 93 North: From Boston, follow Route 93 North to Exit #37A onto Route 128/95 North. Follow directions to Rockport above.
VIA Route 93 South: From New Hampshire, follow Route 93 South to exit 37A onto Route 128/95 North. Follow directions to Rockport above.
VIA Route 90 East (Mass Turnpike): Follow Route 90 East to Exit #14 onto Route 128/95 North. Follow directions to Rockport above.
Parking in Rockport
In addition to metered parking in the downtown area (25¢ per half-hour), Rockport has a free parking facility, the Blue Gate Parking Lot, located as you arrive in Rockport on Route 127. Watch for parking signs when you enter Rockport. The lot’s entrance is approximately 1/2 mile from the Gloucester/Rockport line on Route 127 (Upper Main Street) and about 1/4 mile past the Rockport Visitor Information booth. From the parking lot, it is about a 3/4 mile walk to downtown Rockport. The Blue Gate Parking Lot is open seasonally from about Memorial Day weekend through about Columbus Day weekend. Parking in the Blue Gate Parking Lot is free, while the trolley running between the parking lot and downtown Rockport costs $1/person each way.