2.1 How do I get to the Isle of Man?

By Sea

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has regular sailings to Douglas from Heysham. The crossing takes about 4 hours. There are also regular sailings from Liverpool which takes about 2 and a half hours, as well as sailings from Dublin. Information and booking is available on their website. You can also phone them on +441624 661661. If you tell them that you are a medic working at the event, the booking staff will do their best to meet your requirements.


However, you can imagine that during TT, it can be difficult to get a sailing that fits exactly with your availability. We recommend that if you plan to come over for TT or for the Festival of Motorcycling that you don’t delay, and that make your booking as early as possible and pay a deposit. If the exact dates that you want are not available, book the sailings as close to those dates as possible. Once you have done that, email your booking form, along with your preferred sailing dates, to us. We have an agreement with The Steam Packet Company that changes to bookings can be made nearer the time, but only if arranged through us. If, for whatever reason, you are not able to attend the event, your booking deposit will be refunded in full. Our contact details are available on our contact page.

Alternatively, in early March, when the payment deadline for TT bookings arrives, extra spaces on the ferries become available as people relinquish provisional bookings that they have made but no longer require. At the time that those sailings become available you can change your provisional booking to a more suitable date (or make a new booking if you don’t have a provisional one).There is no waiting list for these sailings, so you have to take your chance when they become available on the Steam Packet website.

If you book with the Steam Packet Company for both the TT and Festival of Motorcycling in the same year you will be eligible for a discount on your sailings. This is organized through the TT Marshals Association so you would need to register with them in order to claim the discount. More information is available on their website.

By Air

A number of regional airlines fly to and from the Isle of Man, information about flights can be found here.