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AR Guide to Accessible Travel in Europe

Travel advice for those who are less-abled

Updated February 2023

We firmly believe that travel should be accessible to everybody. To be able to explore a place, journey somewhere new, feel a sense of adventure, discover new cultures and learn about local history is a very special experience. But for some, travel can be challenging.

We’ve compiled a guide to accessible travel within Europe, giving each country a rating out of five. We’ve updated our criteria for this new edition, though we still consider the accessibility of public buildings and services, transport, street movement, attractions, rural travel, government action and legal provisions.

We’ve put together a five-point criteria to score each country based on its ability to adapt and improve in five key areas.

Read our guide

Updated and simplified for 2023, our second edition guide to Accessible Travel in Europe contains updated country-by-country information. You can find the first edition guide here.

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Our five-point criteria

Building upon our previous five-point plan, we’ve combined some areas and adapted others for a simplified criteria. Each country is scored against these criteria based on its ability to adapt, improve and embrace the points below.

1. Legal Provision 
Are there legal provisions enshrined in the constitution to promote equality and anti-discrimination? How well-established are these laws?

2. Government Action
Is local government making reasonable efforts to improve accessibility, opportunities and awareness and promote an open attitude towards less-abled people?

3. Ease of Movement Inside
How easy is movement within public buildings? Are indoor attractions, such as museums, galleries, theatres, theme parks, water parks, and historical and cultural sites, accessible to all?

4. Ease of Movement Outside
Are public spaces, parks and pedestrianised areas easy to access? Are pavements free of bulky street furniture? Is there tactile paving, dropped kerbs and level access? Are there cobbled areas?

5. Getting from A to B
Are all main modes of transport, such as buses, taxis, trains, trams and metro services, boats etc, adapted for ease of use? Are there disabled parking spaces and on-road parking spots?

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Laws & Protections

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Charities & Organisations

Disability Rights UK

A UK-based charity set up to create a society where disabled people have equal power, rights and equality of opportunity.
Europe-wide charity fighting for equal rights and full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
National charity with the purpose of enhancing the lives of disabled people with transportation solutions and charitable grant programmes.
A UK-based charity providing help and support to disabled children and their families.
UK National Health Service providing healthcare, information, advice, and other health-related services.
Prince’s Trust
A UK-based charity founded by King Charles III that provides help, support and advice to young people with disabilities and those who are vulnerable, living in poverty, struggling with education, employment or other difficult circumstances.
Disability equality charity that campaigns for a fairer society and provides practical information and emotional support.