Paris Catacombs Tickets and Tours

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Paris Catacombs | The Mysterious Underground Cemetery

When one thinks of Paris, the first thought one might have is of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, or the Seine River. However, buried deep under the glittering, culture-filled streets lies a dark mystery: a honeycomb of narrow tunnels said to contain the mortal remains of about six million Parisians. 

Today, the Paris Catacombs are one of the city’s most-visited and macabre tourist attractions, garnering millions of visitors each year. Book your Paris Catacombs tickets and prepare for a tour unlike anything else you’ve tried before.

Why Visit Paris Catacombs?

Paris Catacombs
  • Historical Significance: The Paris Catacombs are a unique underground labyrinth of tunnels and rooms where the remains of over six million people are stored. They were created to solve the overcrowding of Parisian cemeteries in the 18th century and have since become a symbol of Parisian history.
  • Unconventional Sightseeing: The Catacombs provide a unique perspective on Paris's history and culture and the chance to see something different from typical tourist attractions.
  • Architectural Wonder: Visitors can marvel at the architecture and engineering that went into creating such an extensive network of tunnels and galleries, which stretch for over 200 km.
  • Fascinating Displays: The bones and skulls on display in the Catacombs are arranged in fascinating displays, creating a macabre atmosphere that is both eerie and fascinating.
  • Cultural and Educational Experience: A visit to the Catacombs offers a unique educational opportunity, as visitors can learn about the history of Paris and the unique methods used to deal with the overcrowding of its cemeteries.

Which Paris Catacombs Ticket is Best for You?

entry to catacombs

If You Are Short on Time

Go for: Entry tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Audioguide

  • Step into the dark and mysterious world of the Paris Catacombs with entrance tickets that help you skip the long lines and avoid the hassle.
  • The audio guide is available in several languages, including English, French, German, and Spanish, so visitors can fully appreciate this unique and haunting attraction.

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Paris Catacombs Professional Guided Tour

If You Want to Explore In-Depth

Go for: Guided tour with special access
Duration: 2 hours
Guide: Professional Tour Guide

  • With your Catacombs Guided Tour tickets, you get exclusive skip-the-line access to the catacombs and get accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide with a small tour group of 19 people or less.
  • Gain special access to areas generally restricted to the general public, like the Port Mahon Gallery, and learn about their significance in-depth.

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Paris catacombs and Montparnasse walking tour combo tickets

If You Are on a Budget

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: 1-2 hours
Guide: Audioguide & Professional Guide

  • With your combo tickets, you get skip-the-line access to the Paris Catacombs and an audio guide available in 4 languages, followed by a 1.5-hour walking tour of Montparnasse, led by an English-speaking local guide.
  • You can also club your Paris Catacombs experience with a 1-hour Seine River cruise accompanied by an audioguide available in 14 languages.

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Paris Catacomb guided tour

If You Are Traveling Solo

Go for: Guided Tour
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Audioguide or Professional Guide

  • Enjoy a personalized and interactive experience on a tour of the Paris Catacombs to explore the landmark's history and design in-depth.
  • These tickets also provide skip-the-line access allowing you to bypass long queues.

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Special access to Paris Catacomb

If You Are a History Buff

Go for: Guided tour with special access
Duration: 2 hours
Guide: Professional Tour Guide

  • With your Catacombs Guided Tour tickets, you get exclusive skip-the-line access to the catacombs and get accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide with a small tour group of 19 people or less.
  • Enjoy special access to restricted areas like the Port Mahon Gallery and learn about their significance in-depth.

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Paris Catacombs and Seine River cruise combo tickets

If You Want to Explore Beyond

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: 1-2 hours
Guide: Audioguide & Professional Guide

  • With your combo tickets, you get skip-the-line access to the Paris Catacombs and an audio guide available in 4 languages, followed by a 1.5-hour walking tour of Montparnasse, led by an English-speaking local guide.
  • Alternatively, club your Paris Catacombs experience with a 1-hour Seine River cruise with an audioguide available in 14 languages.

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Paris Catacombs Discount Tickets

Reduced rate: Young adults between ages 18-26, large families, those who have purchased the Paris Pass Famille and Navigo-Améthyste-Emeraude cards, librarians and school teachers, and members of the National Society of Antiquaries of France, the French Society of Archeology, la Society of the History of French Art, and la Safeguard de l'Art Français, enjoy reduced admission rates on presentation of a valid government ID.

Free entry: Children under the age of 4, disabled persons and their companion, journalists, museum guides, job seekers, visual artists, and similar groups are offered free entry on presentation of a valid ID.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your Catacombs Small Group Guided Tour with Special Access tickets 48 hours before your experience and get a full refund. All other ticket options cannot be canceled or rescheduled.

