All new buildings have wheelchair access, and many hotels (especially urban ones that are part of chains) have installed lifts, ramps and other facilities such as hearing loops. Others, particularly B&Bs, have not invested in making their properties accessible.

Transport

In big cities, most buses have low-floor access and priority spaces on board, but only 63% of the Bus Éireann coach fleet that operates on Commuter and Expressway services is wheelchair-accessible. Note, too, that many of its rural stops are not accessible.

Trains are accessible with help. Call 1850 366 222 (outside Republic of Ireland +353 1 836 6222) or email access@irishrail.ie 24 hours in advance to arrange assistance with boarding, alighting and transferring at intermediate stations. Note that there is a limited number of wheelchair-accessible spaces on each train. Newer trains have audio and visual information systems for visually impaired and hearing-impaired passengers. Assistance dogs may travel without restriction. A full list of station facilities as at 2015 can be downloaded from www.irishrail.ie/travel-information/disabled-access.

Resources

  • For an informative article with links to accessibility information for getting there and away, getting around and tourist attractions, visit www.ireland.com/en-us/accommodation/articles/accessibility/.
  • Three review sites worth checking out – covering accommodation, eating and drinking, and places of interest – are https://mobilitymojo.com/, whose searchable database is expanding outside its base of Dublin and Galway; http://www.trip-ability.com/, which is expected to soon feature a booking facility; and www.accessibleireland.com/, which also hosts short introductions to public transport.
  • Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
  • The Citizens' Information Board in the Republic and Disability Action in Northern Ireland can give some advice to travellers with disabilities.