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Skip the Line Catacombs Tickets with Audioguide

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Discover 2,000 years of Parisian history!

  • Bypass the infamous long lines at the Paris Catacombs, and make your way directly to the entry with these skip-the-line tickets
  • Descend 65 feet underground to explore a network of underground tunnels scattered across over a mile, housing the remains of millions of the city's dead
  • Listen to the handy audio guide (available in English, French, German, and Spanish) to help navigate your way through the attraction
  • Learn about the city above you in the company of those who built it
  • Capacity at the Catacombs is limited to 200 people at a time, so make sure to book your timeslot now to get in
  • Discounted Tickets: Entry for those below the age of 18 is €5 and this can be bought at the entrance. The audio guide won't be provided to children, so, if you would like your children to have an audio guide as well, adult tickets have to be purchased
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled
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Catacombs Guided Tour with Special Access

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Small Group Tour
  • With this tour, get priority access into the Catacombs of Paris, so you can save time that would otherwise be spent on ticket purchase and entry lines.
  • Let your professional and friendly English speaking guide regale you with tales, facts, and anecdotes that span the history of the city of lights.
  • Enjoy cozy groups of 19 members or less and explore tunnels and the Catacombs' restricted areas
  • Upgrade your ticket to semi-private and enjoy a more intimate tour group
  • With your small tour group that will include no more than 19 people, explore the underground tunnel as well as some of the restricted areas of the Catacombs in a serene and intimate way.
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.
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Small Group : Catacombs Guided Tour with Special Access

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Small Group Tour
  • Save hours of your precious time with this small group tour that takes you past the winding queues and directly into the subterranean tunnel network that is the Paris Catacombs.
  • Learn the incredible history of how the Catacombs were devised as a solution for cemeteries overflowing with the bodies of the dead and how city planners daringly moved every last one of them underground from your expert historian guide.
  • Gain access to parts of the Catacombs that are normally sealed off to the general public, like a small chapel that was used to host religious ceremonies or a set of stone carvings created by a quarryman that was the first tourist attraction in these tunnels.
  • This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
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Paris Catacombs Reopens Post-COVID-19

After months of closure due to the global pandemic, the Paris Catacombs have reopened to the public. This move comes with several public safety measures in place. If you plan to visit, please familiarize yourself with these new changes. 

Health and Safety at the Paris Catacombs

Here’s everything you need to know before planning your visit:

  • Visitors should reserve their tickets online and select their preferred time slot. It is essential that visitors stick to the reserved time slot to avoid overcrowding and long queues.
  • It is mandatory that all visitors wear masks that cover their mouth and nose completely
  • Hand sanitizers have been placed at the entrance for public use
  • Social distancing between visitors is mandatory 
  • Large bags and suitcases will not be permitted inside the site. Only small hang bags or backpacks will be allowed.
  • Group tours have been temporarily suspended at the Paris Catacombs.

Paris Catacombs Tickets

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

Back during the 1700s before the French Revolution, the city’s population increased dramatically -- a side-effect of which was the sudden lack of space to bury the dead. Cemeteries were overflowing, disease spread rapidly and authorities struggled to find sufficient space for burial grounds. The most logical solution then was to bury the dead under the city, and the Paris Catacombs were formed. It is said that the remains of about six million Parisians are buried in the Catacombs. 

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

Your Paris Catacombs Tickets Explained

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There are two primary Paris Catacombs tickets: general admission tickets, and skip the line tickets. Due to COVID-19, the general admission tickets are temporarily unavailable. To enter the Paris Catacombs, you would have to book your tickets online, in advance. The site permits only 200 guests at a time, so book your reservation accordingly. You will receive confirmed tickets on your phone.

Owing to its popularity, you’ll almost always find long waiting queues at the entrance. However, your Paris Catacombs tickets include skip-the-line access, allowing you to bypass the long waiting lines and head straight to security check; this way, you can save up to 3 hours of your time. You can additionally purchase an audio guide for €5 and choose between English, French, German and Spanish languages. These Paris Catacombs tickets cannot be canceled, amended or refunded.

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, 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.

What to See at the Paris Catacombs

Under the glitz and glamor of Paris lie a maze of tunnels, covering a stretch of almost 2 km, that hold the mortal remains of about 6 million Parisians -- some of whose identities will forever remain a mystery. The Paris Catacombs were created as the city’s answer to a pressing problem: a lack of space to bury the deceased. Construction for a massive maze of tunnels began back about 20 meters below the city. Several tombs and other burial grounds were emptied and the remains of bodies were exhumed. The Catacombs were then opened to the public in the early 1800s and have since been a major tourist attraction. 

Guests have to climb down 131 steps to get to the underground tunnels. Once you head down, there’s an exhibition area that provides historical background and context to the Catacombs. From here, all guests move in a single direction across the 2 km stretch open to the public. 

The architecture within the Paris Catacombs is simply awe-inspiring, despite its morbid requirement. Across walls, ceilings, and in stacks, guests will find skulls and bones set up and arranged in different display patterns. The most interesting one is the Barrel of Passion -- an arrangement of a rhythmic pattern of skulls and bones in the shape of a barrel. Keep an eye out for sections like the Port-Mahon Corridor, The Quarryman’s Footpath, and the Ossuary. The entire tour is so removed from what one would expect a Parisian experience to be, far away from the glittering lights and culture-soaked landmarks. Don't miss out on these exhibits:

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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 of when he was imprisoned by the British in the fortress.

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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 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.

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The Ossuary

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.

Towards the exit, you’ll need to climb up about 112 steps to get back to the surface.
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Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours
Getting There
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Tips & Guidelines
What are Paris Catacombs’ hours?

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.

What is the best time to visit Paris Catacombs?

The best time to visit Paris Catacombs through the week is during early mornings and late evenings before closing to get the smallest crowds.

How long should I spend at the Paris Catacombs?

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.

Where are the Paris Catacombs located?

The Paris Catacombs are located at 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France.
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What is the best way to get to 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.

Can I take the bus to the Paris Catacombs?

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.

Can I take the metro/RER to the Paris Catacombs?

Yes, you can take both and alight at a common station, the Denfert-Rochereau. From here, the Catacombs are a mere 2-minute walk.

Is storage facility available at the Paris Catacombs?

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.

Are audio guides available at the Paris Catacombs?

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.

Are the Paris Catacombs wheelchair accessible?

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.

Is photography permitted at the Paris Catacombs?

Yes, photography is permitted. However, flash photography and the use of tripods is not permitted at the Paris Catacombs.

How many steps to go down to 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.

What should I wear to the Paris Catacombs?

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.

Paris Catacombs FAQs

Is it safe to visit the Paris Catacombs post-COVID-19?

To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Paris Catacombs now accepts online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors. 

What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Paris Catacombs?

In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Paris Catacombs now accepts online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; hand sanitizers have also been placed at the entrance for public use. Group tours have also been suspended temporarily.

Are Paris Catacombs tickets available online post-COVID-19?

Yes. You can book your Paris Catacombs tickets online as they now accept digital reservations.

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, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Are group tours of the Paris Catacombs permitted post-COVID-19?

No. Group tours have been temporarily suspended at the Paris Catacombs.

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 Paris Catacombs hours?

Paris Catacombs opening hours post-COVID-19: 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.

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, children under the age of 10.

What is the best time to visit Paris Catacombs?

The best time to visit the Paris Catacombs is during 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?

200 guests are permitted at a time, per time slot, 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.

Is there a dress code at the Paris Catacombs?

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

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.