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Dublin Wheelchair Access Travel

Dublin is the capital of, and largest city in, Ireland. It lies on the east coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey. The population of the Greater Dublin area is 2 million. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland. Dublin is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration and industry. As of 2018 the city was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of “Alpha -“, which places it among the top thirty cities in the world. Dublin wheelchair access is good and improves every year, with new buildings constructed according to modern European access standards. These contemporary standards ensure wheelchair access and make disability travel much more agreeable.

Attractions and Opportunities

Dublin Castle

Christ Church Cathedral

Grand Canal

Grafton Street

Guinness Storehouse

Old Jameson Distillery

Kilmainham Gaol

National Museum of Ireland – Archeology

Phoenix Park

Temple Bar Area

Trinity College

St Stephen’s Green

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Transport

Buses

Dublin Bus

The main provider of bus services in Dublin, the publicly-owned Dublin Bus, uses low-floor, wheelchair-accessible buses on all its routes (including its Dublin Airport bus service, Airlink.)

Additionally, Dublin Bus runs a travel assistance scheme to help those with a mobility impairment to travel around Dublin using either bus, train or tram. An assistant can accompany you the first few times you travel, and give you advice on planning a journey.

The Travel Assistance Scheme is free and is for people aged 18 or over. You can use it Monday to Friday between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. To find out more about this service, phone (01) 703 3204 or email customercomment@dublinbus.ie.

More information about accessibility is available on the Dublin Bus website, or you can call the company’s Access Officer on (01) 703 3204 with any queries you may have.

Go-Ahead

Recently the Government decided to privatise some Dublin bus routes, outsourcing several Dublin bus routes to a UK company called Go-Ahead. This company’s buses are wheelchair accessible too, but it is unclear as to what direct assistance they provide to wheelchair users. So if you require mobility assistance, we advise contacting the company on 1850 80 40 71 or emailing customercomment@goaheadireland.ie.

Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann is Ireland’s main provider of long-distance coach services, many of which operate in the Greater Dublin area. Although many of its services are fully wheelchair accessible, not all are, so it is advisable to contact the company in advance of travel if you have a mobility impairment. Its customer number is 1850 836 611.

You can view Bus Eireann’s full accessibility information here.

Other bus operators

There are several private companies that operate bus services within the Greater Dublin area, but not all provide fully accessible travel. A full list of operators can be seen on Transport for Ireland’s accessible travel web page (click the ‘bus’ option) — in most cases, you will need to contact the operator in question in advance of travel to find out what your options are.

Trains

Trains in Dublin are wheelchair accessible, as are most of the stations. Staff can usually assist with the boarding of trains via the provision of wheelchair ramps too.

However, depending on station staffing levels, help is not always at hand. Irish Rail therefore ask those with a mobility impairment to contact them in advance of travel to ensure that full support with your journey is provided. You can do so by emailing access@irishrail.ie or calling (01) 836 6222 (Monday – Friday 08:30-18:00hrs excluding public holidays).

For a quick idea of which stations may cause issues for those with a mobility impairment, you can download our Dublin train map — the stations marked with a steps icon on the map are not step or gate free.

For more detailed information about station accessibility, including the operational status of lifts and wheelchair ramp availability, you can check Irish Rail’s travel information web page — use the ‘Find a Station’ box to search for a station, and then click ‘Accessibility and Station Access.’


Trams (‘Luas’)

Dublin’s tram system, ‘Luas,’ has been designed to be fully accessible and it is the easiest mode of transport in Dublin to use if you have a mobility impairment.

If you would like assistance with your journey you can contact Luas Customer Care at 1850 300 604 or email info@luas.ie. The Luas team will advise you on your travel and arrange for a member of staff to accompany you on your journey should you wish.

More information about accessibility on Dublin’s trams is available on the Luas accessibility web page.


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Wheelchair Accessible Taxis

Wheel Chair users require specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles for transportation.

