Isle of Man: Isle of Adventure
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Booking for the TT Races

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Known globally as the ‘Road Race Capital of the World’ and a motorsport mecca, every May and June tens of thousands of motorcycling fans descend on the Island for the TT races.

If you plan to visit the Island at this time, we strongly recommend you book your travel and accommodation as far as possible in advance: hotel rooms, ferries and some flights are often released for sale during the previous year’s event. Although this may seem extreme, the Isle of Man only has so many hotels, guest houses, self catering units and campsites, and once they’re booked up, that’s it.

We want you to come to the Isle of Man and soak up the incredible TT atmosphere – please contact VisitIOM.co.uk's dedicated travel specialists who will be able to give you the best advice possible.

Top 5 Tips for Booking a TT Break on the Isle of Man:

  • Book your ferry early. Sign up for Visit IOM email notifications and you’ll get the heads up when the ferry tickets go on sale.
  • Fly to the island – seats don’t sell out as quickly as the ferry. Read more below…
  • Book your accommodation early –search for the latest Isle of Man hotel, camping and B&B availability on our site. Sometimes hoteliers release their cancellations back to us so you can grab a last minute room for TT.
  • Find the best spots to watch the races for free, or treat yourself to a Grandstand ticket.
  • Keep costs down, ditch the bike or car and travel around the island using a Go Explore card. Find out more below….

Book your ferry early!

The ferry to the Isle of Man can get booked up quickly and it’s recommended you start planning for your trip at least a year before you travel to the Isle of Man.

During the TT races and throughout the remainder of the year the ferry operator releases provisional sailing information for the next TT races. Deposits are taken to book your IOM ferry for the following year’s TT races, so you’re able to secure your place. The fares are normally released in January and after your deposit has been deducted, the remaining balance must be received by the end of February. Sign up for Visit IOM email notifications and you’ll get the heads up when the ferry tickets go on sale.

Ferries can be booked with us online. We keep our customers up to date on the release of the ferry schedules. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest information.

Fly to the Isle of Man

Most airlines operate daily flights to the Isle of Man from the UK and Ireland during the TT Festival. This can be seen as an attractive option in comparison to the ferry.

Flights don’t fill up as quickly as the ferries, but during the peak periods they begin to sell out quickly closer to the event. Flights can be expensive but offer a quick and convenient way to get to the Isle of Man during the TT period.

Flight times from the UK to the Isle of Man are approximately 30-80 minutes depending on your departure airport.

Choose your accommodation

The Isle of Man almost doubles in size during the TT Festival and finding the right accommodation can sometimes be a bigger challenge than getting to the Isle of Man!

There are many options available from camping and glamping to 4 star hotels. With limited accommodation available, it’s best to book as soon as you find the right accommodation.

Hotels

Hotels can be pricey, but also convenient should you wish to stay in the heart of the entertainment. Hotel prices can vary from £100 up to £260 per night. Most of the hotels don’t offer allocations on websites such as Booking.com during the TT Festival due to the demand. They tend to only deal direct or through local agents such as Visit IOM.

Guest Houses

Guest Houses are usually sold out years in advance and tend to give priority to their regulars. Most regulars book for the following year before they leave. We sometimes receive calls where regulars have cancelled and the availability is updated on our website. Always regularly check our website for availability using the search form on the left hand side of this page.

Glamping and Camping

Glamping and camping can be an alternative option to keep the costs down. Most local football teams open up their pitches during this period as it’s outside the football season. These can be booked via our website.

Glamping tents are increasing year on year and these can be an attractive option without the need of erecting a tent or sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor.

Staying at a football club organised campsite provides campers with access to their club house facilities and additional services such as showers, toilet facilities, music acts, bar, and much more.

We have a selection of campsites available to book today. Please use the search form to search availability.

Where to watch the races

Most parts of the TT circuit allows spectators to watch the racing free of charge. You have the freedom to sit or stand (within the non-restricted zones) and watch as the bikes zoom past at over 180mph! On most race days, you will see the hedges and roads lined with spectators prior to the start of each race!

Why not treat yourself and book a Fan Zone or TT Grandstand seat where you will be able to watch the racing with a large crowd in the mix of the action! You can enhance your TT experience by purchasing a VIP TT race ticket. VIP tickets provide access to areas where the riders hang out and get you closer to the action at the start and finish line. A great way to celebrate a special occasion!

How to get around the Isle of Man without a car or bike

The Isle of Man has an extensive bus and rail service. They increase the number of services during the TT Festival period to accommodate the extra visitors. With a variety of services available you will be spoilt for choice.

The bus and railways enable visitors to get to all corners of the island without the need of a vehicle.

Go Explore Travel Cards

Go Explore cards provide unlimited access on the Isle of Man Transport scheduled bus and rail services, which make the most of your sightseeing experience on the Island!

Go Explore cards are available for 1, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days for adults and children. Family cards are also available, which provide great savings for parties of two adults and up to three children.

Go Explore Heritage cards provide 5 consecutive days unlimited travel on all Isle of Man Transport scheduled bus and rail services plus admission to all Manx National Heritage sites.

Late night services are usually added to allow you to enjoy the entertainment in the capital and not have to worry about getting back to your accommodation in another part of the island.

Buy your Isle of Man travel cards online today with Visit IOM!

TT race schedule 2018*

Qualifying takes place from Saturday 26th May to Friday 1st June 2018 between 6:20 pm – 8:50 pm.

Saturday 2nd June 2018

  • 12.00 RST Superbike TT Race (6 laps)
  • 15.00 Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)

Monday 4th June 2018

  • 10.45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)
  • 14.15 RL360 Quantum SuperstockTT Race (4 laps)

Wednesday 6th June 2018

  • 10.45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 (4 laps)
  • 13.45 Bennetts Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16.25 SES Zero TT Race (1 lap)

Friday 8th June 2018

  • 10.30 Sidecar TT Race 2 (3 laps)
  • 12.45 Pokerstars Senior TT Race (6 laps)

* Please note this schedule is subject to change by the event organisers or through inclement weather. 

Visit IOM TT Packages 2018

TT 2018 Practice Week package

TT 2018 Race Week package

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Future Isle of Man TT dates

Isle of Man TT 2019 25th May - 7th June 2019

Isle of Man TT 2020 30th May - 12th June 2020

(Dates could be subject to change)