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Paris Catacombs - Small Group Priority Access Guided Tour

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1 hr 30 mins

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 meeting point, located right in front of the Cafe Oz, at the exit of the Denfert Rochereau Metro station 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; your 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 the 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
  • Professionally guided 1.5 hr tour
  • Priority access to areas of the Catacombs not open to the general public
  • Fewer than 16 people in the group
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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

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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Ratings & Reviews
Out of 5
Very Good
Thomas Flegler
Reviewed in August, 2018

It was a great tour with a FANTASTIC host! Lots of fun info. Her accent wasn’t too strong that native English speakers would have any difficulties understanding. Her interest and passion for the Catacombs was easy to see which made for a better experience. The only issue I have is the booking processs. Rather than start out an email with “we cannot fit you at the 5 PM time...” say “we rescheduled you to the 4:45 PM time.” 15 minutes really won’t make a difference to most people. I missed the second part of the email where you reordered to reschedule us 15 minutes earlier until he next day. I was SO upset and bummed out! But when I saw that it was still an option to go (just 15 minutes earlier) I was elated! Try rescheduling people for minor time changes with the option to cancel rather than telling them “too bad, it’s overbooked” to begin with. Again, FANTASTIC tour and host! I cannot day enough great things about our host! She’s worth every penny and more.

Jaime Murphy
Reviewed in July, 2018

The glitzy city of Paris has a whole network of underground tunnels that hide bones and its dark secrets! Thrilling indeed!

Ron Malone
Reviewed in June, 2018

Wanted a regular tour but ended up with a guided tour... turned out to be the best mistake of our lives.

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How to Redeem your Tickets

You will receive your Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line mobile voucher by email shortly. No need to print. You may display your voucher via mobile device along with a valid photo ID to your guide at the meeting point, located in front of the Cafe Oz, at the exit of the Denfert Rochereau Metro station. Make your way to the Catacombs entrance and bypass the long queue with your skip-the-line priority access.


Your ticket is only valid for the date and time selected.

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