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Douglas Guide


Douglas is the capital town of the Isle of Man and is famous for its motor sports and magnificent bay. Throughout the island there is evidence of Celtic and Viking influence to be discovered, while Douglas itself boasts some unique Victorian architecture. For the best sightseeing results the majority of visitors opt for car hire in Douglas, to help get them around. Book today to secure a car. Let us compare the market to help find you the cheapest available deals online.

Explore Douglas

Each year Douglas is the location for the TT motorcycle races, a world renowned event, and attracts world-class riders and thousands of followers. At other times of the year life is a little quieter in Douglas Bay, with its scenery of rolling green hills, and open coastland. Since Victorian times, Douglas has been a pioneer in illuminations and at night presents a scene of spectacular beauty.

The promenade is a one-and-half mile stroll from which tourists can spot the Tower of Refuge emerging from the sea on low tides. A lovely walk is along the sea front where tourists will witness the Douglas horse trams, which are the only ones in existence today. On Strand Street there is a fine example of Edwardian splendour, the Gaiety Theatre.

Douglas is a notable spot for scuba diving in its pristine waters, and fishing is also a popular pastime. There are numerous country walks in and around Douglas offering such beautiful, enchanting scenery. There is a brand new shopping centre in town, great for browsing on a rainy day. Within the shopping complex are a selection of restaurants and quaint cafes. A popular delicacy are the Manx kippers, eating usually at breakfast time.

Opt for car hire in Douglas as your main form of transport for your holiday and drive to the Curraghs Wildlife Park, located in Ballaugh. This is a unique wetland with a number of endangered species here as well some rare wetland wildlife. Close by is the world's largest working water wheel, the Laxey Wheel, which is also a must see whilst you're in the area. Another popular attraction here is the Isle of Man Steam Railway, which takes tourists back to Victorian times.


By air
The island has its own airport; The Ronaldsway Isle of Man Airport. Athol car hire, Avis, Isle of Man Rent a car, and Mylchreests car hire companies are available at the airport. Book online with us in advance of travel for a larger selection of car hire companies and cars.

By bus
Bus Vannin services the island, and is a very cheap and reliable way of getting around the island. The island covers only 221 sq miles so public services are reliable, with little distance to travel to most major towns and villages.

By boat
A number of ferry services operate to and from the island and Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. There is also the high-speed SeaCat and the SuperSeaCats for those passengers wanting to get to the island in shorter time as possible. If you are arriving by ferry there are many car rental companies on the island with depots in Douglas, and Ballasalla. Be sure to fill in the form above correctly.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
  • Language

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).