Call NRC Taxis on 01 677 2222 to enquire about booking a wheelchair taxi.

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Milan Wheelchair Access Travel

Milano in northern Italy is the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that extends over central Lombardy and eastern Piedmont and which counts an estimated total population of 7.5 million. Milan served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 402 and the Duchy of Milan during the medieval period and early modern age. The city has been recognized as the world’s fashion and the design capital thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. Milan wheelchair access meets modern European standards. The city hosts numerous cultural institutions, academies and universities, with 11% of the national total enrolled students. Milan is the destination of 8 million overseas visitors every year, attracted by its museums and art galleries that boast some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace)

Castello Sforzesco (Castle)

Duomo di Milano (Cathedral)

Galleria Vittorio

La Scala Opera House

Porta Nuova District

Santa Maria Delle Grazie

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Rome Wheelchair Access Travel

Rome’s history spans 28 centuries, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city’s early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization and by some as the first ever metropolis. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–1455) pursued over four hundred years a coherent architectural and urban programme aimed at making the city the artistic and cultural centre of the world. In this way, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity.

Attractions and Opportunities

Campo De’ Fiori

Piazza Del Popolo

Pantheon

Piazza Navona

Saint Angelo Bridge

Trevi Fountain

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St Petersburg Wheelchair Access Travel

St Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city after Moscow, with the Saint Petersburg agglomeration having a population of around 7 million. It is an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. Situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703. Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg.

Attractions and Opportunities

Historic Centre of St Petersburg

Nevsky Prospect

Palace Square

Summer Palace and Gardens

Transport

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Moscow wheelchair access travel

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17 million within the urban area. Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth. It is home to the Ostankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe; the Federation Tower, the second-tallest skyscraper in Europe; and the Moscow International Business Center. The city is well known for its architecture, particularly its historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its colourful architectural style. With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city. Moscow wheelchair access is average, despite the city being the seat of power of the Government of Russia. The Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city.

Attractions and Opportunities

Fallen Monument Park

Gorky Park

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Red Square

Victory Park

Transport

A helpful guide to wheelchair access to the public transportation system in Moscow.

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Budapest wheelchair access travel

Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary. Budapest metropolitan area, has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary. Budapest wheelchair access is on the improve. The city has many historic buildings, having been the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Budapest is the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the European Police College and the first foreign office of the China Investment Promotion Agency. Over 40 colleges and universities are located in Budapest, including the Eötvös Loránd University, the Semmelweis University and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Attractions and Opportunities

City Park

Heroes Square

Hungarian National Museum

Hungary Parliament Building

Jewish quarter

Széchenyi Bridge

Transport

Accessible Public Transport in Budapest

It is of paramount importance for BKK Centre for Budapest Transport to provide equal opportunities in accessing public transport services for local residents and visitors alike, thus BKK endeavours to make public transport services fully accessible and barrier-free. Besides wheelchair users, also parents with prams/strollers, the elderly with reduced mobility, small children and passengers with heavy luggage will appreciate the easy boarding of BKK’s public transport vehicles. However do your pre-trip research on the BKK official website.

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Warsaw wheelchair access travel

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.765 million residents within a greater metropolitan population of 3.1 million residents. The city is a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Warsaw wheelchair access has improved in leaps and bounds over recent years.

The city is the seat of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Warsaw, the Warsaw Polytechnic, the National Museum, the Great Theatre—National Opera, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art. The picturesque Old Town of Warsaw, which represents examples of nearly every European architectural style and historical period, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. Warsaw is a reminder that disability travel may not always be easy, but is well and truly worth the effort. The city in turn has rewarded us with wheelchair access to so many beautiful public buildings.

