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Isle of Man Bus and Rail

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We travelled by bus and rail to every corner of Isle of Man! It is very convenient, inexpensive, safe and exciting way to travel the island. The time tables, bus stops and maps are well marked. The passes and tickets are available at the ferry terminal. Some of the attractions are free if you have a pass. The trains are... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Molly C is obviously not used to catching buses.It heps if you ask the driver when you board if the bus is going where you need to be, if it isn't, he/she will tell you. Simple. The first time I caught a bus from Ronaldsway Airport to Douglas, I asked the driver if he passed a certain location, he said... More 

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Port St Mary, Isle of Man
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

I've been using this unique attraction for many years now, and the quality of the service has steadily improved. The engines are always kept in a pristine, gleaming condition and the carriages are clean and the seats are always freshly cleaned and I have yet to see any torn upholstery. Punctuality. I've never had a late train, even when the... More 

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Oklahoma
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We had been instructed by public transportation personnel in Douglas to take bus 12A from the airport to our hotel, but a few minutes after boarding the bus the bus driver informed us he did not go past our hotel. So we had to get off and take a taxi the rest of the way. Not a nice way to... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I had a 3 day visitors pass for the bus and rail network which worked as a really good value for money. I purchased this from the tourist information desk in the airport arrivals. I found I could use the network to get just about everywhere I wanted during my visit and journey times were reasonable. All the buses were... More 

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Canterbury, Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

For our week-long sojourn on the Isle of Man, we bought a six-day transport ticket and enjoyed unlimited steam and electric train rides and modern bus trips across the tiny island. For a steam tragic like me, the narrow gauge steam railway from Port Erin to Douglas and return, hauled by an 1874 locomotive, was a highlight. This train runs... More 

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Mold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The steam railway from Douglas to Port Erin is fantastic railway with some lovely views from the line and lovely heritage engines pulling the trains. Each engine used on the line is one of the original ones from when the railway was first built back in the early 1900s and have been well restored so they are still able to... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Buses all very new and punctual to their timetables, regular services all over the island. Electric railway from Douglas to Ramsey a must for the enthusiast of Victorian engineering. Steam trains to the South are an experience. Best value is the £32.00 three day explorer ticket with which you can have unlimited use of ALL buses, trains and trams

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Bus services on the island are good and reasonably frequent and run well into the evening. All the buses we used were within a couple of minutes of their scheduled time. The rail services, both steam and electric were enjoyable and nostalgic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

For the most part IOM Bus and Rail works well. The buses are usually clean (except sometimes first thing in the morning) and on time (though not always). An additional express service to the south of the island leaving at 5:30 (rather than 5) would be a good idea. The steam railway is a nice historic feature for the island... More 

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