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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

I highly recommend this tour! Our guide was phenomenal!!!

Our guide provided a in-depth history of the catacombs and was a pleasure to listen to. He kept the group together which wasn't necessarily easy. He always had a smile and you could tell that he loved what he does. What a great tour!

One of the most fascinating places to visit you'll ever find.

An amazing and compelling place to visit. I have been 3 times now and will probably return on my next visit to Paris. Skip the line ticket was well worth it compared to previous long waits.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/19/2016

Great for Adults, leave the kids at home, lots of walking but worth it

I heard of an impressive line for this event from many people but when I went, there was no line at all. (2 pm on a weekday) I would recommend this tour for adults and teens but children will have quite a hard time logistically. The catacombs were well kept and enjoyable. If you want to shoot video I suggest bringing a light (which I'm not so sure is allowed) I used my cell phone light to brighten the otherwise dimly lit path. Must See!

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Brock, 12/17/2016

Fascinating! And skipping the very long line was great.

This was just a ticket to skip the very long lines to see the Paris Catacombs. Worked great.

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by William, 12/16/2016

Absolutely remarkable, one of my favourite attractions so far!!!

Really interesting history, the audio guide was fantastic, would highly recommend people see this!

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by Danielle, 12/15/2016

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