Directions and Parking

Just 16 miles north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast, Salem is easily accessible by car, train, bus, and seasonal ferry.

A note about driving in Salem and Massachusetts: Pedestrians have the right-of-way in Massachusetts, and vehicles are required and expected to stop for pedestrians crossing the road. Since Salem is a very walkable city, as well as a runner-friendly community, you are likely to encounter pedestrians crossing the road who assume you are aware that they have the right-of-way. Please drive with caution.  In addition, Salem has an active bicycling community and you will notice “sharrows” on several streets and interchanges. Please be prepared to share the road with cyclists, and be mindful of cyclists when navigating our intersections.

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 1-A 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 By-Pass)

The Bridge Street By-Pass opened in 2009 to provide direct access between downtown Salem and the Veteran’s 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 instersection will be Bridge Street, the second intersection is for St. Peter’s Street (left to parkign, the PEM, Visitor Center), the third intersection is Washington Street (MBTA Station on right, business district on left).

Heading towards 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 By-Pass Road, turn right onto Bridge Street at the light before the bridge.

Parking

The City of Salem has recently launched a new parking program. If you have visited Salem before, it is likely you will find new meters or time regulations in the lots and spots you have used in the past.  Some parking fees have increased, and some parking fees have decreased.  New “smart meters” have been installed in heavily utilized areas, giving visitors the option to pay with cash or credit card.  If you are planning your first visit to Salem, we are happy to tell you that all of Salem’s downtown attractions are within a 10-15 minute walk from any parking area, so we hope you will park your car in a lot or garage for the duration of your visit and take advantage of our walkable streets and the Salem Trolley to explore Salem.

You can find comprehensive information on the new parking plan at ParkinginSalem.com.

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 4-6 hours. Each garage has four charging stations providing access for up to eight parking spots of electric vehicle parking.  The City of Salem will provide this power free of charge, with cost of parking, for two years (until 2015).

Parking Options

Museum Place Garage:  We recommend setting your GPS for the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970.  The garage costs $.75/hour (cash only) paid upon exit.  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 to Salem!

Church Street Lot: With smart meters and no time restrictions, the Church Street lot is another good option. You do need to pay at a multi-space 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 and the multi-space 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 $.25 per hour (cash only), which is paid upon exit.

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 has been completely renovated to include ample parking and handicap access. It is a short 20 minute trip to Boston’s centrally located North Station terminal.

There are several other lots and ample on-street parking in Salem.  Visit ParkinginSalem.com for more options, pricing and time limits.

Salem Parking Map