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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

Catacombs were well worthwhile the visit

Booking my skip the line ticket with GetYourGuide was seamless & hassle free. Would highly recommend

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/08/2017

Favorite sightseeing activity I’ve ever done!

While I will say that there needs to be clearer signs where you actually line up after you get your tickets from the tobacco shop, once we managed to figure out where we were going, it was great. We went on Halloween and the regular line was so long. We only waited about 20 minutes compared to the people who had been waiting hours.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Emily, 11/08/2017

Fascinating - Educational and Entertaining

The guide, David, was very knowledgable about the tunnels and catacombs and presented the information in an accessible and interactive manner.

Great guide (John) and very interesting.

Great guide and very interesting. You get to know so much more with a guide. Well worth.

Time is precious when you’re on vacation, saving it is worth the money

I saw how long the line was. I was glad that I paid the extra money to not have to wait for who knows how long. When you’re trying to get as much in a day as possible, waiting even an hour in line can make a difference.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by renelyn, 10/19/2017

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