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Paris Catacombs Tour with Secret Rooms & Privileged Access

Skip the line and gain exclusive access to secret parts of the catacombs.

Want see France’s most unusual attraction without the long wait? How about peeping into secret rooms that the general public doesn’t get to see? This VIP skip-the-line tour gets you straight into the medieval underworld of the Paris Catacombs, and you’ll gain privileged access to restricted parts of this vast underground tunnel network. Along the way, your expert local guide will bring the Catacombs to life with stories of their dark history and eerie folklore.

Uncover the secrets of the Catacombs

  • Uncover the secrets of the Catacombs
  • Denfert Rochereau Square
  • Skip the line at the Paris Catacombs
  • Step through Death's Entrance
  • Underground streets of Paris
  • Visit vast mass graves
  • Explore the lower Catacombs
  • The Barrel of Passion
  • Secret rooms, off-limits to the public
  • Cataphile stories and insights

You'll meet your guide and the rest of your small group near the Denfert-Rochereau Metro Station, just a short walk from the entrance to the Catacombs. The general admission line can be incredibly long, especially during busy times, but you'll be able to breeze past and start exploring straight away with your skip-the-line ticket.

Your guide is an expert in all things Catacombs, and over the next 1.5 hours you'll learn about the dark history of this unique underground tunnel network. You'll see the macabre artwork that adorns its walls, and you'll even gain access to two hidden rooms which are off limits to the general public. There's no better way to see Paris' darkest attraction!

Paris Catacombs Tour Description

Your 1.5-hour tour includes:

Skip-the-line Paris Catacombs tickets

Entry to two restricted areas of the Catacombs

A super-knowledgeable English-speaking guide

A maximum group size of 19

Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Tickets

Wait times to enter the Paris Catacombs can be up to 3 hours! That’s time you could spend strolling along the Champs-Élysées, climbing the Eiffel Tower, or watching the world go by in some impossibly stylish Paris café.

We'll have your Paris Catacombs ticket ready when you arrive, and our tour lets you skip the line completely so you can start exploring the city’s dark underworld without the long wait.

Catacombs of Paris - The Gateway to Hell

Your tour starts at the entrance of the Catacombs, just south of the "Barrière d'Enfer" (which means the Gates of Hell!). After entering, you'll immediately descend a staircase deep below the streets of Paris and into the medieval underworld of the Catacombs—often referred to as the world’s largest grave.

As you begin to explore this vast underground tunnel network, your guide will explain the creation of the Paris Catacombs and how it became a burial place for so many of the city’s dead. You’ll also get to see two incredibly eerie areas of the Catacombs that are restricted from public access. These areas are so exclusive that a guard will need to come and open the old gates with a key. How's that for a VIP experience?

Paris Catacombs History

As you explore the various tunnels and rooms of the Catacombs, your expert "cataphile" guide will tell you their history and how they came to be. Tunnels have existed under Paris since the 13th century. They were once used to mine the limestone that helped build the city and also as ossuaries for burying human remains. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that the Paris Catacombs we see today really began to take form.

Paris was expanding rapidly and began to build over the now abandoned tunnels. Sound like bad planning? That's because there was no planning. A few major ground collapses later, something had to be done.

At the same time, the population was growing and the city’s cemeteries were overflowing. So, Louis XVI decided to kill two birds with one stone and approved the reinforcement and extension of the tunnels for use as a burial place for the dead. In an eerie twist, the estimated 6 million bodies buried here actually help to support the structure itself.

Catacombs Artwork, Architecture, and Bones

The Catacombs are one of the last secrets of Paris, and your tour will uncover some of the mysteries held within their walls. You’ll also see some truly unique and macabre artwork as you pass through the labyrinth of corridors and gates, along with a type of architecture not found anywhere else in the world.

And yes, you will see thousands upon thousands of bones, arranged by artists and architects to make the space more "livable."

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An Unforgettable, Macabre, and Timeless Experience !

Our descend into Paris' catacombs, where bones whisper tales of the past, was impressive. We Explored dimly lit tunnels adorned with macabre arrangements, a haunting testament to the city's history. A visit here is a journey through time, a solemn yet mesmerizing experience.

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Remi was amazing - his expertise and knowledge are certainly unmatched when it comes to the Catacombs. We were so lucky to be able to learn the history, have some laughs and really get a deep dive into the richness of the Catacombs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We always recommend comfortable walking shoes on all of our tours. The temperature inside the Catacombs is always around 14°C/57°F, no matter what time of year, so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater. Also, the only bathroom break is at the end so please show up prepared and ready to tour!

