Get here by Sea
How to travel to the Isle of Man TT by Sea
If you are planning to travel to the Isle of Man by sea then you can sail from England, Ireland & Nothern Ireland by foot or bringing a vehicle.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates IOMTT ferry services to the Isle of Man from Heysham (near Lancaster), Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast and during the busy TT period from Larne.
Choose between the conventional ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, which operates all year from Heysham, Dublin and Belfast or the fast craft, Manannan, which runs between March and November from Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast.
You'll dock at the Sea Terminal in Douglas, the Island's capital, where you'll find car hire terminals as well as a taxi rank and the main Douglas bus station just outside.
On board both ships you'll find shops, cafes and bars as well as premium and executive lounges if you are looking to travel in style. Pets are also allowed on some ferry services.
|Port||Country||Operated By||Sailings Per Day|
|Heysham Port||England||Isle of Man Steam Packet||Up to 3 per day|
|Liverpool Pier Head||England||Isle of Man Steam Packet||Up to 2 per day|
|Belfast||Northern Ireland||Isle of Man Steam Packet||Couple of time per week|
|Dublin||Southern Ireland||Isle of Man Steam Packet||Couple times per week|
|Larne||Nothern Ireland||Isle of Man Steam Packet||Couple times per week|
Vehicle Space does sell out the quickest if you are planning on bringing a car, van or motorbike we advise booking sooner rather than later.
You can upgrade before your travel with options available on both ferries, the extras can be booked at the time of booking or added later if available.
PREMIUM LOUNGE SEATING
Manannan: offers all table seating for your convenience.
Ben-my-Chree: offers a mixture of lounge seats and table seating.
The cost of booking the Premium Lounge is £17.00 per person per single leg crossing..
PREMIUM LOUNGE SERVICE & FACILITIES - Table service from a dedicated member of crew, Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages will be served, Passenger service crew will be happy to assist with any purchases you may wish to make from our Café or Bar outlets, all you have to do is ask, Complimentary newspapers and magazines selection, Access to laptop and mobile phone charging points, Complimentary Wi-Fi , Pillows and blankets available on request, We regret that we are unable to accept children under the age of 8 years in the Premium Lounge.
NIARBYL RESERVED LOUNGE - Pre booking is perfect when travelling in a group or with your family, this seating is comfortable and spacious and offers peace of mind on busier sailings, it will also guarantee that you will have a pre-assigned seat booked all for an affordable price of £3.00 per person per journey; this certainly is a worthwhile pre booking option. Children under 8 years are permitted in to this lounge.
CABINS - The Ben-my-Chree offers 4 berth en-suite cabins with TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. We also offer in-cabin service for meals.
Daytime cabins (0845 hrs and 1945 hrs from Douglas and 1415 hrs from Heysham) cost £50 per cabin.
Night-time cabins (0215 hrs from Heysham) cost £65 per cabin.
Premium cabins are located forward and overlook the bow. They offer superior seating to our standard cabins and can be easily converted to four berths. In addition to the usual facilities, a DVD player, selection of DVDs, a fridge with a selection of cold drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines are included for a cost of £60 for daytime cabins and £754 for night-time cabins.
There are two cabins which enable Wheelchair Access. The bathroom facilities are shared in these cabins due to the layout with dual locking functionality for privacy. Also on offer are a limited number of Dog Friendly Cabins, allowing your dog into the cabin for the duration of your crossing (Dogs must be booked and there is a charge of £10 per dog each way).
We strongly advise that if you require a cabin, to book in advance due to the demand for this service.
Coming from further a field
If you plan to sail from Europe please also consider sailing via Ireland as there tends to be more space available for vehicles on these sailings
Flying into UK and Ireland by air then sailing to the Isle of Man
If you plan to travel by sea and are coming from further a field such as America or Australia then please find some useful information below.
Traveling from London Heathrow or London - If you plan to arrive in London Heathrow the quickest way to get to the island would be to travel to London Gatwick airport and then fly directly to the Isle of Man. There is no direct link between Heathrow and the Isle of Man.
Alternatively you would need to travel using the London Underground to London Euston Station before boarding a Virgin Train to Liverpool Lime Street or for Heysham Port you would need to travel to Lancaster and then a taxi to Heysham Port. The journey from London to Liverpool will take up to 4 hours by train and another 2 hours to Heysham.
Flying into Manchester Airport and then onto the Isle of Man by Sea - Flying into Manchester airport is the easiest way to get to Liverpool or Heysham.
Within Manchester airport there is a train station that you can get a train to Liverpool Lime Street Station station via Manchester Piccadilly station, journey time to Liverpool is 1 hour 40 minutes.
Traveling to Heysham does take a little longer and you can get a train from Manchester Airport changing at Preston or Manchester Piccadilly. Journeys can take from 1 hour 40 minutes up to 2 hours.
Flying into Ireland and then onto the Isle of Man by Sea - We dont advise flying into Ireland and then onto the Isle of Man by sea.
You are able to do this but the sailings are not that frequent as they are when sailing from Liverpool or Heysham. Ferries depart Ireland from Dublin every Tuesday while departing Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland a couple of times a week.