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

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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

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 at time of booking
  • 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.

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star-5
Best Way to Travel to Salem!
Diane_S
, Sep 2021
Took the ferry to Salem from Boston. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the views stunning, and the commentary from the guide was so interesting and appreciated. Took the train back in the afternoon and wished we had taken the ferry instead! Would do again!
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star-5
Beautiful ride
Tracey_W
, Sep 2021
Our guide was amazing and very informative. Beautiful ride. It was very smooth and having a glass of wine while in route was very relaxing. Bring cash!
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easy
Zyra
, Sep 2021
the ferry was fast and convenient way to get to salem. the only thing I wish is that they had both earlier and later services. (maybe its they have other hours, during different times of the yesr) I took the 9am ferry to salem, and came back on the latest 4pm ferry- 5-6 hours may seem like a lot , but it's not. either way, I enjoyed both trips, staff was courteous and a great way to see boston harbor.
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Fun and scenic
Lori_C
, Sep 2021
This was a great way to travel. The ride was fun and scenic. We got some great pictures pulling into the Boston harbor. I would definitely do this again.
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Canceled Ferry
Semonia_M
, Aug 2021
The ferry was canceled for the day. How do I get a refund? I live out of state and will not be back to Boston
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star-5
Worth the money.
Kyla_B
, Aug 2021
It was a great experience. The crew was very friendly and helpful. I liked the on board narrator that gave a a history and pointed out specific sites.
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Great ride
Ian_J
, Aug 2021
Beautiful views the whole way. The ride was so much fun it went by so quickly. It was totally worth the price.
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Great times!
Cole_L
, Aug 2021
So much better than driving in rush hour traffic. Very convenient for visiting friends in Salem! Its cheaper than an Uber from Salem to Boston.
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Very pricey from thus vendor
Linda_L
, Aug 2021
The ferry ride was wonderful fun. I am not happy that Viator changed more than double what I would have paid by buying my ticket at the ferry site. I asked for a senior discount and said we would be returning. I was told neither was available.
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Best way to get to Salem
Lauree_L
, Aug 2021
It was really hot the day we took this ride, it was a welcome relief. Beautiful scenery , nice boat and on time departures.
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