Paris Catacombs audio-guided tour

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  • Description

Get skip-the-line priority access and take advantage of an audio-guided tour. Dive into a world unlike any other, and go at your own pace. 

The Catacombs date back to the end of the 18th century, around 1788. They were built in the old Tombe-Issoire limestone quarries to move bones from Paris cemeteries that had fallen into ruin. The very first cemetery was Les Innocents, near the Les Halles neighborhood. The last cemetery was cleared in 1814. Stones from the quarries were used to build Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, and to fortify the city of Paris.

Before entering the winding tunnels, visitors are greeted by a quote: Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort ("Stop, here lies the Empire of Death"), perched above the doors that mark the beginning of a journey back through time. Visitors then walk down 130 steps, some 65 feet underground, to the dark tunnels decorated with bones from Paris cemeteries. On the walls, various phrases, poems and writings—some religious, others not—can be found among the bones, leaving visitors to reflect throughout mile-long tour.

The Paris Catacombs tour takes about 45 minutes. Prepare to climb another 83 steps to get out.

Please Note:

  • Catacombs address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris
    Metro: Denfert Rochereau (line 4, 6) 
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • The audio-guide lasts about 30 minutes and is available for adults aged 18 and over
  • Kids audio-guide available (€5, paid on the spot)
  • Pets are not welcome
  • Temperature inside the Catacombs: 14°C (57°F)
  • The tour is not recommended for visitors with respiratory or heart conditions, people with sensitivities, or young children
  • The Catacombs are not accessible to persons with reduced mobility
  • Adult supervision required for children under 14

    The prices include:

    • Admission ticket with skip-the-line priority access
    • Audio-guide available in French, English, Spanish, and German

    Further information on your confirmation voucher:

    You will receive a reservation confirmation by e-mail, as well as a voucher. Print your voucher and present it at the PARISCityVISION office to retrieve your pass.

    The time indicated (9.00pm) is not the time of the tour. The ticket is valid at any time of the day following the opening hours of the site. 
    You have to get to PARISCityVISION to redeem your voucher and get the entrance ticket of the site.
    Opening hours of PARISCityVISION agency: from April to October, 06.00am-10.00pm ; from November to March 7.00am-8.30pm


    • Duration 45min
    • Tour language
    • Highlights
    • Take advantage of a skip the line ticket to get easily into the Catacombs of Paris
    • Immerse yourself into this incredible underground world in Paris
    • unforgettable travel through dark paths with walls of skulls and bones

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    • Practical information

    Organized by ParisCityVision

    Code : CAA

    Departure

    Address : PARISCityVISION
    2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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    Duration

    45min

    • Customer reviews
    Number of reviews : 4
    Average rating : 4.8 /5
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    Great experience at a reasonable price.
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    Great tour.
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    It was informative and met my expectations.