Why You Shouldn't Miss This
Beneath the bustling streets of Paris lies a subterranean world holding the remains of over six million Parisians. Explore 2 kms of underground tunnels and travel back to 18th century Paris. The Catacombs of Paris are a grim yet beautiful reminder of the city’s important history.
As a way to combat overflowing cemeteries during the Middle Ages, the capitol decided to transform its mines into an underground burial site. Gradually, the city relocated millions of dead bodies to a complex series of interconnected tunnels and rooms, creating a massive 300km stretch of ossuary that has shaped the Paris we know today.
From the role the Catacombs played in the French Revolution and Hitler’s regime, to the impact this network of underground tunnels continues to have on the city, explore over 2,000 years of Parisian history in this incredible tour. Since the day they were created, the mysterious ossuaries aroused curiosity, and they continue to do so today.
What to Expect on Your Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Experience
On the day of your experience, take your printed voucher to the skip the line entrance at the Catacombs, scan your ticket and gain entrance to the Catacombs. Avoid the hassle of waiting in the regular 3-5 hours long queue and directly join the much shorter skip the line queues. Once you gain entry, venture 20 meters (65 feet) underground, into one of the city’s most enticing attractions.
After descending 130 steps, you’ll land on a gravel pathway. From here, allow your audio guide to lead you through a one-way, 2km stretch of mysterious ossuary. Explore the ancient past of Paris as you make your way along a maze of walls lined with skulls and bones. Learn all about how the Catacombs came to be and discover the role they’ve played on the city’s past and present. Hear urban legends, ghost stories, and tales about secret Cataphile parties. At the end of your tour, climb up 83 steps and make your way out of the dark, back to The City of Lights.
For more tips on how to make the most of your time at the Catacombs and choose the best experience, refer to our Catacombs tours and tickets collection.
Know Before You Go
Entry for those below the age of 18 is free. Audio guide won't be provided to children, so, if you would like your children to have an audio guide as well, adult tickets have to be purchased.
When to visit:
The Paris Catacombs are open Tuesday - Sunday. Closed on Mondays and major holidays (May 1st and January 1st).
The Paris Catacombs entrance is across the street from the Denfert-Rochereau station. You can reach via metro line 2, RER line B, or by bus (38 & 68). There is a paid parking lot at Boulevard Saint-Jacques. The entrance of visitors is at the following address: 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) 75014 Paris. When you exit the Catacombs, the closest metro station will be Mouton Duvernet.
You must enter the Catacombs at the time slot you have booked. A Paris Catacombs audio guide runs for 30 minutes; however, you may stay inside longer if you wish to do so. You will have the ability to pause and resume your audio guide at any point in time. Generally, visitors spend an average of 45 min - 1 hr inside the Catacombs.
What to wear:
The Catacombs maintain a constant temperature of 14°C (57°F). Be sure to dress warm or bring a jacket. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
There is only one toilet, located at the exit.
Headout Paris Catacombs audio guide tours are available Tuesday through Sunday.
- Skip-the-line entrance
- Paris Catacombs audio guide for guests 18+ years (available in English, French, German or Spanish)
- Audio guide for guests under 18 years of age
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be cancelled, refunded or amended.
How to Redeem your Tickets
You will receive an email with your Paris Catacombs voucher instantly. Please print your tickets and head directly to the Catacombs. You will find a queue marked for visitors with tickets. Please line up in this queue and get your physical tickets scanned at the entrance of the Catacombs to gain access.
The ticket is valid only for the selected date and time and cannot be cancelled or amended.