I've heard about the Paris Catacombs calling strikes at the last minute. Does this really happen?

On occasion, employees at landmarks in Paris, such as the Paris Catacombs, decide to strike. Often, the intention to strike is not communicated to tour operators until the day of the strike. In the event that the Paris Catacombs go on strike when your tour scheduled, we will do our best to accommodate you on another Catacombs tour the following day. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a full refund.

We always recommend comfortable walking shoes on all of our tours. The temperature inside the Catacombs is always around 14°C/57°F, no matter what time of year, so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater. Also, the only bathroom break is at the end so please show up prepared and ready to tour!

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

While it doesn't cover a huge distance, you will be on your feet for the length of the tour (1.5 hours). You should also expect some uneven floors and old stone stairways, so please think carefully and make sure this tour is right for you.

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The inside story

The Catacombs of Paris contain the bones of more than 6 million Parisians, transferred from different cemeteries of the capital for safety issues between the late eighteenth century and the mid-nineteenth century. This underground labyrinth is housed in the old quarry galleries (whose stones were used for the construction of the city). To get into the catacombs, visitors must go down the 213 steps reaching 20 meters underground to travel the almost two kilometers of tunnels open to the public (less than 1% of all the catacombs). The temperature is constant: 14 °, all year round.

Underground Paris is open to visitors and offers a very surprising spectacle: more than 6 million human bones strewn along the length of the tunnels, profane poems and texts scattered along the way, which will make the most curious hold their breath. A unique place in the world that offers the most courageous journey beyond time.

The Catacombs of Paris are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8:30 pm and most holidays (except January 1st, May 1st, and Christmas).

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How to get there

Welcome to the website dedicated to the Catacombs of Paris.

The Catacombs of Paris are an underground network of tunnels and former quarries. They house the remains of over 6 million Parisians. This incredible place offers visitors a unique immersion into the history of Paris.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Private group guided tours are also organized.

Tickets and more

There are different ways to visit the Catacombs of Paris. You can choose to visit on your own with an audio guide or take a guided tour. Additionally, there are options available for both regular entry and skip-the-line access.

Visit the Catacombs

Official visits to the Catacombs of Paris are possible on a route of approximately 1.7 km. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the entire route. Only 200 people are allowed on the site at a time. This extremely limited number makes it mandatory to reserve tickets in advance

Visiting with an audio guide

The skip-the-line ticket with audio guide allows you to enjoy guaranteed access to the Catacombs of Paris.

An audio guide device with headphones is provided. The tour is available in French, English, German, and Spanish.

Guided Tour

The price of the ticket is included in the displayed price.

A professional guide accompanies you throughout the entire duration of the visit. They will guide you through the different galleries, sharing their knowledge and numerous anecdotes. It’s the ideal formula to learn more about the Catacombs of Paris.

VIP tours are guided tours in small groups. This allows the guide to tailor the experience to your expectations and be available to answer your questions to the fullest extent possible.

Practical Information

Opening hours.

Access to the Catacombs is closed every Monday, as well as on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.

However, access is open on Ascension Thursday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st, and November 11th. Unless any of these dates fall on a Monday.

Location and access​

How to get to the entrance of the catacombs of paris.

To visit the Catacombs of Paris, you need to go to the following address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (Place Denfert-Rochereau), 75014 Paris, France.

There are three queues present at the Catacombs. One is designated for visitors who have not booked their tickets in advance.

The exit of the Catacombs is located approximately 700m further at 21 bis, Avenue René-Coty – 75014 Paris.

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Google Maps details

Come by Vélib : Station N° 14005, 2 avenue René-Coty 75014 Paris

Come by Car : Paid parking at 83 bd Saint-Jacques 75014 Paris

Access conditions

The tunnels of the Catacombs of Paris are located 20 meters underground. The temperature is around 14°C (57°F) with relatively low lighting.

The tunnels in the Catacombs can be narrow, and the ground may be slippery or dirty. As a result, the visit is not recommended for individuals with reduced mobility, claustrophobia, heart or respiratory conditions, or those who are sensitive and likely to be disturbed by the environment. The atmosphere can also be anxiety-inducing for individuals with psychological or mental disabilities.

To access the Catacombs, you will need to descend a staircase of 131 steps. You will also need to climb 112 steps to exit the ossuary. Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are not allowed.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prepare your visit

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your visit to the Catacombs of Paris:

Book your tickets in advance: The lines can be quite long (up to 2 hours of waiting time), so booking in advance will save you a lot of time with skip-the-line access.

