Paris Catacombs - Priority Access Guided Tour
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.
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.
- 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
- Tickets are valid only for the date and time booked.
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.
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded.
The priority access is awesome, this is a popular spot and most of the time there are long queues. But thankfully, we did not have to wait in the line.
Great guided tour. Lots of good details and access to areas off limit to regular tours.
How to Redeem your Tickets
• You will receive your Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line ticket voucher by email.
• The exact meeting point will be sent to you after you make the booking.
• 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.
Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris
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