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Buses & Trains

Travel on the Isle of Man is easily achieved by bus or train. Getting around on the Isle of Man is a lot of fun – with four separate narrow-gauge railways, three of which are more than a century old, the Isle of Man is a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

From Roy Cottage the Isle of Man Steam Railway offers easy access to villages and towns to the west of Castletown, and north to Douglas. There are many themed train rides

Further north, the Manx Electric Railway is a pleasant way to get from Douglas to Ramsey and back again. Travel along the promenade in Douglas on the Isle of Man Horse Drawn Trams, take a trip up the mountain on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, or along the valleys of Laxey or Groudle Glen. Read on to find out more about bus and rail travel on the Isle of Man.

The railways offer a lot of special themed events such as a stargazing ‘Pie in the Sky’ evening and Santa Trains. Find out what’s on by visiting the Roy Cottage Local News.

Isle of Man Bus Timetables

Bus Timetables Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


Public transport is very good on the Isle of Man and a common way to get about. Buses run all over the island, even to remote destinations (less frequent routes).


Manx Electric Railway

Manx Electric Railway Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


For the best coastal and glen views as well as a wonderful period tram ride experience connecting Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey. It connects with the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and the promenade in Douglas, and with the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey. The railway’s route is undulating and passes through areas of scenic beauty. For that reason, among others, many holiday visitors to the Isle of Man take an excursion on one of the trams.


Snaefell Mountain Railway

Snaefell Mountain Railway Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


Running a total of four miles from the village of Laxey to the top of the island’s highest mountain, Snaefell at 2,036ft. At the top is a cafe and ticket station. From the top on a clear day it is said one can see the six kingdoms. The kingdom of Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Mann and Heaven.


Laxey Mines Railway

Laxey Mines Railway Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


Part of the once vast mining industry for Lady Isabella and the Laxey Mines, an enclosed carriage takes passengers under the road by way of a long tunnel and through the trees along the route minerals would have taken back in the mining days.


Groudle Glen Railway, Onchan

Groudle Glen Railway Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


A 2ft narrow gauge railway with steam trains and cliff top tea rooms, often regarded as one of the best Manx family days out. This volunteer run Manx charity puts on special family events including Easter Bunny, Teddy Bears picnic, and Santa Claus Trains.


Douglas Horse Drawn Trams

Horse Drawn Tram Douglas Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage

The horse trams are a common sight on the promenade during the summer months. running from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, dating back to 1876.


Steam railway

Steam Railway Isle of Man @ roycottage Self catering holiday cottage


Opened in 1874, this 3ft narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages, through an ever changing countryside, to a choice of destinations in the south of the Island. At 15 and a half miles it is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain.