Accessible Travel

Depending on the destination, Eastern Europe is generally challenging for travellers with disabilities. While individual museums and hotels are slowly being brought up to Western European standards of accessibility, provision isn't reliable. Away from the beaten track, facilities are almost nonexistent and transport presents a challenge.

  • In general, wheelchair-accessible rooms are available only at top-end hotels (and may be limited, so be sure to book in advance).
  • Rental cars and taxis may be accessible, but public transport outside of places like Prague or Ljubljana rarely is.
  • Many major museums and sites have some form of disabled access. It's best to call ahead or ask locally when it comes to castles and other ancient sites.
  • If you have a physical disability, get in touch with your national support organisation (preferably the travel officer if there is one) and ask about the countries you plan to visit. The organisations often have libraries devoted to travel, including access guides, and staff can put you in touch with travel agencies who specialise in tours for disabled people.
  • Many Eastern European countries have national support organisations that can offer helpful information over their websites, though the site may not always have an English translation.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.