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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)
Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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1,263 Reviews
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75014

The Basics

A Catacombs tour takes you 135 feet (20 meters) below ground to explore this subterranean world of skeletal remains. You’ll cover just under one mile (1.5 km), which takes about 45 minutes. The Catacombs of Paris aren’t usually part of standard city tours, so they’re often experienced on a standalone tour. Book a skip-the-line ticket to bypass the queue, or make your sightseeing even easier by selecting combo admission to both the Catacombs and the Eiffel Tower.

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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
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$94.15 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Engaging and fun tour- truly memorializes all the bodies down there
Our tour guide Farret made the tour worth it! Otherwise we would have just seen a bunch of tunnels. Farret not only provided lots of information, but memorized everyone’s name! We were about 15 in the group AND made it fun and engaging!
AnaP_I, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Fascinating Catacombs
Roy_B, Sep 2021
Group or Private Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour
This tour was completely fascinating! Our guide, Michelle, was upbeat, informative, and covered a lot of information that was easy to understand and key to understanding the overall history of the catacombs and how they fit into France’s development. We really enjoyed this tour and recommend it to others.
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The Catacombs of Paris
Travis_V, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Michelle was fantastic! She is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly and personable. With our tour with Michelle, we were able to access areas of the Catacombs closed off to those taking the standard tour.
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Wonderful experience.
claudia_b, Sep 2021
Catacombs of Paris Semi-Private VIP Restricted Access Tour
It was a great experience and our guide Farit was very charming and knowledgeable. Very professional .
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Catacombs guided tour
Sheryl_W, Sep 2021
Group or Private Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour
Kaitlin was an extremely knowledgeable guide. She had great bone jokes as well as other "death" jokes. She was respectful of the dead. The tour included parts of the Catacombs not normally opened to the public. There are some fabulous carvings that I was unaware of. The tour is totally worth it!
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One of the most unique things you will ever experience.
Andrew_S, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Very cool very informative. Definitely one of the strangest things you'll see in Paris. The tour wasnt creepy as it would seem and our guide had great stories and antidotes along the way to keep a light mood.
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Alberto is a great guide!...
Tahnee_S, Sep 2021
Paris Catacombs Private Tour with Top-rated Alberto Local Guide
Alberto is a great guide! He had so much knowledge about the catacombs, we really enjoyed the tour. We learned so much from him… history of Paris, original use of catacombs and who’s bones might be among the many.
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Excellent experience!!!
Maria_Z, Sep 2021
Self-guided tour in Paris with Skip the Line access to The Catacombs of Paris
Excellent experience! One of the scariest places I've ever visited!!! Thank you for the prompt response to my message! I messed up a bit with the dates and times, but finally it all turned out perfectly well. The audioguide was a good complement for the visit. Loads of useful information and funny facts!
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Underground Storytelling Adventure!
Joseph_S, Sep 2021
Group or Private Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour
Katelyn was an amazing guide and a wonderful storyteller. She really took us on a great underground journey that was both fun and extremely informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone!
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Creepy but educational
Marie_L, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Ticket and Audio-Guide
Length of the experience was sufficient. Not too claustrophobic, but very creepy nonetheless, recommend!
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Impressing
Petra_G, Aug 2021
Paris Catacombs & Seine River Cruise Experience With Multiple Options
It was impressing inside. Staff was inside all so correct. The digital guide was informatief enough.
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A great way to view Paris...from below!
AJ_M, Jul 2021
Paris Catacombs Semi-Private Tour with VIP Access
This was a phenomenally interesting experience!! Put this in the "can't miss" bucket. You will get the complete history of Paris on this tour from a very interesting angle. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Even though she was from Spain, her English was great and very easy to understand. Tremendous!!
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Wonderful tour
Ivana_S, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Victoire was an amazing guide we learned so much and it was one of our best experiences in Paris. It is wonderful having a guide so informative and passionate about the subject. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Paris

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Buy a ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line; visitors are limited to 200 at a time.

  • You may want to bring a layer, as the temperature is 57° F (14° C) in the Catacombs.

  • There is no cloakroom, so bring only what you want to carry with you.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes—you’ll go down 130 steps and up 83 steps to return to street level.

  • The Catacombs tour is not for everyone—you will be underground and see human bones, so it's not recommended for those with sensitive disposition or young children. And unfortunately, the site is not accessible for those with limited mobility or recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.

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How to Get There

The Catacombs are located in Paris' 14th arrondissement. The Denfert-Rochereau metro and RER station puts you right by the entrance on Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy.

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When to Get There

The Catacombs are open every day except Mondays and some bank holidays. The experience is the same by day and in the evening, as you’re underground and the lighting is artificial. For fewer crowds, book a morning visit.

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Other Things to Do in the 14th Arrondissement

This section of Paris is not the city’s most visited, as it’s away from the Seine near the southern edge of the city limits. If you’re making the trip to visit the Catacombs, take advantage of being in the 14th to check out other attractions such as the 56th-floor observation deck of Tour Montparnasse or Montparnasse Cemetery, where writers and intellectuals such as Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir are buried.

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