Parking in Salem
The City of Salem has recently launched a new parking program. If you have visited Salem before, it is likely you will find new meters or time regulations in the lots and spots you have used in the past. Some parking fees have increased, and some parking fees have decreased. New "smart meters" have been installed in heavily utilized areas, giving visitors the option to pay with cash or credit card. If you are planning your first visit to Salem, we are happy to tell you that all of Salem's downtown attractions are within a 10-15 minute walk from any parking area, so we hope you will park your car in a lot or garage for the duration of your visit and take advantage of our walkable streets and the Salem Trolley to explore Salem.
You can find comprehensive information on the new parking plan at ParkinginSalem.com.
Electric Car Charging Stations
The City has eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor Garages. These ChargePoint Network Coulomb Technologies Charging Stations are dual output units which allow for electric vehicles to plug-in via a standard SAEJ J1772 connector and fixed 18-foot cable, fully charging a vehicle in 4-6 hours. Each garage has four charging stations providing access for up to eight parking spots of electric vehicle parking. The City of Salem will provide this power free of charge, with cost of parking, for two years (until 2015).
Museum Place Garage: We recommend setting your GPS for the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970. The garage costs $.75/hour (cash only) paid upon exit. The best part about the garage? You are right across the street from the Salem Regional Visitor Center - the perfect place to start your visit to Salem!
Church Street Lot: With smart meters and no time restrictions, the Church Street lot is another good option. You do need to pay at a multi-space meter before leaving your car, though, so make sure you pay for as many hours as you will need. Cost is $1.00 per hour and the multi-space meters accept credit cards and cash.
South Harbor Garage: If you are going to be exploring the waterfront, Pickering Wharf, and Derby Street, you may want to park in the South Harbor Garage, 10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970. The South Harbor Garage costs just $.25 per hour (cash only), which is paid upon exit.
The Salem Fast Ferry: If you are going to ride the Salem Ferry into Boston, you will find ample free parking in the lot at 10 Blaney Street, Salem, MA, 01970.
The MBTA Commuter Rail: Please note, the MBTA Commuter Rail Station parking lot is closed for construction until October 1, 2014. For more informatoin on this project, please visit mbta.com or buildingsalem.com. While the MBTA lot is closed, we recommend using the Church Street Lot or Museum Place Garage.
There are several other lots and ample on-street parking in Salem. Visit ParkinginSalem.com for more options, pricing and time limits.