GPS Location map of public toilets in Paris
Finding a public toilet in Paris can be a daunting thought, yet is something that every person needs at one point or another, especially if you are spending a whole day sightseeing, so along with paid options the city has installed free toilets called Sanisettes, and below you can see a location map of toilets, with these plus other public toilets available including paid for options.
Free Public Toilets Disabled Friendly
Paid Public Toilets
About Sanisettes Disabled Friendly Free Public Toilets in Paris
There are over 400 free public toilets dotted all over the city of Paris in a specific type of design, which are called Sanisettes, most of which are close to popular tourist attractions, that are also suitable for the disabled.
Originally there were pay per use toilets, but over recent years these have been replaced with the automatic, self cleaning Sanisettes, which are more ecologically friendly, more hygienic and user friendly.
These are completely automatic, have a recorded message that can in some cases be changed to different languages by pressing a button on the right hand side as you enter, plus there is a Braille option for the sight impaired, along with being adapted for wheelchair users, which includes a transfer bar and space for manoeuvring.
Completely automatic, on the outside it will show whether the toilet is vacant or occupied, plus another showing if it is on a cleaning cycle, which happens after the person has exited and the door has re-shut.
Yet there is also another button and light to the far right of this indicator panel showing when it is out of order or not operational, as some of these Sanisettes toilets are only able to be used between the hours of 6am and 10pm or 6am and 1am, whereas other are 24 hours a day.
You will find that once you have gone inside a Sanisette, the door will shut automatically, and once you have finished, there is a button on the inside to the left of the door to exit, yet as an added safety precaution, the doors will automatically become unlocked to open after 20 minutes.
However, it is still not advisable to allow a child to enter unaccompanied, and a sign on the outside states no children under the age of 10 on their own.
There are additional safety precautions for these automated public toilets in Paris including emergency opening in case of fire, plus some of these also have a dedicated drinkable water point, which is a term referred to as Potable in French, sometimes shown as Eau Potable.
Other ways of finding public toilets in Paris
Most major shopping centres such as the Carrousel du Louvre, which is located underneath the famous Louvre Museum, do have free public toilets, as does the Galeries Lafayette and other main department stores like Printemps, although these are few and far between.
Establishments such as restaurants and cafes will not often let you use their toilet unless you are a paying customer, and in some cases you have to provide proof of purchase, enter a code on your receipt, or even request a key from a member of staff, which even includes places such as fast food outlets like MacDonald’s.
However, there are some restaurants that will allow you to use their facilities, although it is not a wise idea to expect it, and most will expect at least a small tip for doing so, but if you are an establishment that wants to be listed on our map, even if you charge, then please do get in touch with us.
If you have entered a museum or monument, then you are more than likely to find public toilets, many of which are also suitable for the disabled, and these are usually free of charge, especially at places where there is an admission charge for entry.
Although if you are at tourist attractions such as the Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens, the square by Notre Dame Cathedral or the Champs Elysees Gardens for instance, then there are toilets available, although there is a charge for the service, ranging in cost anything from 50 cents upwards. But we would like to point out that some of these are not accessible to the disabled due to steps having to be negotiated leading to them.
Metro and Train Stations
The majority of metro stations and train stations will have public toilets, although these are not always easy to find, and when you do, often these are not functioning, which can be rather frustrating.
In addition to this, they are not always the cleanest of toilets, unlike the Sanisettes, which are disinfected after each use, even including the floor being washed down, so by using the map above, these toilets in Paris are by far the best options for the majority of people that get caught short while experiencing Paris.
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