Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users

WheelchairToday’s tip concerns accessible travel, specifically for wheelchair users, and it comes from , makers of “the only purpose-built wheelchair accessible vehicle” (the ). Here are their tips:


  • Be sure to allow at least 90 minutes between flights to allow time to deplane—wheelchair users are always the first to board and the last to deplane.
  • Protect mobility devices from damage while in flight with a cover (e.g., sleeves for wheelchair frames).
  • If you use a removable wheelchair cushion, bring it with you on board the airplane to be sure it is not lost or damaged.
  • If you need special assistance, inform the airline gate agent upon check in.


  • on coach, business class and first class train cars. There are two different onboard seating options for passengers traveling with wheeled mobility devices, depending on the type of device.
  • There are only for passengers with disabilities. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis and should be booked 14 days in advance.
  • If you require a companion or an attendant while traveling, check for .
  • Passengers who use oxygen equipment can bring the equipment onboard trains with certain restrictions.


  • Look for a “guaranteed ADA” room when booking.
  • Check the room for any barriers at check-in. A room can be ADA compliant but that does not mean that there will not be any mobility barriers.
  • If you have difficulty pushing a manual chair, request a room near the elevators or on the first floor.

Ground Transportation

  • Search for taxi or rental companies with MV-1 vehicles on the .

Related: 5 Travel Tips for Autism Families



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2 Comments on "Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users"

  1. I think when planning trips it is important to do research to ensure smooth travel. Great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Traveling with a wheelchair is very difficult. Last time I didn’t get a suitable seat for my son and also had to carry his wheelchair.

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