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Salem Ferry FAQ

The new season for the Salem Ferry to Boston gets underway today and runs until the end of October. The Ferry, operated by Boston Harbor Cruises, travels between Long Wharf in Boston and Salem Wharf on Blaney Street in Salem. The trip lasts just under an hour.

New in 2015, Salem residents and North Shore residents alike will enjoy reduced rates with proof of residency. Commuter rates are also available. Click here for rate and schedule information.

The Salem Ferry, the Nathaniel Bowditch, 2015 season runs May 21-October 31, traveling between Long Wharf in Boston and Blaney Street wharf in Salem.

Boston Harbor Cruises' Salem Ferry FAQ

1) Do you recommend advance reservations?
While reservations are not required, we strongly recommend you purchase your fast ferry tickets in advance if you know the specific day and time you want to travel. If you know your departure and return dates, remember to secure tickets for both legs of your journey so you’re assured of keeping to your schedule. If you like playing it loose, we also offer one-way fares with the ability to purchase your return leg later.

2) What kind of ferry is it?
The Salem Ferry, Nathaniel Bowditch, is a high-speed catamaran that holds 149 passengers in comfort as her twin diesel engines whisk you away at speeds of up to 33 knots, getting you to Salem in just under an hour.

3) Can you recommend things to do in Salem?
Salem is known the world over for the famous (some would say infamous) witch trials that took place there in 1692. But, in actuality, Salem has been making history for nearly four centuries. For a comprehensive list of attractions, restaurants, shopping and places to stay, including special local offers, visit

4) Is there food on board?
Boston Harbor Cruises offers a full line of food and drink aboard our vessels. Our galleys feature a variety of lunch and breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, hot pretzels, cereal, nutritional bars, fruit, nuts, candy, chips and popcorn to name a few. BHC vessels are also equipped with water, fruit juices, iced tea, sports drinks, soda, coffee and tea, as well as a full bar serving beer, wine and top shelf cocktails.

5) Can I make a ticket reservation online?
Yes! Boston Harbor Cruises offers online ticketing for all Fast Ferry departures. Visit to buy your tickets now. If you buy your tickets online, you will 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 our Boston trips, tickets may also be purchased in person at the Salem Ferry Center located at 10 Blaney Street in Salem.

6) What happens if I've reserved tickets but can't make it for the cruise?
Unfortunately, advance-order tickets for the Fast Ferry are non-refundable. But they may be transferred to another day and time depending on availability. Transfers cannot be handled online or over the phone – only in person at the BHC ticket center or Salem Ferry Center in Salem, MA.

7) 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 at for more information. Also, ask about our multi-ride passes for individuals.

8) Do you sell gift cards for your cruises?
We do. BHC gift cards are available online or you can call or e-mail using the information on our Contact page with your specific request, and we'll get right back to you!

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