Find us in the 1805 Custom House on the pedestrian walkway!
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.
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
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
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.
Parking rates have increased for 2018 and are subject to change. Up to 2 hours parked in a City Garage costs $10, and stays over 2 hours cost $30 during October weekends. Find complete details on parking in Salem below.
PLEASE NOTE: Parking in resident-only areas will result in FINES and cars will be TOWED. Fines are increasing in 2018 and visitors are asked to park only in designated areas. We ask that you take advantage of the myriad of options below. Thank you in advance.
Museum Place Garage:
We recommend setting your GPS for the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970. 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. $1.75/hour on weekdays, $10 when parked for 2 hours or less or $30 for 2+ hours on weekends.
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 $.75 per hour on weekdays, and $1.50 on weekends (excluding October). During October weekends, rates are $10 when parked for 2 hours or less or $20 for 2+ hours.
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.
Meters and parking lots:
There are several other lots near us as well as ample on-street parking in Salem, including Central, Lafayette and Front Streets. There is also the Front Street lot and Klopp Alley. Visit ParkinginSalem.com for more options, pricing and time limits. Meters take nickels, dimes and quarters. Or you can pay by the Passport Parking app with your smart phones.
Additional Parking Options in October:
Bentley Academy Charter School
Located at 1723 Szetela Lane. Easy access in and our of Salem. Cars and buses welcome. Maps of Salem available to all parkers as well as directions to avoid traffic as you leave town. The lot is a short 5-10 minute walk to The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, waterfront, and downtown. No overnight parking. Rates for cars range from $10-20 based on specific dates, and rates for motorhomes and coaches run $25-40. Lot is available October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phoenix School Lot
Located at 89 Margin Street. 2018 availability: October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, and 30-31. Parking starts at 10:00 am, first come, first served. Restrooms and Haunted Happenings Guides for parkers. An easy walk (three blocks) from downtown attractions. $20 fee in cash per car. All proceeds benefit the financial aid and academic programs at The Phoenix School, a (501)(c)(3) charitable organization.
Located at 29 Congress Street. 2018 availability: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. $20 fee in cash per car.
Halloween Road Closures
The city of Salem has announced downtown road closures for Halloween. Most downtown roads will be closing by 4pm. Visitors should not drive to Salem on Halloween.
Halloween will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night in Salem. Visitors are strongly encouraged to take the commuter rail or ferry to get to Salem. Expect major traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4:00 p.m. and likely earlier. Downtown streets to be closed will be posted as no parking zones and vehicles left in those locations will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Planned road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Brown St from New Liberty to Washington Square North, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street.
Bridge Street at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for the closing fireworks.
Downtown residents will be able to park on Halloween night in the Sewall Street parking lot, with proof of residency. As a reminder, City offices will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.