Revealed: Where are all the toilets on the Paris Metro and RER

Authorities in Paris want to double the number of toilets available to the travelling public on the Paris Metro and RER network, which has come as a surprise to most Parisians who didn't realise there were any. Here's a look at where they all are.

Revealed: Where are all the toilets on the Paris Metro and RER
Photo: RATP

When Valerie Pecresse the president of the greater Paris region of Île-de-France announced this week she wanted to double the number of toilets available on the Metro most Parisians (at least those with a Twitter account) reacted with shock.

Pecresse said: “Sorry to talk about the smells, the unease that can be felt in the morning… We must at least double the number of toilets on the Metro so that travellers are a little less uncomfortable when they take it.

Pecresse added that she wanted to give Parisians the desire to use public transport by making it “comfortable” and “clean”.

Parisians were left stunned, not so much because they were surprised by Pecresse's much-needed plan to improve cleanliness on the Metro and the conditions of travelling for passengers but because they had no idea there were any toilets on the Metro or RER train network.

One Twitter wag pointed out that doubling zero still leaves you with zero.

But Paris transport authority RATP took to Twitter to set the record straight.

According to them there are in fact 48 toilets on the Metro and the RER.

Most of these, 32 in fact, are on the RER lines A and B which cross the Paris region and the centre of the capital from west to east and from north to south.

And there are 16 on the Metro network, which for those of us who thought there were none at all sounds like a lot, although given there are over 350 Metro stations, it's actually a pitiful number.

So where are these magical 16 toilets where desperate passengers can relieve themselves on the way to work?

Well the best line to be on if you have a weak bladder is the speedy and modern line 14.

Commuters need not worry if they get caught short on this line that crosses the city because there are loos at the stations, Olympiades, Bercy, Bibliothèque François Mitterand, Cours Saint-Emilion, Gare de Lyon, Madeleine, Pyramides and Saint-Lazare.

As for the other toilets, well there will be three more added at the rabbit warren that is Chatelet-Les Halles from November once the works are complete.

There is a place to relieve yourself at Trocadero station on Line 6, Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile on line 1, Cluny-Sorbonne on Line 10, Bobigny on Line 5 and Les Agnettes and Asnieres-Aubervilliers on Line 13 and Villejuif-Louis Aragon on Line 7.

But know you know which stations they are at, the next problem is find out out exactly where these toilets are. RATP say some are next to tickets counters and machines, whilst others are at the entrances to Metro stations. Others however are on the other side of the barriers so you'll need a ticket to take a leak.

For a full interactive map of where to find toilets in Paris and the mythical 16 toilets on the Metro CLICK HERE. The map also contains detailed information for where to find each loo.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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