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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

Very cool, if you are in Paris you really check this out.

Our guide was great, she spoke excellent English so we had no problems understanding. The catacombs are very cool, definitely a unique experience and it was great learning all about the history behind them. This was by far our favorite tour in Paris.
Paris Catacombs: Small-Group Tour Reviewed by Kate, 10/18/2016

So glad we booked this tour. Alberto was the best.

We were so glad we spent the money for this tour as opposed to waiting in a line for up to three hours and then entering the catacombs with just the information on a recorder. Our guide, Alberto, was friendly,well informed and happy to be with us. He was well worth the cost of the tour. We highly recommend the small group tour.
Skip the Line: 2-Hour Paris Catacombs Small Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/15/2016

David was outstanding! I give him my highest recommendation.

His knowledge of the history about the Catacombs was stellar. I found David willing to answer all questions in detail. David's personality I found to be fun and caring. I will recommend the tour to all my friends. SK /sculptor

Was interesting. Short tour is more than adequate.

Enjoyed it. Short tour is more than adequate to get feeling and understanding of catacombs.
Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Jacques, 10/07/2016

We were blown away - line skip really works

Best $30 we spent - pickup at tabac was very convenient and speedy, and we sped right past the infamous line. Catacombs were incredible - well worth doing
Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Jenny, 09/29/2016

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