Amsterdam and Netherlands
- MemberApril 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm
We are very happy that we found this website and Forum, it is very helpfull. When someone intends to come to the Netherlands / Amsterdam and has questions, please ask…
- OrganizerApril 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Thank you for your offer! We need people like you to make this site work 🙂 Even before getting asked a question, feel free to add new information you find. For example, if you found a great museum or restaurant in Amsterdam that is accessible, you can share it in a new topic.
Please invite others with disabilities who love to travel!
Thank you again and looking forward to interacting making the world easier to travel in 🙂
- MemberApril 20, 2018 at 5:49 am
Same here, any questions concerning the Netherlands, I’ll be glad to help out if I can. This forum and its contributors/moderators have helped me immensely (and still are helping) in the process of my trip to Japan, so I’ll be glad if I can return any of these good deeds by answering questions here.
I am also a frequent France traveler, especially camping out, so feel free to shoot any question about that!
- MemberJune 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm
I would like to ask you if could you suggest me some companies that rent hoists for disabled people in Netherlands.
I would also like to ask if the usage of train, for traveling from Amsterdam to other cities, is easy for power wheelchair users.
- MemberJune 29, 2019 at 10:57 pm
Trains vary in type, they are all accessible but there are differences as to how you enter (with a small ramp or a large one). Seating is sometimes limited the entrance part, more often you can sit in the general area where others sit. You will probably need assistance in all of them (I am not a frequent train user, hope some who does will answer as well, if not I can probably bring you into contact with someone who does).
Here is the info regarding asking for assistence: https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information/traveling-with-a-functional-disability/assistance-while-travelling.html
Beware that not all train stations are accessible/provide assistence.
I hope this helps! Enjoy your stay!
- MemberJune 30, 2019 at 12:01 am
Thank you for all the information! 🙂
- MemberJuly 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm
Dear Maria, I used just once the assistance when we travelled by train with a manual wheelchair. They use a ramp because most trains have two steps. To many trains are not accessible. But some are.. Like a specific train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam… but you have to inform. The slower the train, the bigger the chance that you don’t need assistance. And the bigger the town, the bigger the chance the train is accessible.
If you would like an accessible car: we bought one with Ab Biermans. They have rentals too: https://biermanab.nl/verhuur
+31-0252 – 210611 or email: [email protected]
Pesetaweg 16, 2153 PJ Nieuw-Vennep (it is a 15-minute ride from Schiphol airport)
And a taxi company with wheelchair accessible vehicles: https://www.mijn-taxi.nl/taxi-schiphol-informatie. But watch out the website informs you that they will temporary stop service the 8 th of July, I don t know why. The website is also in English.
About the hoists: depends on what you need… and sometimes it is cheaper to buy than to rent…. The bigger stores of Gamma sell a lot…
My colleague rents her power wheelchair here: https://www.scootmobile4all.nl/
Other companies for rentals like Vegro are: Medipoint: https://www.medipoint.nl/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIocnx1YGT4wIVmMx3Ch3AogeoEAAYASAAEgKzMvD_BwE
or you can try: Welzorg: https://www.welzorg.nl/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0PnX7IGT4wIVleh3Ch35vgd3EAAYASAAEgI-0vD_BwE
And for rentals it sometimes depends on the part of the Netherlands where you are. For instance, if you rent a disabled cabin with Landal, they can arrange a hospital bed…
- MemberJuly 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm
Thank you ^_^
- MemberJuly 8, 2019 at 12:43 am
I wanted to ask you about the transport in Netherlands:
-Do you think I could use the train, from Schiphol airport to Leiden, once my flight arrives? It is supposed that you should inform them at least 1 hour before however, as I cannot know how much time will it take to finish with the plane , luggage etc, I was wondering if it would be faster to arrange a train on the spot, as they have a frequency of 10min.
-The other thing I would like to ask you is how accessible the public transport in Netherlands is. Do you think I could go from Leiden to Hague with bus [number 43 or 45] or bus-metro with my power wheelchair? I saw that there is a metro line [ E ] in Hague, is it accessible?
- MemberJuly 8, 2019 at 2:15 am
Dear Maria as I mentioned before we don t have experience with the train we just used it once. We don t have a power wheelchair and we have never been in the public transport of Den Haag. We can’t help you more than we did, like Hanneke said maybe you can email or call them?
- MemberJuly 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm
Ok, Thank you 🙂
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm
Hanneke pointed out your posting to me. I have lost of experience with trains in the Netherlands. 🙂
The sprinters (slow trains) from NS are mostly accessible. On the train from Amsterdam Airport to Leiden there is alternately a sprinter and an intercity.
Problem is that not all stations have the right high and I don’t know how that is at Amsterdam Airport and Leiden
busses: HTM (the company that does the bus 43 and 45) doesn’t transports powered wheelchairs.
The Randstadrail is accesible.
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 6:19 pm
Thank you for the information! They are very helpful!
Intercity trains are not accessible?
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm
Intercitys have 2 steps, you can take them but then you need to book a ramp by NS
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 8:24 pm
Thank you again for your reply.
That means that I can use the “sprinters” without notifying from before, and without assistance (paying just attention to the height in each platform)?
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 8:43 pm
I don’t know for sure about the heigth. I travel mostly in Fryslân. There is the heigth adapted. You can tweet the NS to ask this
- MemberJuly 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm
Ok, thank you for your help ^_^
- MemberJuly 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your tips, this will really help me as I’m planning to go to Amsterdam next year during Spring!
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