Isle of Man Transportation

  • Transportation
    by Ellie22
  • Transportation
    by Ellie22
  • Transportation
    by Ellie22

Isle of Man Transportation

  • Flying to the IOM - New Cheaper Option!

    Since 1st of June 2004, Euro Manx started selling return flights between London Stanstead and Isle of Man for the price of 69.00 GBPPropeller propelled. Ha! See the picture.Observe the 3-legged Manx symbol through the airplane vindow and think about it's symbolic meaning. "Quocunque Jeceris Stabit" = Whithersoever you throw it, it will standI...

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  • Summer Victorian transport

    The Victorian Steam Railway is a must for any visitor running from Douglas to Port Erin through glens and countryside and villages on its way... Also the Manx electric railway runs from Douglas to Ramsey with the option to board the Snaefell mountain railway at Laxey to travel to the summit of Snaefell. ( 2034 feet) .

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  • Steam Railway

    Running from Douglas to Port Erin using vintage steam locos and rolling stock. Not just a tourist line, many local families on board with us.Journey time from end to end is just about an hour, scenery on route well worth the price.Don't miss a ride!

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  • Airport

    Ronaldsway airport is on the south of the island. It's very easy to reach by bus. See link on the website for timetables.Plenty of flights daily to mainland UK and Ireland, not sure the runway is long enough to accomodate larger planes.Check in and security just as tight as anywhere else.

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  • Manx2 airlines

    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.

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  • Getting to the Isle of Man

    It's possible to get to the Isle of Man either by boat or plane. Ferries arrive in Douglas daily from the north west of England (Heysham and Liverpool), Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and take between 2 1/2 and 4 hours.By far the easiest way to reach the island though is by plane. You can go from many regional UK...

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  • The best ticket

    By far the best way for a tourist to use all the public transportation is the Island Explorer Ticket. There is a one day, three day and seven day ticket, for £ 13,26 or 40. It is valid on the buses, trains and the horse trams along the promenade in Douglas. I bought my ticket on the ferry on the way over, you can also get it in the tourist...

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  • From Victorian times on

    A very special means of transport is the horse tram. A horse pulls a wagon, but this wagon, like a tram, needs rails. It's been operating since Victorian times, with a break during WWII. You can take it along the promenade in Douglas. Douglas is the only place in Europe where you can still find horse trams.I didn't take it myself, as I like...

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  • The Steam Railway

    My favourite way of getting around was the steam railway, connecting Douglas and Port Erin, passing through Castletown and Port St. Mary on the way. The train also stops at request stops, but you have to tell the guard where you want to get off before boarding.I must admit, when I first heard about the steam railway, I thought it's for tourists...

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  • The bus system

    A very good bus system is operating on the Isle of Man, but for some out-of-the-way places a car would be useful. I found out that I could have got to most places I wanted to see, but only to one in a day, because I'd have problems getting back. This is the reason why I didn't see half of I had hoped to see, a very good reason to come back.The bus...

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  • Taxi service

    We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel in Douglas. There is a good bus service, but since it was pouring down once again, a taxi seemed to be the better choice. In Douglas you can see signs close to the taxi ranks telling the fares to the airport. Most probably these signs are pretty old, as they say £17, while in reality it was £ 21,80 with...

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  • Flying to and from the Isle of Man

    The airport is close to Castletown in the South of the island. We flew Flybe and Air Arran, but several other airlines also serve this airport. It's a small one, but with a very good security system. Every passenger has to take off the shoes, not only random checks as in many other airports. Of course it is possible that they can do this because it...

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  • Take the ferry

    I had decided to take the ferry from Heysham Port to Douglas, as I had been told this would be the nicest way to see the island appear on the horizon. When I booked, a special fare was offered and for just a little more I could get a seat in premium class. I treated myself to this and it was worth it. I had a seat in the front row , high above the...

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  • Flying to the Isle of Man

    There are flights to the Isle of Man, smallish charters from the mainland. We went with Manx2 from Blackpool. The planes are tiny, everyone gets a window seat, and although they saved us time, some of us had a very uncomfortable flight. The planes aren't pressurised and although they don't get very high some of us had problems with ear and head...

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  • Ferry

    Going by ferry to the Isle of Man can be a nice approach to the island and you get a good view of Douglas bay as approaching.The downside is the sea can be quite rough at times and if bad weather the ferry from Liverpool can sometimes be cancelled (the fast Sea Cat) so it is often more reliable to get the older and much slower ferry from Heysham...

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  • bus journeys in isle of man

    there are plenty of buses that run about every 20mins from douglas to all over the island.they seem to have a fixed rate, as i paid £2 from douglas to airport (14miles) and also £2 douglas to peel or laxey. children are£1.

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  • From Manchester to the Isle of Man

    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

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  • 1 Day Island Explorer Pass

    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.

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  • Thomas the Tank Engine

    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,...

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  • Horse Tram Romantic Promenade Ride

    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...

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  • TRAINS, TRAINS EVERYWHERE!

    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...

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  • Electric Train - High Tech from 1893.

    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.

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  • Taxi

    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!

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  • Ferry from Dublin

    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.

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