Wear appropriate clothing: Opt for comfortable shoes with good traction, as the ground can be uneven and slippery. Additionally, the Catacombs can be cool, so consider bringing a jacket or sweater.

Photography: Taking photos for personal use is allowed, but the use of flash is only partially permitted. Be mindful of other visitors and the respectful nature of the site when taking photos.

Bag restrictions: Large bags and motorcycle helmets are not allowed inside the Catacombs. There are no cloakrooms or lockers available, so plan accordingly and only bring essential items.

No food or drinks: Consuming food and drinks inside the Catacombs is prohibited. Make sure to have your meals before or after your visit.

Audio guide: The audio guides provided have a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can bring your own headphones if you prefer.

To best prepare for and fully appreciate your visit to the Catacombs of Paris, we strongly recommend reading our tourist guide. While on your visit, you will be provided with numerous historical facts and anecdotes, but it is always more engaging and straightforward to have knowledge of the site’s history. This enables you to better contextualize the information shared by the guides.

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The Catacombs of Paris, guided tour

Skip the line to discover the very unique museum of catacombs of paris, sheltering six million skeletons 60 feet beneath the streets, with a professional tour guide..

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Meeting Point

1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) 75014 Paris

Denfert Rochereau

Meet your guide in front of the catacombs museum, holding a panel saying "catacombs tour". Then, just relax and stroll into the dark galleries of the City of Light... if you dare!

The underground quarry

The first part of the tour is dedicated to this fascinating former underground quarry of limestone, in which the catacombs were established later. You will hear about the tough work made by quarrymen to built the monuments of Paris and find out the amazing amount of galleries running under the French capital.

The ossuary

The rest of the tour is taking place in the ossuary, in the middle of the remains of millions of Parisians. You will find out why the cemeteries of Paris were emptied of their content under the streets of the City of Light, and how they were transferred 60 feet deep. Your guide will point out at diseases, injuries, surgery marks still visible on the bones which shows the harshness of our ancestors' lives.

Exit the empire of death

Exit the museum with your guide to visit the souvenir shop or spend more time on your own inside the museum to take extra photos.

Ending Point

21 bis, avenue René-Coty 75014 Paris

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Tour Important Information

There are 131 steps to climb down and 111 to climb up in a spiral staircase, which can be uncomfortable for claustrophobic. The ground is uneven and there are water pools sometimes. The temperature is 57F (14C) with a 98% of humidity which cause the place to be chilly after a while. A light jacket and walking shoes are advised.

The site is not suitable for wheelchairs nor strollers.It is forbidden to enter the Catacombs with a suitcase or a large bag. Only bags of 40 x 30 cm format are authorized. You can take photos but flash and tripods are not allowed.

Available Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm

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Paris Tour Reviews

“ Incredible tour! ”

Leo gave us an amazing tour of The Catacombs Museum in Paris. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the museum and is a captivating storyteller. It is a once in a lifetime experience to be given a catacombs tour by a Cataphile that lives and breathes their passion. Thank you for such a unique and inspiring experience. This is a memory we will cherish.

Lisa M.

Thank you so much Lisa and Kelsey for this great time with you and this lovely review! I wish you all the best and hope to see you again soon.

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Leo was a very good guide with a lot of information. The catacombs are a must!

Michael P.

Thank you very much! Enjoy your time in Rome.

“ Most Excellent ”

Leo was most accommodating for us. She was very informative and spoke to our whole family of different ages, engaging us all. Truly appreciate her time.

Brooks B.

Thank you Brooks. Engaging kids or teenagers is always a big challenge so I'm very happy to read your review.

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If you haven’t discover the catacombs’ history, then i advise you to join the catacombs tour first. the catacombs where cataphiles like to wander secretly is full of surprises. why is it so secret what are they doing down there is it true that a cataphile got lost and has never been found since then are there any parties underground for real thanks to her 13 years experience as a cataphile and her personal documents, you guide will immerse you into this parallel universe., popular tours in paris.

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The musée d'orsay contains the world's biggest collection of impressionist art. nearly one out of three impressionist paintings exhibited in museums all over the world are in this building, a beautiful former railway station built for the universal exhibition of 1900, transformed in museum in 1986. you will discover a round-up of 19th century art: paintings, sculptures, architecture, furniture, photos and movies. this is also the museum of industrial revolution in 19th century..

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