Amsterdam is a hospitable city and the accessibility of public buildings, public transport and parking facilities for visitors with various forms of disability is taken very seriously.
To and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
A range of services are on offer to assist disabled visitors arriving into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or departing from the airport, including airport caddies and wheelchair provision. Read more about assistance at the airport. A lift is available to the train platform and boarding/alighting assistance can be arranged in advance with the national railway service (NS). The NS also offers extensive information and additional services for disabled travellers.
Visiting city attractions
In Amsterdam itself, buildings are adjusted wherever possible to facilitate wheelchair users. A few taxi companies offer special wheelchair taxis to transport visitors in wheelchairs comfortably around the city. Most museums and attractions are also accessible to wheelchair users and those who are partially sighted. Several canal cruise operators make use of wheelchair lifts, such as the Blue Boat Company. If you'd like to experience the city like a local, Star Bikes has a bicycle in its range designed especially to accommodate disabled visitors.
The Accessible Amsterdam website provides information about the accessibility of buildings in the city. Featuring accessibility and user-friendliness reviews of all sorts of public buildings, it helps visitors to plan their trip. The site also has information on public transport accessibility. The blog ableamsterdam.com, written by a Dutch-British resident who uses mobility aids, promotes wheelchair-friendly places, encouraging mobility-aid users to get the most out of the Dutch capital. Sage Traveling also provides helpful tips for wheelchair-accessible travel in Amsterdam.