Helsinki: Disabled Needs
disabled visitors. Information on facilities for the physically challenged and a brochure in English/German can be obtained from: Rullaten ry (Barrier free travelling) and the booklet ‘Accessible Helsinki’ is available online from the Helsinki City Planning Department, which created it with assistance from the Helsinki Disability Board and several disability organizations. The Accessible Finland - travel4all site is in also available in 8 languages.
If you are driving whilst on holiday in Helsinki and want to use disabled parking bays, then you must have an international license for disabled-parking. These can be applied for in any police station. Parking in Helsinki is generally in short supply, but there is, on the whole, good provision for the disabled. There are also quite a few taxi firms with wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
In terms of public transport, there are over 150 easily accessible low-floor buses in Helsinki. These are clearly marked in the schedules. Trams also have low floors and can be accessed from stops with platforms. There are no problems with accessibility on the metro: all stations have lifts and the platforms are level with the train floors. Braille timetables are also available.
Transport is, of course, not the only issue for disabled people on holiday in Helsinki. The city has a deadline of 2011 for maximising accessibility and movement for all citizens and visitors throughout the city. Museums, cinemas and other attractions already provide good wheelchair access in Helsinki.