The Catacombs of Paris

1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris


The Catacombs of Paris have a large number of remains. The site was a gathering place for the remains excavated from around the city. Bones and skulls line the endless hallways, but only a limited section of a former quarry is open to the public.

The Catacombs comprise an endless stretch of dark passages and mazes. Besides the bones and skulls, which are neatly arranged, you can see some verses underlining the horror of the place. These are the excerpts from various poems and one of them warns the approaching people – Halt, this is the realm of death. You can wander around 1.5 kilometers of hallways that are available for exploring.

The quarry was a quick solution for solving a big problem. Once, Paris had burial grounds throughout the city. It came to that that such places poised risk to public health and people complained about a bad smell. But, nothing was done in that regard a long time. Eventually, a cemetery collapsed after a rain and rotting corpses spilled out from the graves. The quarry’s hallways proved sufficiently empty for the transfer of countless bodies, and the place wasn’t far away from the city back then.

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  • Mon

    10:00 - 20:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Sun

    10:00 - 20:30

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  • Teck Boon Goh

    - 26 August 2018 -

    Probably the most interesting tour for us during our stay in Paris. We would recommend getting a guided tour (need to book online) as certain parts are open only to tours with guides because those areas were vandalized. Plus you get to skip the queue which we were told can be as long as a 3 hour wait. Interesting facts pointed out to us by the guide which might also be on the audio tour. But the guide was definitely more interactive. Small details that might be missed out walking around yourself was highlighted by the guide.

  • David Johnson

    - 22 August 2018 -

    Great experience and a nice place to be as it is very cool compared to the temperature outside in the summer day. Buying fast access tickets is a must as the queues are massive. We bought ours a few days before and when we arrived we only queued for a matter of seconds before being allowed in. Getting the audio function also helped as it described the areas in more depth. It wasn’t crowded inside as they are around a mile long. Not suitable for wheelchairs as you have a lot of stairs to go down then back up at the start and end. Interesting place and well worth a visit.

  • Tuba EVREN

    - 18 August 2018 -

    I like here! You can spend here 40-60 mm if you walk slowly for looking around. You can see protected underground tunnels (some of that already used for a metro), full of bonds. Important reliegius sentences on the walls, you walk around two bus stops inside to catacomb and when you reach to the end, you will be in a live quarter. Absolutely recommended!

  • Hanča Kadrić

    - 08 August 2018 -

    Science and history describes my experiences at the Catacombs of Paris. For most Americans, it is not there first choice. But after sharing my experiences there, it made them more curious. It is a long underground walk, so plan on at least three (3) to four (4) hours to take in all the rich history. By the way, reservations are required and bring a jacket since it can be cool below ground in Paris.

  • Richard deMorris

    - 02 August 2018 -

    Went during July, and the day was very clear and sunny. I regret not bringing an umbrella for shade or a portable camping seat to sit comfortably. If you're waiting, make sure to drink plenty of water and maybe have a snack. Even with the 3 hour wait (we didn't have money for a fast pass), this was a very cool and educational trip. A section of the tour doesn't allow flash photography, so plan accordingly with your camera. The gift shop was nice to get items from as well after the underground tour.

  • Erroll Ends

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Lines are no joke. We spent a little over two hours in line just to get to the booth and unfortunately it was 95 degrees today. If you’re into the macabre or putting your life in perspective against countless nameless others then defiantly check it out. We got the audio guide as we saw someone posted you should but in honesty we only saw signs for four points so didn’t feel worth the 10€ we paid. We got caught up with everything down there and the signs all kinda blended in. If you’re wanting to do it defiantly get a ticket before hand. It’s interesting and worth seeing but the place could be run better so lines don’t run multiple hours, an immediate thought would be prescheduled tickets with allotted times. Also the google live said it was less busy than normal which is why we went when we did, we had a longer wait than many of the comments we read, I would suggest don’t rely on the live feed especially if the temperature is high. Overall, it’s interesting and something you really don’t ever see but it was pricy with a long wait and then walk through kinda low areas. Worth doing at least once I’d say.

