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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

The tourguide Charlie was a wealth of knowledge and entertaing

We learned so much about the catecombs, French history, French art , and French culture in 2 hrs with Charlie on this tour, than we learnt during our entire stay in Paris !

the only proble it was that we have to collect our ticket

we suggest!when we arrive it was a huge line. you need to wait 1 hout until is you enter. so i book online from my phone and i go to the fast line but told me you need to go to a shop like a mini market to collect your ticket. it is near but does not have a sign and was try to find. of course the person help us take a photo of the barcode and give us the ticket fast. but i think they have to accept at h eentrance the ticket and not to have to search for the place. this was the only negative for me.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by kyriaki, 08/06/2018

An exceptionally interesting experience for us because of John our gui

We had the best time down there and learned so much. John had us captivated by the interesting history of the catacombs. You could tell he loved his work. He’s a great orator. I’d highly recommend his tour. It was money well spent. We saved 5 hours of waiting in line to get a ticket having purchased online before our arrival. Ours was a special tour we were allowed into secret locked areas of the catacombs again well worth the additional fee. John was fun, knowledgeable and a fantastic guide. Can’t wait to do it again.

Paris Catacombs Special Access Entry Ticket Reviewed by Darlene, 07/29/2018

Ferret was the BEST guide we’ve ever had!!!

The tour was so informational and entertaining!!! I loved it, my teenager loved it, and my 10 year old loved it!

Amazing value for skip the line tickets!

We turned up not sure how much of the 2+ hour queue we would be able to skip with such cheap tickets (some cost over £70!!). As it was, we turned outand waited less than two minutes before being allowed in. The audio guide is very informative but do be sure to look out very carefully for the number plaques to make sure you don’t miss any. The tour took us around an hour and that was reading all signs, information etc… It’s a great attraction and well worth it (as long as you don’t wait 2+ hours!).

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Mark, 07/22/2018

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