15th November 2014

What's the cheapest way to get to the Isle of Man?

Post in Isle of Man TT News

Get to the island by sea or air, but which is the cheapest?

With the Isle of Man located in the middle of the Irish sea there are only two real options to get to the island, you can travel by sea or fly from a number of airports across the UK and Ireland.

As the TT gets more and more popular we at Regency Travel have reviewed all options to see which is the cheapest option.

Traveling to the Isle of Man by Sea

The Isle of Man Steam Packet is the only ferry service that operates to and from the island, they increase the number of sailings to meet demand over the two week TT period.

Daily services are available from Heysham - near to Lancaster which is around 1 hour 30 minutes north or Liverpool - and Liverpool. Less sailings from Belfast and Dublin also operate to the island. The Steam Packet also charter a P&O vessel to enable extra sailings from Larne in Northern Ireland.

Return foot passenger sailings on average are around £100 to £109 per person while traveling with a motorbike will cost anything from £115 to £125 per person each way. Traveling in a car starts from £300 upwards.

During practice week deals are available if you leave before or on the Thursday of practice week, here foot passenger fares can be around £50 per person return or £99 per person for a motorbike and rider.

Flying to the Isle of Man

The island can be reached by a number of airlines that operate from a number of airports in England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

From England you can fly from London City with British Airways, London Gatwick and Liverpool with Easyjet. Flybe operate flights from London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool.

Island based Citywing also offer services from Gloucester, Newcastle and from Northern Ireland Belfast City or Glasgow in Scotland. Aer Lingus offer flights to and from Dublin with great connections to the United States.

Up to 4 flights per day are available from Manchester airport which has great worldwide connections.

Flights in general start around £120 per person return but can be mush higher on peak travel days. Peak travel days are normally the Friday of Practice week and the Friday/Saturday at the end of race week.

Already some seats departing on the Saturday after senior race day have been starting at £200 per person one way!

During practice week return seat costs start from £60 per person return.


The ferry is the cheaper choice overall when compares with current flight prices, although you can pick some great deals flying to the island. The best way to get the best deal is to be flexible, why not stay an extra night at the end of race week, its cheaper to stay over on the island. 

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