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Toilets on French Intercities train

I’ve looked and can’t seem to find info. Are their toilets on French Intercities trains?
Traveling during the day from Paris Gare Montparnasse to Vire.
Thank you!
Denise

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33138 posts

Yup... Some older trains, one per carriage. Some modern trains, one or two per three or four carriages.

Posted by
8889 posts

All trains except commuter trains and métro have toilets. I.e. all those you will be on for more than about 20-30 minutes.
There will be one or two at the end of each coach. There is often an green/red "engaged" light you can see from your seat. Modern trains have a larger disabled toilet, though only one or two per train, not in every coach

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5837 posts

Are French trains modernized with holding tanks or do some of the older trains still use drop chute toilets?

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33138 posts

I was last on a drop toilet train a year or two ago, but I haven't checked since.

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10308 posts

In France, Nigel? I haven’t seen one in years.

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33138 posts

My memory gets old.

I think it was going south from Luxembourg towards Metz. But I may be wrong. Could have been Luxembourg towards Brussels in which case it would have been a Belgian train. Oh I hate it when I have a memory bubble. I certainly remember the wind flowing about.... I thought it was the Metz bit. Oh well...

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23434 posts

Haven't been on a French train recently but within the last two years encountered drop shutes on Italian and German trains. Just be careful with your cell phone. You will not get it back.

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8173 posts

I have been on regional trains that have toilets but they are all locked and the train stations often have no facilities either. I would not get on a train in Paris unless it were a TGV without hitting the head at the train station before boarding. Learned this the hard way.

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5837 posts

Railroads do not want passengers to use the drop chute toilets at train station stops.

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8173 posts

I don't know if they still have those toilets on European trains, but the locked toilets on regional trains are not just in stations.

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5258 posts

Denise,

Just make sure you always carry some tissue in your purse because sometimes the train toilets don’t have any.

Have a wonderful trip!

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1025 posts

A song to the tune of Humoresque:

Passengers will please refrain
From flushing toilets while the train
Is standing in the station, I love you.

We encourage constipation
While the train is in the station
Moonlight always makes me think of you.....