Where can I find more information on accessible travel?

Don't accept limitations, travel freely!

Everybody has specific needs. Especially when travelling, it can be more challenging to cater for them. You go out of your comfort zone and you might find yourself in unexpected situations. However, everybody should have the possibility to participate in DiscoverEU, on an equal basis and without discrimination.

To help you get started, the European Youth Portal is sharing accessible travel tips and practical advice for young people with specific access needs. In this article, you can find some advice on accessible travelling in the European Union. Interrail created also a guide with all the services offered by the European railways for participants with special needs.

European Disability Card

The European Disability Card is a card that furthers access to culture, sports, and leisure for people with disabilities. It's an official card issued by the government, a card free of charge for persons with disabilities and a card mutually recognized between 8 European countries: 

Free Lonely Planet Resources

Accessible Travel PhrasebookAll travellers will get the most out of their trip by being able to speak a few words of the local language, but for people with a disability it’s often vital to be able to explain your particular needs. Since standard phrasebooks are unlikely to contain the language you need to talk about needs around disability, Lonely Planet gathered together some disability-specific words and phrases and translated them into as many different languages as we practically could. Although things are slowly changing for the better, there are still plenty of barriers to travel for people with a disability – language doesn’t have to be yet another. 

Accessible Travel Online Resource: The first barrier to travel for many people who have access issues or a disability is a lack of information, combined with a fear of the unknown. Lonely Planet put together a collection of online resources that will go some way towards filling the information gap and alleviating unfounded fears, either by providing information directly or by introducing you to a host of people who hasn’t let their disability get in the way of their love of travel.

Accessible Festival Guides:

Accessible Cities in the Spotlight

  • Breda, the Netherlands
  • Lyon, France
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Viborg, Denmark
  • Évreux, France 
  • Gdynia, Poland
  • Kaposvár, Hungary
  • Vigo, Spain
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