Car Hire from Isle of Man Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
The home of the TT is probably one of the best places to hire a car in the world – miles and miles of public roads, just waiting for a road trip.
Where to hire a car in Isle of Man Airport
Athol, Hertz, Europcar, National and Thrifty have offices within the terminal building at Isle of Man Airport. There’s a huge variety of cars to rent out, so you can be sure your road trip will be well equipped.
Petrol stations close to Isle of Man Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are 2 petrol stations on either end of the A5 when you exit Isle of Man Airport. Castle Town Fuels is based in the north toward Ballasalla, ideal for those heading north. Turn right when you exit the airport and continue onto Derbyhaven and the Promenade. Turn right onto Shore Road, and take the last exit at the next roundabout to join the A5. Continue along this road for the next 2 roundabouts. Take the next right after the motorbike garage, and the station will be on your left.
Alternatively, the Station garage is ideally located for those heading toward the south and Castle Town. Instead of heading north on the A5, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout. The station garage will be on your right.
Driving around Isle of Man Airport
The Isle of Man Airport is the only commercial airport on the island, and it’s located in the south in Ballasalla, just 15 minutes from Douglas. During TT season, it can get extremely busy, but at other times of the year driving around the airport and the island is fairly easy going. The A5 and the A5 connects it to the other major attractions on the island – these are the roads that will take you up to Peel, Laxey and Douglas. There are 688 miles of public road all together, and no speed restrictions – the white and black circle road sign means ‘derestricted speed zone’.
Parking in the Isle of Man
If you wish to park in any of the towns or villages in the Isle of Man, you’ll need to hold a policy disc or disabled badge. Parking fines are issued if you’re parking without having paid for a ticket.
Popular destinations to drive to from Isle of Man Airport
Douglas is the largest city and the capital of the Isle of Man. In the summer everything picks up here, as this is where the TT race starts and finishes. Make sure you book your car hire early if you’re coming during this period!
To get to Douglas, exit the airport and head towards the A5. At the roundabout, continue to take the 3rd exit to follow the A6 and continue for 10 miles. At the final roundabout, take the A2 on the second exit, and at the roundabout immediately after take the 1st exit onto Quarter Bridge Road. Take the first right onto Alexander Drive to get into the city. There are plenty of affordable places to park in the centre of Douglas, but it’s not advisable to drive into the centre around the time of the TT due to the crowds.
The Great Laxey Wheel is one of the greatest achievements for engineers during the Victorian era, but nowadays it’s better known as a stop off village for road trippers on the island.
Laxey is located on the same side of the island as Douglas, and it’s essentially a straight drive up the coast. Follow the A5 northbound when you exit the airport, staying on the A5 until you get to Peel Road. At Peel Road, turn left onto the A1 and continue through the next roundabout onto the A23. At the next roundabout, take the second exit and continue on up to the A8, turning right when your each the cross roads. It’s fairly easy to park in Laxey, even easier if you’re staying at one of the camping grounds. Just make sure you pay attention to the Pay & Display zones. Once you’re in Laxey, it’s also much easier to reach Ramsey on the A2.
Peel Castle is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the Isle of Man, and the town sits parallel to Douglas on the west coast of the island.
To get to Peel, you’ll be following the roundabout and taking the 2nd exit onto the A5, doing the same again on the next roundabout. You can actually follow this road to get to some of Isle of Man’s best beaches as well. However, to get to Peel you’ll want to turn right onto the A3 northbound. Continue on the A3 until you reach the A1, and follow the A1 into Peel. There are a few car parks in Peel too, especially around the camping grounds.