Travel tips – Disabled travellers

Disabled passengers should give information about their needs when they check in – when you go to give your baggage and get your boarding pass.  This way you can be given assistance to board the plane, when you arrive at your destination, and also with transit to other flights.

Transit can be particularly difficult in a different language.  Passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing may not hear announcements: you can clearly write down where you need to go.

Planning in advance: A deaf student on her first foreign visit prepared a paper “I am deaf.  I cannot hear.  I can read your lips if you speak clearly”.  Because we prepared this in advance the student was less worried about “what might happen if…” and had a pleasant journey.

A student with Irritable Bowel Syndrome was anxious about his first flight.  Until the project he had never dared get on a plane: …just in case he suddenly needed to go to the toilet.  We looked at all the points where there were toilets: in the airport before check-in, at the gate waiting to board, on the airplane…  The only place without was the bus going to the airport: no different from any bus journey he did everyday.

Special diets: If you want a special diet, you must tell the airline when you buy your ticket: It is too late when you arrive at the airport.

MIUSA has a collection of Travel Tips: search according to disability and mode of travel for disabled passengers.

Arriving at Ankara:

  • Esenboga Airport information for disabled passengers…
  • Getting to Ankara: The airport shuttle buses leave every 30 minutes and take about 30 minutes to get to the centre of Ankara; the cost is 10 TL per passenger; Note these buses are suitable for people who can climb up steep stairs, walk along the narrow corridor and fit into the regular seats.  Tell us if you need alternative transport!


Money abroad (written in 2009, for participants on the TIU project)

When travelling abroad, the easiest is to use your bank card: you can get local money from any ATM bank machine with the right symbol.  VISA, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO, Cirrus, American Express, Plus, Union Pay can all be accessed in Turkey.  Simply  type in your regular 4 digit code,and select as you would at home…

  •  The machine will give you local money.
  •  The amount of money will be taken from your bank account in your home town;
  •  There is a small cost, but it is worth it because:
  1. You don’t need to go to a bank
  2. You don’t need to wonder which queue to join
  3. You don’t need to talk with anyone

Only take out a small amount – you can always get more later.

Note:  If you are not sure your card will work abroad.   .   .bring some Euros: at the hotel you can exchange them easily Wink


When you come to Turkey for an EU project, 50TL is enough for a few days as the EU funds pay for food and hotel.  The airport bus costs 10TL (about 5 Euros) each way. With 100TL, you can buy small presents to take home. You will need more if you want to enjoy the night life, etc.  !!!Correct in 2009!!!

We will visit the old town of Ankara: Ulus. There are shops selling traditional crafts: jewelery, textiles, dried fruit-nuts, etc (make sure that you can take food/drink back to your country.  Otherwise your tasty presents can be taken by airport customs officers.)

Note: In January 2005, the Turkish Lira ‘lost’ 6 zeros. In December 2004, taking the bus to town cost 1 million TL.  The next week it cost 1New Turkish Lira (YTL).  In January 2009, the ‘New’ TL became simply a ‘Turkish Lira’ again.  But people on the bus still say ‘Give me change from 5 million’!