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MBTA Commuter Rail trains and buses take you from Boston to Salem every 20 to 30 minutes, but it's more fun to take the fast Salem Ferry at least one way.

 

 

Many people travel to Salem (map) by car, but its easier and more fun to go by boat or train. (On Halloween it's partularly important not to take your car. More...)

Ferryboat

From late May through late October, the Salem Ferry operated by Boston Harbor Cruises speeds between Boston's Long Wharf (map) and Salem about five times daily in each direction. The voyage takes about 45 minutes. More...

Train

MBTA Commuter Rail trains on the Newburyport/ Rockport line run from Boston's North Station to Salem, Beverly, Gloucester, and Rockport.

The trip to Salem's Downtown Depot, the town's train and bus station, takes about 30 minutes. Trains run about every 20 minutes during rush hours, every half-hour during the day, every hour at night and on weekends. More...

Bus

Salem is served by MBTA Bus 450 (Haymarket Station—Salem Depot), which leaves from the Government Center parking garage next to Boston's Haymarket subway station (Green Line or Orange Line).

Buses leave Haymarket every 30 minutes during rush hours, every hour during the day Monday through Saturday, every 90 minutes on Sunday. Here's the schedule...

Bus 459 (Downtown Crossing—Salem Depot) connects Boston's prime shopping district with Salem Depot via Logan Airport and Lynn. It departs Boston from the corner of Otis Street and Summer Street (map). Here's the schedule...

Under good traffic conditions, the bus trips take just over an hour and end at the Salem Downtown Depot (MBTA Commuter Rail station), about 10 minutes' walk from Salem Common and most Salem attractions.

Car

The fastest way from Boston to Salem is the least direct: take I-93 north to I-95 north, then MA Route 128 east, and take the exit marked for MA Route 114 and Salem (map).

A more direct route, via US 1, is not usually faster.

The most direct route, via MA Route 1A, is slowest because it passes through many towns (and many traffic signals) along the way. MA Route 1A North becomes Lafayette Street in Salem.

Note that routes and highway signs on the North Shore can be confusing. Routes are filled with turns, and signs are inconspicuous or missing. You may have to stop and ask the way at least once.

Distances

From Salem (map) to:

Boston: 17 miles (27.5 km) SW

Gloucester: 16 miles (26 km) NE

Marblehead: 4 miles (6.5 km) SE

Rockport: 22 miles (35.5 km) NE

—by Tom Brosnahan



What to See & Do in Salem

Halloween in Salem

Tourist Information

Salem Hotels

Marblehead

About Salem

Gloucester

Boston Transportation

Boston

 

 

Friendship, Salem Maritime Historic Site, Salem MA

Above, too bad you can't sail to Salem on the Friendship (Salem Maritime National Historic Site).

Below, Salem Willows Park & beach.

Salem Willows Park, Salem MA