Directions to Salem

Traffic to Salem is expected to be significant during the month of October, particularly on weekends. Generally, motorists travel to Salem via Route 114 East. We would strongly discourage your using this route during October weekends. Instead, you are advised to take alternate routes to Salem in order to minimize travel time.

Please note: Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Access to the parking garage on weekends will be via Brown Street.

Additional street closures may be made based on public safety needs of the festival. 

From / To Route 90 - MassPike

To Salem: Continue on I-90/Masspike East and take Exit 25 (South Boston) and follow signs to rejoin I-90 East to Logan Airport/1A.  Follow Route 1A all the way into Salem.
From Salem: Take Route 1A South to the Ted Williams Tunnel.  From the tunnel take Exit 25 to South Boston surface streets.  Take a left on Congress Street, left on West Service Road and right onto the South Boston Bypass Road.  Take a right onto northbound Frontage Road to the I-90 West on-ramp.


From Points South

Route 1 North or Route 95 North to Route 129 South.  Follow Route 129 South to Route 107 North, and follow into Salem.
Route 128 North to Take Exit 44B to Lynn/129 East.  Enter Goodwin Circle (Rotary) and take the Salem Street/Peabody exit.  Salem Street turns into Lynnfield Street.  Lynnfield Street turns into Washington Street. At the intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 28 (Centennial Drive).  Follow Centennial Drive and take right on Summit Street.  Follow and take left onto Lynnfield Street.  Lynnfield Street will turn into Washington Street.  At intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 26.  Follow Lowell Street through Peabody Square.  Lowell Street will turn into Main Street.  Follow signs into Salem.


From Points North / Cape Ann

Take Route 128 South to Exit 24.  Follow Endicott Street to intersection with Route 35 (Water Street).  Take Route 35 South to Route 114 East.  Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 22.  Take Route 62 East to Route 1A South.  Cross bridge, and follow Route 1A South into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 20.  Take Route 1A South, and follow into Salem.


From Points North / New Hampshire & Maine

Take I-95 South to Route 128 North. Follow directions above to either Exit 26, 24, 22, or 20 to Salem.
Take I-95 South to Route 1 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take I-93 South to I-95/Route 128 North. Follow directions above for Route 128 North.

The path to progress isn't always pretty!

Building Salem Logo There are several construction projects happening and planned in Salem for 2013 - 2019.  These include the construction of a new garage at the MBTA station, the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum, expansion of Salem State University, curb-to-curb improvements of Canal Street, and a future National Grid project.

For construction updates, including traffic impacts, please visit BuildingSalem.com.

Parking in Salem

CLICK HERE FOR ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING BANS FOR OCTOBER 31

 

We know parking in Salem during Haunted Happenings can be frustrating. In addition to the lots and garages listed here, several private lots will be open (cash on entry, between $10 and $20).  Please plan for traffic getting in, especially on Saturdays.

 

Salem implemented a new comprehensive parking plan in 2012. If you have visited before, you may find new parking meters and regulations in your favorite parking lots and spots. When you are seeking parking in Salem, please respect our residents and the streets marked Resident-only. Cars will be ticketed ($40 fine) or towed that are illegally parked. 

 

Please visit ParkinginSalem.com for the new parking information and maps. Follow @getthroughoctober on Twitter for road closings and traffic updates throughout the month.

Parking Lots

Some parking lots have multi-space meters and others have conventional meters. The multi-space meters accept coins, bills, and credit cards. The conventional meters only accept coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters).

 

Unlimited daily stay: You can stay in the Bridge Street and Church Street West lots for as long as you need. Just be sure to pay for your full stay at the multi-space meters before you walk off the lot.

 

Four-hour maximum stay: All of the other parking lots are intended for four hour stays or less. The Church Street East and Salem Green lots have multi-space meters. The other lots have conventional meters. If you need to stay for more than four hours, park in the Bridge Street or Church Street West lots, or one of the garages. You can save money, not have to worry about getting a ticket, and avoid having to move your car.

