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Hiring Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs on Holiday

By: Jennie Kermode - Updated: 19 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
Wheelchair Mobility Scooter Hire Holiday

Taking your own wheelchair or mobility scooter with you on holiday can be a pain, especially if you're flying. You might also be in a position where you don't need one day to day but where the wandering around that you'd like to do on holiday can easily wear you out. Hiring wheels at your holiday destination is a great solution and is remarkably easy to do.

Organising Wheelchair Hire

It is now possible to hire on-site wheelchairs and mobility scooters in most UK towns and cities and in popular holiday resorts across Europe. Australia's big cities offer similar services, as do many (but not all) of those in the USA and Canada. Further afield, you are less likely to find established services, but it is always worth asking - sometimes local hospitals are willing to hire out equipment to visitors.

Wheelchair hire used to be the preserve of specialist companies catering to disabled holidaymakers but you can now organise it through many ordinary travel agents. Just shop around and make it an early question when checking out what they have to offer. If you can't arrange it as part of a holiday package, you should be able to arrange it independently once you've sorted out the details of your journey.

Assessing Your Requirements

If you don't use a wheelchair day to day, you may find that it takes a bit of getting used to. Ask your rental company for advice and don't just look for the cheapest deal - depending on where you are going, there may be other important factors to consider. If somebody is going to be pushing you, you will need to think about their needs as well - wheelchairs with poor suspension can quickly exhaust or injure inexperienced helpers.

Even if you already use a wheelchair, the ideal holiday model may be different from what you use at home. Think about the type of place you intend to go. If you will be sticking to buildings and level streets, a light wheelchair may be just fine. If you will be dealing with cobbled streets or unavoidable steps, you may need something more resilient. Make sure you give yourself sufficient options to avoid feeling restricted when you should be having fun.

What You Can Expect

The service offered by different holiday wheelchair hire companies varies considerably but can usually be tailored to suit the individual traveller. If you are getting to your destination by train or plane, it is often possible to arrange for your wheelchair or mobility scooter to meet you when you arrive, giving you immediate independence. Alternatively, you can have it waiting for you at a hotel. Similar arrangements can be made for returning it at the end of your holiday.

If you are hiring a mobility scooter, remember that regulations in relation to driving it can differ in different countries. The hire company should be able to advise you on this before you make your final choice.

Insurance Issues

Although you should always check the small print, most hire arrangements come with full insurance cover for standard use. Bear in mind that this may not cover you for other activities, such as taking your wheelchair on the beach or riding it over grass (even if you hire a chair designed for rough terrain). Think carefully about what you are likely to want to do and discuss this before you sign a contract.

Hiring a wheelchair or mobility scooter usually costs between forty and a hundred pounds for a two week holiday. This means it can be a practical choice that makes travel easier whilst giving you much more opportunity to enjoy yourself once you arrive at your destination.

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I want to hire a medium sized scooter, I need a headrest. On the 13th, 14th and 15th October 2020. I’m staying in a caravan in Borth nearAberystwyth, I can’t seem to find one on the internet, please can you assist,
Lynda - 19-Aug-20 @ 10:56 AM
I will be on holiday 5th-12th September this year with my wife and daughter at a cottage in Tame, Oxfordshire.. I am interested in hiring a mobility scooter from Sunday to Friday, one suitable to go into the car boot. Thank you
daddygee - 14-Aug-20 @ 3:05 PM
I am busting Bucharest on the 12th of March and I will need to Rent a Mobility scooter for 4Days.is this possible.
Hackneydude - 11-Feb-20 @ 6:15 PM
looking to hire two collapsable electric scooters in Torquay short term from 26th November, anybody Know anyone ? Thamks
Eric - 4-Nov-19 @ 1:15 PM
Im looking to hire a mobility scooter in york England I'm about 16 stone, I have my own but the battery isn't that good
Ales - 28-Aug-19 @ 12:44 PM
I am going up to Scotland on 25/5. Until 31/5 and am looking to hire a scooter that will be able to go through Forest Paths I am 18 stone so should be quite sturdy
Keytone - 15-May-19 @ 7:56 PM
Does anyone know where I can hire a mobility scooter to take on a cruise from/to Copenhagen?
timwil - 9-May-19 @ 11:00 AM
Hi I’m travelling to Moscow on 7th May until 11th May I’m needing a disability electric sit on scooter or an electric Wherlchair to hire. I cannot speak English and I cannot read websites . Do you know of any company in Moscow that hire out .I’m desperate as I’m needing this and I am not taking my own scooter . Thanks Pamela
Pamela - 21-Apr-19 @ 5:06 PM
Can I hire a mobility scooter for one week in oban
Ros - 12-Mar-19 @ 4:10 PM
Can I hire a mobility scooter in the New Forest?
Bucket - 5-Mar-19 @ 3:47 PM
@hubby. There are several mobility scooter hire companies across Cornwall to choose from. You can do an online search to choose which one suits you best. Happy hols.
Bransy - 12-Jul-18 @ 11:30 AM
looking to hire a mobility scooter which would carry 21 stone in weight for the 1st to 8th september , staying at perran sands .
hubby - 11-Jul-18 @ 1:27 PM
Sue York - Your Question:
I am going on holiday in Ibiza and can't find anywhere that I can hire a mobility scooter,can you help me please

