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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

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 6,852 reviews

Only had to wait 5 minutes, went right in and began tour

Paris Catacombs are amazing and a little creepy all at the same time. After awhile down in the dark with all these old bones you start to feel kind of creeped out, start hearing things that aren’t (or are) really there, feel like there are some unfinished spirits stuck down there. That being said I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, you must experience this once in your lifetime. A ton of Paris history and part of what makes the city what it is; quarried out the limestone to build everything, then the city began to sink and there wasn’t anywhere left to bury bodies, cemeteries were overflowing into the river and causing health problems. Solution: relocate the bodies painstakingly one by one to where the empty ground was to be able to tell where each person is buried, plus helped to shore up the city of Paris. Fascinating tour, definitely NOT for the faint of heart and claustrophobic though. Oh, and no elevator so unfortunately not a disabled accessible tour

The catacombs were incredible and our guide Ferit was just amazing

From the moment we descended into the catacombs, We were entertained and educated simultaneously. The history of the catacombs and their role in stabilizing all of Paris is beyond anything we expected. The boneyard and it’s history was just as incredible. The off limits areas were great, and Ferit told the stories of these rooms and their meanings with such enthusiasm (and music) that you could tell he really enjoyed his job. Great tour, great guide. Highly recommended.

Interesting experience... I would recommend

We went as a family of 5- kids were all teenagers. The activity itself was Fantastic, erie - but not scary, and interesting - very good with the audio guide- I recommend it. We had the skip the line tickets we purchased, yet we still waited half hour in line, which was disappointing. But the Catacombes themselves were a very great unique one of a kind experience

Very interesting and skip the line is a definite.

We enjoyed the catacombs, and the history behind them. We did skip the line which was necessary on the day we went. My one suggestion would be an explanation of how to use the handheld devices. We were able to ask the people in front of us, and they explained how to do it. Also once we were down there I never saw an employee, so no one to answer any questions.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide Reviewed by

Great tour that was informative, creepy, fun, and exciting.

I took this tour last week with my husband and some friends. We enjoyed the entire tour! Our tour guide was hilarious and had a wealth of knowledge about the catacombs, French history, and the city of Paris.

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