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icon50 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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:
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
See all safety measures taken by Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
What is the actual departure location in Salem for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
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The ferry departs from 10 Blaney St. Salem.
May 2021
Q:
When should I arrive for the Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry?
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Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.
May 2021
Q:
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?
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Yes, restrooms are available on board.
May 2021
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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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Witch town mini tour
Edie_A
, Jul 2020
On time schedules, polite boat crew, passengers wear masks and social distancing. Clean facilities Excellent
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Excellent Way to Get To Salem
Stay671314
, Aug 2019
Fast and friendly ferry and informative too! Would do again for a day trip to Salem. We took our luggage since this was our last stop on a 5 day trip and they had place to stow. Had some mimosas and enjoyed the view.
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Nice tour
mssparky2015
, Aug 2019
Very prompt -- both leaving and returning. Courteous crew. Very nice way to get a good look at the Boston skyline. Nice way to travel to Salem--appreciate the scenery and its faster than driving, and no parking problems.
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Ferry fun
Joy S
, Jul 2018
Great way to get to Salem while enjoying the water and Boston skyline. Staff was phenomenal. Info was great
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Easy way to get from Boston to Salem
riki_TTU
, Jul 2018
Everything was great and organized! You were able to sight see while quickly making your way from Boston to Salem.
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Great thrill
amazedinSF
, Jul 2018
Hot day, very cool on the water. Quick comfortable trip for a great day exploring Salem. Employee descriptions and info on the river added a lot to the trip and made the time pass even more quickly.
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Great time .... loved the 50 minute...
Donna B
, Oct 2017
Great time .... loved the 50 minute ride to Salem and back to Boston. Highly recommend the high-speed ferry
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Fantastic way to travel from Boston...
Margaret W
, Aug 2017
Fantastic way to travel from Boston to Salem! The journey to and from Salem was part of the fun!. The trip took under 1 hour each way, offering food and drinks for sale and a beautiful view of Boston skyline on the return journey. Highly recommend!
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It was a great way to travel from...
Julia G
, Aug 2017
It was a great way to travel from Boston to Salem. The guide on the ferry was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of history about what we saw.
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A fun way to get to Salem! Take the...
iris m
, Jul 2017
A fun way to get to Salem! Take the sunset ride back for a beautiful view of the skyline.
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