Travellers with Special Needs

Wheelchair, Travellers with Special NeedsAlthough Prague isn’t as accessible for those with special needs as many other cities, the facilities are slowly improving. Things are made tough for those in wheelchairs by the many narrow streets covered in uneven paving found here, but ramps are being constructed on many buildings to increase the ease of access. Hotels and public transport are also increasing their accessibility for those with special needs, although only a minority of restaurants is wheelchair friendly in the city.

If you want to plan your journey in Prague using the wheelchair friendly Metro stations, trams and buses, you should visit www.dpp.cz. You will also find that the timetables for the different buses denote which are wheelchair friendly. To get from the airport to Prague city centre, arrange transport with either the Prague Wheelchair Organization. 

If you are in a wheelchair and your wheelchair is foldable, you can order a private minibus transfer from Prague Airport Transfers. They will help you with all your requests, but unfortunately they do not provide vehicles with ramps.

The Prague Tourist Information Office (PIS) has an excellent booklet called the Accesibility Atlas for People with Impaired Mobility. This contains all the information a wheelchair user will need to enjoy their stay in Prague. The PIS also provides various publications in braille for those with visual impairments. If you need to find a public toilet in Prague that’s suitable for wheelchair users, you can find one next to the PIS office.

Wheelchair Users Organization: You can rent wheelchairs here, as well as cars adapted for those with disabilities. They are found at Praha 8, Karlínské nám.12 and their phone number is 224 816 997.

Union of the Blind and Weak Sighted: This organization provides information for those with visual impairments. More information can be found at www.braillnet.cz.

The Association of Disabled People: They provide a guide showing all the places in Prague that are accessible to those with disabilities, as well as show transport options and disability-friendly tours. Their website is www.pov.cz.

Accessible Prague – www.accessibleprague.com; specialized tours of Prague for the disabled.

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