Traveling with mobility issues can require extra preparation and checks before embarking on your trip. To save you some of the hassle of trying to find the info you need, we’ve pulled together some key points.

Focusing on major travel providers who operate in Australia, we’ve highlighted how to get the service you need and what to expect when using them - covering planes, trains and rental cars. Minimum requirements for what needs to be provided are outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, but different providers meet the requirements of the act in different ways.

A guide to accessible travel infographic - Planes

Despite being one of the most common forms of transport for holiday travel, airplanes can still pose problems for those with mobility problems. To address this, airlines and airports are encouraged to have Disability Access Facilitation Plans (DAFP).

These outline who is responsible for providing what, who you need to contact for help, and how airlines and airports will help you get around.

Before booking it would be worth getting in touch with the provider you are thinking about flying with and requesting a copy of their DAFP so you can see what service they will provide.

Once you have booked, get in touch with your airline at least 48 hours before you fly, to go over what support you will need. Arrive at the airport with more than two hours to spare so you can find the relevant people to help you get where you need to be./p>

A guide to accessible travel infographic - Car Hire

There are no legal requirements for provision of accessible rental cars, but some major providers do provide vehicles with modifications to help you.

To make sure you get a vehicle which meets your needs, book well ahead of time. Make your booking directly with the provider, rather than with a third-party booking site as this will let you be clearer with what you need.

A guide to accessible travel infographic - Trains

As with rental cars, there is no industry standard for what train operators must provide for disabled passengers. What’s available varies between companies. Check with the operator you’ll be travelling with before you book tickets to make sure you’ll be able to travel.

When you arrive at your destination, access can vary from station to station. Alongside checking the train’s accessibility, make sure that the stations you’re travelling to and from will be suitable too.

A guide to accessible travel infographic - Hotels

The two major points to consider when booking a hotel are the time of booking and the type of hotel you stay in. The further ahead you book, the better chance you have of finding an available and suitable room. Most hotels only have a limited number of accessible rooms.

Try to stick to well-known hotel chains, as these tend to be refurbished more regularly and should offer more in terms of help and support.

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