Parking in Salem



Visit for October weekend traffic changes.


We know parking in Salem during Haunted Happenings can be frustrating. In addition to the lots and garages listed here, several private lots will be open (cash on entry, between $10 and $20).  Please plan for traffic getting in, especially on Saturdays.


Salem implemented a new comprehensive parking plan in 2012. If you have visited before, you may find new parking meters and regulations in your favorite parking lots and spots. When you are seeking parking in Salem, please respect our residents and the streets marked Resident-only. Cars will be ticketed ($40 fine) or towed that are illegally parked. 


Please visit for the new parking information and maps. Follow @getthroughoctober on Twitter for road closings and traffic updates throughout the month.

Parking Lots

Some parking lots have multi-space meters and others have conventional meters. The multi-space meters accept coins, bills, and credit cards. The conventional meters only accept coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters).


Unlimited daily stay: You can stay in the Bridge Street and Church Street West lots for as long as you need. Just be sure to pay for your full stay at the multi-space meters before you walk off the lot.


Four-hour maximum stay: All of the other parking lots are intended for four hour stays or less. The Church Street East and Salem Green lots have multi-space meters. The other lots have conventional meters. If you need to stay for more than four hours, park in the Bridge Street or Church Street West lots, or one of the garages. You can save money, not have to worry about getting a ticket, and avoid having to move your car.


Enforcement of parking lots is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday.  Parking tickets cost $25.00.


The fine for parking in a resident-only parking zone is $40.00.  

Different parking lots and in Salem have different rates.
    $4.00 per day: Bridge Street
    $1.00 per hour: Church Street West, Church Street East, and Salem Green
    $0.75 per hour: Sewall Street, Front Street, and Klop Alley
    $0.50 per hour: Riley Plaza West and Riley Plaza East


Please note: the Church Street Lot will cost $20 cash on entry on October weekends and after 2:00 PM on Halloween.


Universal Steel Lot, 297 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970


Volunteers from the Salem High School music program will be at the lot collecting $20 per car for parking on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 31 and November 1. All of the proceeds will go to the band’s efforts to raise funds necessary for drums, uniforms, and instruments. The donations will be collected starting at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and at 10:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.


On all other dates the lot will be free to park. The adjacent lot, formerly Alpha Auto Sales at 295 Bridge Street, is also available for parking. Parking in that lot will also be at $20 per car for the Salem High School music program on the dates listed above.


Bentley Academy Charter School Lot, 20 Szetela Lane, Salem, MA
The Bentley Academy Charter School PTA will offer parking for $10 per car on Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25th.  The cost is $20 per car on Oct. 30th and 31st. The lot will be opened from 10:00 am Saturdays, 12:00 pm Sundays, and from 4:30 pm on Friday Oct 30th. The lot is conveniently located one block from the end of Essex Street, between downtown Salem and the Salem Willows Park. The Salem Trolley will make a flag stop at the parking lot to and from downtown Salem. (Salem Trolley fee: $15 per day). Proceeds from the parking lot will go towards priority needs at the school, including playground equipment and student enrichment.  For Google Maps directions, e-mail “salem” in the subject or body of your message to


Museum Place Garage

    1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

    Weekdays the cost is $0.75 per hour.

    Weekends in October, Columbus Day, and after 2:00 PM on Halloween cost is $20 cash on entry.

South Harbor Garage

    10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

    Weekdays the cost is $0.25 per hour.

    Weekends in October, Columbus Day and after 2:00 PM on Halloween, the cost is $20 cash on entry.


Note: There are meters on the first floor of the South Harbor Garage, which cost $.25 per hour, but have a 4-hour limit.

MBTA Commuter Rail Station Parking


Salem Depot Garage

252 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

$5 for the first 14 hours.

Please note: The Salem garage will be closed from 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM on Halloween night. No vehicles will be permitted in or out during that time.




Surface Lot

The City of Salem's surface parking lot next to the MBTA garage and commuter rail station off of Bridge Street in downtown Salem is now open. The rate for the surface lot is $4 per day and is paid by license plate number at one of the kiosks located at the lot entrance. Those parking should enter their license plate number into the kiosk and pay for their time before leaving the lot. Learn More

MBTA Stations in Beverly and Lynn


The City of Salem recommends taking the train into Salem during October weekends and Halloween.  Parking garages can be found at Beverly Depot (one stop north of Salem) and Lynn Station (two stops south).


Beverly Depot

100 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

$5.00 for the first 14 hours


Lynn Station

325 Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901

$4.00 daily

Motor Coach and Bus Parking

Salem, Massachusetts welcomes groups! October is peak season in Salem, and parking - especially on the weekends - can be challenging for both cars and buses. Destination Salem has a Motor Coach Map & Guidelines to help group tour leaders and drivers, and complete information for groups visiting Salem is available at


Printed copies of the Motor Coach Map & Guidelines are available to group tour planners by contacting Destination Salem at (978) 741-3252 or

RV & Motor Home Parking

Per City Ordinance: Any vehicle over 8,000lbs cannot be in a residential area.  Any vehicle registered as a camper cannot park on a public street.  It has to be in a private lot or driveway.




Winter Island Maritime Park
50 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970
Mid-week parking available for a fee.  Weekend parking is sold out.


Salem Willows Park
167 Fort Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Public lots on left of Fort Avenue before Memorial Drive. Salem Trolley provides hop-on, hop-off service at Salem Willows for tickets passengers.


Walmart Stores are recognized nationally as being RV-welcoming.  Please check with the local Walmart locations before choosing to park there.  
Salem (4 miles from Salem visitor center)
450 Highland Ave, Salem, MA | Telephone: (978) 825-1713
Danvers (5 miles from Salem visitor center)
55 Brooksby Village Drive, Danvers, MA | Telephone:  (978) 777-6977

For More Information


For complete information on Parking in Salem, visit


Click here for the Downtown Parking Map