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Stories and legends from the Paris Catacombs

"Stop! This is the Empire of the Dead!" warns the greeting sign at the Catacombs, Paris' ancient tunnel network turned mass tomb. Only parts of it are open to the public, and the rest is rife with Parisian rebellion, romance, and idealism!

Moving the dead

18th century Parisian cemeteries were so full that they were spoiling the city's wine and milk! Soon after, six million bodies were transferred to the city's ancient underground quarries.

Ghosts and smugglers

People have long believed the Catacombs to be haunted. Most accounts can probably be attributed to smugglers making ghastly noises to scare citizens into staying out!

Shaping the city

Since the network of underground tunnels is so vast, it's hard to dig deep foundations for new buildings. That's why Paris is counted among the most low-lying capital cities.

Vive La Resistance!

The French Resistance used the Catacombs to hide from the Nazis, who struggled to infiltrate them since they didn't have maps. One urban legend tells of a military unit vanishing into thin air!

Secret cinema

People often enter the Catacombs illegally to party or paint murals. An entire cinema was even discovered. The electricity had been cut, with a note saying "Don't try to find us!"

Our insider tips

Best time to go

If you want to avoid queuing for hours, your best bet is to book a skip-the-line guided tour in advance. Failing that, arriving 30 minutes to an hour before it opens (Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00AM to 8:00PM) will cut the wait significantly.

How long does it take?

A good (legal!) tour of the Catacombs should take two to three hours.

What to wear

The chances of getting dirty are high, so dress down and wear comfortable shoes. Rest assured that there'll be at least six million people down there looking worse than you do!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 8:00PM on Tuesdays to Sundays. Last entry is at 7:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    €10 entry for the Catacombs and the exhibition, which can be combined with entry to the crypt for €15 altogether.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Denfert-Rochereau, accessible on metro line 2 as well as RER B, is the nearest station.
  • Additional information
    *Wear good walking shoes, but fancy clothing is not recommended!
    *Last entry is at 7:00PM

What people are saying about Paris Catacombs

What an easy process, everything was perfect

Transportation on the the metro was so easy, the Guide was on time, very professional and friendly.. spoke French & English and made the tour so interesting would definitely use them again! Sharon Smith

Leo made the catacombs experience amazing

Leo gave us so many interesting facts and stories, she was funny and engaging. She has a real love of the catacombs and Paris. Definitely recommend this tour.

Leo was great, really thrilling experiece

Leo threw some amazing facts about the catacombs I can see that she loves what she's doing and she knows everything about the catacombs.

Skip the Line: 2-Hour Paris Catacombs Small Group Tour Reviewed by Agustin Tomas, 16/05/2018

Book the tour - do not go to the catacombs on your own!

Our guide Fred was terrific: very artistic with ton of knowledge about Paris and the history. The Catacombs is a must see in Paris and you want to book the tour, so you do not stand in a 3 hour line. Humbling spiritual experience.

The tour was awesome. Egor was our guide and treated us great!

The tour was great - we are able to go into special areas not open to the general public. Egor our guide was awesome. He was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. We went to Paris with our 3 children (12 yr old and twin 10 yr olds) and they thought the tour was really cool. The only negative was that we arrived a little later than we should have and had a tough time finding the yellow marker as to where the guide was - so give plenty of time to find the tour guide.

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