Travelling to the Isle of Man is very simple with the option of a short flight from 11 airports in the UK and Ireland or ferry crossings provided by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from Heysham Port all year round or from Liverpool during summer months. While on the Island there are plenty of ways to get around. If bringing your own vehicle there are over 600 miles of road to explore despite the Island’s relatively small size. Or you could hire a car and take to the open roads. All of the major car hire firms have a presence at Isle of Man Airport.
If you want to explore on your own accord, there’s an extensive bus network - Bus Vannin – that serves the whole Island on a regular basis including Ronaldsway Airport, the Sea Terminal in Douglas and the race start in Laxey.
For a journey back in time, the Isle of Man’s heritage railways are a fun way to explore the Island’s impressive landscape and heritage sites in style.
The best way to get a great sightseeing experience on the Isle of Man is to purchase a Go Explore card which allows you to experience unlimited travel on scheduled services of the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Trams and buses. These can be purchased at the Welcome Centre in Douglas Sea Terminal, the airport information desk, or online here.
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Flights are considerably cheaper if you book early.
The Steam Packet ferry company have put together some fixed price fares for competitors and some ferry plus accomodation deals. There is a range of options including minibuses. The link below will take you to there relevant page.
For foot passengers, there is a little publicized but much cheaper option called "Rail-Sail". It is not available on-line, but must be booked at a railway ticket office or ferry sea-terminal.