Liverpool to Douglas is the quickest crossing to the Isle of Man from England, taking just 2 hours 45 minutes. The route, like all crossings to the Isle of Man from England, is operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company – a ferry company with almost 200 years of history!

Visiting this ancient island can be a truly rewarding holiday experience. The Isle of Man has plenty to offer, from stunning coastline to quiet and relaxing villages and towns, plus plenty of history, both recent and ancient.

Details

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
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

FAQs

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 two about shipping.

How far is the Isle of Man from Liverpool?
The Liverpool to Douglas crossing is roughly about 80 miles, which is actually 10 miles less than from Heysham.

So which crossing is quicker: from Liverpool or Heysham?
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, and this is mainly down to the fact that a quicker ship operates the Liverpool line. This is the stunning craft called the Manannan, which is a catamaran boat measuring almost 100 metres long.

A catamaran? But can I still take my car?
Yes, plenty of room for cars and motorbikes, although please note that there is a limit for vehicles over 4 tonnes. For anyone travelling with larger, heavier vehicles, you may find you need to take the ferry from Heysham instead.

What is it like on-board?
There are a couple of cinemas, a bar and cafe, plus lots of comfortable seating.

Moving on from the Isle of Man

As mentioned above, we’re sure you will find plenty to keep you happy on the Isle of Man. But if you intend to travel onwards, rather than return to England, then you have two ferry options: one to Dublin, and the other to Belfast, with both being operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.