Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour
Explore the Dark Side of the City of Light
This Paris Catacombs tour will allow you to explore the darkness beneath the City of Light. With skip the line tickets and access to restricted areas, let your guide enlighten you with the mystical folklore surrounding the Catacombs.
What you will see on this tour
- Paris Catacombs Skip the Line
- Best Paris Small Group Size
- Incredible Stories About Real People
- Masters of Engineering
- Empire of the Dead
- Bones in the Catacombs
- The Art of Death
What makes our Paris Catacombs Tour the best in Paris? A combination of passionate storytelling, expert local guides, skip the line tickets and a maximum group size of 19 people. Our tour is filled with the facts and folklore that bring the Catacombs of Paris, a place for the dead, back to life! This 1.5 hour tour includes:
- - Skip the line Paris Catacombs tickets
- - A professional English-speaking guide
- - A maximum group size of 19
- - Entry to two restricted access areas of the Paris Catacombs
Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tickets
Wait times to see the Paris Catacombs sometimes last up to 3 hours. During certain seasons you will find shorter lines, but why take a risk? Don't waste precious time in line during your vacation in Paris. Our tour lets you skip the line completely and jump right into your tour of the darkness that lies beneath "The City of Light".
Catacombs of Paris - The Gateway to Hell
Our tour starts at the entrance of the Catacombs which is 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 to "The World's Largest Grave". Your guide will explain the creation of the Catacombs and the serious issues that the city used to have with finding places to bury the dead.
On your Catacombs visit, your guide will take you to not just one, but two incredibly eerie areas of the Paris Catacombs that are restricted from public access. These areas are so exclusive that a Paris Catacombs guard will actually open the gates to the areas with a key. How's that for a VIP experience?
Paris Catacombs History
By the 17th century, the cemeteries in Paris were overflowing. And so, the solution became to place the corpses' remains in the tunnels that existed beneath the streets of Paris since the 13th century. Originally, the French Catacombs were mines or ossuaries for extracting the limestone that built Paris. As the city expanded, it eventually covered areas with mines underneath. Sound like bad planning? That's because it was not planned at all. Many of these mines were abandoned and undocumented.The solution to bury the dead underground fixed more than simply the lack of cemetery space. The estimated six million dead bodies actually reinforced the mines.
Catacombs Artwork, Architecture and Bones
The Paris Catacombs are one of the last secrets of Paris and our tour will uncover the mysteries held within their walls. You'll move through a labyrinth of corridors and gates that connect the different underground areas. You'll see artwork and architecture like you have never seen before. And yes, you will see thousands upon thousands of bones, arranged by artists and architects to make the space more "livable".
Don't Worry, You Won't Get Lost!
With a local Paris Catacombs guide by your side, there's no danger of getting lost in the tunnels. Besides keeping your group on track, your tour guide will tell you stories about the history of the Catacombs and legends about Paris and its people. The guided Catacombs tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and finishes very close to the starting point. At the end, you will probably be famished, so ask your guide about the best restaurants near the Paris Catacombs for a hearty Parisian lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
In front of Café Oz, at the exit of the Denfert-Rochereau Metro. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
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!
Q: I've heard about the Paris Catacombs calling strikes at the last minute. Does this really happen?
A: On occasion, 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.
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Great tour guide to the catacombs!
Gabriela was an amazing guide to the Catacombs. Made the history come alive . Very informative . We greatly enjoyed our tour!
Awesome and informative!
Leo was our guide and she was great! Very knowledgeable and fun. We not only got to skip the line, but we also got to explore areas of the catacombs that were not available to the public and hear cool and interesting stories about those spots. Would highly recommend!
A true hit with us
The only way to really see and understand the Catacombs is with a skip the line tour, Our guide met us ( the group was about 15 people) and then took us down the many steps. NO waiting - the line is usually 2 hours. She outlined the history of the underground, the city walls and finally the reburial and catacombs. The space is vast and no creepy. The bones are artfully arranged and in a respectful manner. Many more steps up. but definitely a highlight of the entire trip.