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Paris Public Toilets


Public toilets in Paris. More than 28 million visitors come to Paris each year. The city’s positive image is largely dependent on ensuring their comfort and wellbeing, and public toilets, whether paying or free of charge, are one of the several elements that contribute to a comfortable stay. Where can public toilets be found in the city? When are they open? Are they accessible to disabled people? Here is an overview of the city’s privately run and public toilets.

Public toilets: Free and eco-friendly
Paris public toilets have been revamped. The city’s 400 automatic public toilets, designed by Patrick Jouin for the City of Paris and operated by Decaux, were redesigned in 2010 to make them safer, more comfortable to use, more hygienic and more eco-friendly. Each time the toilets are used, the toilet bowl and the floor are automatically cleaned, dried and disinfected. A manually operated emergency exit, which can be opened by firemen, for example, is accessible from the outside. Emergency lighting and a fire extinguisher have been installed to optimise safety. Comfort has also been enhanced. The doors open and close automatically and the toilets are heated in winter and equipped with coat hangers, a mirror, a washbasin and even background music. In a move towards sustainable development, the new automatic toilet uses 30% less water than the previous model. The lighting is natural – it is supplied by a well of light placed on the roof. It is equipped with a motion sensor and therefore only works when the toilet is occupied. The entire electricity supply comes from renewable energy sources (wind, solar, hydraulic and biomass). The locations of these free toilets, which are open from 6am to 10pm, have also been changed. More free toilets have been added to the major tourist areas (Invalides, Montmartre Hill, coach drop-off points etc.) as well as food markets and taxi stands. Besides the automatic public toilets in Paris, there are free public toilets in all the sightseeing spots and public spaces in the city open to visitors (museums, historic monuments, parks etc.). No fewer than 95 Paris parks and gardens have free toilets, open during park opening times. The City of Paris has also made public toilets open from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 6.15pm available to users near shops and public and tourism establishments.
244 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
Place du Châtelet, Paris 1st
Place du Palais-Royal, Paris 1st
2 quai du Louvre, Paris 1st
15 boulevard Saint-Denis, Paris 2nd
5 place de la Bastille, Paris 4th
Place Edmond Michelet, Paris 4th
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4e
Place du Parvis Notre-Dame (next to the Charlemagne statue), Paris 4th
Square de la tour Saint-Jacques (in front of 6 rue Saint-Martin), Paris 4th
47 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 5th
149 boulevard Saint-Germain (Saint-Germain car park), Paris 5th
Avenue Joseph Bouvard, Paris 7th
Avenue George V, avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th
Avenue des Champs-Élysées (the Espace Cardin side), Paris 8th
Avenue Marceau, avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris 8th
38 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
53 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
Boulevard des Italiens, boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
Avenue Ernest Renan (Metro: Porte de Versailles), Paris 15th
Avenue du Président Wilson (Metro: Trocadéro), Paris 16th
34 boulevard Barbès, Paris 18th
1 rue Lamarck, Paris 18th
Disabled access, a priority in Paris
The 400 automatic public toilets in Paris have been designed to make them accessible to disabled people. They can be used by people in a wheelchair and are equipped with a grab bar, as well as recorded information and signage in Braille for hearing and visually impaired visitors. French law has made it compulsory for all public spaces to be made accessible to the disabled, and this is increasingly the case in Paris museums and monuments open to visitors. Some public gardens are equipped for use by people in wheelchairs, such as the Jardin de l’Intendant (Paris 7th). Toilets with disabled facilities are located in the grounds of the nearby Invalides hospital, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, the Jardin des Champs-Élysées (toilets accessible from the Théâtre Renaud- arrault), the Parc de Bagatelle and the Parc Monceau. The RATP has also undertaken a renovation of some of the public toilets on its network to make them accessible to disabled people. Four new toilets were installed in 2010 on metro lines 14 (Olympiades and Bibliothèque-François-Mitterrand stations), 13 (Argenteuil) and 7 (Villejuif-Louis-Aragon). On the Réseau Express Régional (RER) train network, 25 toilets have been renovated including 7 in Paris, at the following stations: Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile (Salle Friedland), Auber, Châtelet (2 new toilets), Gare de Lyon, Nation and Luxembourg.
53 boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, Paris 7th
10 avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris 8th
Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris 16th
2 allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, Paris 7th
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris 8th
Stylish, comfortable paying toilets
Automatic public toilets in Paris are free to use, as are toilets in bars, restaurants and fast food outlets for clients of these establishments. There are also paying options, some of which are worth going to even if you don’t really need to use them! The basement public toilet at the Madeleine is one such. Built in 1905 in Art Nouveau style, these well-kept cabins with an attendant have ceramic walls and wooden doors with stained glass. The Point WC toilets are much more recent but just as pleasant to use, and their number is growing continuously. The first one was installed on the Champs-Élysées in 2006, followed by toilets in the Printemps Haussmann department store, the Carrousel du Louvre and the Passy Plaza shopping centre in the 16th. These “wellbeing stations” are nothing short of state-of-the-art. Point WC, a company specializing in designing and installing public toilets, takes pride in creating designer toilets, each with customised decor and background music, which are kept spick and span even though some of them are used by up to 50,000 visitors per month. They cost from $1.68 to $2.52 to use. Interior designer Florence Gonot has decorated the latest Point WC toilet in an haute couture theme – sheer luxury!
99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
26 avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris 8th
53 rue de Passy, Paris 16th
69 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
Printemps de la Mode (1st floor); Printemps de l’Homme (3rd floor, open on Saturday only); Printemps de la Maison (1st floor)
Place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th
Stairway leading down from the courtyard to the right of the church