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

Public Transportation

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 Service

Click here for Bus Service information.

Salem Ferry

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

(844) 983-1842

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. Click HERE to learn more about the Salem Skipper.

For Hours and more Information click HERE.



City Garages accept cash and credit cards. Most on-street non-metered parking is signed and enforced resident only in October.

All Day Parking

Parking rates have increased and are subject to change. Find complete details on parking in Salem below. 

Parking in resident-only areas will result in fines of $75 and cars will be towed. 

NOTE: Salem residents can park for free on October weekends only when registered in the Passport App with proof of residency in the Church Street Lot and the Crescent Lot, adjacent to the MBTA station.

The MBTA Commuter Rail Garage

252 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

$2/day on weekends, $5/day on weekdays. For more information click HERE

  • 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.

Museum Place Garage

1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
$1.25/hour on weekdays, $20 when parked for 2 hours or less or $50 for 2+ hours on weekends and Indigenous Peoples Day.

Church Street Lots

19 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970
Weekends: $40/day (free for Salem residents when registered through the Passport app with proof of residency).
Weekdays: $1.50/hour, and $1.00/hour for residents when registered in the Passport app.

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 $20 when parked for 2 hours or less or $50 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: Parking at 10 Blaney Street is reserved for passengers on the Salem Ferry and people engaged in commercial marina activities at Salem Wharf.

Crombie Street Lot

283-287 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
Weekends and holidays: $40/day; residents registered in the Passport app park free on Saturdays and Sundays

Universal Steel Lot

297 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

$4/day on weekdays, free for Salem residents registered in the Passport app on Sundays (except during October). During October weekends, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and Halloween, this lot is operated by various Salem youth organizations. Pricing is set by the organizations, and residents do not park for free during October.


Free Satellite Parking on October weekends

For more information about the October weekend shuttles, please click here.

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.


Mon-Thurs $40

Fri-Sun $50

Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, Salem

Parking available for $40, buses $60 for the month of October Saturday and Sundays, Shetland will only be parking on the weekends. No public parking will be available Monday-Friday for the month of October.


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 Take either Route 62 or Route 1A to access the Beverly MBTA Garage. The Hall-Whitaker Bridge on Bridge Street in Beverly is closed.

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 Zones Motor 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 Parking One-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 Parking During 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.

Parking Tickets

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.