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Salem Ferry

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Address: 10 Blaney Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: (978) 741-0220
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Great Way To Get To Boston

Whether you are taking the ferry from Salem to spend time in Boston, or you're taking the return trip from Boston to spend time in Salem, this is the way to go. The 55 minute ride... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you are taking the ferry from Salem to spend time in Boston, or you're taking the return trip from Boston to spend time in Salem, this is the way to go. The 55 minute ride is comfortable, with a snack bar and cocktails available. The guide will tell you about the local sites as you travel across the water.

Thank Janene1955
Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have reason to go to the North Shore, or from the North Shore to Boston, this is a great alternative to the train, although the train is also nice.

Thank Charles M
Salem, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great trip, including beautiful scenery! I highly recommend it. We took the 50 minute ferry to Boston from Salem and spent a couple of hours wandering around Boston. No traffic and no parking problems! Then, we walked down to the dock and boarded the ship. We even took the dog! He had a good time too.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an awesome trip back to Boston. We took the train out to Salem and when we were done sightseeing, we hopped on the ferry back to Boston. Trip only takes about an hour, but you get to see so much and coming into Boston from the water is really cool! Totally recommend this.

Thank Stephan F
Brooklyn, New York
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260 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the commuter train from Boston to Salem, and decided to take the ferry on the return trip. The price is $23 for seniors, and on a beautiful sunny day it is a nice ride, with the Boston skyline in view as you approach. The schedule was convenient, and the ride took about 50 minutes. You dock in a... More 

Thank SuzyQu15
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ride was only 50 minutes and it was a lovely view coming out of Salem and going into Boston. The staff was very nice and the boat clean. I would do this again in a minute.

Thank Joan L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We utilized the ferry to Salem on a recent trip to Boston/Salem and it was one major highlight of our trip. We began on Sunday with a morning flight into Boston Logan Airport and after storing our luggage, we toured Boston and the Freedom Trail that same day. I had purchased our ferry tickets in advance and we were booked... More 

Thank Jecawo
Witney, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took ferry from Salem to Boston (one way) and returned by train. There is free parking at the quay side and the ferry is very seaworthy. There is an onboard commentary but unfortunately in my position on the upper floor I could not hear it. It takes about 55 mins and has excellent views and photo opportunity as you approach... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Boston Harbor Cruises is a class act and trips on their boats are recommended. However, I took the ferry from Boston to Salem on an overcast day on choppy water. It's really an open water trip with not much to see. It's transportation; not entertainment. The T is a cheaper, very viable option. I did one direction by ferry and... More 

Thank Jim R
Foxboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We took the ferry into Boston on a perfect day. 80 degrees and ocean was as flat as a lake. Fast and a great view of Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn, Nahant and the rest of the north shore. Drops off right at the Aquarium and Fanuiel Hall. Cant go wrong on a good day but subject to weather. Light sea... More 

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