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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.


See also

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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Queenstown Wheelchair Access Travel

Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill. Queenstown is known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism.

Attractions and Opportunities

Marine Parade

Queenstown Gardens

Transport

Hire Vehicle

Freedom Mobility specialise in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and we have rented a van from them and enjoyed the experience. This way you can fully explore the region. Wherever you are travelling in NZ Freedom Mobility have you covered.

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Rio de Janeiro Wheelchair Access Travel

Rio de Janeiro (Rio) is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea”, by UNESCO as a Cultural Landscape. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific output according to 2005 data. Despite the high perception of crime, the city has a lower incidence of crime than Northeast Brazil, but it is far more criminalized than the south region of Brazil, which is considered the safest in the country. Rio de Janeiro wheelchair access is good (by South American standards). The 2016 Olympics and paralympics saw the city lift its game somewhat to support disability travel for the Paralympics. Rio is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.

Attractions and Opportunities

Cariocas

Christ the Redeemer

Ipanema Sunday Hippie Fair

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

Sugarloaf Mountain

Cinelandia

National Museum of Fine Arts

National History Museum

Parque Henrique Lage

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Montevideo Wheelchair Access Travel

Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The city proper has a population of around 2 million. This southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata. The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. Montevideo wheelchair access to the built environment is better than most South American cities which is good news. However accessible transport is a big let down, making disability travel difficult. The city is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, a position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe. In 2019, it has a projected GDP of $47.7 billion, with a per capita of $27,542.

Attractions and Opportunities

La Rambla

Mausoleum of Jose Artigas

Mercado del Puerto

Palacio Salvo

Plaza Independencia

Plaza Matriz

Telecommunications Tower

Transport

Transport is the area where Montevideo wheelchair access is a big ‘fail’. Accessible transport options are virtually ‘non existent’.  There are no wheelchair accessible tours, buses or taxis.

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Dunedin Wheelchair Access Travel

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago region. Its name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The urban area of Dunedin lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour, and the harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. Archaeological evidence points to lengthy occupation of the area by Māori prior to the arrival of Europeans. The province and region of Otago takes its name from the Ngai Tahu village of Otakou at the mouth of the harbour, which became a whaling station in the 1830s. Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university (established 1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population; 21.6 percent of the city’s population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent. In 2014 Dunedin was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Attractions and Opportunities

Chinese Garden

Dunedin Railway Station

Otago Museum

The Octagon

Toitu Settlers Museum

Speight’s Brewery

Transport

Christchurch Buses

Priority seating areas

All buses have priority seating areas near the front of the bus for passengers with mobility aids, service animals and for parents with pushchairs. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for pushchairs to be folded down before boarding. Please cooperate with the driver if they request that your pushchair be folded down to make space for a passenger with a mobility aid.  

Mobility aids, service animals and pushchairs 

All bus services welcome passengers accompanied by service dogs or disability assist dogs and most buses in Canterbury can cater for passengers with access challenges. 
All Christchurch and Timaru buses have:

  • super-low floors and the ability to kneel to meet the curb. Please ask the driver if you need the bus to kneel
  • wheelchair ramps fitted to allow easy access for most wheelchair users. The driver will manually fold these out

Please note: larger wheelchairs may not fit in the bus aisles. Please check the dimensions below. While many buses can fit two wheelchairs or mobility devices, some older buses only have space for one.

Accessibility will be improved as new Christchurch wheelchair access buses replace older vehicles. Newer buses have wider aisles and larger priority seating areas, making it easier to accommodate mobility equipment. 
For guidance only: Manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs can be carried on most buses subject to the following restrictions:                                                                                     

  • Maximum length: 1200mm (including footplates / feet)
  • Maximum width: 700mm
  • Maximum weight: 300kg (combined weight of wheelchair and user)

Being able to operate within these dimensions and weights is necessary to enable safe negotiation of the loading ramp and maneuvering into the priority seating area.

Some larger mobility equipment may protrude into the aisle. This is acceptable as long as it does not make it difficult for other passengers to move down the aisle. 
For space reasons, buses are unable to carry electric mobility scooters.

Vehicle Hire

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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

Transport

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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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Phoenix Wheelchair Access Travel

Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. It became the capital of Arizona Territory in 1889. In in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a hot desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community with many of the original crops, such as alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay, remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades. Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper were known locally as the “Five C’s” of Phoenix’s economy. These industries remained the driving forces of the city until after World War II, when high-tech companies began to move into the valley and air conditioning made Phoenix’s hot summers more bearable.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arizona Science Centre

Desert Botanical Garden

Old Town Scottsdale

Phoenix Art Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Musical Instrument Museum

Transport

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Phoenix Arizona with its downtown lit by the last rays of sun at the dusk.

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Philadelphia Wheelchair Access Travel

Philadelphia, often known just as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. The city is known for its arts, culture, cuisine, and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has also emerged as a biotechnology hub.

Attractions and Opportunities

Academy of Natural Sciences

African American Museum

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Fairmount Park

Independence National Historical Park

Liberty Bell Centre

National Constitution Centre

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Reading Terminal Market

Smith Memorial Arch

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