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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 6,223 reviews

Plunge into the Paris burial chambers underground

Definitely purchase your tickets in advance. A tour well worth the trip. Underground a little cool. What a use for former quarries. They were a solution to health issues in Paris. Not sue good for young children with all the skulls preserved there. There are separate chambers and floors might be damp. Watch your step

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by

Excellent tour by an excellent guide. Well worth it!

Our tour guide (Feret) was incredibly knowledgeable and gave some amazing insight to not only the history of the catacombs, but also the history of Paris.

Catacombs is a great tour, don't miss it!

We used the guide Igor and he was entertaining and thoroughly knowledgeable. I wouldn't have missed this trip. Be sure to get there at least 15 minutes ahead of time. We got there at 4:25 and they denied us entry after paying almost $400 to attend. The first guide was rude and blamed our tour company for overbooking as a reason to not get in. Thankfully, Igor heard what was going on and stepped in and did a tour for us on his own. He was terrific and I'm so thankful we got to attend. Read all the fine lines on your voucher. I booked this tour in the airport on the way to Paris and did not read all the fine print that said to be there at 4:15. They would have actually denied us entry after spending all this money if Igor hadn't stepped in. But he did and it was marvelous, so it all worked out great.

Matthieu was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable.

Mathieu was a wonderful guide who took great care to be sure I had a wonderful experience. He had some local knowledgeable that made the experience real and informative. Thanks Mathieu for your care from Rhys.

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.

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