Skip the Line Catacombs Tickets with Audioguide
Head directly to the Skip the Line Entrance to gain entry into a mysterious network of tunnels, 20 meters below the streets of Paris. These tickets give you an access to bypass the 3-5 hour long ticket lines and directly join much shorter skip the line queues. However, given the limited people allowed to enter at one point of time this can still translate to wait times of anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour.
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, head to the pick-up point, located 50 meters from the Catacombs, right next to McDonalds. Upon displaying your booking number, collect your tickets and avoid the hassle of waiting in the regular 3-5 hours long queue and directly join much shorter skip the line queues. However, given the limited people allowed to enter at one point of time this can still translate to wait times of anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour. 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.
- Skip-the-line entrance
- Entry fee
- Paris Catacombs audio guide for guests 18+ years (available in English, French, German or Spanish)
- Priority access to areas of the Catacombs not open to the general public
- Audio guide for guests under 18 years of age
Know Before You Go
Entry tickets for those below the age of 18 have to be purchased at the ticketing counter for a price of 5 Euros so tickets online only need to be purchased for adults, however, if you would like your children to have an audioguide as well, these have to be purchased directly at the counter for an additional 5 Euros. You do not need to stand in the normal ticketing queue to do this, so if you have purchased online tickets, your children can wait with you in the priority entry line as well.
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. When you exit the Catacombs, the closest metro station will be Mouton Duvernet.
You may enter the Catacombs anytime within the 1-hour slot you booked for. 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.
Please note, a complimentary audio guide is included in the adult ticket only. Guests under 18 years of age can enjoy a highly discounted ticket price; however, an audio guide will need to be purchased on site near the Catacombs entrance.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Skipping the line is the way to go! We almost felt guilty going ahead of everyone who had been waiting in line for hours. The Catacombs were a great experience.
Excellent to buy ticket and very easy and def worthwhile but when I emailed a question I failed to get responses and didn’t benefit from any reward tokens for using them as couldn’t see how and couldn’t use a discount code either.
Because we still waited for 45 minutes in line. There is no "skip the line" at the Catacombs.
How to Redeem your Tickets
• You will receive an email with your Paris Catacombs voucher in a few minutes. On the day of your experience, display your voucher on your mobile phone at the redemption center located 50 meters from the Catacombs, next to McDonalds, and receive your physical tickets for the Catacombs.
• Please note that there are multiple queues at the Catacombs and you need to head to the skip the line entrance directly. There may still be a wait in this queue due to the fact that Catacombs safety regulations only permit 200 people to be inside at any given time. However, this queue will still be much shorter than the regular ticketing line, which involves waits of anywhere between 3 to 5 hours on most days, if not everyday.
• You may enter the Catacombs anytime within the time slot you have booked.
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