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Montparnasse Guided Tour
This tour is available every day at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM.
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, along with 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, along with journalists, museum guides, job seekers, visual artists, and similar groups are offered free entry, on presentation of a valid ID.
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 of when he was imprisoned by the British in the fortress.
The history of the quarryman's footpath goes back hundreds of years. Before the Catacombs had defined tunnels and pathways, the quarryman who worked there used the Footpath to access water for construction purposes and to clean themselves after a day's work. Here, you can also find several skull and bone arrangements as well, along with tombs, altars, plaques and more.
The Ossuary is definitely one of the most eerie, spookiest sections at the Catacombs; 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.
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 Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Know more about the entrances at Paris Catacombs.
Paris Catacombs hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 AM to 08:30 PM, with final admissions at 07:30 PM. The site is closed on Mondays, along with 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
The best time to visit Paris Catacombs throughout the week is during early mornings and late evenings before closing to get the smallest crowds.
To cover the underground stretch of about 1.5 km, guests can expect to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour at the Paris Catacombs.
You can use public transport options like the bus, metro or RER to get to the Paris Catacombs. If you’re driving down, you can park at Boulevard Saint-Jacques.
Yes. Buses 38 and 68 will get you to the Paris Catacombs. Once you alight at the Denfert-Rochereau station, the Catacombs are a 2-3 minute walking distance.
Yes, you can take both and alight at a common station, the Denfert-Rochereau. From here, the Catacombs are a mere 2-minute walk.
No, storage facility is not available at the Paris Catacombs. Large bags and suitcases are not permitted on site; please carry small backpacks or purses.
Yes. You can purchase an audio guide with your Paris Catacombs tickets, or directly at the site itself. They can be purchased for €5 and are available in English, French, German and Spanish.
No, the Paris Catacombs are not currently accessible by wheelchair as guests need to climb down about 131 steps and make their way through narrow, dimly-lit corridors.
Yes, restrooms are available at the exit of the Paris Catacombs.
Yes, photography is permitted. However, flash photography and the use of tripods is not permitted at the Paris Catacombs.
There are 131 steps to go down 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.
Yes. You can book your Paris Catacombs tickets online.
It depends on the Paris Catacombs ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on cancelling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancellation. Please check before you make your reservation.
The tours at Paris Catacombs are allowed in small groups on not more than 19 people at a time.
Due to the site being entirely underground, there is currently no wheelchair accessibility at the Paris Catacombs.
Paris Catacombs opening hours: between 10:00 AM to 08:30 PM (last entry at 07:30 PM) from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.
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.
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.
200 guests are permitted at a time, per time slot, at the Paris Catacombs. Ensure that you pre-book your tickets online.
Visitors can enter from 1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau)
There are 243 steps in total; 131 to go underground, and 112 to climb back up at Paris Catacombs.
No, there’s no dress code. However, since you’ll be underground and temperatures will be lower, ensure to dress warmly.
Yes. You can book Paris Catacombs skip the line tickets online to save up to 3 hours of waiting time.