travelling to Malta by train

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
Hi does any one know if the trains through France and Italy are wheel chair friendly as we are taking our 2 elderly mothers to malta by train and would like to be able to make sure that they are accommodated. Thankyou in anticipation.
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  • lynnexxxolynnexxxo Forumite
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    Malta by TRAIN???

    Isn't that a bit of a long journey for two eldery ladies in wheelchairs?

    I know that the ferry from Sicily to Malta is often a rough crossing too.

    Can you not fly?
  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    It's a great train journey down through Italy on the sleeper, leave St Pancras one day, arrive in Southern Italy middle of the next day refreshed and well fed.

    But those carriages didn't look too wheelchair-friendly, see http://www.seat61.com/Europe.htm#special needs
  • Before we go any further, how do you intend to travel? Is cost an issue? Or are you simply looking for the best way by train, regardless of cost? Obviously you will want to pay as little as possible - but do you want to travel by high speed trains, or do you want to travel cheaper than that?
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  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    Before we go any further, how do you intend to travel? Is cost an issue?
    I think they intend to travel by train.

    If cost was an issue, they would fly EasyRyan.
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    If it's still in existance I would fly Malta Movement .We used to travel to Malta quite a bit when my husband was alive and for a small yearly fee we got greatly reduced air fares.
  • Thank you for all your comments. We intend to travel by train as one of them is not able to fly. We are going to take them back to where they served in the WRNS, they are looking forward to it so we are trying to organiose it in as pleasurable a way as we can.We have used Euro Star before but only to France, it was very well equipped with good service but didn't know about the rest of the route. Its one of those '1000 things to do before you die'!! they are very brave.
  • We have travelled through Italy on the train,and it was fine,but we were all able bodied and reasonably young,and it was packed,with little luggage room,and a bit of a scrum to find your seats(reservations are needed).

    So my suggestions would be don't travel at weekend but go mid week when it is quieter, and contact Trenitalia beforehand and explain that your parents have special needs. Their website is available in English. I would expect the French rail system has a similar site,but we havent used them so I cant comment on them. Good luck!
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  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    poet123 wrote: »
    So my suggestions would be don't travel at weekend but go mid week when it is quieter, and contact Trenitalia beforehand and explain that your parents have special needs. Their website is available in English.
    Trenitalia's website does have an English version but if you need more help via the phone their English can be poor, plus they will tell you they can only accept Italian credit cards.

    For a very helpful service when booking and making phone enquiries, use RailEurope.co.uk for the whole journey. I found them to be friendly and helpful and to take as much time as you need to go through the options. I believe there's a £6 booking fee.
  • I agree Rail Europe has a useful site. However, I have booked via Trenitalia using a UK visa card.
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