No need to fly in on your brooms—there are so many ways to get to Salem, MA. Will you visit by train, car or boat? Read about how to get here below.
- MBTA Train and Bus Service:
MBTA Commuter Rail connects Salem to Boston’s North Station via both the Newburyport and Rockport lines. Walk from Salem Depot to downtown shopping, dining, attractions, waterfront. Bus #450 from Wonderland; Bus #459 from Logan Airport.
- Salem Ferry:
10 Blaney Street, Salem
Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf and in less than an hour you’ll be sightseeing, museum hopping, sampling the specialties of local chefs and shopping in Salem’s many quaint boutiques and quirky shops.
- Salem Harbor Shuttle
Daily: July 16-September 5, 2016
Rates: Adults $7; $Child under 12: $4 / Day Pass: Adult $15; Child under 12 $9
Salem Ferry Transfer or Salem Resident: Adult $4; Child under 12 $2
Great for locals and visitors alike, climb aboard at any of our four stops – Blaney Street, Congress Street, Winter Island and The Willows – along Salem’s emerging waterfront. Tickets can be purchased onboard.
If you have visited Salem before, you might find new meters or time regulations in the lots and spots you’ve 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- to 15-minute walk from any parking area. So we hope you will take advantage of our walkable streets and the Salem Trolley.
You can find comprehensive information on the new parking plan at ParkinginSalem.com.
- 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.
- Church Street Lot:
With smart meters and no time restrictions, the Church Street lot is another great option. You do need to pay at a multispace 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 multispace 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:
The MBTA Commuter Rail Station is accessible and conveniently located at 252 Bridge Street. Parking is just $5.00 for your first 14 hours and $12 after and for each additional day. There’s a bike cage, too.
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 four to six hours. Each garage has four charging stations providing access for up to eight parking spots of electric vehicle parking.
- There are several other lots and ample on-street parking in Salem. Visit ParkinginSalem.com for more options, pricing and time limits.
- Parking Tickets:
- We hope you do not get a parking ticket while visiting Salem, but if you do, the $25.00 fine can be paid online here. Click here for additional information on parking tickets.
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 1A 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 Bypass):
The Bridge Street Bypass opened in 2009 to provide direct access between downtown Salem and the Veterans 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 intersection will be Bridge Street, the second intersection is for St. Peter’s Street (left to parking, the PEM, Visitor Center), and the third intersection is Washington Street (MBTA Station on right, business district on left).
- Heading toward 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 Bypass Road, turn right onto Bridge Street at the light before the bridge.