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

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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1,283 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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$94.23 per adult
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Vic’s Tour Was Great
Our guide, Vic was an extremely knowledgeable young lady, and helped bring the experience to life and provided the necessary context to make it less morbid and more educational! I would recommend this guided tour. Plus, this tour takes you to parts unavailable to others.
Kevin_C, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Take the guided tour with Victoire, you won't be disappointed!
Dena_M, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Incredible, highly recommend. In hindsight, I realize it's an absolute must to go through the Catacombs with a guide, so I'm glad I did. Our guide Victoire was top notch - very knowledgeable on the history and current events surrounding the catabombs. There's so, so much more to the place than just a bunch of bones and stones - stuff I would have never known without Vic. So glad I took this tour.
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Vic’s Tour Was Great
Kevin_C, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Our guide, Vic was an extremely knowledgeable young lady, and helped bring the experience to life and provided the necessary context to make it less morbid and more educational! I would recommend this guided tour. Plus, this tour takes you to parts unavailable to others.
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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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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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Michelle was a great...
Paul_H, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
Michelle was a great host...knowledgeable and funny. Her dry sense of humor made for a terrific tour.
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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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Highly recommend
Anne_O, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
What a fantastic tour! Michelle is a wonderful guide and she shared lots of fascinating details about the catacombs. The VIP behind the scenes is definitely the way to go - highly recommend!
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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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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!!

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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