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Ferries from Boston to Salem

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Boston - Salem Ferry Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 daily ferries from Boston to Salem. Traveling by ferry from Boston to Salem usually takes around one hour and 50 minutes, but some ferries might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance14 mi (22 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$24.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceBoston Harbor Cruises
Ferry lines1

What ferry companies travel from Boston to Salem?

There is one ferry company that operates from Boston to Salem. Boston Harbor Cruises is the only company that connects the two cities by ferry. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled ferries per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

FerryDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Boston Harbor Cruises41h 50m$24.00
  • Boston Harbor Cruises

    Boston Harbor Cruises

    Book Boston Harbor Cruises from Boston to Salem from $24. There are 4 trips per day offered by Boston Harbor Cruises from Boston to Salem and you can expect on average to pay for a Boston Harbor Cruises ticket to Salem. In Boston, Boston Harbor Cruises departs to Salem from 1 Long Wharf . In Salem, Boston Harbor Cruises arrives at Salem Ferry Center .

    An average trip on Boston Harbor Cruises from Boston to Salem takes 1 hours and 50 minutes .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by ferry from Boston to Salem during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our ferry partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, ferry carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all ferry passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the ferry.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the ferry ride from Boston to Salem?

The ferry usually takes around 1 hour 50 minutes to cover the 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Boston to Salem. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

What is the busiest day to travel by ferry from Boston to Salem?

The busiest day of the week to travel by ferry from Boston to Salem is on Thursday. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out. On the other hand, Thursday is typically when ferries are least crowded. If you’re looking for a little extra space, taking a ferry on Thursday is the way to go.

When do the earliest ferry and latest ferry leave Boston?

The earliest ferry leaves Boston at 9:00am. The latest ferry leaves Boston at 5:00pm. To see the times for all ferries between the first and last ones, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many ferries are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled ferries that travel from Boston to Salem every day. Of these, 4 are direct ferries, meaning that you do not have to change ferries at any point during your trip.

City Information


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the ferry leave from in Boston?

Main departure station: 1 Long Wharf

Most ferries depart from the main station in Boston.

All ferry stations in Boston:

  • 1 Long Wharf

Where does the ferry arrive in Salem?

Main arrival station: Salem Ferry Center

All ferries from Boston arrive at one main station in Salem.

All ferry stations in Salem:

  • Salem Ferry Center

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