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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

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

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

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!

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

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

It's very interesting to see what they did with so many bones

It's easy to get there and very close to the metro station. U need to get a skip the line ticket because otherwise the line is about 3 hours wait

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by adela, 14/10/2018

Worthwhile experience. Skip the was good as the queue was long.

Website instructions for getting to the site were confusing. We found an easier metro trip.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Cynthia, 04/10/2018

Excellent opportunity to learn and experience the catacombs in Paris.

Rwanda was an exceptional tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of the Paris catacombs. The few minutes we had to wait was minimal to the 3-4 hour long line for those without priority access. Definitely worth the extra money spent.

Paris Catacombs Special Access Entry Ticket Reviewed by Melissa, 14/09/2018

Amazing experience and an exceptional guide

An amazing experience and a great tour with an exceptional guide. Easy to book and easy admission and avoided the extremely long queue outside

a brilliant, interesting and informative Tour

Our Tourguide Georgia was a formidable and energetic Lady, who really put heart in her job. It was a very nice tour with lots of trivia and extra information you don‘t get at a tour on your own. Bonus on top: we had no waiting-time and we got to see two sections of the catacombs that are usually unaccessible.

Paris Catacombs Special Access Entry Ticket Reviewed by Stefanie, 19/08/2018

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