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Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry

Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry

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Boston, United States
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icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Don’t let time determine whether to see Boston or Salem. Visit both towns with the help of a quick and comfortable catamaran. This high-speed ferry service travels from Boston to Salem (or vice versa). Enjoy the scenic adventure from the upper or lower deck of the boat—or just relax at the lounge inside. An onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase. Upon arrival, many top attractions are within walking distance. One-way or round-trip tickets are available with a variety of convenient departure times.
  • Fast, efficient transportation between Boston and Salem
  • Onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase
  • See top Salem and Boston attractions within walking distance of the ports
  • One-way or round-trip ferry service available
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Boston to Salem aboard High-Speed Catamaran
One-Way or Round-Trip ferry service available
See the stunning views of the Boston Skyline during your sail
Skip the summer and Halloween traffic with this leisurely sail to Salem, MA
Explore historic Salem, from museums and shops to fine dining and culture, this historic port town has enough to beguile—and bewitch—the entire family.
Gratuities
Food & beverage (available for purchase on board)
Transportation to/from ferry terminals

Departure Point

Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Departure Point: Boston Long Wharf

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

Salem Ferry Center, 10 Blaney St., Salem, MA Directions to Salem Ferry Center: Take Route 114 into Salem to Derby St. From there, follow the signs for the Salem Ferry. Blaney Street is a right off Derby. There is ample free parking at Salem Ferry Center.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Boston or Salem? If that has to be the question, the answer is…both. Ditch the traffic and enjoy both historic cities with the help of a speedy ferry. A one-way or round-trip ticket provides a quick journey along Massachusetts Bay, scenery included. Think fishing boats, lighthouses, and beautiful homes here and there. It sure beats bumper-to-bumper traffic and angry car horns.

Onboard this catamaran, which holds up to 149 passengers, enjoy the sights and sounds from the upper or lower deck, or just relax inside with a beverage or snack. Breakfast or lunch is always ready.

Upon arrival in Salem, it’s a short stroll to top attractions like the House of Seven Gables and the Peabody Essex Museum. At the other end in Boston, the New England Aquarium, the Old North Church, Quincy Market and more are within walking distance.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • The boat is wheelchair accessible, however the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Boston Harbor Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Should I make advance reservations for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.
May 2021
Q:
What is the actual departure location in Boston for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The ferry departs from 1 Long Wharf, Boston.
May 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:There are two parking garages: The Harbor Garage, 70 E. India Row, Boston; and Rowes Wharf Garage, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston. Parking fees apply at both locations.
May 2021
Q:
What is the actual departure location in Salem for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The ferry departs from 10 Blaney St. Salem.
May 2021
Q:
When should I arrive for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.
May 2021
Q:
What kind of ferry is used during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The Nathaniel Bowditch, is a high-speed catamaran that holds 149 passengers in comfort and travels at speeds of up to 33 knots, getting you to Salem in just under an hour.
May 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Yes, restrooms are available on board.
May 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers are a good idea, along with a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.
May 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Yes! There is a selection of sandwiches as well as tasty snacks. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks, and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Note: bring cash as the credit card readers don't always function at sea.
May 2021
Q:
Will I experience motion sickness during the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The catamarans are designed to be highly stable, but some passengers may experience motion sickness. Medication such as Dramamine may help. Facing forward with your head resting on the seatback near the front of the boat can help as well.
May 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:Yes - animals onboard must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times. Note - the cruise may last up to 4 hours, so it is up to the pet owner to consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.
May 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.

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star-5
Scenic and historical
Kimberly_M
, Nov 2021
The guy taking tickets was so nice and full of area info. Waves were a bit rough but not a reflection of the staff and crew. We had no idea we would get a history lesson of the coast. Loved it!!
star-1
Only thing I would...
Daniel_R
, Nov 2021
Only thing I would recommend is to let all passengers know if there was any sort of bad weather in the upcoming ride. This mentally prepares or people that are at higher risk of getting sea sick a sense of awareness. Other than that all staff onboard were very nice.
star-1
Canceled Ferry
Melanie_M
, Oct 2021
Ferry was canceled due to weather and we were told no refunds. So we didn't get to ride the ferry and we didn't get our money back.
star-5
The scenery was amazing...
Andy_L
, Oct 2021
The scenery was amazing and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely felt like we landed in a village frozen in time.
star-5
Must try experience
angelina_t
, Oct 2021
This ferry ride was so fun and a great way to get to Salem!! We had a great narration of of the history of the islands and buildings from the water and well as beautiful views.
star-5
Very fun ride with lots...
Ashley_R
, Oct 2021
Very fun ride with lots of beautiful views and historic sights! Staff was very friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend and I hope to be back soon!
star-5
Best way to travel
Ruth_h
, Oct 2021
Always love traveling to Salem from Boston on the Ferry to visit family and friends. Traveling on the roads can be a drag, but traveling by Ferry is always a fun, relaxing, adventure. Being on the ocean is a huge treat.
star-5
Best way to get to Salem
Angela_S
, Oct 2021
Safe, clean and comfortable, left on time, beautiful views along with a little informative commentary.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Boating in Boston
Catherine_D
, Oct 2021
Best boat trip! Loved going to Salem this way! The bar is great and beer is cold! Fresh air and sunshine 🌞 Bring a hair tie 👍
star-5
Even with choppy seas -...
Lori_C
, Oct 2021
Even with choppy seas - this was a lot of fun & learned a lot from our guide! It was a fun experience!

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