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Toilets in Paris and other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in Paris: Toilets

Paris is a historic city and the capital of France. Visitors to the city will want to keep in mind a few warnings about the area.

Paying for Toilets

One thing that takes visitors by surprise is that many publicly available toilets require you to pay for their use. These large, free standing toilets are quite clean and safe, but they come at a price. For this reason, you’ll want to carry some change on you as you wander around Paris. However, these public street toilets aren’t the only places where you’ll have to pay. If you take a trip to Versailles, you’ll find that it costs money to use the washroom there as well. These are not exorbitant prices, but you do want to keep some money on you.

Handicap Safety

Unfortunately, many of the buildings in Paris are older and were constructed long before disability access was a priority. As a result, you’ll find that even at some of the highly-rated restaurants and hotels, bathroom access is difficult for those with mobility disabilities. This applies not only to wash rooms but toilets as well, many of which are located on the second floor of buildings.


Although not a massive problem, the fact that public toilets are unisex may bother some people. Be prepared to see someone of the opposite sex in the toilet next to you.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about toilets in Paris.

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