Are public toilets free in France?

Are public toilets free in France?

Public toilets (in several Metro stations, near tourist attractions, and in parks), including the swanky Belle Epoch ones at Place de la Madeleine, are now free. There are several methods for flushing a French toilet: pressing a button, tugging a chain, pulling a lever, standing up (automatic sensor), and so on. Some people may be surprised to learn that there is no charge for using public toilets.

In addition, all public restrooms have a hand-washing facility with soap and hot water available. If you prefer, you can also use a disposable paper towel to wash your hands.

Free toilets can be a nice surprise when you need one but there are some things to know before entering one of these facilities. For example, women should wear trousers or skirts that cover their knees when entering a male-only space like a bathroom; men should avoid wearing shirts with tight sleeves or undershirts that show skin. Also, be sure to bring small bills to place a coin into the slot of the hand-washing facility; they don't give out free coins!

If you're looking for a private room to change clothes in, a hotel or restaurant might have a special area set aside for this purpose. However, not all establishments are going to let you use their private rooms, so it's best to call ahead to make sure there's a bed available and that the room isn't being used by someone else while you're changing.

Where do you go to the bathroom in France?

When you have to go, you have to go, but finding a bathroom in France isn't always simple, since public facilities aren't always numerous. Shopping centers and malls, as well as other prominent outdoor places, generally contain public bathrooms that are properly marked (look for the "toilettes" or "W.C."). In addition, most gas stations, restaurants with bars, and large supermarkets have restrooms that users can access for a fee.

In general, people use the restroom before dining out or drinking in French restaurants and cafes. Therefore, it's important to remember where the nearest bathroom is located before you start eating. Also, be sure to bring a water bottle with you to drink during your visit, as there are rarely water fountains in public restrooms!

Nowadays, more and more restaurants in France are becoming aware of their responsibility under the law regarding disabled people, and many now provide special tables and toilets for such guests. If in doubt, ask when booking what type of room you will need, or if you have any questions about access for persons using a wheelchair, etc.

In conclusion, you should know that toilet paper isn't usually available in public restrooms in France. So, be sure to bring some hand wipes or find some clean paper towels elsewhere to use instead.

Do you have to pay to use the toilet in France?

Some Pointers on Using French Toilets Many bathrooms are pay-only and are occasionally monitored by an attendant who will charge you to enter. Keep modest change and a variety of coins on you at all times. There may be an attendant present at times, but there may also be a machine that demands precise change. If there is no one around, just give us a push.

In most cases, toilets are free after use. However, some bathrooms may charge for access, so be sure to check when you arrive at a new destination.

Toilet paper is usually not provided in public restrooms, but if it is available, it should be placed in a bin outside or in the bathroom. Public restrooms rarely have soap available, but often have a spray bottle of water or some other form of liquid hand sanitizer.

People in France wash their hands frequently, so infections are rare but still possible. The best way to avoid getting sick is to practice good hygiene - including washing your hands before eating food or drinking beverages, and after using the bathroom - and avoid coming into contact with anyone who is sick.

In conclusion, yes, you do have to pay to use the toilet in France.

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