Guided tour

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Guided Tour with VIP Access

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Guided Tour with VIP Access

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Likely to sell out

From US$ 138.81 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the haunting underground labyrinth of the Paris Catacombs. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the site, where your guide will tell you about the history of the Catacombs.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group available


  • Explore the Paris Catacombs and discover their dark secrets
  • Learn the history and legends of the Catacombs from an expert guide
  • Skip the lines waiting to enter this unique Paris attraction
Full description

Paris is commonly known for its beauty and romance. However, far beneath the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre is an entirely different, intimidating world.

In the Catacombs of Paris there is an inscription above a doorway that reads: Beware of the Realm of Death. This is a suitable warning to prepare you for a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Access to the Catacombs is extremely limited as only 200 people are allowed to enter the site at a time.

Consequently, lines can be very long and waits can be up to 2 hours. Privileged, skip-the-line access lets you save time and energy to make the most out of this personalized visit.

Nearly 300 kilometers of tunnels and narrow paths stretch below the streets of Paris. Originally, the Catacombs were limestone quarries, hollowed out for the construction of the most famous bridges and buildings in the city.

Beginning in the 18th century, the Catacombs served as the final resting place for more than 6 million people, and skeletons, bones, and skulls of exhumed bodies neatly line the walls and arches.

Join this exclusive small-group, skip-the-line tour and see Paris in a different light than ever before.

  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet outside the catacombs by Denfert Rochereau. Your guide will wait for you at the entrance to the catacombs. The guide will be wearing a blue polo shirt or jacket and will hold a sign to draw attention to themselves. To reach the catacombs by Metro, take line 4 or line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau stop and exit at Sortie 1. The entrance to the catacombs is directly across the street from this exit.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Given the nature of the Catacombs, the space is often wet, dirty, and a little slippery. It is also a cool 14 degrees Centigrade year-round. Be sure to dress appropriately
  • The activity provider will do everything possible to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, due to issues beyond their control, timings and sites are subject to last-minute changes on rare occasions
  • Please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard opening hours
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 389 reviews

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It was an excellent guided tour with an English speaking guide. We walked through the catacombs and stopped at various points to look around while our guide gave detailed explanations and fielded questions. He was very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. I learned a great deal about the catacombs and also about the history of Paris.

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March 25, 2023

This tour was amazing thanks to our travel guide Vik. She was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour to make the tour fun. Was much more involved than expected especially with her amazing knowledge about the catafliers and knowledge i had no idea about. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting catacombs and paris

March 25, 2023

I took this tour with my son (13) and it was the coolest tour we took in Paris. Our guide knew a LOT of information and it was so interesting. It would definitely not have been as fun without all the information she gave us. We also got to go down corridors that the general public couldn't go down. It was super interesting and I definitely recommend!

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March 25, 2023

Product ID: 54091