İstanbul can be challenging for mobility-impaired travellers. Roads are potholed and footpaths are often crooked and cracked. Fortunately the city is attempting to rectify this.

Government-run museums are free of charge for visitors with a disability. Public and private museums and sights that have wheelchair access and accessible toilets include Topkapı Palace, the İstanbul Archaeology Museums, İstanbul Modern, the Pera Museum and the Rahmi M Koç Museum. The last three of these also have limited facilities to assist accessibility for vision-impaired visitors.

Airlines and most four- and five-star hotels have wheelchair access and at least one room set up for guests with a disability. All public transport is free for, and the metro and trams can be accessed by, people in wheelchairs.

FHS Tourism and Event ( is an İstanbul-based travel agency that has a dedicated department organising accessible travel packages and tours.

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