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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!"

Paris Catacombs: Our 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 to visit
    10:00AM to 8:00PM on Tuesdays to Sundays. Last entry is at 7:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    €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 tips
    *Wear good walking shoes, but fancy clothing is not recommended!
    *Last entry is at 7:00PM

What People Are Saying about Paris Catacombs

Excellent tour guide and very interesting.

Charlie was an amazing guide. Made the tour so enjoyable right the way thru. Very interesting. Defiantly recommend

Paris Catacombs Special Access Entry Ticket Reviewed by Laura, 01/24/2018

A guided tour that added an extra dimension to our visit.

The Catacombs are an amazing place to visit but with Avi as the guide the bones came to life. He was full of wonderful stories about the people whose bones are now resting in the Catacombs. All with added bonus of not having to wait at all at any stage of the tour.

We had the Skip-the-Line, but still had to wait for an hour!

It was great to skip the line, as other people were having to wait for hours. However, it was still a long wait - about an hour in the rain.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Jillian, 01/15/2018

Definitely get 'skip the line' tickets if choosing the catacombs

Whilst not for everyone, it was definitely something I was pleased we did. The queues can be quite long so I was pleased we got the 'skip the line' tickets. It's hard to explain the experience, it's not scary and not claustrophobic either, I forgot I was underground. If you are afraid of this it is quite a tunnel through to the end. The history provided through the mobiles was really good. It's hard to get your head around the vastness of skeletons you see and the way they have been displayed. I have never seen anything like this before. Well worth the money

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Jane, 01/12/2018

Great tour. Must see. Small group was a key!

Amazing place. Nothing like we've ever seen. Our guide Igor was outstanding, funny, knowledgeable, friendly and very charming.

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