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The North Shore and Essex County are just north of Boston and easily reachable by car, train, bus, and ferry. No matter how you arrive, the North of Boston region is hard to leave and the perfect vacation spot year-round.

Getting Here

By car

  • Lynn, Peabody, Salem, Danvers, Marblehead, Essex, and Gloucester are accessible from Route 128. Note: I-95 and Route 128 North share the same loop around Boston. When I-95 and Route 128 North divide, stay on Route 128 North.
  • Ipswich lies off Route 1A between the “V” formed by I-95 and Route 128. Consult a map to determine the best way to reach Ipswich from your starting point.
  • Amesbury, Newbury, and Newburyport are just south of the New Hampshire border on I-95.
  • Lawrence, Andover, Haverhill, and the Merrimack Valley lie farther west. Take I-93 North for Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, and continue onto I-495 North for Haverhill.

By train
The towns featured in Escapes North’s itineraries are primarily served by two MBTA Commuter Rail lines, Newburyport/Rockport or Haverhill, both departing from Boston’s North Station. Visit www.mbta.com for schedules and maps.

By bus from Boston
Buses for the North Shore depart from Boston’s Haymarket Station. Visit www.mbta.com and look at the schedules and maps for bus routes 411 through 468.

By ferry from Boston
Board Salem Ferry at Central Wharf (New England Aquarium Whale Watch booth) for a relaxing 50-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran. Ferry docks at the Blaney Street Wharf on Salem's historic waterfront. Eight round trips daily, Memorial Day-October 31. For rates and schedule, call 978-741-0220 or go to www.salemferry.com.

By air
Essex County is served by Boston Logan Airport and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire.