Most people would think that this would come down to car of plane but there is a lot more to your thinking when you are planning your trip to Salem for Halloween. The most important thing is to remember that Salem is a small town- you can walk from one end to the other in about 20-30 minutes so it’s a very small town that is very compact. The second thing to remember is that this is Salem in HALLOWEEN! Halloween is the busiest time of year for this small town. People from all over the world are there to celebrate the holiday and it is very crowded.
So here are a few advantages and disadvantages to think about when planning your transportation to Salem:
Boston Logan Airport is the closest airport to Salem. It takes about 20 – 30 minutes to get to Salem from te airport- depending upon the traffic which is really bad during commuter hours. If you decide to fly in you may want to actually stay IN Salem. (We will discuss hotels and accommodations in the next article.) If you stay in Salem the hotels and the airport have shuttle services that are extremely clean and hospitable. They are about $10 each way- depending upon the season.
If you decide to rent a car you have to remember that parking is scarce and can be up to $15 per day depending upon the closeness to the holiday. Renting a car after driving is ideal if you stay in Danvers or Ipwich but if you are in Salem there is no real need for a car. There are trolleys and really everything is within walking distance.
You can also take a ferry from Boston to Salem but I advise calling and scheduling before because they may not be available. It is usually cold during the holiday season and are closed during these times.
Driving to Salem
Driving to Salem is very simple. I have taken the 22 hour drive because I love the East coast. It is easy to find and is of Route 1 A of the main interstate. There are lots of signs to lead you there.
The advantages are that you can stay out of town in a cheaper hotel and enjoy the historical scenes. See the next article on Hotels. I have stayed in Danvers for less than $50 per day when I had to make a cheaper trip and have also stayed at the Marriott for a more substantial amount. It all depends upon how you like to sleep. I myself am never in the hotel room other than to pass out from exhaustion.
The disadvantages are gas, unless you take a car load, and parking. But, it is nice to be able to go out of the town and visit Boston, Danvers, and Ipwich.
So, whether you drive, fly, or take a ferry check out this website first for up to date traffic news and prices.
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