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

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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
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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
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$93.29 per adult
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Ask for Vic!
Vic was an excellent guide providing lots of great stories, interesting history, and silly humor. She was even very patient with me when I'd hung back too long checking out the bones while the others were waiting. It was a great tour which I highly recommend.
Anton_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Ask for Vic!
Anton_H, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Vic was an excellent guide providing lots of great stories, interesting history, and silly humor. She was even very patient with me when I'd hung back too long checking out the bones while the others were waiting. It was a great tour which I highly recommend.
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Fantastic tour of the catacombs
Carol_M, Oct 2021
Self-guided tour in Paris with Skip the Line access to The Catacombs of Paris
The historical information provided through the audio guide during the tour was fantastic. Everyone who can, should see this important piece of history.
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Excellent Tour
Leo_S, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Tour was excellent. Guide was informative and enthusiastic. Catacombs are quite interesting themselves, but the tour also allows you to see parts of the catacombs not open for general viewing. We got so much more out of the catacombs than if we went without a guide.
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Great scary place
Olena_K, Oct 2021
Self-guided tour in Paris with Skip the Line access to The Catacombs of Paris
Great scary place. The audioguide is nice. At first I could not find a ticket neither on my email, nor in the messages. The problem is that the first email that comes is the one with a viator voucher, which is actually useless. And then comes the real ticket from the supplier. It is kind of confusing. But I made a call, and a support sent it out to me immediately. Thank you!
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Interesting and a good activity for a rainy morning
Nathalie_v, Oct 2021
Paris Catacombs Skip-The-Line Tickets With Options Guide
We were really fascinated by the history and the fact that people actually stacked these bones so neatly on top of eachoth. Not to scary for my son (11yo)
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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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Highly Recommend
gabriel_m, Oct 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Victoire (our guide) was incredibly knowledgeable and there was much more to them than just bones. Very interesting.
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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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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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Awesome tour
Danielle_V, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
I’ve done this tour twice. Once a couple years ago and just recently with my parents while visiting Paris. The tour is in a small-group setting and you spend 2 hours down in the catacombs. Our guide, Feret, was very knowledgeable and told great stories. You also get access to private areas behind the gates. Fantastic way to experience the catacombs of Paris.
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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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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!!

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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