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 7,359 reviews

Wonderful tour, highly recommend to anyone considering this tour!

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history surrounding the chateaus we were scheduled to see on our tour. He kept the drives between each destination entertaining and really knew the history of the countryside and each town we passed through. I was so intrigued to learn more at each stop. I would recommend this tour to anyone considering it! I am so glad I chose to spend my day on this tour and got to see the beauty that was Chambord and Chenonceau and the accompanying wine tastings.

I wouldn't recommend going WITHOUT a tour!

We were able to book this last minute and it worked out perfectly. We met our tour group in front of the entrance, but there was a little confusion due to a lot of people being in line for individuals. However, once we were inside things went very smoothly. The tour guide was amazing and knew so much about the Catacombs. Without the tour guide we wouldn't have had any idea what we were looking at or any of the history behind the Catacombs. I highly recommend this trip!

Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Small Group Tour Reviewed by

A great introduction to underground Paris

Although this is a lot more expensive saving a two hour wait by skipping the queue and having Roberto (aka Alberto) guide us through the history of this amazing place far exceeded our expectations. Well worth the time and the Euros. The visits to the restricted areas were a highlight. Alberto's knowledge and friendly demeanour made for a great 2 hours

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.

Excellent sights, guide Ruta very interesting, great food and wines

Ruta made the long journey fly by with her wonderful historical stories. The stop for lunch at the private castle and winery was so interesting with great local food. Both castles while very different in character were fantastic! Been to Paris six times and first time out of the city was the best tour choice U could have made!