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Travel by air

The closest airport to Salem is Boston Logan (BOS) which is about a 30-45 minute drive away.

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Travel by train

The MBTA has a train station right in Salem, MA. Ticket info, schedules, maps and more can be found on the MBTA’s web site here. The MBTA also offers a trip planning tool which can be found here.

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Travel by car

If you’re visiting by car, be aware that parking can be limited and is largely not free. Please also know that many footpath/tourist areas do not allow vehicles on the roads (outside of police or emergency vehicles) so be sure you don’t turn down any streets you aren’t supposed to be on. Downtown Salem offers on street parking (both metered and free) as well as three parking garages (the Museum Place garage, the South Harbor garage and the MBTA garage).

Some helpful info…

  • To view an interactive map of parking in Salem, please click here.
  • I suggest you download the Passport Parking app prior to arrival so you can easily pay from your phone.
  • Parking rates (as well as tickets!) may increase in the fall.
  • The city of Salem offers a free shuttles from satellite lots on October weekends. Keep an eye for those details each year.
  • To stay on top of road closures and other transit announcements, I suggest downloading the city of Salem’s official app and allowing push notifications for real time updates.

Travel by ferry

The ferry is a good option if you’re going back and forth between Salem and Boston. The ferry landing in Salem is located at 10 Blaney Street and in Boston at 1 Long Wharf. Schedules and ticket info can be found here.