If you are going to be travelling around the island a bit in one day then a good value is the 1 Day Island Explorer. It is valid for 1 day on schedule bus, electric railway, steam railway, mountain railway and Douglas Corporation Horse Tram services. When I was there it cost me 8 pounds. The price may have changed since then.
This island is just perfect for people who love trains! :O)
The train on the picture is one of the most famous trains in the world - exactly the one that Reverend W. V. Awdry described in his books The Railway Series - Thomas the Tank Engine !!!
(also known as Thomas and Friends)
It will take you from Douglas to Port Soderick, Santon, Ballasalla, Castletown, Colby, Port St. Mary and Potr Erin.
If you plan to explore the island by using trains and busses, consider purchasing Island Explorer Tickets for unlimited travel with Steam and Electric Railway, Sanefell Mountain Railway ,buses (except Manx Express) and Horse Trams.
7 day - 35 GBP for adults, 18 for a child
5 day - 30 GBPfor adults, 15 for a child
3 day - 20 GBP for adults, 10 for a child
1 day - 10 GBP for adults, 5 for a child
Adult ticket includes FREE rides for one child !
This or similar Horse Trams (mostly single-deckers) will take you on a romantic tour along Douglas promenade.
The Douglas Horse Tram is the oldest in the world - in service since 1876, except during the war.
We had second thoughts about the way horses are treated, possibly working more than would be advisable. But good news is that once they get old, they don't get slaughtered but spend their last years in the Home of Rest.
And if all of the previously described rides are just not enough, you sure will experience the ultimate adrenaline rush riding the Saefell Mountain Railway!
Get off the Electric Railway at Laxey, get high up on "Lady Isabella", get down and calm down, run back to the railway station and board the Snaefell Mountain Railway for a lovely ride up to the top.
Just one important note - do check the weather forecast, because visit to the Snaefel Mountain is pointless if the weather is not clear.
On a clear sunny day you can see 7 Kingdoms - England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Mann, the Sea and Heaven!
What a lovely ride! Great views over luscious fields full of sheep and cows, while hard wooden benches remind you of true values and past times.
This charming train will take you from Douglas Derby Castle station (not the same as Steam train station!) to Groundle, Baldrine, South Cape, Laxey, Dhoon, Ballaglass, Ballajora and Ramsey.
We got a ferry from Dublin Port straight to Douglas. The Steam Packet Company is the only firm who does this route (see URL). It's possible to fly Dublin - IoM but it's like €100 for a 20 min flight and it didnt seem worth it.
You dont need a passport from Ireland to IoM.
One of a few airlines offering flights from mainland UK to the IOM. A short flight from Blackpool for us on an 11 seater Metroliner, comfortable enough though.
As ever, book early for good prices.
The trip from Manchester UK to the Isle of Man was an experience, I had never been on a propeller powered plane before it was an experience
It is possible to hire taxi drivers for a couple of hours to show you around the Island. They don't cost too much and they give you a lot of insight into the country and its history!
1 Empire Terrace, Douglas, IM2 4LE, United Kingdom
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