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You can get to Salem by train, and to Marblehead by train and bus, or bicycle, or car.



Marblehead is 4 miles (6.5 km) southeast of Salem (map).


The fastest way from Boston to Marblehead is the least direct: take I-93 north to I-95 north (MA Route 128 east), and take the exit marked for MA Route 114 and Salem.

A more direct route, via US 1, is not much faster.

The most direct route, via MA Route 1A, is slowest because it passes through many towns (and many traffic signals) along the way. If you do follow MA Route 1A north from Boston, turn onto MA Route 129 in Swampscott and follow this route right into Old Town, Marblehead.

Note that on the Massachusetts North Shore routes have lots of corners and turns, and signs may be confusing or missing. Don't be afraid to stop and ask for directions.

Train & Bus

MBTA Commuter Rail trains from Boston's North Station on the Newburyport and Rockport Lines stop at Salem, from where you can take a taxi to Marblehead.

If you have your bicycle with you, it's a pleasant 3.8-mile (6-km) ride from the Salem train station to Marblehead (map).

You may also take a Newburyport/Rockport Line train to Lynn, south of Salem, and transfer to MBTA express buses 441, 442, 448 or 449. Buses run to Marblehead about every half hour during rush hours, every hour other times, but note that only bus 442 runs in the evening and on Sunday.

The train ride is about 40 minutes, the bus ride between Lynn and Marblehead about 25 minutes.


From late May through late October, the Salem Ferry operated by Boston Harbor Cruises speeds between Boston's Long Wharf (map) and Salem about five times daily in each direction. The voyage takes about 45 minutes. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do

Marblehead Inns & Hotels

About Marblehead


Salem Transportation

North Shore

Cape Ann


  Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan


Boats in the Harbor, Marblehead MA

Lots of boats in Marblehead,
but you'll probably come by road.


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