Attractions and Opportunities

Castle Square

Copernicus Science Centre

Old Town

Palace of Culture and Science

Sigismund’s Column

Syrena (Mermaid Statue)

Warsaw Museum

Warsaw Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Warsaw Rising Museum

Warsaw University

The Royal Route

Lazienki Park and Palace

Zlolte Tarase

Transport

Wheelchair Accessible Travel

Urban Transport

Low-floor buses with a special ramp are available for those in wheelchairs and are indicated by square brackets on timetables e.g. [34]. For the visually impaired there are facilities such as: contrasting colours of handrails, handles, buttons and indicators on the thresholds of stairs. The names of the stops are displayed on special screens on some buses and trams with audio information also available sometimes. Metro stations have special ramps and lifts and some have toilets and telephones for those in wheelchairs. Audio information is available on the metro. Tactile and Mp3 maps are available for visually impaired and blind people at the Ratusz Arsenal Station. For more info check out www.metro.waw.pl

Trains

Disabled people can receive assistance at the Central Train Station by calling +48 22 474 60 16. The Powisle and Ochota train stations also have facilities for disabled people. Wheelchair users should ask about trains which are designed without compartments as most of the corridors on wagons with compartments are not wide enough. Tickets can be purchased online or at ticket counters. People, who are blind or have an apparent physical disability, traveling with or without a guide dog, can buy a ticket from a train conductor at no extra cost. More info can be found at www.pkp.pl/cop/informacje

Airport

Warsaw Airport is accessible for disabled people and is well equipped with lifts on all levels and toilets for wheelchair users. Those who need help should report this when making a booking. Special assistants are on hand to help people from their arrival at the airport until they are safely seated on a plane.

Public Space

Some pedestrian crossings have ramps on the footpaths and are equipped with a system of sound signals for those who are visually impaired. All new or renovated intersections and roads are up-to-date with modern facilities. Some buildings are wheelchair accessible but unfortunately most are not. Toilets for disabled people are common in fast food restaurants and shopping centres and some public toilets.

Monuments, Parks, Museums and Other Places For Disabled People

The Royal Castle has ramps by the ticket desks, reduced tickets and the possibility of renting a wheelchair. Guided tours can be ordered in sign language. Blind people can explore the Royal Palace with the help of a special map and recordings of descriptions of the exhibits in the Throne Hall and The Marble Room. Audio files are also available for download on the www.zamek-krolewski.pl website. A selection of films is available with subtitles.

The Royal Route and Zamkowy Square have cobblestones but also lifts and ramps.

The Warsaw Uprising Museum is fully equipped with modern facilities for those with disabilities. Subtitles are available on films for those with impaired hearing and there is also information available in Braille.

Warsaw’s green areas such as: Ujazdowski Park, Royal Lazienki ParkWilanow Palace and Garden, Saski Garden, Pole Motokowskie Park, Warsaw University Botanic Garden and Warsaw Zoo are accessible for disabled people with reduced or free entrance, ramps and other forms of assistance.

Lifts, ramps, reduced tickets, free entrance, toilets and other services are available for disabled people at Ujazdowski CastleThe Centre for Contemporary Art, The National Museum, The Fryderyk Chopin MuseumZacheta – The National Gallery of Art, Parliament House, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Palace of Culture and Science and The University of Warsaw Library.

The Grand Theatre, National Opera HouseNational Philharmonic, Polonia Theatre and Polski Theatre all have lifts, ramps, reduced or free entrance for disabled people.

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Prague wheelchair access travel

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city’s is metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe complete with a rich history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague wheelchair access is on the improve and there is so much to see from the street.

Attractions and Opportunities

Charles Bridge

Jewish Quarter Prague

Prague Old Town Square

The Royal Route

Transport

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Lisbon Wheelchair Access Travel

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast. Lisbon wheelchair access is good, but does not extend to many historic buildings. The traveller must understand this city is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris, and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal.

Attractions and Opportunities

Belem Tower

Jeronimos Monastery and Maritime Museum

Monument of The Discoveries

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

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Venice wheelchair access travel

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venice is known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has also played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Attractions and Opportunities

Tourism

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