Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry (2022)

  • 50 minutes (approx.)

  • Mobile ticket

  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • 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 & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • 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, MADirections 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

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    about cancellations.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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    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

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    Reviews

    4.5

    149 reviews

    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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    Reviews by Viator travelers.

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    Staff were extremely...

    Therese_B,

    Aug 2022

    Staff were extremely friendly and the ferry was very clean. Made visiting from across the country pleasant

    Be careful

    Sharon_W,

    Aug 2022

    I purchased tickets for 13th at checkout noticed the date was 11th immediately contacted the company to have this rectified. I was unable to reach a real person. Received a message no refund no changes allowed. Be extremely careful when booking to make sure your choices stay the same throughout the booking process.

    Refreshing and informative

    Denise_V,

    Aug 2022

    It was a super hot day and the ferry ride was a wonderful respite with the cool breeze blowing, full sun, and a narrated view of Boston! Fantastic!!

    Salem

    cherisemyrtle,

    Aug 2022

    Narrated trip was nice We enjoyed learning about the area thank you for a wonderful exciting trip from Boston to Salem

    Take the Ferry if You Can!

    Benjamin_F,

    Aug 2022

    Went in to Boston for business and decided to go visit Salem for a couple of days in the off time. We took the ferry back and it was such an easy, safe and convenient experience. The 20-year-old guide was funny, charming and informative. I wish there was more history on the ride but overall a great ride for the price and cheaper than an Uber!

    Great!

    Amy_K,

    Aug 2022

    Great way to get to and from Salem without hassle. Highly recommend. I made sure to take dramamine beforehand and it was a smooth journey.

    super convenient and relaxing

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    Nancy_G,

    Aug 2022

    Great way to get to and fro Salem. Highly recommend as an alternate to traveling via car particularly in hot temperatures.

    Smooth efficient trip

    Kobbe_F,

    Aug 2022

    Very pleasant trip, really smooth and efficient. History of harbor great accompaniment to the trip. The view from the water of the coast were outstanding

    Beautiful ride to Salem

    Sabrina_B,

    Jul 2022

    Relaxing and beautiful. They ferry was a great way to go to Salem from Boston and also a great way to see some if the city.

    We were on the upper...

    Ronda_Z,

    Jul 2022

    We were on the upper deck, seated in the back row. We could not hear the narrator over the engine noise. I’m

    Why drive

    Erin_F,

    Jul 2022

    My family loved taking the ferry. It was such a lovely experience especially compared to 30 minutes in traffic.

    Incredible memory of our Honeymoon

    Mina_M,

    Jul 2022

    It is undoubtedly worth it. I became so excited about it while my husband bought the tickets. It was much much much better than Uber.

    Refund please i missed...

    Renee_D,

    Jul 2022

    Refund please i missed the ferry because the train was late and they refused to issue a refund so my entire day was ruined and I ended up getting lost in Boston terrible situation and experience so please refund

    Great trip yo Boston and back.

    Maria_E,

    Jul 2022

    Great experience. Perfect day! Chilly on the way back. Crew was great. The boat was comfortable. Snacks and beverages available.

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    Nice way to get to Salem.

    Kate_D,

    Jul 2022

    Nice cool ocean breeze on a very hot day. Great, easy way to go see Salem from Boston. Like the narration along the way. Def book a walking history tour of Salem if you go.

    Ferry Fun

    Joleen_V,

    Jul 2022

    It is such a great option to use instead of Uber. We loved the scenery and the fresh air. This was the best mode of travel for us. A trolley car was waiting there to give us a free ride to the visitors center. I appreciated this so much because we didn’t know where to begin in Salem.We were given a free tourist guide to the town, which we used the whole day. I definitely recommend this Ferry to anyone wanting to travel from Boston to Salem.

    Highly Recommend

    Jennifer_S,

    Jul 2022

    What a beautiful way to travel from Salem to Boston! It was a delightful ferry, very friendly staff, and overall amazing experience!

    Great Experience!

    Sheila_W,

    Jul 2022

    We experienced amazing views of the sites along the Charles River accompanied by a very informative narrative of the sites and history of the area.

    Great trip!

    Jennifer_A,

    Jul 2022

    Tour guide was very helpful and had interesting insights about Boston. Ships were clean and on time.

    Great experience

    Carol_C,

    Jul 2022

    It was a great overall experience BUT we nearly missed our ferry because we went to Long Wharf - and it boarded on the other side of the Marriot- no information in the e-mails, no signs at the wharf. So beware fellow travellers!

    Questions?

    Product code: 3283SALEM

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