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Travelling with a scooter

Do you want to take your mobility scooter on a longer journey? Here are some options for using cars and public transport.
Smaller scooters are usually easier to travel with.

Getting your scooter into a car

Some scooters can be dismantled or folded up so that they fit in a car boot. You can use Rica's scooter search to find out which scooters do this. Our car search will help you find out the size of your car boot.

Many mobility scooters are heavy to lift, even when folded or in parts. There's information about equipment for lifting scooters (and wheelchairs) into a car boot here, where we also look at trailers.

Going on public transport

You may be able to take your mobility scooter on public transport - it depends on the transport operator and the size of the scooter. Our information on accessible public transport is for scooter and wheelchair users, as well as for people with other accessibility requirements.

More information, for mobility scooter users only:

  • Buses: Some smaller scooters can now be taken on low-floor buses. Find out how to get permission and which mobility scooters are suitable here.
  • Trains: Different train operating companies have different policies for carrying scooters. Here's a summary of their policies (PDF). You can also contact your train operator or visit their website – National Rail lists their contact details.
  • Trams: Again, different companies have different policies. Our summary of their policies (PDF) tells you more. Contact your local tram operator for further information.

This information on buses, trains and trams is unique to Rica - you won't find it anywhere else.

Last updated: November 2015

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