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Isle of Man TT – Frequently Asked Questions

I have never booked anything like this before. What's the best way to approach this?

The key element is your travel to the island. If you plan to arrive by ferry you ideally should book this first as there is huge demand for the crossings. This is the ferry website.

The 2025 ferry bookings opened on Monday 20th May 2024 at 0830 local time. There will be huge initial demand both on the phone and online so you might have to be very patient and persistent.

Here is more information about the 2025 ferry crossings.

If you plan to fly to the Isle of Man then normally demand is not so strong but you would be wise to check the flights to make sure there is availability for you and book sooner rather than later.

Accommodation wise, hotels B&Bs and apartments are nearly always booked up well in advance (often 12 months) and will be very expensive. Many fans now bring their own tents and there are a number of campsites on the island. We highly recommend the campsite we use Quarterbridge

Incidentally, that’s our pre erected tents, glamping and cabins in the top left of the picture on the Quarterbridge main page.

Our option of pre-erected tents, glamping and cabins will save you bringing all your camping gear so that you arrive and everything is set up ready for you. We are specialists in this area (since 2009) so check out our standard tents, or our glamping tents and cabins.

Located on the outskirts of Douglas, we could not be closer to the action as the racing passes our campsite entrance!

Can you arrange my ferry/flights for me?

Sorry no we can’t do that. We would need to be a registered travel agent to do this.

 

What time can we check in?

Our official check in time is 3pm local.

If you wish to arrive earlier then please report to the reception team where the team can store customer bags if you wish subject to availability (we cannot accept responsibility for your belongings). If you want to check in earlier (perhaps because of an early ferry time) then you will be able to do so if your accommodation is ready. An early check in fee may apply.

Do let us know beforehand.

What's the check out time?

Check out is no later than 10:30am on the day of departure and your accomodation must be left in a tidy state with towels, bedding and any hired extras to be left inside the tent.

Checking out after this point may affect your security deposit with a late check out fee applicable.

Personal items may be removed and stored at reception so the team can service your accommodation ready for the next guests.

What will the weather be like?

Either by experience or reputation, you will know that an English summer can be absolutely anything. It may be blisteringly hot or freezing cold, particularly at night.

We do provide 13.5 tog winter duvets but you are out in the fresh air. We do have a supply of extra blankets but these will be used up quite quickly if it’s very cold.

You should consider bringing warm clothing and a blanket if you have room. Watch the weather forecast as you might even need sunscreen!

Where is it best to watch the racing? Do I need to buy tickets?

You only need to buy tickets if you want to sit in the grandstand. More information here.  Everywhere else around the course is free!

We don’t have much personal knowledge of the best places as we are too busy looking after our guests although the racing does pass our campsite entrance!

Detailed below are several guides that look good:

From IOMTT.com

bennetts.co.uk

timeless2wheels.com (towards the bottom)

Where can I find the schedule and start times for all the racing? When do the roads close and reopen?

All the information you want is located here

The schedule is subject to change at very short notice.

I am planning to fly to the Isle of Man. How can I get to you from the airport?

Two ways really. You can either use the island’s extensive bus network or hire a taxi. We don’t have any personal knowledge of taxis so we recommend you search online. You would be wise to pre book as the taxi queues can be quite long at the airport at certain times.

You may find this page helpful.

What documentation will I need to get to the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man (IOM) is not technically part of the United Kingdom as it’s a Crown dependency. Thus it’s a “territory for which the United Kingdom is responsible.”

It is not a member of the EU but UK legislation allows for travel to and from the island.

Therefore, if you are a UK citizen then you don’t need a passport (although you will need some sort of photographic ID if flying from the UK – your airline will advise you on this).

EU citizens can travel to the island for the TT without restriction.

If you are from outside of the EU then clearly you would already have arrived in the UK and thus to travel to the IOM from within the UK will not be a problem.

What about health cover?

You will be covered for emergency treatment for free. UK citizens will be covered under a reciprocal agreement with the NHS. However, this would not cover, for example, if you needed an air ambulance back to the mainland.

If you are not a UK resident then it is absolutely essential you have travel insurance.

You cannot use your European Health Insurance Card on the IOM.

Can I use my mobile phone?

The IOM telecom companies do have an agreement with UK mobile networks BUT as the IOM is not part of the EU, the roaming charges’ cap does not apply.

You might want to consider buying a local pay as you go sim card.

What about currency?

The IOM has its own currency but GB sterling is legal tender there.

However, IOM currency cannot be used outside of the IOM.

You can exchange it at any bank free of charge.

Are there speed limits on the IOM?

There are speed limits in every built up area as you would expect. However, there is no national speed limit.

Thus, if you plan to ride the TT circuit then outside of the speed limited areas there is no speed restriction.

BUT ride to your abilities.

You must still ride safely both to protect yourself and other road users. The Highway Code will apply.

You will need to be especially careful as there will probably be a number of riders overtaking you.

Locals will also be using the roads.

Your situational and positional awareness will need to be extremely high.

Remember always to be able to stop in the distance you can see to be clear.

What is the local transport like?

On non racing days the bus service is very extensive. Full details are available here

On race days there will be special bus services running outside of road closure hours. This information will be published closer to the time.

There is also the railway

Taxis will be available as well of course. Best to search online for them.

What's the evening entertainment like?

We can only comment on Douglas as that’s as far as we have been (our campsite is on the outskirts of the town). There are numerous pubs/bars/restaurants but it will be very busy, particularly during race week.

There are also a number of large beer tents to cater for the thirst of the many thousands of TT fans.