Directions and Maps

Just 16 miles north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast, Salem is easily accessible by car, train, bus, and seasonal ferry.

A note about driving in Salem and Massachusetts: Pedestrians have the right-of-way in Massachusetts, and vehicles are required and expected to stop for pedestrians crossing the road. Since Salem is a very walkable city, as well as a runner-friendly community, you are likely to encounter pedestrians crossing the road who assume you are aware that they have the right-of-way. Please drive with caution.  In addition, Salem has an active bicycling community and you will notice "sharrows" on several streets and interchanges. Please be prepared to share the road with cyclists, and be mindful of cyclists when navigating our intersections. 

From Route 128-North:

Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

Although 114-East is the most accessible route into Salem, you may want to seek alternative routes that receive less traffic during Haunted Happenings. Several suggestions of alternative routes from route 128 include: taking exit 26 to Lowell St. in Peabody, or taking exit 24 to Endicott St. in Danvers.

From Boston (30 minute drive):

Take I-93 North to Exit 37-A for I-95 North. Follow I-95 North to Route 128 North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28. Do not follow the signs to Salem, New Hampshire.

From Logan Airport (25 minute drive):

Take Route 1-A North and at Salem Border, follow the signs for the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Salem. The Manchester, New Hampshire, regional airport is one-hour northwest of Salem.

From the North:

Take I-95 South (Maine) or I-93 South (New Hampshire) to Route 128-North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

From the West:

Take I-90-East to I95/Route 128 North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

From the South:

Take Route 93 North to the Mass Pike (I-90 East) via the Ted Williams tunnel (Exit 23) East to Route 1A North. Take Route 1A North to Salem.

Sgt. James Ayube II Memorial Drive (The Bridge Street By-Pass)

The Bridge Street By-Pass opened in 2009 to provide direct access between downtown Salem and the Veteran's Memorial Bridge to Beverly.  If you are seeking businesses along Salem Common, Winter Street, or Bridge Street, you probably do not want to take the Bypass Road.

From Beverly to Bridge Street businesses, Pickering Wharf, Winter Street, Salem Common, Winter Island or Salem Willows:

After crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge, turn left onto Bridge Street. If you take the Bypass Road unintentionally, turn left at the light onto Rte. 1A, Bridge Street, and you will be driving toward Beverly.

From Beverly to Salem Center, Summer Street, or Chestnut Street:

Stay straight on the Bypass Road. The first instersection will be Bridge Street, the second intersection is for St. Peter's Street (left to parkign, the PEM, Visitor Center), the third intersection is Washington Street (MBTA Station on right, business district on left).

Heading towards Beverly on 107:

Turn right at the intersection signposted Rte. 1A South (Swampscott) for Salem Center, or stay straight for Rte. 1A North for Bridge Street businesses. If you need Bridge Street businesses and are on the By-Pass Road, turn right onto Bridge Street at the light before the bridge.