Parking Map & Transportation

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.

Public Transportation

MBTA Train and Bus Service:
800-392-6100

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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.

Salem Ferry:

10 Blaney Street, Salem

877-SEE-WHALE

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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.

Salem Harbor Shuttle
Daily: June – Labor Day Weekend 2018

Rates: Adults $7; $Child under 12: $4 / Day Pass: Adult $15; Child under 12 $9

Salem Ferry Transfer or Salem Resident: Adult $4; Child under 12 $2

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Great for locals and visitors alike, climb aboard at any of our four stops – Blaney Street, Congress Street, Winter Island and The Willows – along Salem’s emerging waterfront.  Tickets can be purchased onboard.

Parking

The City Garages received new pay systems in 2017 that accept cash and credit cards. Rates have increased for 2018, see updated for all-day rates below. 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 for 2018 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. Fines are increasing in 2018 and visitors are asked to park only in designated areas.

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.

Church Street Lot
With smart meters and no time restrictions, the Church Street lot is another great option. You do need to pay at a multispace meter before leaving your car, though, so make sure you pay for as many hours as you will need. Cost is $1.00 per hour on weekdays, and the multispace meters accept credit cards and cash.

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, rates are $10 when parked for 2 hours or less or $20 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.

Additional Parking Options for October

Bentley Academy Charter School
Located at 1723 Szetela Lane. Easy access in and our of Salem. Cars and buses welcome. Maps of Salem available to all parkers as well as directions to avoid traffic as you leave town. The lot is a short 5-10 minute walk to The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, waterfront, and downtown. No overnight parking. Rates for cars range from $10-20 based on specific dates, and rates for motorhomes and coaches run $25-40. Lot is available October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. For more information please email halloweenparking@gmail.com.

The Phoenix School Lot
Located at 89 Margin Street. 2018 availability: October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, and 30-31. Parking starts at 10:00 am, first come, first served. Restrooms and Haunted Happenings Guides for parkers. An easy walk (three blocks) from downtown attractions. $20 fee in cash per car. All proceeds benefit the financial aid and academic programs at The Phoenix School, a (501)(c)(3) charitable organization.

Shetland Park
Located at 29 Congress Street. 2018 availability: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. $20 fee in cash per car.

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 Hote. 

Long-Term ParkingDuring our peak seasons, especially October weekends, overflow parking can be found on Fort Avenue and at Salem Willows.

View the 2018 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.

Click here for more information about planning a group visit to Salem Haunted Happenings.

Parking Tickets

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.

Directions

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.