Our Response:
You would have to do an online search, as we cannot recommend anyone personally.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 18-May-18 @ 9:39 AM
I am going on holiday in Ibiza and can't find anywhere that I can hire a mobility scooter,can you help me please
Sue York - 17-May-18 @ 2:00 PM
Joy - Your Question:
I would like to hire 2 lightweight wheelchairs go 4 days for our stay in Tewitfield near Carnforth 2to the5 June

Our Response:
Please see the Red Cross link here, which should help further.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 17-May-18 @ 12:11 PM
I would like to hire 2 lightweight wheelchairs go 4 days for our stay in Tewitfield near Carnforth 2to the5 June
Joy - 16-May-18 @ 2:29 PM
Can I hire a mobility scooter from Keswick (or anywhere near Grasmere) for a week as I am coming to the lakes for a week. if so what is the cost? Many Thanks Angela Vaughan
Roberta - 2-May-18 @ 11:15 AM
Roberta4 - Your Question:
Can I hire a mobility scooter while I am in the lakes for a weekWhere from & what is the cost? Many thanks Angela Vaughan

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here, which will tell you all you need to know.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 30-Apr-18 @ 1:40 PM
Can I hire a mobility scooter while I am in the lakes for a week Where from & what is the cost? Many thanks Angela Vaughan
Roberta4 - 28-Apr-18 @ 2:30 PM
Where can I hire a tri walker for a week while in Grasmere.
Cmall - 19-Apr-18 @ 9:52 AM
We are taking grandma to Northumberland for a week. We are wanting to do beach walks. Is there anywhere where we can hire an all terrain mobility scooter. We live near Leeds and doncaster. Thanks
Jayne - 11-Sep-17 @ 12:14 PM
I am going on holiday to tenerife,I would like to hire a wheelchair for 14 days so i can travel to york..then to tenerife and back is this possible? can it be delivered and picked up? and what would it cost?
Caz - 27-Oct-16 @ 7:19 PM
Hi we are going to Le Touquet and staying at the best western from 15-18th July and would desperately need to hire a mobility scooter. have e-mailed the hotel but heard nothing. Can anyone help? ThankyouS
woody - 9-Jul-16 @ 5:33 PM
I will be visiting Kimberley, BC, Canada in August from the UK and looking to rent a mobility scooter for nearly a month. Can anyone help, please?
Libby - 7-Jul-16 @ 9:56 AM
Is there someone inOban who hires Mobility scooters
Paddy - 2-Jun-16 @ 4:58 PM
I'm looking to hire a mobility scooter for a week for use around Keswick in the Lake District could you let me know where I can hire one from. Thanks for your help. AJ.
AJ - 4-May-16 @ 5:17 PM
good morning ,I am going on holiday to wales in july and will be staying near aberaeronI am just over twenty stone in weight so I would need a large scooter could you please supply me with possible list of places thankyou.i am also a blue badge holder.
TED - 18-Apr-16 @ 9:11 AM
Will my Kymco mini LS charge in America using the charger I use in England , obviously I know I will need a plug adaptor
Midnight - 12-Sep-15 @ 7:20 PM
i was wondering where to get a mobility scooter im going on holiday to cornwall newquay for 1 week thanks
lindauk1 - 1-Jul-15 @ 11:02 AM
i was wondering where i can get a mobility scooter for newquay cornwall for a week thank you
lindauk1 - 1-Jul-15 @ 10:59 AM
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