The Isle of Man is a public transport paradise which is easily accessible without a car or motorbike. Yes, we know that most TT fans want to bring their own vehicle to get around, but most of the places that you will want to get to can be accessed using the Isle of Man’s excellent public transport system.
It’s a little-known secret that many repeat TT fans leave the bike or car at home and travel on foot using public transport. They have become accustomed to letting public transportation take the strain. Getting from one side of the Island to the other can take just 20 to 30 minutes, you have to remember that the Island is small and won’t take you long to get around.
The Island has three great transport options including the Island’s bus service which goes everywhere, apart from the mountain section during the TT for obvious reasons. You can get a bus from the airport or the sea terminal to anywhere on the Island, granted you may need to change bus but this is very rare, most services depart the major hubs of the ports and Douglas. You can use the bus service to get to different vantage points around the TT course, but you need to ensure that you travel well before roads close and you could potentially be in the same location for the day as the return service will not come back until the roads are open again.
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Another transport option is the Isle of Man Steam Railway that operates from Port Erin in the South coast of the Island to the capital Douglas, via Port St Mary and Castletown. This is a regular service throughout the TT period, and if you plan to stay with 4 Ever TT during the TT then the campsite in Colby even has a station on site!
Manx Electric Railway
The Manx Electric railway serves the east coast of the Island travelling to Ramsey in the north from Douglas, with all services going through Laxey which is also the place to join the mountain railway to the summit of Snaefell the Island’s highest point. If you choose to watch the racing action from the bungalow then you can travel from Laxey on the Snaefell Mountain Railway which is a great vantage point.
To make the most of your stay using public transport you can purchase Go Explorer Cards which enable unlimited travel on any of the Island’s public transport systems for the number of days your purchase. Isle of Man 1, 3, 5 and 7-day transport tickets can be purchased to enable you to travel on any public transport. Tickets can be purchased in advance from iomtt Travel, just give us a call and we will organise the rest.