 

Enforcement of parking lots is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday.  Parking tickets cost $25.00.

 

The fine for parking in a resident-only parking zone is $40.00.  

Different parking lots and in Salem have different rates.
    $4.00 per day: Bridge Street
    $1.00 per hour: Church Street West, Church Street East, and Salem Green
    $0.75 per hour: Sewall Street, Front Street, and Klop Alley
    $0.50 per hour: Riley Plaza West and Riley Plaza East

 

Please note: the Church Street Lot will cost $20 cash on entry on October weekends and after 2:00 PM on Halloween.

 

Universal Steel Lot, 297 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

 

Volunteers from the Salem High School music program will be at the lot collecting $20 per car for parking on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 31 and November 1. All of the proceeds will go to the band’s efforts to raise funds necessary for drums, uniforms, and instruments. The donations will be collected starting at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and at 10:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

On all other dates the lot will be free to park. The adjacent lot, formerly Alpha Auto Sales at 295 Bridge Street, is also available for parking. Parking in that lot will also be at $20 per car for the Salem High School music program on the dates listed above.

Garages

Museum Place Garage

    1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

    Weekdays the cost is $0.75 per hour.

    Weekends in October and after 2:00 PM on Halloween cost is $20 cash on entry.

South Harbor Garage

    10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

    Weekdays the cost is $0.25 per hour.

    Weekends in October and after 2:00 PM on Halloween, the cost is $20 cash on entry.

 

Note: There are meters on the first floor of the South Harbor Garage, which cost $.25 per hour, but have a 4-hour limit.

Motor Coach and Bus Parking

Salem, Massachusetts welcomes groups! October is peak season in Salem, and parking - especially on the weekends - can be challenging for both cars and buses. Destination Salem has a new Motor Coach Map & Guidelines to help group tour leaders and drivers, and complete information for groups visiting Salem is available at Salem.org.

 

Printed copies of the Motor Coach Map & Guidelines are available to group tour planners by contacting Destination Salem at (978) 741-3252 or kfox@salem.org.

More Information

 

For complete information on Parking in Salem, visit ParkinginSalem.com.

 

Click here for the Downtown Parking Map

MBTA Garage

The MBTA Garage at the Commuter Rail Salem station is now open. Parking is intended for train passengers and costs $5.00 per day.  Learn more

Please note: The Salem garage will be closed from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Halloween night. No vehicles will be permitted in or out during that time.

Transportation

MBTA Train Service


Commuter Rail Newburyport/Rockport lines. Bus #450 from South Station. Bus #459 from Logan Terminal C.
800-392-6100 | mbta.com

MBTA Bus Service

Bus #450 from Haymarket, Boston
Bus #455 from Wonderland Station
Bus #456 from Central Square, Lynn
Bus #459 from Terminal C, Logan Airport
Bus #465 from Liberty Tree Mall (Best Buy), Danvers
800-392-6100 | mbta.com

Salem Fast Ferry (Boston)

As one of the nation’s most historic and haunted cities, Salem in October is a must-visit. Let the Salem Fast Ferry whisk you there from Boston in under an hour.
10 Blaney St. Salem & Long Wharf, Boston | 877-733-9425 | BostonHarborCruises.com

KT’S Transportation

Ride to/from Boston’s Logan Airport in our clean, dependable, smoke-free Honda Odyssey vans. We have reliable, friendly and competitive rates. Based in Salem, MA.
978-317-7376 | KTsTransportation.com

Directions To Salem

 

The City of Salem Parking web site.

Long term motor coach parking is available at Fort Avenue and Salem Willows. Download the 2013 Salem Motorcoach Map & Guidelines.

Alternate Routes into Salem

Traffic to Salem is expected to be significant during the month of October, particularly on weekends. Generally, motorists travel to Salem via Route 114 East. We would strongly discourage your using this route during October weekends. Instead, you are advised to take alternate routes to Salem in order to minimize travel time.

From / To Route 90 - MassPike

To Salem: Continue on I-90/Masspike East and take Exit 25 (South Boston) and follow signs to rejoin I-90 East to Logan Airport/1A.  Follow Route 1A all the way into Salem.
From Salem: Take Route 1A South to the Ted Williams Tunnel.  From the tunnel take Exit 25 to South Boston surface streets.  Take a left on Congress Street, left on West Service Road and right onto the South Boston Bypass Road.  Take a right onto northbound Frontage Road to the I-90 West on-ramp.


From Points South

Route 1 North or Route 95 North to Route 129 South.  Follow Route 129 South to Route 107 North, and follow into Salem.
Route 128 North to Take Exit 44B to Lynn/129 East.  Enter Goodwin Circle (Rotary) and take the Salem Street/Peabody exit.  Salem Street turns into Lynnfield Street.  Lynnfield Street turns into Washington Street. At the intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 28 (Centennial Drive).  Follow Centennial Drive and take right on Summit Street.  Follow and take left onto Lynnfield Street.  Lynnfield Street will turn into Washington Street.  At intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 26.  Follow Lowell Street through Peabody Square.  Lowell Street will turn into Main Street.  Follow signs into Salem.


From Points North / Cape Ann

Take Route 128 South to Exit 24.  Follow Endicott Street to intersection with Route 35 (Water Street).  Take Route 35 South to Route 114 East.  Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 22.  Take Route 62 East to Route 1A South.  Cross bridge, and follow Route 1A South into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 20.  Take Route 1A South, and follow into Salem.


From Points North / New Hampshire & Maine

Take I-95 South to Route 128 North. Follow directions above to either Exit 26, 24, 22, or 20 to Salem.
Take I-95 South to Route 1 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take I-93 South to I-95/Route 128 North. Follow directions above for Route 128 North.

Halloween Road Closures

The following streets will be closed to traffic at approximately 4:00 p.m. until approximately 11:30 p.m.

  • Washington St. from New Derby to Bridge St.
  • Essex St. from Barton Square to Union St.
  • Derby St. from Lafayette St. to Union St.
  • Brown St. at New Liberty St. Second backup closure at Howard St.
  • Lafayette St. from Derby St. to Front St.
  • Hawthorne Blvd. from Derby St. to Essex St.
  • Washington Sq. West from Essex to Brown St. Washington Sq. South closed. Washington Sq. North closed from Brown to Winter St.
  • Winter St. at Bridge St. closed to inbound traffic.
  • Williams St. at Bridge St.
  • Congress St. closed at South Harbor Garage. Vehicles will be detoured to Pickering Way out to Derby St. Derby St. inbound traffic detoured to Wharf St. out to Congress St.
  • Front St., Charter St., and Central St. closed to traffic.
  • Federal Street closed to traffic from St. Peters St. to North St.

 

The following streets will be closed to traffic from 10:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

  • Bridge St. will be closed to traffic between the westerly ramps and the Bypass Road.
  • Incoming Bridge St northbound traffic will be detoured up westerly ramps to North St. Bypass Road inbound traffic from Beverly will be diverted back to Bridge St. and back to Beverly. Incoming southbound traffic from Bridge St. will be diverted to the Bypass Road and back to Beverly.
  • Franklin Street may be closed to traffic if needed.
  • Other closures or openings could be decided as special circumstances arise.

 

No parking tow zones from 4:00 p.m. to midnight

  • Lafayette St. both sides Front St. to Derby St.
  • Public parking lot along Front St. Public parking spaces located on Central St. in front of old police station.
  • Essex St. from Barton Sq. to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Derby St. both sides between Union St. and Lafayette St.
  • Hawthorne Blvd. both sides.
  • Front St.
  • Central St.
  • Washington St. from New Derby St. to Bridge St. both sides.
  • Washington Sq. North, South, and West both sides.
  • Norman St. from Washington to Crombie St.
  • New Derby St. between Klop Alley and Lafayette St.

 

No parking tow zones from 8:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Federal St. both sides from Washington St. to old Superior Court.
  • Washington Street in front of 50 Washington St. (Tabernacle Congregational Church)