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Isle of Man

Getting around

The island has a comprehensive bus service; the tourist office in Douglas has timetables and sells tickets. It also sells the Island Explorer (1-day adult/child £10/5, 3-day £20/10), which gives you free transport for the apposite period on all public transport, including the tram to Snaefell and Douglas’ horse-trams.

Bikes can be hired from Eurocycles (624909; 8A Victoria Rd; per day £14-18; Mon-Sat).

Petrol heads will love the scenic, sweeping bends that make for some exciting driving – and the fact that outside of Douglas town there’s no speed limit. Naturally, the most popular drive is along the TT route. Car-hire operators have desks at the airport, and charge from £30 per day.

The 19th-century electric and steam rail services (01624-663366; Easter-Sep) are a thoroughly satisfying way of getting from A to B:

Douglas–Castletown–Port Erin Steam Train (£8.40 return)

Douglas–Laxey–Ramsey Electric Tramway (£5.20 return)

Laxey–Summit Snaefell Mountain Railway (£7.40 return)