Guided tour

Paris Catacombs: Tour

Paris Catacombs: Tour

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Discover the labyrinth of the Paris Catacombs with a guide. Skip the ticket line and uncover the secrets of the world’s largest underground burial site.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • There are 130 steps to enter the catacombs and 112 steps to exit
  • The catacombs are 65 feet (20 meters) underground and the tunnels are narrow in places
  • The tunnels can be slippery and remain at a temperature of around 57°F (14°C), even in summer
  • Only 200 visitors are allowed in the tunnels at any one time. If numbers reach a maximum, the catacombs staff reserve the right to hold the entry lines until there is sufficient space
  • Learn the history and legends of the Catacombs from an expert guide
  • Descend 20 meters below the streets to explore the Paris Catacombs
  • Get to know why the remains of over 6 million people were transported underground in the 18th century
  • Understand the history of legendary struggles and triumphs
Full description

Join your knowledgeable, informative guide on this tour through the underground passages and special rooms of the Catacombs. Get the most out of your visit as you listen to unique insights from your guide and together, navigate this dark but curious space. Learn the intriguing stories of those who worked, visited, and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including the secret societies that still visit today.

Discover the history of the labyrinthian passages, from how they were initially mined for limestone to how they are now home to the bones of more than 6 million former Parisians. The remains that you’ll walk past were carefully moved here in the 18th century, in a discreet operation to transfer them from the unclean and overflowing cemeteries of the city center.

  • Paris Catacombs visit
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with respiratory issues

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    Meeting point

    This tour meets just in front of the entrance to the Catacombs. The guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours shirt/jacket and holding a sign. The closest metro is Denfert-Rochereau on line 6 or line 4.

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 470 reviews

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    Our guide was great and punctual. He was very informative and really seemed to enjoy his job. The catacombs were well organized, clean and didn't feel to "close together". It's a really cool experience to see, but a little too long of a tour for us as it was all the same after a while. Would still highly recommend seeing it though because it's a once in a life time experience and wear non-slip shoes, the further you go in, the more wet it becomes. Enjoy!

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    July 18, 2022

    Everything worked perfectly. The guide OJ was in a great mood and had a lot of background information and also took a lot of time to answer questions. The meeting point was easy to find and the whole process went smoothly. We can recommend the tour unreservedly.

    June 22, 2022

    The guide we had had exceptional knowledge of the catacombs and presented it in a great and engaging way.

    November 6, 2022

    Product ID: 390452

    VA ID: 390452