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Transport Options to the Isle of Man can be expensive
Isle of Man
Member Name: kazimojo692
Isle of Man
Advantages: Book well in advance and you can get a good deal
Disadvantages: Too expensive for many and makes it difficult to get on/off the island
If you decide to travel and visit the Isle of Man - be warned of the expensive means of travel to & from there.
There are 2 options of travel - ferry & plane.
If you travel by ferry in the summer months - you can travel from Liverpool or Heysham (England), and Dublin & Belfast.
The Seacat is brought in for summer months to help journey times and is supposed to take approx 2.5 hours from Liverpool. However it is a rare occassion that all 4 engines are properly working - or the wind isnt blowing in the wrong direction, so it takes more like 3 hours. The Ben my Chree from Heysham will take 3.5 hours approx and tends to carry the freight as well.
You will find depending on the time of year though that it can be quite expensive to take your car over and passengers. Approx fares in summer months are around £350 return! In the winter you may be lucky enough to grab a cheaper deal and they sometimes do deals of £99 return for a car and 2 passengers (although they only have a limited amount of seats at this price). Also - beware of the windy weather in winter as sometimes the boat may not sail!
So the other alternative is to fly. Flights can be made from a variety of airports throughout the UK - including Liverpool, Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow, Leeds & Blackpool.
However, in many cases you need to ensure you book your flights well in advance - otherwise you risk having to pay extortionate prices if you leave it until nearer your travel date.
The airline companies do not have any competition so can charge pretty much what they want. If you are lucky to book early enough though - you could get a return flight with Flybe for £40 to Liverpool.
Summary: Book early and you may be lucky enough to get a cheap(ish) deal