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Bangkok Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Bangkok Central Flower Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chinatown in Bangkok

Erawan Museum

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Khao San Road

Lumpini Park

MBK Shopping Centre

Or Tor Kor Market

Phahurat (a slice of India)

Pratunam Market

Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Silom/Patpong

Victory Monument

Wang Lang market

 

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Lagos Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Badagry Slave Relic Museum

Freedom Park – Uhuru Park

Kalakuta Republic Museum

Lagos Island

Lekki Conservation Centre

Nigerian National Museum

Nike Art Gallery

Palms Shopping Mall

Victoria Island Lagos

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Lagos wheelchair access

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Tehran Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Azadi Tower

Bam-e Tehran Viewpoint

Golestan Palace

Tehran Grand Bazaar

Honarmandan Park and Artists Forum

Mashq Square

Masoudieh Palace

Milad Tower Observation Deck

Moghadam Museum

National Garden

Negarestan Garden

Sa’dabad Palace Complex

Tajrish Bazaar

Former US Embassy

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Amman Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Amman Citadel

Jordan Archaeological Museum

Madaba World Heritage Site

Qasr al-Kharranah

Qasr al-abd

King Abdullah I Mosque

Roman Amphitheatre

 

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Washington wheelchair access travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arlington National Cemetery

Botanic Garden of the Capitol Building

Capitol Building

Foggy Bottom

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

International Spy Museum

Kennedy Centre

Lincoln Memorial

National Mall

Reflecting Pool

Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The White House

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington Monument

Zero Milestone

Transport

Washington wheelchair access

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Casablanca Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Abderrahman Slaoui Art Museum

Bennis Habous Bakery

Casablanca Twin Centre

Casa Port Railway Station

Courthouse of the Pasha

El Maarif

Grande Mosquee Hassan II

Habous Area

Old Medina

Mohammed V Square

Morocco Mall

Notre Dame de Lourdes Church

Sindibad Amusement Park

Temple Beth-El

 

 

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San Antonio Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

 

Attractions and Opportunities

Botanical Garden

Institute of Texan Cultures

Japanese Tea Garden

La Villita Historic Arts Village

Market Square

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Riverwalk

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Zoo

The Alamo

Tower of The Americas

Witte Museum

Transport

Taxis

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.

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Zurich Wheelchair Access Travel

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.

Attractions and Opportunities

Bahnhofstrasse

Fraumunster Church

Grossmunster Church

Lindenhof Park

Niederdorf District

Schauspielhaus Zürich

Swiss National Museum

Uetliberg

Zurich Old Town

Transport

Train, Tram and Bus

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».

Step-free access

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.

Information for people with other disabilities engaging in disability travel in Zurich @ https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/service/travel-without-barriers.html

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Oslo Wheelchair Access Travel

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are among the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers. Oslo is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme. Fortunately, Oslo wheelchair access is very good. There are many good hotels with disability access and wheelchair travel is not as restricted as remains the case in many other less progressive cities.

Attractions and Opportunities

Aker Brygge

Fram Museum

Kon-Tiki Museum

Nobel Peace Centre

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Opera House

Oslo City Hall

The Royal Palace and Park

Thief Island

Viking Ship Museum

Transport

Passengers in wheelchairs travel for free on all public transport operated by Ruter (bus, tram, ferry and subway inside the city of Oslo).

Buses

  • The wheelchair’s length may not exceed 1,200 mm, the width may not exceed 700 mm, and the height may not exceed 1,090 mm (all sizes without user).
  • The total weight including the user must not exceed 250 kg.
  • Electric wheelchairs may have a maximum speed of 10 km/h.

Ruter’s buses are designed to comply with the requirements of the regulations relating to universal design.

Metro, Tram and Ferries

The maximum size and weight if travelling with the metro, the newest trams (lines 17, 18 and 13) and ferries between Aker brygge, Nesodden and Vollen:

  • Wheelchairs with lengths of up to 1,460 mm, widths of up to 750 and height up to 1,350 mm may be brought along.
  • The total weight including the user must not exceed 325 kg.
  • On other ferries access for wheelchairs is limited.

The older trams on lines 12, 19 and partially line 13 are not accessible for wheelchairs.

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Stockholm Wheelchair Access Travel

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city’s most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for the decor of its stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Stockholm wheelchair access travel is much more enjoyable, as a result of the high level of service provided. We encourage disability travel to this city, but if you feel the cold, avoid visiting in the winter months. You can see so much of this city by walking or rolling around. Provided you pick a central location to stay, transport should not be a problem at all.  

Attractions and Opportunities

Abba Museum 

Fjaderholmarna

Gamla Stan

Grona Lund

Royal Palace 

Skansen

Stockholm Public Library 

The Vasa Museum

Wetterling Gallery

Transport

Stockolm’s Lokaltrafik AB (the Stockholm Public Transport Company, or SL in short) has an accessibility guarantee in place to help travelers with disabilities should anything unforeseen happen. Basically, this guarantee means that SL will help you to reach your destination or an alternative station where you can continue your travel.

The guarantee is valid for stations, lines and travels that SL has explicitly communicated are supposed to accommodate all travelers.

Some examples of how the accessibility guarantee could be applied:

  • You’re dependent on a functioning elevator or escalator to reach the platform. If the escalator or elevator is out of order on your station SL will help you reach an alternative station.
  • You are dependent on the station’s automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you take the wrong train, SL will help you reach your destination.
  • You are dependent on the trains and busses automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you get off at the wrong station, SL will help you reach your destination.
  • You are dependent on a bus having a ramp or a low step. If the buss you are trying to board lacks a low step or has a malfunctioning ramp, SL will help you reach your destination.


If you feel like the accessibility guarantee applies to your situation you can call SL’s customer support at +46 20 120 20 22 or send a text message to +46 70 256 46 81. You can also ask any of SL’s station personnel for help.


Important note: The lines of Roslagsbanan, Nockebybanan and Saltsjöbanan are not covered by the accessibility guarantee.

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