Paris Catacombs
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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 waiting for hours, your best bet is to book your tour in advance and skip the ticket line. 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?
    Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM-8:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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
4.5 / 5
based on 7,696 reviews

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.

Erin gave a thorough and well researched, animated tour. Fascinating!

If you have read the Anne Rice novels this is s must! But also included chapters relating much of this period of French history and political influences at work; and the extraordinary feats of engineering and craftsmanship brought to the construction and ongoing maintenance of the Catacombs. Beware the steps back to the top at the conclusion - a level of fitness is required!

perfect choice fhanks to perfect scenery and my guide Michelle

It was the perfect choice to enjoy the fantastically beautiful French countryside while driving and the glimpse at the royal and aristocrat lives. Michelle explained a lot of interesting history surrounding the Loire Valley and French Renaissance. Plus the lunch in the Chateau de Nitray? was great. I felt truly happy all day long.

Super, the only good way to do the catacombs.

Fully worth the money. Think our guides name was Catrina. Good english, good guiding. I would recommend the private restricted area tour to everyone. So nice to pass the biiiig que. Even if you buy the ticket in advance there is still a que if You have not booked a guided tour. It was really nice to not be more than 6 persons.

While others were lined up for hours we grabbed a coffee from Paul’s

We got to the catacombs 15 min before our due time and our wonderful guide said go grab a coffee and come back. It made my day not having to line up for hours. Brad, our guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. We learnt a lot and he took the time to explain all that we needed to know.