  • Melissa Gilleard

    - 26 July 2018 -

    So this is just based off the fact they were on strike when we traveled all the way there. Even the signs and home made banners were creepy. I would only assume seeing the catacombs. My friends who have been to it say it’s pretty awesome, unfortunately the strike to over and I don’t think it will be the last.

  • Chuck Carlino

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Great place to visit, audio included with admission. Book your visit online you do not have to wait on the very long line. You will learn the amazing history of the Catacombs. There are multiple steps down to get in as well as going up to get out. We are an older couple but took our time going up, n/p. Enjoy!

  • amoosebitmymom calm

    - 24 July 2018 -

    Incredible monument. Highly recommend to come with a guide, because you can go to restricted areas and see special things. You walk extra close to bones so not for the weak hearted

  • Venku

    - 15 July 2018 -

    Though the tiny part is allowed to access for tourists, its amazing and a must place to visit in Paris. I am sure everyone questions him/her self what is life and how are we going to be after death. Cons: you energy will be drained due to long queue, but you can skip by paying double to the normal ticket price. Ticket selling is dead slow.

  • Laura Aldridge

    - 23 April 2018 -

    Book the express ticket to jump the queue! Very creepy but fascinating. So many bones!

  • Sinem Okumus

    - 20 March 2018 -

    Narrow and spiral staircase and lots of bones

  • James Dee

    - 11 February 2018 -

    Buy tickets ahead of time through the Office of Tourism. Then, you can skip the line and save 45min+

  • Devonika

    - 27 October 2017 -

    Really great visit such a unique place.I was appalled by the flow of mostly French people who used flash to take pictures and touch bones even though Its strictly forbidden... Conservancy anybody ?

  • Harri Bennett

    - 21 October 2017 -

    Go early or pay extra to book tickets - we got there around 3pm on a Tuesday and stood in line without moving for an hour. Ended up leaving as we didn't want to waste any more time

  • Miquel SV

    - 20 October 2017 -

    Get the tickets in advance in order to avoid the queue.

  • Jim Stoddart

    - 28 September 2017 -

    Spooky soundtrack optional. Recommend the audio guide.

  • Maryam Mostajir

    - 15 September 2017 -

    I had to wait 2 hours in line. When I got to the front I realised why, they were giving priority to people who had pre-purchased their tickets. Buy your tickets in advance!

  • Abs Bernales

    - 03 September 2017 -

    skip the line ticket was well worth it!

  • Lee Pine

    - 19 August 2017 -

    More than six million skeletons

The Catacombs of Paris tours

Skip The Line Paris Catacombs Tour

Explore the mysterious underground world of the Catacombs in Paris on this 2-hour tour. Meet your guide and head underground to enjoy a narrated tour of the tombs. Hear the history behind this labyrinth of tunnels, which contains the bones of more than six million people.

Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour

Paris is known for the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre, but in the City of Lights a darker reality lurks in the infamous catacombs of Paris. This exclusive Skip the Line tour, explores the extensive underground labyrinth that extends beneath the Paris city surface. Numbers are limited to a...

Catacombs of Paris: Full Access Small Group Guided Tour

Explore the underground Catacombs of Paris in their entirety on a lively 2-hour guided tour, and take a journey through 2,000 years of history. Discover why the labyrinth of tunnels became an underground cemetery full of bones.

Skip-the-Line Admission Tickets : Eiffel Tower Summit and Catacombs

Avoid the mega-long entry lines at two of Paris’ most visited attractions with these skip-the-line admission tickets to the Summit of the Eiffel Tower and the Catacombs. Along with the opportunity to save time by bypassing huge crowds at both attractions, enjoy a 1-hour experience where you’re...

Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour

Below the streets of Paris lurks an entire secret history of the city’s dead. On this unique storytelling tour, you’ll visit the Paris Catacombs to see the remains of millions of Parisians and learn about the fascinating ways in which this ancient city has dealt with its dead. As you explore these...

Catacombs of Paris: 2-Hour Tour with Priority Entrance

Explore the dark corridors of the Parisian underworld and experience a piece of the city's history up close. Discover the secrets of the city as you walk through the Catacombs of Paris on this 2-hour tour with skip-the-line admission.

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