MBTA Commuter Rail / Train Service
Service from Boston's North Station on the Newburyport/Rockport lines.
MBTA Bus Service
Bus #450 from Haymarket, Boston
Bus #455 from Wonderland Station
Bus #456 from Central Square, Lynn
Bus #459 from Terminal C, Logan Airport
Bus #465 from Liberty Tree Mall (Best Buy), Danvers
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Salem Fast Ferry (Boston)
As one of the nation’s most historic and haunted cities, Salem in October is a must-visit. Let the Salem Fast Ferry whisk you there from Boston in under an hour.
10 Blaney St. Salem & Long Wharf, Boston | 877-733-9425 | BostonHarborCruises.com
Directions To Salem
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Alternate Routes into Salem
Traffic to Salem is expected to be significant during the month of October, particularly on weekends. Generally, motorists travel to Salem via Route 114 East. We would strongly discourage your using this route during October weekends. Instead, you are advised to take alternate routes to Salem in order to minimize travel time.
From / To Route 90 - MassPike
To Salem: Continue on I-90/Masspike East and take Exit 25 (South Boston) and follow signs to rejoin I-90 East to Logan Airport/1A. Follow Route 1A all the way into Salem.
From Salem: Take Route 1A South to the Ted Williams Tunnel. From the tunnel take Exit 25 to South Boston surface streets. Take a left on Congress Street, left on West Service Road and right onto the South Boston Bypass Road. Take a right onto northbound Frontage Road to the I-90 West on-ramp.
From Points South
Route 1 North or Route 95 North to Route 129 South. Follow Route 129 South to Route 107 North, and follow into Salem.
Route 128 North to Take Exit 44B to Lynn/129 East. Enter Goodwin Circle (Rotary) and take the Salem Street/Peabody exit. Salem Street turns into Lynnfield Street. Lynnfield Street turns into Washington Street. At the intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 28 (Centennial Drive). Follow Centennial Drive and take right on Summit Street. Follow and take left onto Lynnfield Street. Lynnfield Street will turn into Washington Street. At intersection with Main Street, take a right, and follow signs to Salem.
Take Route 128 North to Exit 26. Follow Lowell Street through Peabody Square. Lowell Street will turn into Main Street. Follow signs into Salem.
From Points North / Cape Ann
Take Route 128 South to Exit 24. Follow Endicott Street to intersection with Route 35 (Water Street). Take Route 35 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 22. Take Route 62 East to Route 1A South. Cross bridge, and follow Route 1A South into Salem.
Take Route 128 South to Exit 20. Take Route 1A South, and follow into Salem.
From Points North / New Hampshire & Maine
Take I-95 South to Route 128 North. Follow directions above to either Exit 26, 24, 22, or 20 to Salem.
Take I-95 South to Route 1 South to Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 East into Salem.
Take I-93 South to I-95/Route 128 North. Follow directions above for Route 128 North.
October 2016: Planned Road Closures and Parking Restrictions
The list below outlines the planned and anticipated road closures for October in Salem, including lot closures and traffic impacts from planned special events. The Salem Police will close roadways at any point if they determine it should closed for public safety reasons.
Note that while there are currently road closures planned downtown for Monday, October 31, starting no later than 4:00 p.m., there is a high likelihood that some closures will be made on Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, as well. In addition, there may be periodic weekend closures of Essex Street east-bound at Washington Street, with traffic on Essex Street being detoured via Barton Square or Crombie Street.
Any closures or changes will be announced and posted at www.salem.com and www.salempd.org. For real-time traffic and road closure notices, visit twitter.com/SalemMAPolice and twitter.com/GetThruOctober. You do not need a Twitter account to follow these pages; if you do have a Twitter account, you can subscribe to both feeds at @SalemMAPolice and @GetThruOctober.
For all weekends in October, Essex Street from Hawthorne Boulevard to New Liberty Street will be closed to all through traffic with limited exception.
- Access to the Museum Place Garage will only be available via Brown Street onto New Liberty Street.
- Businesses and residents of the street will be allowed limited access to receive deliveries or access rear parking lots.
- No on-street parking on this portion of Essex Street will be permitted during October weekends.
- A Salem Police officer will be assigned to the area from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist residents and businesses with permitted vehicles entering and exiting the street.
Planned Road Closures
Oct. 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30: There will be no on-street parking on Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St from 6am to 10pm. This section of Essex St will also be closed to through traffic from 9am to 10pm. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St
Oct. 1: Cherubs 5K Fun Run starts at 9am at Forest River Park. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic delays along the following roadways through 10:30am: West Ave, Loring Ave, Broadway, Canal St, Mill St, Lafayette St, and Clifton Ave.
Oct. 4: The Le Boreal cruise ship arrives at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney St will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.
Oct. 6: Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:30pm at Shetland Office Park on Congress St. Anticipate traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Rte 1A from Derby St to Brown St will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm. Other road closures are Congress St, Washington St, Essex St from Washington St to Union St, Central St, Front St, and Washington Sq W, N, and S. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route.
Oct. 9: Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Rte 114 and Rte 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic, from Marblehead to New Derby St. Rte 1A, including Derby St, will be closed to traffic between Lafayette St and Congress St. Congress St will also be closed to traffic. Anticipate road closures and traffic delays from noon to 3pm. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby St between Lafayette and Congress St from 11am to 3pm.
Oct. 15: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9am at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic delays along the following roadways: Memorial Dr, Essex St, Rte 1A, Rte 114 including Hawthorne Blvd, Derby St, and Fort Ave, ending at Restaurant Row.
Oct. 18: The M/V Victory cruise ship arrives at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney St will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.
Oct. 29: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Ave. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic delays until 10:30am on the following roadways: Fort Ave, Derby St, Szetela Ln, Webb St, Andrews St, Washington Sq, Essex St, Charter St, Derby St, Winter Island Rd, Columbus Ave, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Dr. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Dr, Victory Rd, and Larkin Ln.
Oct. 30: The Seabourn Quest cruise ship arrives at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney St will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.
Oct. 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays for the entire day and night. Expect major traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex St at Crombie St and Barton Sq to Union St, Washington St from New Derby St to Bridge St, Federal St from St. Peter’s St to North St, Washington Sq N and W from Essex St to Brown St, Hawthorne Blvd, Derby St, Rte 1A, Congress St near Pickering Wharf, Charter St, Central St, Front St, and Lafayette St from New Derby St to Front St. Bridge St at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.
All information above is subject to change. Additional information may be available at Salem.com.
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Please note: The Salem Police Department will close any street at any time if they determine that a public safety issue exists.