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Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam, later renamed Thailand, during the late-19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city is now a regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. The city is known for its street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its red-light districts. The Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok wheelchair access is poor, making disability travel a chore.
Lagos is the most populous in Nigeria and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. This unofficial figures put the population of “Greater Metropolitan Lagos”, which includes Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artifacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events. Lagos wheelchair access is poor by international first world standards.
Tehran has a population of around 8.694 million making it the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796. The majority of the population of Tehran are Persian-speaking people, but there are large populations of other ethno-linguistic groups who live in Tehran and speak Persian as a second language. Tehran has an international airport (Imam Khomeini Airport) , a domestic airport (Mehrabad Airport), a central railway station, the rapid transit system of Tehran Metro, a bus rapid transit system, trolleybuses, and a large network of highways. Tehran wheelchair access is poor, but not as bad as some would expect.
Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre. Situated in north-central Jordan, the city has a population of 4,007,526 and a land area of 1,680 square kilometres. Amman is considered to be among the most modernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region, particularly among Arab and European tourists. Amman is predominantly filled with historic sites that frequently host cultural activities, while West Amman is more modern and serves as the economic center of the city. Amman was named one of the Middle East and North Africa’s best cities according to economic, labor, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman wheelchair access is very poor, making disability travel a real challenge.
Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District. Washington’s metropolitan area, the country’s sixth largest, had a 2017 estimated population of 6.2 million residents. All three branches of the U.S. federal government are centered in the District: Congress (legislative), president (executive), and the U.S. Supreme Court (judicial). Washington is home to many national monuments, and museums, primarily situated on or around the National Mall. Washington wheelchair access is of a high standard, providing an inclusive environment for the national capital.
Casablanca, located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is one of the largest and most important cities in Africa and the Middle-East, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. The city has a population of about 3.5 million in the urban area and over 7 million in the Casablanca-Settat region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the second largest port of North Africa. Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Casablanca wheelchair access is of a low standard and disability travel presents many challenges.
San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era. The Greater San Antonio metro area has a population of 2.5 million. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13. The city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. San Antonio wheelchair access is of a high standard.
San Antonio has several taxi companies with accessible cabs. These include Yellow Cabs and San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi. Yellow Cab accessible taxis feature lowered floor entry access and passengers with wheelchairs measuring 31 inches or less do not need to transfer out of their wheelchair. When booking a ride, wheelchair users need to request an accessible cab.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the tip of Lake Zürich. The municipality has approximately 409,000 people and the Zürich metropolitan area has 1.83 million. Permanently settled for over 2,000 years, Zürich was founded by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6,400 years ago. The official language of Zürich is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Zürich German. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country. Zurich wheelchair access is of a high standard and disability travel does not represent the challenge it does in some other cities.
Where the step up onto a bus is too high or there’s no lift at a station, travelling on public transport becomes a challenge for passengers with limited mobility. Low-floor vehicles and disabled-friendly transport stops allow people to travel without barriers.
First choice: The online timetable
The simplest way to plan your journey is on the Internet. The online timetable and ZVV timetable app for iPhone and android mobile devices take account of barrier-free requirements, even at the journey planning stage. The function is under «Option».
Take advantage of our low-floor vehicles: Information on accessibility for disabled persons at stops and in stations and vehicles is available in the low-floor network plans for the S-Bahn and tram network of the city of Zurich.
Please note that information on vehicles in the online timetable and the ZVV app is based on up-to-the-minute planning data. Where operations are disrupted, it may not be possible to provide low-floor vehicles in service, contrary to our schedules. For up-to-date information on the deployment of low-floor vehicles, please call ZVV Contact on 0848 988 988.
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens is the 6th most populous capital city of the EU with a population of 3.8 million people. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland. ccessible transportation in Athens is as good or better than any major city in Europe.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery.
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. As of July 2018, the wider urban area of Copenhagen had a population of juist over 2 million. The city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road. Originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century in the vicinity of what is now Gammel Strand, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Beginning in the 17th century it consolidated its position as a regional centre of power with its institutions, defences and armed forces. Since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, facilitated by investment in its institutions and infrastructure. The city is the cultural, economic and governmental centre of Denmark; it is one of the major financial centres of Northern Europe with the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Copenhagen wheelchair access travel is a joy to behold. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, so this provides wheelchair access for athletic paraplegics or those of us who use motorised wheelchairs. The high standard of disability travel is further enhanced by accessible public transport (see below).
A cycle superhighway is a cycle route, where the commuters’ needs have been given the highest priority – providing a smooth ride with fewer stop and increased safety. The main purpose of the cycle superhighways is to create better conditions for cyclists, and to connect work-, study- and residential areas, making it a lot easier for commuters to bike to and from work instead of taking a car. Furthermore, the cycle superhighways run near stations making it attractive to combine cycling with public transportation.
Commuting by bike is the fastest, easiest, most healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around the cities of Denmark.
Nine out of ten people in Denmark own a bike
Danes cycle 1.6 km a day on average
Cycling accounts for a quarter of all personal transport in Denmark for distances of less than five kilometres
All metro stations are easily accessible and are all equipped with either elevators or lifts.
You will find a manual wheelchair ramp by the middle doors in all Copenhagen city buses. As the access ramp is not automatic, assistance is needed when entering the bus. Please observe that the driver is not allowed to leave the driver’s seat and can not provide personal assistance with getting on and off the bus. Mobility scooters are not accepted onboard city buses