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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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  • 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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Cancellation Policy

Paris Catacombs Guided Tour tickets have a strict non-refundable cancellation policy. Should you miss your reserved time slot or wish to reschedule, you will not be allowed to do so.

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6 customer reviews

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Jeska M
Reviewed in July, 2017

The entire experience, from booking down to our tour guide was easy and much worth it! The Catacombs would have been an almost impossible experience otherwise. There was a 5 hour long wait for regular admission, and once inside the Catacombs it was difficult to know what you were looking at. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind- great experience!

Reviewed in September, 20166 million skeletons!

Must get audio tour to make any sense of this. Very eerie. Cons: long slow lines, Lots of walking to get to the catacombs. You are treated to 83 winding steps with no place to rest. If your time is short in Paris, this is one I would skip.

Gina A
Reviewed in September, 2016Skip the line

Don't be a fool and wait on the 2+ hour line. Pay for one of the skip the lines tours. A must see for your visit to Paris

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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.

Catacombs Map

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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