Parking Map & Transportation
Due to COVID-19, if you are considering a visit to Salem this October and you do not have lodging booked or tickets or reservations purchased in advance, the City of Salem recommends that you postpone your visit until 2021. Special events planned for Salem Haunted Happening have been canceled due to the pandemic and all venues are working with limited occupancy and public health guidelines. Thanks for your help as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe. We would love to see you another time.
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.
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.
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, the Salem Ferry is closed for the 2020 season.
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 ParkinginSalem.com.
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.
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 and Columbus Day.
Church Street West Lot
Located at 19 Federal Street. Weekends: $30/day (free for Salem residents with proof of residency). Weekdays: $1.50/hour.
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 and Columbus 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, 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.
Crombie Street, Universal Steel, Old Salem Jail: $20/day; visitors and residents pay on Saturdays, residents park free on Sundays
Additional Parking Options for October
Bentley Academy Charter School (25 Memorial Drive)
Parking available weekends in October for $20/day.
Hampton Inn Valet Parking (11 Dodge Street)
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)
Parking available for $20-$30, buses $40 for the month of October Saturday and Sundays only – October 3-31.
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 the Salem Willows.
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 $50. 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 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.