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Boston to Salem Ferry Roundtrip

Boston's first, fastest and most luxurious Fast Ferry! This summer, make the trip between Boston and Salem in speed and style .This ferry makes it easy to enjoy the restaurants, shopping and historical sites unique to Salem. So whether your vacation lasts a week or just a day, escape with BHC..
Ticket Type
Age: 3-11 years. Under 3 ride free.
Age: 64+ yrs with ID
Tours now operating!
Travel in style with BHC aboard the Nathaniel Bowditch! The vessel is the only high-speed ferry operating between Salem and Boston. Whether you plan to spend the day or a week, a fast ferry enables you get there quicker, which gives you more time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Salem.


  • Boston to Salem in under an hour
  • Cushioned airline and booth style seating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Full cash bar and gourmet snacks
  • A full service onboard Concierge Desk
With so many things to see and do in Salem, you will be glad that this rapid ferry can get you there faster. You can avoid the traffic and journey in comfort and style. When the vessel docks, you will arrive relaxed and ready to shop, dine and sightsee in Salem. Less travel time also means that you will have more time to enjoy the incredible activities that this historic seaport has to offer. Fascinating attractions include the House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Trial Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. Made famous by the hysteria that defined the trials, Salem was a leading commercial and cultural center. Today, the city has many quaint shops and quirky boutiques.

The 149-passenger Nathaniel Bowditch is powered by twin diesel engines that can propel her through the water at speeds up to 33 knots. The 92-foot-long vessel has two decks. The main deck features an enclosed cabin with booth-style seats that provide plenty of space to walk around. The upper deck has a large open-air patio, tables and benches for enjoying a sunny day on the water. You can purchase a variety of sandwiches from the galley.

The Nathaniel Bowditch departs the Long Wharf in Boston and arrives at the Salem Ferry Terminal approximately one hour later. On the return trip, the Landing on Long Wharf outdoor patio is a wonderful place to relax with refreshments. You can watch boats cruise Boston Harbor, catch a game on the outdoor TV screens or just enjoy a sunny day.

Buy an eTicket to reserve a space on the next Boston to Salem Ferry Roundtrip voyage.

Operating Times

See below for Dates and Times.

Reservation Notes

Exact date(s) and time(s) need to be reserved with Boston Harbor Cruises directly. E-Ticket will have details for confirming date and time.


1 hour

Booth Location

One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Nearest Intersection

State Street and Atlantic Avenue


Parking is available in adjacent garages and lots. All Quincy Market parking is within easy walking distance.

Age Requirements

Child Ticket: 3-11 yrs old. Under 3 free. Senior Ticket: 64+ yrs with ID.


Ferry Schedule:
May 15th- October 31st:
Departs Salem: 7am, 10:30am, 1pm & 4pm
Departs Boston: 9:30am, 11:45am, 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Additionally between 6/25-10/31: Thursdays and Fridays: Depart Salem at 7pm and departures Boston at 8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday
Departs Salem: 8am, 10:30am, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Departs Boston: 9:30am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm & 8:30pm
Holiday Schedule:
Memorial Weekend Sunday (May 24), July 4th, and Labor Day Weekend Sunday (Follow Weekend schedule)
While reservations are not required, they strongly recommend you purchase your fast ferry tickets in advance and confirm your time. E-Ticket will have details.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers a full line of food and drinks aboard their vessels. Their galleys feature, hot dogs, hot pretzels, cereal, nutritional bars, fruit, nuts, candy, chips and popcorn to name a few. BHC vessels are 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.

For discounted group rates for parties of 25 or more, please call 305-433-8395.