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Ferries to Isle of Man

Travel to the Isle of Man is extremely simple with Direct Ferries. The island is perfectly placed for ferry travel with connections offered from England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Douglas Harbour is the entrance point for all passenger ferries travelling to the island.

Best way to get to Isle of Man

If travelling from England you depart from Liverpool, Liverpool Birkenhead and Heysham. Liverpool typically boasts the most frequent services with the shortest crossing time at around two and three quarter hours. Throughout the year, the Isle of Man Steam Packet also operates sailings from Belfast in Northern Ireland and crossings from Dublin.

Isle of Man ferry timetable

The Isle of Man Steam Packet service operates up to 30 sailings a week, with crossings made daily. There are frequent sailings from Douglas to Heysham and Liverpool, journeys to Liverpool Birkenhead, Belfast and Dublin are limited to a couple a week. For the full timetable, use our search tool to see which times and dates suit you.

How big is the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man is one of the most beautiful spots in Britain, a mountainous, cliff-fringed island just thirty-one miles by thirteen, into which are shoehorned austere moor lands and wooded glens, sandy beaches, fine castles, beguiling narrow-gauge railways and scores of standing stones and Celtic crosses.

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Isle Of Man reviews

  • "Fantastic Service, Super Quality and Great Staff"

    We travelled both ways with Steam Pack, to and from the Isle of Man. The party were made up of four plus a car, between the age of 22 and 76 and two passengers had disabilities. From the second we arrived to depart on both occasions the staff were fantastic till we departed at both ends. No stress and no anxiety as everyone knows exactly what they are doing and as such everything runs like clockwork. Nothing is to much trouble, we did not pre-advise of the disabilities, however, at the check in window, we happened to mention it and the advice given was second to none. The staff member got straight on the radio, the car got loaded so as to reduce walking and/or access issues, a staff member met us with a wheelchair and escorted us to our cabin. We can not praise the staff and the company enough. If you are travelling either alone or as a couple, I would recommend booking/reserving a relaxing seat either in the main ship or the executive lounge. If three or more or if the price is within your budget book a cabin. Comfortable and very clean along with your own toilet, shower, towels, Wifi, TV along with Tea and Coffee. Makes the journey so much better and comfortable. That said, the main passenger area is clean, well set out with plenty of seats. The shop and the cafe have everything you will need and at normal high street prices, which says a lot for the company. They have the monopoly, so like Service Stations, they could if they wanted to, charge higher prices, but they Do Not, which tells me that they put Customer Service before profits. If we travel anywhere in the future and Steam Pack have a service, we will always use them. We gave 5*s, but this is not high enough, I would say they are 6+.

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  • "Rough sea "

    The staff were fantastic looked after everyone on board it was a very rough sail, they went over and above their job.

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  • "First timers to the isle of man "

    This is the first time I used Steam Packet, we went to the Isle of man on board Ben My Chree. Loved the experience, everyone was really friendly and happy to help. Will definitely use them again.

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  • "Brilliant"

    Really great company. Well organised, very helpful, smiley staff.

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