Travelling with mobility restrictions isn’t always as straightforward as just grab your bag and go. It usually requires a lot of research and planning to make sure the destination is wheelchair friendly. There are a lot of things you have to find out and consider beforehand.
With that in mind, alpharooms has done all the necessary work by studying the most visited European cities’ tourist attractions, public transport and hotels to definitively rank the most accessible cities in Europe.
The Top 10 Most Accessible Cities in Europe
- Dublin, Republic of Ireland
- Vienna, Austria
- Berlin, Germany
- London, United Kingdom
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Milan, Italy
- Barcelona, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Paris, France
From the study, Dublin is the most accessible city in Europe overall. Despite being a cobbled city, the city has in fact put a lot of small touches to ensure accessibility is top notch for their mobility restricted residents and tourists alike.
The study delved into the most important categories when ranking the accessibility of each city – Tourist attractions (landmarks and museums), public transports and hotels.
Most Accessible Tourist Attractions
Alpharooms analysed the top 15 attractions in each European city, and scored them based on their wheelchair accessibility, whether assistance is available at the attraction, onsite parking, descriptive tours and adapted toilets.
London, Dublin and Amsterdam lead the way for the most accessible European cities for tourist attractions.
Most Accessible Public Transport
Despite London being the most accessible city for tourist attractions, its public transport accessibility ranked second to last due to its old metro stations.
Paris only has 65 out of 302 (22%) stations that are completely accessible to all, which made this city the worst in public transport accessibility in the top 10 most visited European cities.
Dublin, Vienna and Barcelona lead the way for the most accessible European cities for public transport.
Most Accessible Hotels
Alpharooms contacted the top 5 hotels directly on TripAdvisor in each city to find out the percentage of their adapted accessible rooms.
London, Berlin and Milan lead the way for the most accessible European cities for hotels.
We studied the main categories that are important to those with limited mobility such as tourist attractions, public transport and hotels – and scoring them from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.
Attractions: we analysed if the venue is wheelchair accessible and offers assistance (staff guide) available, adapted toilets, descriptive tours and disabled parking at the venue.
Public Transport: we analysed the transport and the number of stations and the percentage that have step-free access.
Hotels: we contacted the five best-rated hotels in each city – according to TripAdvisor – on the percentage of adapted rooms available.