How to ask where a public toilet is in Croatian and find one

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Public toilet in Novigrad in Istria, Croatia

UPDATED: 16.11.2023.

When you gotta go, you gotta go! Some might find this topic a little off-putting, but we are all human and have to use the bathroom throughout the day.

When traveling, it is the absolute worst when you get stuck and have no idea where to find a toilet or how to communicate well enough to ask. Leave it to us to jump in and save your bladder. 🙂

In this post, we cover:

The facts are these…

How to find public toilets in Croatia or ask where it is

Where can you use a toilet in Croatia?

If you are outside your home, apartment, or hotel, and you need to go to the toilet urgently, you don’t have many options. You can visit a public toilet if the city even has one, go to a cafe or restaurant, or visit a gas station.

Croatian public toilets

The largest Croatian cities, such as Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, and Zagreb, have public toilets. Some of them are free of charge year-round. Public toilets on the coast usually have a charge, so be prepared to pay about 0,50 to 1 euro. When paying, you have to give the money to a staff member or pay it via a machine at the entrance, so be sure to have some change in your pocket.

It is not guaranteed that you will find a public toilet in smaller Croatian cities.

Some public toilets are well maintained and clean, some of them less so. Many public toilets are available to disabled persons as well. They usually have a separate room for disabled persons.

[Read: Interview with Slaven Škrobot, Croatian travel blogger for people with disabilities]

Caffe bars and restaurants

Another option is to go to a cafe or restaurant. It is not polite to just ask them if you can use their toilet without consuming something there. Order coffee or drink, then use the toilet while there. If you don’t have time, you can grab a coffee-to-go or leave the waiter a tip.

[Read: All about tipping in Croatia]

If you don’t want to buy anything at the cafe, you can always ask the staff if you can use their toilet. Sometimes, they will tell you it’s not a problem at all. If a cafe is crowded, they are probably in chaos. In this case, finding another place with fewer guests is best. It is not cool to use a cafe’s toilet without asking.

TINY TIP: When looking for a caffe bar, follow the following advice. If the interior looks clean, the toilet will probably also be clean. If the waiters are polite, the tables are clean, and the space is tidy, the toilet is probably well maintained and clean. If the cafe looks messy and dirty, avoid it because it is unlikely that they keep their toilet clean (or their kitchen, for that matter).

In some Croatian cafes, you can even find menstrual pads, tampons, and other similar necessities in the toilet.

Gas stations

While traveling, toilets at the gas stations are the best option. They are usually free of charge, but sometimes you’ll have to pay a small fee.

Gas stations are common stops for buses, so their toilets may be crowded if you come across an excursion bus. During the summer, they are not maintained properly since the number of visitors is huge.

[Read: Guide on driving in Croatia including highways, tolls, gas stations, car washes, and parking]

How to ask where the toilet is in Croatian

Public toilet at Zagreb's main train station
Public toilet at Zagreb’s main train station

Below are common Croatian phrases that should help you find a spot to go.

Croatian: WC, toalet, zahod 
English: toilet, bathroom, washroom

Croatian: Gdje je WC?
English: Where is the toilet?

Croatian: Gdje je najbliži javni WC?
English: Where is the nearest public toilet?

Croatian: Ima li vaš kafić WC?
English: Does your cafe have a toilet?

Croatian: Imate li WC?
English: Do you have a toilet?

Croatian: Je li WC besplatan?
English: Is the toilet free of charge?

Croatian: Koliko košta WC?
English: How much does the toilet cost?

Croatian: Mogu li iskoristiti WC, molim vas?
English: Can I use the toilet, please?

Croatian: Trebam (ići) na WC.
English: I need to go to the toilet.

Croatian: Tamo je WC.
English: The toilet is there.

Where are public toilets in big Croatian cities located?

Public toilet at Zagreb's main train station
Public toilet at Zagreb’s central train station

Below is a list of public toilets in the largest Croatian cities and information on their locations and prices.

Public toilets in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Public toilets in Dubrovnik are priced at around 1 euro, and they work all days of the week.

Here are Dubrovnik’s public toilets:

Public toilets in Rijeka, Croatia

Public toilets in Rijeka are free of charge, but some of them are open only during summer/swimming season.

Here are Rijeka’s public toilets:

Public toilets in Split, Croatia

Public toilets in Split are priced at around 1 euro, and they work all days of the week.

Here are Split’s public toilets:

Public toilets in Zadar, Croatia

Public toilets in Zadar are priced at around 1 euro, and they work all days of the week.

Here are Zadar’s public toilets:

Public toilets in Zagreb, Croatia

Public toilets in Zagreb are free of charge, and they work all days of the week.

Here are Zagreb’s public toilets:

Map of public toilets in the biggest Croatian cities

Locations of public toilets in the biggest Croatian cities are also shown on the map below. Keep in mind that some of them are approximate while others are accurate.


Source:
Javni sanitarni čvorovi by Grad Rijeka

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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