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.

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.

2021 Salem Ferry Schedules & Rates

May 15th - October 31st Weekend Schedule for July 4th and
Monday - Friday9:30am7:00amLabor Day (September 6th)
*Thursday & Friday only 6/25-10/3111:45am10:30am
2021 RATES*
Regular Rate
Round Trip $45
One Way $25
Senior (65+)
Regular Rate
Round Trip $41
One Way $23
Child (3-11)
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
Greater Salem Resident Rate***
Round Trip $33.75
One Way $18.75
Greater Salem Resident Rate***
Round Trip $30.75
One Way $17.75
Greater Salem Resident Rate***
Round Trip $26.25
One Way $15
10-Ride Pass****
Non-Commuter $200
Commuter $72
Additional Notes
* Commuter Rate is valid Monday – Friday 7 AM and 5:30 PM departures ONLY

** 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.

*** Greater Salem Resident Rate requires residents to prove residency by presenting valid license or recent utility bill with current Greater Salem address when purchasing tickets in-person at a BHC ticket booth. Valid for Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody and Swampscott.

Children under three (ages 0-2) Free

Please Note

Any customer that rides the Salem 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, Salem ferry or Provincetown Fast Ferry can receive a discounted rate of $12.00 one way for a BHC Water Taxi. Customer must show ferry ticket or proof of reservation to receive discounted rate.

For groups of 20 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, deluxe boxed lunches, and beverage services.

We also offer privately chartered events on a collection of sleek yachts and passenger vessels. To learn more about our Private Charters or Group Tours, please contact our Sales Team.
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10-Ride Pass

  • 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

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

Waterfront & 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

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.

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.

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.

Are pets allowed on BHC boats?

BHC is pet-friendly and offers many cruises that do allow pets – with some restrictions and exclusions.

  • Animals onboard must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times.
  • For safety reasons, pets are not allowed on Codzilla.
  • Service animals ONLY are permitted in the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.
  • Pets onboard the Provincetown Ferry must be kept on the inside or outside of the Main Deck only. For the consideration of other passengers, please no pets on the upper deck.

PLEASE NOTE: Pet owners should be aware of the length of the cruise that they are embarking on (up to 4 hours for whale watches and 90 minutes for Provincetown Ferry) and consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.

Do you offer private charters?

We do have yachts and passenger vessels available to be chartered for private events on Boston Harbor.  Please email our Sales Team for more information.

For any other questions, please contact us directly at [email protected]

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