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Hop aboard our fast ferry and experience the magic of Salem in under an hour. From museums and shops to fine dining and culture, this historic port town has enough to beguile—and bewitch—the entire family.

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Art. Food. History. It’s enough to leave you spellbound.

Salem is an experience unlike any other—colonial-era cobblestone lanes where Nathaniel Hawthorne once strolled lead you to fine restaurants, a fabled waterfront and the exquisite Peabody Essex Museum, the art and cultural epicenter of the North Shore.

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Only a Broom Will Get You There Faster.

The Nathaniel Bowditch is owned by the City of Salem and operated under contract by Boston Harbor Cruises. She holds 149 passengers and cruises at up to 33 knots—so you can spend less time getting to Salem and more time exploring there. The vessel is 92 feet long and features two decks. The first deck features booth seating, a galley and three restrooms. The second deck includes a partially enclosed space with benches and tables as well as a large open-air space for soaking up the summer sun.

Schedules & Rates

Schedule

May 19 - October 31

Departs Salem

Monday

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Tuesday

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Thursday

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Friday

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Saturday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Sunday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Departs Boston

Monday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Tuesday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Wednesday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Thursday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Friday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Saturday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 9:00 PM

Sunday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-30)

Departs Salem

Monday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Departs Boston

Monday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 9:00 PM

July 4th

Departs Salem

Monday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • none

Departs Boston

Monday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • none

Labor Day Weekend (September 4-5)

Departs Salem

Monday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Departs Boston

Monday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Tuesday

  • none

Wednesday

  • none

Thursday

  • none

Friday

  • none

Saturday

  • none

Sunday

  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 9:00 PM

Rates

 Adults Seniors Child (3-11)

Regular Rate

Round Trip $45    

One Way $25      

Regular Rate

Round Trip $41    

One Way $23    

Regular Rate

Round Trip $35    

One Way $20

Commuter Rate*

Round Trip $16

One Way $8

Commuter Rate*

Round Trip $8

One Way $4

Commuter Rate*

Round Trip $8

One Way $4

Salem Resident Rate**

Round Trip $19

One Way $12 

Salem Resident Rate**

Round Trip $15

One Way $10

Salem Resident Rate**

Round Trip $11

One Way $8 

Northshore Resident Rate***

Round Trip $31

One Way $18

Northshore Resident Rate***

Round Trip $26

One Way $15

Northshore Resident Rate***

Round Trip $19

One Way $12

10-Ride Pass ****

Non-Commuter $200

Commuter $72

   

Great For Groups

For groups of 25 or more, we offer discounted rates as well as extended personalized services. 

Our Group Sales department is always on hand and prepared to help with any request including specialty or private tours, water transportation, gourmet food, custom apparel, souvenirs, entertainment, team building programs and more. To learn more about our Group Tours services, please contact Doug Hall.

Tell us a little about your group and we’ll get right back to you.

 

Add Salem Trolley ticket when purchasing Salem Ferry Tickets tickets and save.

*Commuter Rate is valid Monday - Friday, 7AM and 5:30PM departures ONLY. Also 8PM only on Fridays.
** Salem Resident Rate requires residents to prove residency by presenting valid license or recent utility bill with current Salem address when purchasing tickets in-person at a BHC ticket booth.
*** Northshore Residents Rate requires residents to prove residency by presenting valid license or recent utility bill with current Northshore address when purchasing tickets in-person at a BHC ticket booth. Valid for Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynn, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Saugus and Swampscott.**** 10-ride passes - the following applies:

  • Pass is a valid boarding pass (will be scanned and/or punched at time of boarding)
  • Pass can be used for up to TWO customers at a time
  • Based on availability; reservations are not required, but are highly recommended for weekend and holidays
  • Non-refundable / non-transferable
  • No Cash value - Lost, stolen or unused passes will not be refunded
  • No expiration

Any customer that rides the Salem Ferry, Lynn Ferry or Provincetown Fast Ferry and would like to transfer to a Harbor Islands Ferry will receive a discount on Adult and Senior tickets. The discounted rate for both Adults and Seniors would be $10. Customers must show their ferry ticket at one of Boston Harbor Cruises ticketing centers to receive the discount.

Any customer that would like to transfer from an MBTA ferry, Lynn Ferry, Salem ferry or Provincetown Fast Ferry can receive a discounted rate of $8.00 one way for a BHC Water Taxi. Customer must show ferry ticket or proof of reservation to receive discounted rate.

Rates and schedules subject to change.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Waterfront and Center

1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

The adventure begins at Long Wharf, just steps from the New England Aquarium, the North End, Faneuil Hall and other popular Boston landmarks.

 

Salem Ferry Center, 10 Blaney St, Salem MA

Salem Ferry FAQs

Do you recommend advance reservations?

We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.

What kind of ferry is it?

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.

Can you recommend things to do in Salem?

Salem is known the world over for the witch trials that took place there in the early 1600’s. Today it’s also known for restaurants, shopping and great places to stay. Visit the Destination Salem website at www.salem.org.

Is there food on board?

The galley offers a terrific selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, tasty snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn and chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts and cereals. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine and cocktails. Please Note: at sea, credit/debit card transactions are sometimes not possible, so it’s a good idea to have cash on hand.

Can I make a ticket reservation online?

Yes. Click here to reserve your tickets online. You’ll receive an e-ticket that can be presented at the boarding gate with no additional check in or confirmations required. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by telephone.

For Boston trips, tickets may also be purchased at the Salem Ferry Center located at 10 Blaney Street in Salem.

What happens if I've reserved tickets but can't make it for the cruise?

Advance-order tickets are non-refundable. But, they may be transferred to another day and time depending on availability. Transfers cannot be handled online, only over the phone or in person at any BHC ticketing location.

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

We do have discounted group rates for parties of 25 or more. Please see our Group Tours page for more information.

Are gift cards available?

Yes. You may purchase gift cards online, over the phone or in-person at our ticket booths. Or use the information on our contact page to call or email us and we'll get right back to you.

For any other questions, please contact us directly at contact@bostonharborcruises.com

or Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425)