Salem Ferry

Salem Ferry: Hours, Address, Salem Ferry Reviews: 4.5/5

Salem Ferry
4.5
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Acupuncturing
Pennsylvania8 contributions
Good way to get a boat ride. Went to Boston.
Sep 2021
Ride was clean, timely, interesting guide on the way to Boston pointed out a lot to be aware of. Easily placed near the Aquarium, in the art of a lot to do. We had a Duck Tour (it was AWESOME), but could of just spent the afternoon wandering in the area.
Written September 26, 2021
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JacobP145
Fairfield, CT97 contributions
Review
Sep 2021
A great round trip from Salem to Boston that allowed exploring the Boston Wharf area including Quincy Market without any hassle. A wonderful way to travel and visit. The ease of getting in and out of Boston was almost like traveling on your own private jet from one local small airport to another.
Written September 23, 2021
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gmg12016
Brewster, NY4 contributions
A nice trip
Sep 2021
If you want to go to Boston this is a great way to travel and the crew are extremely nice and they sell food and beverages at reasonable prices
Written September 19, 2021
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gablenlombard
Appleton, WI149 contributions
Awesome
Jul 2021
On time, CLEAN, and the staff on the boat could not have been more helpful. The Captain went around with maps of Salem and asked if there was anything he could do to make our visit more special - How cool is that??!!
Written August 4, 2021
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2013TravelinFool
Mesquite, NV2,672 contributions
OUTSTANDING SUNNY DAY
Jul 2021 • Couples
Not a cloud in the sky, pretty calm seas, 7/24 best day ever, 75 degrees and great narration. You would think one way would be enough but taking pictures and listening so stuff escapes.

Thanks to the crew for a wonderful experience again….
Written July 25, 2021
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Travelforfuntoday22
Pennsylvania218 contributions
Great service and staff
Dec 2019
I was very impressed with the service on the Salem Ferry. My plan was to take the Salem Ferry round trip from Boston. The water was very rough that day. I was on the first ferry of the morning. Before getting on the ferry, the crew warned us that it would be very rough and we could return our tickets if we decide not to board. Several of us decided to board anyway and take our chances. They were very clear about the rough waters and told us that they would decide on that trip if they would be canceling service for the rest day based upon this trip. It was rough. We all sat indoors hanging onto the tables. It was definitely bumpy! The crew was wonderful and made us as comfortable as possible. One of the crew members spoke individually to each group and helped us with any directions and maps that we might need upon disembarking in Salem. They decided to cancel the rest of the day. When we landed, they quickly refunded my return fare and explained how easily I could take a train back to Boston. I was very pleased with the way they handled the situation. They crew and ticket people were great. I would definitely use the Salem Ferry Service again.
Written February 16, 2020
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Kerry R
Salem, MA13 contributions
Definitely the best way to get back and forth from Boston!
Aug 2019
I live in Salem, and one of the most common pieces of advice I give to tourists visiting in the Summer and Fall is to take the ferry! You get clean, reliable transportation to Boston (no traffic or dirty train stations involved); there's a snack bar onboard; there's a lovely outdoor bar on the dock in Salem that you can enjoy while you wait; you land in Boston near the Aquarium, North End, and Rose Kennedy Greenway--all gorgeous; you land near the House of Seven Gables and Captain Dusty's Ice Cream in Salem (who could ask for more?); and finally, you get so much more than transportation! You experience the ocean and shoreline, the very best the North Shore has to offer, without having to find a friend with a sailboat. You could even fall asleep in the seabreeze, if that's your thing, because you won't miss your stop. ENJOY! FYI--there are discounts for seniors, etc., so look into that when you buy tickets.
Written January 11, 2020
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dick h
Derby, UK3,439 contributions
A great trip, but pricey for tourists
Sep 2019
It was a really hot day, so the sea breeze was a blessing. The views of the coastline going past was enchanting, and it was great fun identifying the towns along the coast as we went past.
The trip is such a convenient way to get from Salem to Boston and lands in very useful places at either end.
However, the difference in price for locals and tourists is huge and left me feeling ripped off, which took the shine off the experience for me.
Written November 1, 2019
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siobhanm1987
Edinburgh, UK7 contributions
Excellent experience for tourists!
Sep 2019
I took the ferry from Boston to Salem (and back later that day) and it was lovely. Plenty of seating indoors and on deck, and food & drink available for the journey even though it's less than an hour.

The guide gave some really interesting information about both harbors during the journey, and also provided free maps & guides to Salem for all passengers - he was extremely helpful in suggesting what to do with our time there! The journey back was after dark so there wasn't the same 'tour guide' experience, but that was totally fine since we'd had it on the way in to Salem (I just mention it in case anyone is thinking of only getting it one-way in the evening).

I'd highly recommend it for anyone wanting to find out more about the harbor, and it was a great way to get from Boston Harbor to Salem quickly for the afternoon!
Written October 9, 2019
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Dave Small
Boston, MA11 contributions
Very enjoyable
Sep 2019
This was my first experience on this ferry. I'd bought a ticket for the 7:00 pm trip from Salem to Boston on Sunday, Sept 22 but showed up about 3:00 pm, with a bicycle, asking if I could take the 4:00 pm instead. No problem; they swapped me out, I boarded and got instructions about what to do with the bike, and then rode and looked. It's an enjoyable, scenic trip, about 55 minutes total. The staff were all quite friendly and helpful. Now that I know about this I'll be ferrying more often.
Written October 3, 2019
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