Tunisia is for everyone, without exception, which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you navigate and overcome accessibility challenges wherever possible.
The Tunisian terrain is covered with spectacular beauties hidden deep in valleys, across craggy peaks, and down winding, narrow pathways. These sights are amazing to experience, but they can be a bit complicated for the wheelchair traveler. But Tunisia is for everyone, without exception, which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you navigate and overcome those challenges wherever possible.
Wheelchair Accessible Travel in Tunisia
This travel guide to wheelchair accessibility in Tunisia will help you set your expectations appropriately and enjoy what the country has to offer.
Tunisia Sidewalk Accessibility
The sidewalks in Tunisia are NOT wheelchair accessible. That isn’t a tongue in cheek statement. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. It’s quite sad. to say the least.
People with disabilities can take advantage of a wheelchair taxi and travel with a ramp of their own, but they won’t be rolling down all the streets out there. It’s out of the taxi, lay the ramp, access why you’re there for and drive to the next stop. The curbs are a hardship—one that’s not easily overcome—to locals and tourists alike.
Tunisia Wheelchair Taxis
Most of regular Taxis in Tunisia aren’t outfitted with a wheelchair access ramp. However, there are a few Taxi companies that provide Taxis for people with disabilities. Such services can be requested at any airport or hotel.
Public Transportation in Tunisia for People with Disabilities
The cities of Tunisia have three modes of public transport – city bus, metro and shared Taxi. City buses and shared Taxi have high floors and multiple steps, making them inaccessible to the mobility impaired. The metro that is mainly only available in the Greater area of Tunis, was not built with accessibility in mind.
If you’re moving between cities, the accessibility of trains and stations does little good without accessible sidewalks. As such, in order to truly open Tunisia to people with disabilities, the government will need to embark on a significant journey of creating accessibility where it has not existed before.
Accessible Hotels in Tunisia
Although accessibility has not been a priority in Tunisia, there are many options for wheelchair accessible hotel rooms across the country. Accessible guest rooms can be found almost everywhere, but are much more likely guaranteed to be found at the global hotel brands you would recognize – Hilton, Marriott, Four Seasons, etc.
Suggested Read: Hotels in Tunisia — Where to Stay in Tunisian Cities & Islands
We have taken the time to compile a list of hotels in some major Tunisian cities which advertise handicap accessible rooms. This is not a complete list of accessible hotels in the country. Hotels listed in bold are properties I have stayed at myself – click the hotel name for detailed reviews and more information.
|Sheraton Tunis Hotel||Sheraton Tunis||Tunis|
|Carlton Hotel Tunis||Carlton Tunis||Tunis|
|El Mouradi Gammarth||El Mouradi Gammarth||Tunis – Gammarth|
|El Mouradi Palm Marina||El Mouradi Sousse||Sousse|
|Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Thalasso, Djerba||Radisson Djerba||Djerba|
|Hotel Hamilton Hammamet||Hamilton Hammamet||Hammamet|
Check out the complete list of the wheelchair accessible Hotels in Tunisia.
Tunisia Airports Accessibility
All of the airports in Tunisia are wheelchair accessible, but there are some important points in each airport that travelers with disabilities should be made aware of. The airports’ websites provide additional information to passengers as well.
If you are traveling with a wheelchair or other disability, make sure to contact the airline and request assistance as far in advance as possible. It is recommended that you make this request at least 24 to 48 hours before departure to Tunisia.
Wheelchair-Accessible Places to go in Tunisia
Wheelchair access in Tunisia isn’t a priority as it is in most developing countries. The cities are under developed and cobbled streets are the biggest thing that stands out. If you use or push a chair you’ll know about cobbles.
Overall, Tunisia is flat and access is good if you can walk a little especially up a few steps/curbs. Keep in mind that Tunisians are very friendly and helpful.
As a final thought, try to go, explore where you can and just except that you may not be able to get everywhere. The country has plenty of things to offer with amazing sights.
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Lastly, whatever you do, don’t forget to pick up travel insurance for Tunisia!