Public restrooms

Hi everyone,
I'll be going to Prague, Vienna & Budapest in September. I was just wondering what the availability of public restrooms is like? This is my first trip to Europe, as you can probably tell. :-) I'm traveling with my mom, who has to go often, so that's why I ask. Hope that's not tmi....

Posted by James E.
USA
3525 posts

In Budapest almost every restaurant will have free restrooms. A few places like the Great Market Hall charge 100 forints which is about forty cents. Keep your 100 forints coins for this.

Posted by Gabriel
Pico Rivera, CA
346 posts

James, what is the etiquette for bathroom use in restaurants in Budapest? Is it like here in the US where you can just waltz in and not have to buy anything? Or is it like elsewhere in Europe where they expect you to buy something in order to use the toilet?

Posted by Joan
Gettysburg, PA, USA
371 posts

Please use the word "toilet" when looking for one. Nobody knows what a rest room is and a bathroom is where you wash. Everyone understands the word toilet.

Posted by Gabriel
Pico Rivera, CA
346 posts

I wouldn't use the word bathroom in Europe, as I have been many times before. I only used that word here to relate to the American traveler :-).

Posted by James E.
USA
3525 posts

Apparently restroom etiquette here in the US varies by individual. I never use one with out buying something. I behave the same in Budapest so I have never thought about it or noticed to the contrary. There are a few obvious public restrooms around town, like at the market, and they charge for keeping them clean and they are always very, very clean.

Oh, I ask for the Water Closet or "WC" as that is pretty much universal.

Posted by Joan
Gettysburg, PA, USA
371 posts

Just curious--when you ask for the WC, do you ask for the "double you see." or do you ask for the "vay tzsay?"

Posted by James E.
USA
3525 posts

I say water closet. In June I was in places in Bulgaria where no one spoke English and many had never met a foreigner but even they knew water closet.

Now, explaining Prep - H to a pharmacist that only spoke Magyar was somewhat difficult and bizarre.