Boston Harbor Cruises, operator of the Salem Ferry, has added a special Hingham-to-Salem route starting Friday , and continuing weekends through October, with a final run on Halloween.
The South Shore route aims to capture tourists looking to head to Salem for the city’s Haunted Happenings celebration that ends Oct. 31.
“It’s really a great opportunity for people on the South Shore to take advantage of all the wonderful things happening in Salem in October, “said Alison Nolan, general manager of Boston Harbor Cruises.
The Hingham-to-Salem run is estimated to take 55 minutes, aboard the Salacia, a high-speed catamaran which recently completed its seasonal summer route from Boston to Provincetown.
“It’s a very nice, fast catamaran,” Nolan said. “We have a wonderful base of commuters coming out of Hingham. There’s ample parking there, too. People can take the ferry and avoid traffic, driving to Salem.”
The Hingham ferry is priced the same as the Salem-to-Boston ferry: $27 round trip for adults, $22 round trip for seniors and children ages four to 12.
With thousands expected to visit Salem this month, tourism leaders encourage visitors to take public transportation, such as the ferry or MBTA buses and trains, to Witch City. Visit either www.mbta.com or www.salemferry.com for more information.
“The ferry or train is really the best way to come here,” said Kate Fox, director of Destination Salem, the city’s tourism office. “Traffic can really get backed up.”
October brings visitors from around the globe to Salem. In Greater Boston, most hail from the regions north or west of the city. The Hingham ferry could unlock a whole new tourist route, Fox said.
“We don’t pull as heavily from the South Shore as other places,” Fox said. “So, hopefully, this will open things up. To be able to get from Hingham to Salem in just about an hour is amazing.”
For information about Halloween in Salem, visit www.hauntedhappenings.org