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Tips for wheelchair-friendly train travel

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Are you planning a train trip soon? Take the opportunity to explore new destinations by rail! Train travel can be a comfortable and enjoyable way to see the sights, and many trains offer accessible accommodations for passengers with disabilities. Easterseals has some tips to help make your journey as smooth and accessible as possible.

Benefits Of Train Travel

Train travel offers many benefits for travelers with disabilities. Many trains, such as those operated by Amtrak, offer accessible bedrooms and restrooms for passengers with physical disabilities. These rooms are often affordable and include meals, which can be delivered to your room for added convenience.

In addition to the practical benefits, train travel can also be a relaxing. You’ll have plenty of time to play games, read, or simply enjoy the scenery as it passes by your window.

Planning An Accessible Train Trip

If you’re considering an accessible train trip, here are some tips to help you plan:

  • Call the train company to make your reservation instead of booking online. The agent will ask about your specific needs and equipment to ensure that everything is taken care of.
  • Book early! Accessible bedrooms are popular and can fill up quickly.
  • You don’t have to check your bags. There is often plenty of room for luggage on the racks outside the accessible sleeper car, but it’s a good idea to have an overnight bag handy in your room. If you do want to check your bags, be sure to do so at least one hour before departure.

Additional Resources

For more information on accessible train travel, visit Amtrak’s accessibility page or Easterseals’ transportation resources page. These resources provide detailed information on accessibility features and services available on trains, as well as tips for planning an accessible train trip.


Do you have any train travel tips of your own? We’d love to hear them! With a little planning, train travel can be a great way to explore new destinations. So why not pack your bags and embark on a rail adventure today?

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