Skip the Traffic & Take the Train to Salem Haunted Happenings

We’re sharing a word to the wise for visitors planning to attend the final weekend of Salem Haunted Happenings: Choose public transportation!

We strongly recommend public transportation as the easiest and most affordable way to get to downtown Salem this weekend. Take advantage of the expanded MBTA Commuter Rail service to Salem, and use the $10 unlimited weekend fare that is valid for travel through all zones throughout Saturday and Sunday. While service on the Newburyport/Rockport lines is out of Boston’s North Station, driving to the MBTA depots in Beverly or Lynn and riding the train one or two stops into Salem will save visitors time lost in traffic. Lots and garages in Salem fill up quickly on busy October weekends, and parking in MBTA garages in Lynn and Beverly will not only be a time saver, but it comes at the affordable $2 per day.

Public safety officials may plan to close Washington Street between Front Street and Church Street and Essex Street between Washington Street and North Street at 11:00 AM the weekend before Halloween, and on October 31. Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street may also be closed from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM on both days.

Parking in City lots and garages will cost $30 for the day, and private lots are charging a daily rate of $30+. Vehicles parked in a resident parking zone will be subject to a $50 ticket and may be towed.

We recommend using the following resources to plan your travel into Salem this October:


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