Do not let anyone tell you that you need a car to tour the isle of Man.  You don't !

Public transport on the island is excellent with modern low floor buses covering nearly everywhere that a tourist would want to visit.  The steam train to Port Erin and the vintage Electric Railways to Laxey, Ramsey and Snaefell are tourist attractions in their own right, as are the Horse Trams that trundle along the Douglas Sea Front.

Details of all this transport is available on the internet at and also in a timetable book which can be picked up at the Welcome Centres at Douglas Ferry terminal, at the airport and in each of the major towns. However a summary of the main services is as follows:

  • 1 & 2 - Douglas Promenade - Douglas - Airport - Castletown - Port St.Mary & Port Erin
  • 3 - Douglas - Laxey - Ramsey
  • 4, 5 & 6 - Douglas - Peel - Ramsey
  • 8 - Peel - Airport - Castletown -  Port St.Mary - Port Erin
  • Steam Train  -  Douglas - Castletown
  • Horse Tramway  -  Douglas promanade to Derby Castle
  • Electric Railway  -  Douglas (Derby Castle) - Laxey - Ramsey
  • Electric Railway  -  Laxey - Snaefell

Note that the Train, Tram and Railway services do not operate during the winter.

Bus fares are very reasonable and there are two types of bus pass that offer unlimited travel:

There is also a Heritage version of the Explorer ticket which also gives free admission to all Manx National Heritage Sites.



If you would prefer to use a conventional bus/coach tour to explore the island, details of these can be found on the following websites: