Heysham is in Lancashire, in the North West, just south of Morcambe and west of Lancaster. It’s very easy to reach via the M6 motorway. The ferry crossing to Douglas, Isle of Man, takes between 3 hours 15 and 3 hours 45 minutes.


Journey Time
Belfast to Douglas3 per week2.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Birkenhead to Douglas2 per week4.15 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Heysham to Douglas2 per day3.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Liverpool to Douglas2 per day2.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co


Which is the fastest crossing to the Isle of Man?
The Liverpool to Douglas route is the fastest to the Isle of Man, taking 2 hour 45 minutes – about 1 hour faster than from Heysham.

Which ferry company runs the route?
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operate all ferries to the Isle of Man from England. This is reputed to be the oldest continuously operating passenger ferry company in the world. It was established in 1830, and celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2010. So they know a thing or 2 about shipping.

How far is Isle of Man from Heysham?
The Heysham to Douglas crossing is roughly about 70 miles.

Can I take my car?
Yes, this isn’t just a passenger ferry. The ferry can accommodate a range of vehicles.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
Not quite. There is usually a crossing very early in the morning, arriving before breakfast in Douglas. Or there is a crossing in the afternoon, arriving in the evening. There are cabins available should you need to get some sleep.

Moving on from the Isle of Man

Visiting the Isle of Man is a wonderful experience, since there’s so much to see and do, but all within a small area that’s easy to reach. But if you must leave the island, or you plan to explore further afield, then a nice idea might be to use the Isle of Man as a stepping stone in the middle of the Irish Sea, on your way over to either Belfast or Dublin. There are regular ferries to both cities from Douglas Port.