Find us in the 1805 Custom House on the pedestrian walkway!

Getting here

Salem is a quaint city full of history just 16 miles north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast. It is easily accessible by car, train, bus and seasonal ferry.

• Driving

 NOTE: 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.
     

• By Train

  • MBTA Commuter Rail connects Salem to Boston’s North Station via both the Newburyport/Rockport line. Walk from Salem Depot to downtown shopping, dining, attractions, waterfront. Bus #450 from Wonderland; Bus #459 from Logan Airport

  • Expanded October Service for last two weekends of October. Click Here

• By Sea

  • Salem Ferry:
    10 Blaney Street, Salem
    877-SEE-WHALE
    BostonHarborCruises.com/Salem-Ferry
    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
    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.

Salem Historical Tours & Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

8 Central Street, Salem, MA 01970

We are located downtown in the 1805 Custom House

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