The Netherlands’ status as a relatively affluent country in the European Union guarantees a certain level of accessibility for people with disabilities, particularly when it comes to public buildings, spaces and transport. However, as in much of Europe, older buildings may not be wheelchair-accessible and cobblestoned streets may be an issue for the mobility- or vision-impaired.

  • Most offices and larger museums have lifts and/or ramps, and toilets for people with a disability.
  • Many budget and midrange hotels have limited accessibility, as they are in old buildings with steep stairs and no elevators.
  • Cobblestone streets are rough for wheelchairs.
  • Restaurants tend to be on ground floors, though ‘ground’ sometimes includes a few steps.
  • Bathrooms in restaurants may not be wheelchair-accessible or fitted with rails.
  • Train and other public-transport stations sometimes have lifts.
  • Most train stations and public buildings have toilets for people with a disability.
  • Trains usually have wheelchair access.
  • The Dutch national organisation for people with a disability is ANGO (

Online Resources

Accessible Travel Netherlands ( Hotel bookings, transport, accessible tours, activities and tailored itineraries; rents mobility equipment too.

Ongehinderd ( Detailed access reviews of thousands of points of interest across the country, organised city by city. Smartphone app too; Dutch only.

Museum4All ( City-by-city listings of museums indicating their suitability for the vision-impaired and wheelchair users.

Lonely Planet ( Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides.

Public Transport

For information about using the national railway network, including requesting assistance, visit Most buses and newer trams are wheelchair-accessible; not all tram stops have level entry with the trams. The wheelchair-accessible entrance is in the centre of the tram; if a platform doesn’t align with the entrance, the conductor will put a ramp out for you – but be sure that they notice you before the tram pulls away.

When using the route planner for public transport in Amsterdam (, select a line and wheelchair-accessible stops are indicated by closed circles. On the public transport website, wheelchair-accessible stops are indicated by a solid diamond.