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Paris Catacombs - Priority Access Guided Tour

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Skip the long lines with your priority access ticket and meet your professional guide who will then lead you 20 meters underground, into a complex network of ancient burial grounds. Get exclusive access to areas of the Catacombs not open to the rest of the public as your guide takes you on a thrilling 1.5-hour tour through one of the world's most famous and mysterious ossuaries.

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.

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What to Expect on Your Paris Catacombs - Priority Access Guided Tour

On the day of your experience, head to the pick-up point, located right outside the Catacombs entrance, and meet your tour guide. Avoid the hassle of waiting in a long queue as you walk straight through the entrance. Your professional guide will then lead you 20 meters (65 feet) underground, into one of the city’s most enticing attractions.

Be greeted by a doorway with a plaque that warns “Arrête, c'est ici l'empire de la Mort”, “Stop, this is the empire of dead”. But don’t let that deter you; you’re adventure has only just begun. Wander past walls lined with skulls and bones as your guide leads you through a 2km, one-way stretch of ossuary. Explore the ancient world of Paris while listening to stories of the Catacomb’s past. Hear urban legends, listen to creepy tales about the mysterious tunnels and find out how this complex underground network continues to impact the city.

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.

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Inclusions
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Entry fee
  • Professionally guided 1.5 hr tour
  • Priority access to areas of the Catacombs not open to the general public
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Know Before You Go

When to visit:

The Paris Catacombs are open Tuesday - Sunday. Closed on Mondays and major holidays (May 1st, August 15th and January 1st).

Getting there: The Paris Catacombs entrance is across the street from Denfert-Rochereau station. You can reach via metro line 2, RER 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.

What to wear: The Catacombs maintain a constant temperature of 14°C (57°F) so be sure to dress warm or bring a jacket. Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Restroom facilities: There is only one toilet, located at the exit.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

These tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded.

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Randy Self
Randy
Reviewed in January, 2018

Go ahead and book this pass if you're someone who LOVES spooky stuff like me! You'll be spending hours inside the Catacombs, eager to discover what's hidden beneath those bones. Loved the narration by our tour guide, and it was great skipping the massive crowd and walking right in.

Chris Johnson
Chris
Reviewed in January, 2018

We've seen crazy queues at other places, and so booking the Priority Access Pass was one of the best decisions we've made during our trip. Surfing through Headout was seamless and fuss free. We also got our physical copies from the store next to McDonald's. Definitely a deal you shouldn't miss.

Michael Negron
Michael
Reviewed in January, 2018

Quite a thrilling experience! Walking into the dark tunnels of The Catacombs will brief you to many-a-dark secrets of the bright and glizty Paris! It was a good idea to make use of the Priority Access Pass and having a professional onboard with us through the tour. Got to learn a lot.

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How to Redeem your Tickets
• You will receive your Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line ticket voucher by email.
• On the day of your experience, meet your tour guide right outside the Catacombs entrance. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour start time.
• Display your voucher via mobile device or printout for confirmation.
• Make your way to the Catacombs entrance and bypass the long queue with your skip-the-line priority access.


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You may enter the Catacombs anytime within the 1 hour slot you booked for. Your Paris Catacombs guided tour will run for one hour and 30 minutes; however, you may stay inside longer if you wish to do so.

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Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris

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