Catacombs guided tour with skip-the-line ticket and access to restricted areas
Attractions & guided tours

Catacombs guided tour with skip-the-line ticket and access to restricted areas

based on 23 reviews
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Varied
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Avoid the long queues with skip-the-line access
  • Discover restricted areas that are closed to the public with your special access ticket
  • Dive into the history of the Catacombs with your English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy a more personalised, small group experience
What to expect

Take this unique tour of the Paris Catacombs that are home to millions of past Parisians’ skulls and bones. Grab your chance to have skip-the-line access and save yourself time and energy to fully live this eerie yet fascinating experience.

Paris is a romantic and popular city, but it has its hidden, mysterious and even macabre aspects that are not commonly known or seen by the typical tourist. The Paris Catacombs are part of the darker side of Paris. The inscription (in French) above its entrance sets the tone for your experience: “Halt, this is the realm of death.”

Twenty meters below the surface and covering almost 300 kilometers, the Paris Catacombs are the final resting place of more than six million Parisians dating from the 18th century. These Catacombs are listed among Paris’s 14 museums, and you will see and appreciate, with the help of your guide, how the layers of skulls and bones lining the walls and arches are arranged in the Romantic style and divided by poems and literary passages.

Only 200 people can enter these Catacombs at a time, so by booking in advance and getting skip-the-line access it will ensure your entrance at the date and time of your choice. Explore this unique subterranean world with an expert guide that will reveal the history of the Catacombs and the legends of those at peace here, sheltered from the plagues, revolutions, and war they may have endured.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Small groups of 19 people or fewer
    • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 4-14)
    • Infants (age 0-3): free
    Where

    1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

    Meeting point:

    Your guide will meet you 15 minutes before departure at the entrance to the catacombs. They will be holding a sign up to identify themselves. To arrive at the Catacombs by metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.

    What to remember
    • Please note that from July 21st 2021, all public venues in France will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present a 'Health Pass' and a valid ID, proving that you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine), OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48 hours, OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old. Passes can be digital or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They must be presented in English or French
    • From the 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2021, spaces are extremely limited. On Saturdays and Sundays, the small group tour will run with only 14 people able to skip the line and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the semi-private tour will run with only 6 people able to skip the line
    • From the 1 September 2021 to 5 November 2021, you can book a semi-private tour of up to 6 people at €109.00 and a small-group tour of up to 15 people at €89.00
    • Latecomers cannot be accommodated or get a refund
    • Not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia
    • Not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers or baby carriages
    • The Catacombs are wet, dirty, and slippery and 14°c year-round, please bring a sweater and wear comfortable shoes
    • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour
    • There are 130 steps to walk down and 80 fairly steep steps to climb to the exit
    • We will do our best to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions
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    When
    • Please check the calendar to find this tour's updated availability
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    Provider
    City Wonders
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 2 days before the experience begins.
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