Isle of Man

By Tram

The island's capital, Douglas, has horse drawn trams operating along the Promenade linking with the Manx Electric Railway. This is really a novelty available during the summer rather than a serious way of getting anywhere in particular.

By train
By train

The island has two main historic narrow-gauge railways, both starting from separate stations in Douglas.

In the south of the island, the Isle of Man Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway operating between Douglas, Castletown and Port Erin except during winter months.

In the north of the island, the Manx Electric Railway runs between Douglas and Ramsey using the original historic tramcars from the 1890s.

Additionally, the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell starts from Laxey, where connections with the Manx Electric Railway are available. The Groudle Glen Railway is a small steam-operated railway take the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas and change at Groudle Glen.

By bus
By bus

'Bus Vannin' is the Government-owned-and-operated bus company, which operates bus routes to all the major towns and villages on the island.

Bus Vannin operates a fleet of Mercedes Benz Citaro, Wrightbus StreetLite single deckers, Volvo B9TL and Dennis Trident double deckers plus a trio of Mercedes Benz Sprinter City 45 minibuses. The company also operates a small Heritage fleet of AEC and Leyland double decker buses from 1948 and 1949, which are available for private hire.

With the exception of the Heritage Fleet all of the buses meet the regulations set out in the Disability Discrimination Act.

Single and return tickets, and 1-day savers are available on the bus from the driver. There is a new smartcard-based "Go" service which enables travel on all scheduled bus and rail services for 1, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days.

The company operates the Hullad Oie/ Night Owl late-night service, which operates on most Fridays and Saturdays. Services depart Douglas at 00:15 and serve all the major towns on the Island.

By car
By car

Cars can be hired from various locations on the island, including the airport and Douglas Sea Terminal. Local agents operate on behalf of major international rental firms.

The Isle of Man has a very extensive road network which is passably well maintained. Congestion is low outside Douglas at rush hour. Rules of the road closely mirror those of the United Kingdom with the exception that there is no overall speed limit for private vehicles in other words, in a derestricted zone there is no blanket 70 or 60 mph limit like there is in the UK. Drive on the left. It is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving. Petrol is expensive, even by UK standards.

Many of the country roads are narrow with substantial stone walls on each side, making evasive driving potentially tricky. Despite the absence of speed limits outside urban areas, caution is advised.

Caravans camper trailers may not be brought to the island.