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Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry

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icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Don’t let time determine whether to see Boston or Salem. Visit both towns with the help of a quick and comfortable catamaran. This high-speed ferry service travels from Boston to Salem (or vice versa). Enjoy the scenic adventure from the upper or lower deck of the boat—or just relax at the lounge inside. An onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase. Upon arrival, many top attractions are within walking distance. One-way or round-trip tickets are available with a variety of convenient departure times.
  • Fast, efficient transportation between Boston and Salem
  • Onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase
  • See top Salem and Boston attractions within walking distance of the ports
  • One-way or round-trip ferry service available
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Boston to Salem aboard High-Speed Catamaran
One-Way or Round-Trip ferry service available
See the stunning views of the Boston Skyline during your sail
Skip the summer and Halloween traffic with this leisurely sail to Salem, MA
Explore historic Salem, from museums and shops to fine dining and culture, this historic port town has enough to beguile—and bewitch—the entire family.
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Food & beverage (available for purchase on board)
Transportation to/from ferry terminals
  • Long Wharf , Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    Departure Point: Boston Long Wharf

  • 10 Blaney St , 10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Salem Ferry Center, 10 Blaney St., Salem, MA Directions to Salem Ferry Center: Take Route 114 into Salem to Derby St. From there, follow the signs for the Salem Ferry. Blaney Street is a right off Derby. There is ample free parking at Salem Ferry Center.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Boston or Salem? If that has to be the question, the answer is…both. Ditch the traffic and enjoy both historic cities with the help of a speedy ferry. A one-way or round-trip ticket provides a quick journey along Massachusetts Bay, scenery included. Think fishing boats, lighthouses, and beautiful homes here and there. It sure beats bumper-to-bumper traffic and angry car horns.

    Onboard this catamaran, which holds up to 149 passengers, enjoy the sights and sounds from the upper or lower deck, or just relax inside with a beverage or snack. Breakfast or lunch is always ready.

    Upon arrival in Salem, it’s a short stroll to top attractions like the House of Seven Gables and the Peabody Essex Museum. At the other end in Boston, the New England Aquarium, the Old North Church, Quincy Market and more are within walking distance.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The boat is wheelchair accessible, however the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Boston Harbor Cruises
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    Should I make advance reservations for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What is the actual departure location in Boston for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The ferry departs from 1 Long Wharf, Boston.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Is parking available near the departure point for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:There are two parking garages: The Harbor Garage, 70 E. India Row, Boston; and Rowes Wharf Garage, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston. Parking fees apply at both locations.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What is the actual departure location in Salem for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The ferry departs from 10 Blaney St. Salem.
    May 2021
    Q:
    When should I arrive for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What kind of ferry is used during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The Nathaniel Bowditch, is a high-speed catamaran that holds 149 passengers in comfort and travels at speeds of up to 33 knots, getting you to Salem in just under an hour.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Are restrooms available onboard during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Yes, restrooms are available on board.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What should I bring with me on the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers are a good idea, along with a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Is food available during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Yes! There is a selection of sandwiches as well as tasty snacks. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks, and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Note: bring cash as the credit card readers don't always function at sea.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Will I experience motion sickness during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The catamarans are designed to be highly stable, but some passengers may experience motion sickness. Medication such as Dramamine may help. Facing forward with your head resting on the seatback near the front of the boat can help as well.
    May 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring my pet with me on the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:Yes - animals onboard must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times. Note - the cruise may last up to 4 hours, so it is up to the pet owner to consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.
    May 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.

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    star-5
    Best way to travel
    Ruth_h
    , Oct 2021
    Always love traveling to Salem from Boston on the Ferry to visit family and friends. Traveling on the roads can be a drag, but traveling by Ferry is always a fun, relaxing, adventure. Being on the ocean is a huge treat.
    star-5
    Best way to get to Salem
    Angela_S
    , Oct 2021
    Safe, clean and comfortable, left on time, beautiful views along with a little informative commentary.
    star-5
    Boating in Boston
    Catherine_D
    , Oct 2021
    Best boat trip! Loved going to Salem this way! The bar is great and beer is cold! Fresh air and sunshine 🌞 Bring a hair tie 👍
    star-5
    Even with choppy seas -...
    Lori_C
    , Oct 2021
    Even with choppy seas - this was a lot of fun & learned a lot from our guide! It was a fun experience!
    star-5
    Salem highlights
    Brittany_P
    , Oct 2021
    We enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was very animated and kept the tour interesting. She was very well versed in Salem history as she grew up there and had lived there for 13 years. I was very impressed with all of the history we learned about. Some things I didn’t know. Me and my husband are from Ga and went on my birthday Oct 10th. It was the highlight of the day for me! I highly recommend it.
    star-5
    Quick and Easy Ferry Ride With a View
    Catherine_C
    , Oct 2021
    Everything about this was smooth and easy. Boarded on time, plenty of seats, beautiful sky, just a great trip. We weren’t expecting the free trolley ride into the busier area of Salem on our arrival.
    star-5
    The only way to go to Salem!!
    Angela_S
    , Oct 2021
    The only way to travel!!! No traffic, no stop signs, just a smooth ride with a brisk, cool sea breeze, salty air and an interesting coastline. The crew is polite, friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend this ferry!! Will use again on my next visit.
    star-5
    Salem
    Liana_B
    , Oct 2021
    Easy to purchase tickets online ahead of time and fast boarding and travel. There in under an hour. Salem harbor is just a few minute walk into town. Fund activity to do in October.
    star-5
    Best way to get to Salem!
    Chelsea_O
    , Oct 2021
    The ride from Boston to Salem was so fun. The commentary was great, our guide provided pamphlets and maps to Salem, and he even helped us determine our way from the pier to our hotel. The bar was fun too!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fantastic time
    Cathyjo_B
    , Sep 2021
    A unique experience seeing all the sights from the water. The commentary of what we were seeing was informative as well as educational.

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