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. There have been massive improvements in Budapest wheelchair access levels. 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. Budapest wheelchair access travel opportunities have grown as the city has become more inclusive.
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. This well educated city facilitates disability travel by providing good wheelchair access.
The Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) provides equal opportunities in accessing public transport services for local residents and visitors, making disability travel fairly easy. BKK endeavours to make public transport services fully accessible and barrier-free. Over half of the buses running in Budapest are new low-floor buses and 97% of the lines are partially or fully accessible. This means barrier-free buses serve nearly all bus stops. Besides wheelchair users, parents with prams/strollers, the elderly with reduced mobility and small children all appreciate the easy boarding of BKK’s public transport vehicles.
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.
The Prague Metro consists of three lines, lettered A, B and C, and serves 61 stations. Accessible transfers between the three existing lines are available at two stations: Muzeum (A & C) and Florenc (B & C). Metro stations with lifts, platforms, or direct entrances with wheelchair access:
Metro A Dejvicka, Muzeum, Strasnicka, Skalka, Depo Hostivar
Metro B Zlicin, Stodulky, Luka, Luziny, Hurka, Nove Butovice, Smichovaske Nadrazi, Florenc, Vysocanska, Kolbenova, Hloubetin, Rajska Zahrada, Cerny Most
Metro C Ladvi, Kobylisy, Nadrazi Holesovice, Vltavska, Florenc, Hlavni Nadrazi, Muzeum, Vysehrad, Pankrac, Budejovicka, Roztyly, Chodov, Opatov, Haje
List of Stations that are planned to be adjusted in the future: Hradcansky, Staromestska, Radlicka, Palmovka, Narodni Trida, Mustek, Roztyly, Opatov, Haje, Prazske Povstani
Besides connections served by low-floor buses on regular routes, the Prague Public Transport Company operates two special bus routes for the physically disabled, which connect barrier-free residential buildings in the Černý Most II, Jižní Město II, Nové Butovice and Řepy housing developments with the city centre, where transfer is possible. Four specially modified buses equipped with special wheelchair ramps are deployed on these routes. The vehicles have a reduced number of seats and expanded space for the transport of a greater number of wheelchairs. These buses have a two-person crew: the driver and an assistant who operates the ramp.
Bus routes served by low-floor buses in combination with selected metro stations today significantly ease travel for the physically disabled, and help them to better integrate into the daily life of the entire city.
The City of Prague has 4 wheelchair accessible taxi cabs which can accommodate both manual and powered wheelchairs. The accessible taxi vans have a lowered floor and are equipped for rear (lift gate) entry. The driver will secure your wheelchair using standard-style straps, and can attach a seatbelt for your use. Response times vary, so making reservations as far in advance as possible is recommended. Accessible taxis operate 24 hours a day in Prague, and are provided by Centrum Mobility, a government-supported service: