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

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icon50 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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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.
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Food & beverage (available for purchase on board)
Transportation to/from ferry terminals
  • Long Wharf , Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    Departure Point: Boston Long Wharf

  • 10 Blaney St , 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.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    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

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    star-5
    Girls vacation
    Teresa_A
    , Jun 2022
    Great experience easy check-in, crew was great. Highly recommend good day trip with friends or family.
    star-5
    Best way to get to Salem!
    Julia_B
    , Jun 2022
    Super fast - don’t go on the bow if you want to keep a hairstyle. Air conditioning on lower deck and the first sailing when we went was super quiet.
    star-5
    Excellent views!
    Anonymous
    , Jun 2022
    Excellent way to enjoy the trip between Boston and Salem. Beautiful cruise by the coast. Would highly recommend.
    star-5
    Salem Trip
    Janet_W
    , Jun 2022
    This ferry was nice. Had tables and bench seats and had snacks and cocktails available for purchase. Enjoyed Salem but didn’t find a lot to do. Had a great lunch at Finz.
    star-5
    Visiting Boston/Salem from San Antonio
    Jason_L
    , Jun 2022
    Staff was courteous and the ride from Boston to Salem went without issue. Exactly how I like my air and boat travel. Enjoyed the day in Salem and returned back to Boston via rail.
    star-5
    I’ve never been here, so...
    Eric_C
    , Jun 2022
    I’ve never been here, so his narration was rather informative. I learned a lot about the area while he threw in modern facts with colonial times..
    star-5
    Wonderful adventure
    MaryAnn_B
    , Jun 2022
    The trip to Salem was a wonderful adventure. Our guide helped us understand the importance of Boston harbor and the town of Salem by pointing out significant landmarks. The crew was courteous and professional.
    star-4
    Expensive drinks
    Penny_P
    , Jun 2022
    The twelve dollars $ 12 I spent for one 1 Shandy and one 1 cola at the snack bar. The seats were very comfortable and had tables. Took naps over and back. So quite relaxing. I used it again because the T wasn't running on June 1, 2022
    star-4
    Excellent way to enjoy the bay on the way to Salem
    William_H
    , Jun 2022
    Nice way to see the Harbor and bay. Your learn a little about the bay’s history along the way. The speakers need more volume to overcome the wind noise
    star-5
    Great option
    Teresa_S
    , May 2022
    Prompt and comfortable ride to Salem for the day. Highly recommend for a day trip from Boston. Took about 50 minutes.
    star-5
    Great day trip
    Bobby_H
    , May 2022
    Nice ride on the boat with great views. Salem was a fun day trip from Boston. This cruise is the most relaxing way to get from Boston to Salem
    star-5
    Smooth ride into Boston
    Andy_P
    , May 2022
    We encountered a storm en route to Boston. The Ferry had enough room indoors for all passengers and the ride was incredibly smooth. I highly recommend this ferry.
    star-5
    Travel weekend
    Zuleyka_B
    , May 2022
    Love the sea. Salem is a great town whit story, legacy and traditions. Still maybe need a bit modern upgrade but in things that help it whit economy and town benefits
    star-5
    I love how fast the trip...
    becky_d
    , May 2022
    I love how fast the trip from Boston to Salem and to relax after walking 4 miles around Salem, then back to Boston on the ferry. Great service, fast loading onto the ferry. I would highly recommend.
    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.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    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.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    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!

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