One of the great things about living in Boston is the fact that it is located so near to a number of other exceptional cities, towns and historic places. While Boston itself has much to offer, taking a day trip to a nearby area is a great way to spend some free time. One of the most popular options for Boston residents who are looking to get a taste of something different is to take a trip to Salem.
Known for its infamous Salem Witch Trials, the historic city of Salem has much to offer to history buffs as well as fans of mystery, magic, horror and fantasy. Whether exploring a dungeon, viewing recreations of movie monsters, paying respects to those who lost their lives during the Witch Trials or simply strolling the quaint streets and enjoying the architecture, Salem has much to offer. Even better, the Salem Ferry makes it quick and easy to access the city.
Depending on traffic, driving to Salem from Boston can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. While the ferry won’t necessarily save you any time while traveling from Boston to Salem, it does offer a scenic trip as it leaves Boston’s Long Wharf, heads across the harbor and arrives at the Salem Ferry Terminal. Along the way, you essentially get to enjoy a harbor tour as you sit back and enjoy a stress-free trip to Salem.
Currently, the Salem Ferry departs from Boston every day of the week. It departs from Boston each day at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. The return ferry from Salem departs at 7:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday, it departs from Salem at 7:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The hours are slightly different on Sunday, at which time it departs from Salem at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
The cost of the ferry is quite reasonable. For adults, a roundtrip ticket is $29, while a one-way ticket is $17. A roundtrip ticket for seniors and children is $24, while a one-way ticket is $14.