October Parking and Transportation
October in Salem is a busy time of year with various events and festivities surrounding the month long “Haunted Happenings” celebration. Planning ahead where you intend to park not only helps to get you out of your car efficiently to enjoy all that the City has to offer, it also helps to reduce traffic congestion by getting vehicles off the roads and into lots more expediently.
The City of Salem has several public parking options including garages, surface lots and on-street parking. The City highly recommends heading to a garage as the surface lots and on-street spaces fill quickly.
The city operates two garage facilities, Museum Place Garage and South Harbor Garage, which offer over 1,100 parking spaces in the center of downtown and near the waterfront. For a map of these garage locations, click HERE.
Please note that on October weekends, and on Columbus Day and Halloween, parking at City garages and at the Church Street West lot is $20 CASH ONLY. (Church Street West is free for Salem residents with ID.)
Surface Lots and On- Street Parking
There are numerous on-street and surface parking lots throughout our vibrant downtown for up to 4-hours of parking. These spots are typically the first to be taken. Should you arrive on an October weekend after 11am, we suggest you direct yourself to one of the garages above. For a map of all parking lots, click HERE.
Church Street Lot West, located at 29 Federal Street, offers all day parking. On weekends, parking is $20 CASH ONLY upon entering. (Salem residents with a valid ID park free on weekends, pending availability.) Weekday parking is hourly and uses a pay by plate/kiosk system.
Bridge Street Lot, located at 297 Bridge Street, offers all day parking. On weekends, parking is $20 CASH ONLY upon entering. All parking revenue on weekends goes to local youth organizations. Weekday parking is hourly and uses a pay by plate/kiosk system.
Other Parking Options
Several other parking options are available on the outskirts of Downton Salem. They include MBTA and private lots including:
MBTA Salem Station Garage – The MBTA garage facility is located at 252 Bridge Street. The garage entrance is located on Bridge Street under the North Street Bridge overpass. A pedestrian bridge from the garage leads directly to downtown Salem via Washington Street.
29 Congress Street / Shetland Properties – This private office park offers parking on weekends for a fee at 29 Congress Street.
OCTOBER PARK & SHUTTLE SERVICE
In October, 2017, the City of Salem conducted a park and shuttle pilot on the final two weekends of October. The pilot offered visitors and residents an option to park at and ride (shuttle) from remote lots outside of the highly congested downtown. The park and shuttle pilot was a tremendous success, transporting over 4,000 individuals and redirecting an estimated 1,500 cars away from downtown Salem over 4 days. The information below is from October 2017.
October 2017 Park and Shuttle Details
Can’t find a parking space downtown? Don’t want to get stuck in traffic congestion? Want to park for free and still enjoy all that Salem has to offer?
The City of Salem is piloting a FREE Park and Shuttle service this October of the final two Saturdays and Sundays (October 21-22 and October 28-29).
Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22: Free parking is available at 108 Jefferson Avenue and 77 Willson Street (Salem High School). Free shuttles to and from downtown are provided. Shuttles operate from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. For a map of the route(s), click HERE.
(Note: The last return shuttle will depart downtown at 7:50pm. Any riders that miss the last shuttle should arrange for alternative transportation to reach their vehicle. Taxi service and rideshare services Uber and Lyft are available in Salem.)