Parking & Directions
No need to fly in on your brooms—there are so many ways to get to Salem Haunted Happenings. Will you visit by train, car or boat? Read about how to get here below. Please note: Masks are note required, but welcomed on public and private transportation in Massachusetts, including on ferries, trains, ride shares, taxi services, and transportation hubs. For more information regarding the free satellite parking and shuttle services on weekend click HERE
MBTA Train and Bus Service:
MBTA Commuter Rail connects Salem to Boston’s North Station via both the Newburyport and Rockport lines. Walk from Salem Depot to downtown shopping, dining, attractions, waterfront. Bus #450 from Wonderland; Bus #459 from Logan Airport.
435 Liberty Tree Mall – Central Square, Lynn via Peabody Square
450 Salem Depot – Wonderland or Haymarket Station
455 Salem Depot – Wonderland Station
456 Salem Depot – Central Square, Lynn
Note: Beginning on October 1st, Lynn Station will close in order to be rebuilt as part of the Lynn Commuter Rail Station Improvements Project. A free shuttle bus service will be provided between Lynn and Swampscott until a temporary platform is built.
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.
Please note, parking at 10 Blaney Street is is reserved for passengers on the Salem Ferry and people engaged in commercial marina activities.
Planning to Uber or Lyft to downtown? Here are addresses to use:
From the South: Riley Plaza, 1-21 Margin St, Salem, MA 01970
From the North: Old Salem Jail, 161 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970 (and walk up St. Peter’s Street)
Salem Skipper is a ridesharing service that meets you wherever you are. When you’re ready to go, book a ride in the mobile app and you’ll be matched with other passengers heading in the same direction. Please note: Although rides may be shared, the maximum number of riders per vehicle has been limited in compliance with social distancing guidelines.
Book a ride in the mobile app and be matched with other passengers heading in the same direction. Powered by Via.
City Garages accept cash and credit cards. Most on-street non-metered parking is signed and enforced resident only in October. Meters range from $1.00-$1.50/hour.
You can find comprehensive information on the new parking plan at salem.org/parking.
All Day Parking
Note: Parking rates have increased 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.
Parking in resident-only areas will result in fines and cars will be towed.
NOTE: Salem residents can park for free with proof of residency in the Church Street lot and the crescent lot at the MBTA station
Museum Place Garage
1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
$1.75/hour on weekdays, $10 when parked for 2 hours or less or $30 for 2+ hours on weekends and Indigenous Peoples Day.
Church Street West Lot
19 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970
Weekends: $30/day (free for Salem residents with proof of residency). Weekdays: $1.50/hour.
South Harbor Garage
10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
$.75 per hour on weekdays, and $1.50 on weekends (excluding October). During October weekends and Indigenous Peoples Day, rates are $10 when parked for 2 hours or less or $30 for 2+ hours.
The Salem Fast Ferry
If you are going to ride the Salem Ferry into Boston, free parking is available in the lot at 10 Blaney Street, Salem, MA 01970.
Please note, beginning in August 2022, parking at 10 Blaney Street is is reserved for passengers on the Salem Ferry and people engaged in commercial marina activities at Salem Wharf.
The MBTA Commuter Rail
252 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970
$5.00 for your first 14 hours and $12 after and for each additional day.
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- Please note: On October 31, there will be no access to the parking garage and the surface lot at the MBTA station in Salem between 6:00 PM and 11:30 PM. For public safety reasons, and to accommodate the pedestrians getting to trains, cars will not be permitted to enter or depart during this time.
Crombie Street Lot
283-287 Essex St, Salem
Weekends and holidays: $30/day; visitors and residents pay on Saturdays, residents park free on Sundays
297 Bridge Street, Salem
Weekends and holidays: $30/day; Operated as a visitors and residents pay on Saturdays, residents park free on Sundays
Free Satellite Parking on October weekends
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Park for FREE at any of these lots:
225 Canal Street, Salem State University O’Keefe Center
77 Willson Street, Salem High School
108 Jefferson Avenue, behind Salem Hospital
Then ride the FREE shuttle into downtown Salem. It’s only a few minutes’ ride from the lots to downtown!
An accessible shuttle is available from the 77 Wilson Street lot and the 108 Jefferson Avenue lot.
Additional Parking Options for October
Bentley Academy Charter School, 25 Memorial Drive, Salem
Parking available weekends in October for $20/day.
Hampton Inn Valet Parking, 11 Dodge Street, Salem
Costs will vary on weekdays and weekends in October. Please call Hampton Inn Salem at 978-414-3100 same day for that daily rate. Parking is secured and heated. Pull into the valet area when you arrive and a staff member will assist you.
Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, Salem
Parking available for $30, buses $40 for the month of October Saturday and Sundays only – October 3-31.
Regional Parking Options
MBTA Garage, 10 Park Street, Beverly, MA
Weekday parking fee is $4, Weekends are $2. Trains run hourly between Beverly and Salem. UPDATE do to bridge closure on Route 62, you will need to take the exit on Route 1A for parking in Beverly, MA.
MBTA Garage, 325 Broad St, Lynn, MA
UPDATE currently the Lynn MBTA train spot is not in service. Alternative routes will need to be taken if you are using the local MBTA for transportation into Salem, MA.
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.
RV & Motorhome Parking
Parking for RVs and motorhomes is available in the spaces along Fort Avenue and at Salem Willows. Winter Island Maritime Park is not taking any more reservations for this October.
Motor Coach & Bus Parking
Drop Zones & Pick Up ZonesMotor coaches and school buses are asked to use drop zones to load and unload passengers. Drop zones have a 15-minute time limit, which is enforced. A list of drop zones is included in the 2018 Motor Coach & Bus Parking Map & Guidelines.
One & Two-Hour ParkingOne-hour parking for motor coaches is available on Lynde Street near the Witch Dungeon Museum and Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre. Two-hour parking is located on Congress Street (near Pickering Wharf), Essex Street (near the Witch House), and Washington Square South, west-bound near the Hawthorne Hotel.
Long-Term ParkingDuring our peak seasons, especially October weekends, overflow parking can be found on Fort Avenue and at Salem Willows.
View the Motor Coach & Bus Parking Map & Guidelines for a complete list of bus parking locations, along with information on public guide licenses, October street closings, and more.
The ticket fine for parking in a resident-only area is $75. We hope you do not get a parking ticket while visiting Salem, but if you do, fines may be paid online here.
Just 16 miles north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast, Salem is easily accessible by car, train, bus and seasonal ferry.
From Route 128-North:
Take Exit 40A (25A) and follow Route 114 East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museums & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. 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 64 (45) to 38 (28).
From Boston (30-minute drive):
Take I-93 North to Exit 28A (37A) for I-95 North. Follow I-95 North to Route 128 North. Follow directions for Route 128 North above. Do not follow the signs to Salem, New Hampshire.
From Logan Airport (25-minute drive):
Follow Route 1A North to Salem.
From the North:
Take I-95 South (Maine) or I-93 South (New Hampshire) to Route 128 North and follow directions for Route 128 North above.
From the West:
Take I-90-East to I-95/Route 128 North and follow directions above.
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.