What to See at the Paris Catacombs?

port mahon corridor

Port-Mahon Corridor

The Port-Mahon Corridor is one of the first few parts of your Catacombs tour. Primarily on display you'll find beautiful sculptures by Francois Décure, a French quarryman. The most fascinating sculpture here is of Port Mahon, a fortress in Menorca, Spain. It is believed that Décure sculpted this from memory from when the British imprisoned him in the fortress.

the quarryman's footpath

The Quarryman's Footpath

The history of the quarryman's footpath goes back hundreds of years. Before the Catacombs had defined tunnels and pathways, the quarrymen who worked there used the footpath to access water for construction purposes and to clean themselves after a day's work. Here, you can find several skull and bone arrangements, tombs, altars, plaques, and more.

the ossuary

The Ossuary

The Ossuary is one of the most eerie and spookiest sections; it is the final resting place for millions of Parisians. You'll see ceiling-high piles and piles of bones and skulls arranged in symmetrical patterns all along the stretch of this section. Here, you'll also find the macabre Barrel of Passion — an arrangement of skeletal remains in the form of a ceiling-high barrel.

Green Ceiling

Unique Architecture

The architecture of the Catacombs is characterized by narrow, winding tunnels that are lined with bones and skulls arranged in intricate patterns. The tunnels are supported by pillars and arches, many of which were constructed using the same limestone material that was used to build famous Parisian landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Plan Your Visit to the Paris Catacombs

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Paris Catacomb Entrance

The Paris Catacombs have one entrance and one exit point.

Entrance: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
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Exit: 21 Av. René Coty, 75014 Paris, France
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Paris Catacombs Facilities
  • Restrooms are available at the exit of the Paris Catacombs.
  • Storage facility is not available at the Paris Catacombs. Large bags and suitcases are not permitted; please carry small backpacks or purses.
  • Yes, audio guides can be purchased with your Paris Catacombs tickets in English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • The Paris Catacombs are not currently accessible by wheelchairs as guests descend about 131 steps and make their way through narrow, dimly-lit corridors.
Paris Catacombs Visitor Tips
  • Photography is permitted at the Paris Catacombs. However, flash photography and tripod use are not allowed at the Catacombs.
  • There are 131 steps to the Catacombs and 112 steps to climb back up. Please be careful as the passageways are narrow, slippery and dimly lit.
  • Since the Paris Catacombs are underground, the temperature is likely several degrees cooler. You can carry a light jacket to keep warm and remember to wear comfortable shoes for the walk.
  • Go for a guided tour to learn more about the history and significance of the Catacombs.
  • Inside the Catacombs, some top things to see include "Stop, This is Death's Empire," a copy of Paris, the well, a rendering of Citadel de Mahon, and the crossroads with the lower Catacombs.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the Catacombs.
  • The Catacombs can be crowded and claustrophobic. If you are claustrophobic, you may want to reconsider visiting.
Food to eat near Paris Catacombs

There are no restaurants with the Paris Catacombs. However, you can grab a bite at one of the nearby restaurants:

Paris Panth
  • Panthéon: Located 2.4 km away, this neoclassical mausoleum contains the remains of distinguished French citizens, including Marie Curie, Rousseau, and Voltaire.
  • Conciergerie: Just 3.3 km away is the Conciergerie, a former royal palace turned prison that housed notable prisoners before their execution during the French Revolution including Marie Antoinette.
  • Sainte-Chapelle: 3.3 km from the Paris Catacombs is this stunning Gothic chapel renowned for its exquisite stained glass windows showcasing Biblical scenes.
  • Musée Rodin: Located 3.6 km away is the Rodin Museum which showcases works of art by renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin, including The Sculpture and The Kiss.
  • Eiffel Tower: 4.9 km away is the iconic Eiffel Tower, a symbol of architectural ingenuity and a global landmark that attracts millions of visitors worldwide.

All Your Questions About the Paris Catacombs Answered

Are Paris Catacombs tickets available online?

Yes. You can book your Paris Catacombs tickets online.

What is the cancelation policy for Paris Catacombs tickets?

It depends on the Paris Catacombs ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, there may be no refund available on cancellation of other tickets. Please check before you make your reservation. 

How many people are allowed in the group tours of the Paris Catacombs?

The tours at the Paris Catacombs are allowed in small groups of not more than 19 people at a time.

Are the Paris Catacombs wheelchair accessible?

Due to the site being entirely underground, there is currently no wheelchair accessibility at the Paris Catacombs. 

What are the Paris Catacombs hours?

Paris Catacombs opening hours are between 9:45 AM and 8:30 PM (last entry at 7:30 PM) from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.

Who is permitted to visit the Paris Catacombs?

The attraction recommends that the following groups of people avoid visiting: those with a motor disability, pregnant women, individuals with claustrophobia or any respiratory or cardiac-related health issues, and children under the age of 10.

What is the best time to visit the Paris Catacombs?

The best time to visit the Paris Catacombs is during the early morning hours and late evenings before closing to enjoy small crowds at the entrance.

How many visitors are permitted at a time in the Paris Catacombs?

Only 200 guests are permitted at a time at the Paris Catacombs. Ensure that you pre-book your tickets online.

Which is the visitor entrance at the Paris Catacombs?

Visitors can enter from 1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau).

How many steps are there to go down to the Paris Catacombs?

There are 243 steps in total: 131 to go underground and 112 to climb back up at the Paris Catacombs.

Is there a dress code at the Paris Catacombs?

No, there’s no dress code. However, dress warmly since you’ll be underground and temperatures will be lower.

Are Paris Catacombs skip-the-line tickets available?

Yes. You can book Paris Catacombs skip-the-line tickets online to save up to 3 hours of waiting time.