Paris Catacombs Tickets

The exciting city of Paris is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world and touring the Paris Catacombs is a fascinating and memorable addition to your time in the French capital. While there, why not explore some of the city's centuries-long history?

Opening hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10.00am until 8.30pm (closed on Mondays)

Last admission at 7.30pm

The Catacombs are closed for certain French holidays, so be sure to call ahead or check the website for updates on opening hours and information on ticket sales.

How to get there

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

To reach the Catacombs via the popular Paris metro system, take the train to Montparnasse and get off at the Denfert Rochereau Metro station. Using the RER, take Line B in the direction of Massy-Palaiseau. Taxis and Uber rides are available from within the city and from outlying areas. Keep in mind that the entrance and exit for the Catacombs are not close to one another. Be prepared to consult a map or your GPS.

FAQ

What is the origin of the Catacombs?
The history of the Catacombs extends back to the end of the 18th century. It became a public issue in the city that the Cemetery of the Innocents (in the area of Les Halles) was a source of infection among the population. The cemetery had been in use for nearly 10 centuries. There was, at the time, no clear-cut way to improve the condition of the existing burial sites. So the Council of State decided, on November 9th, 1785, to stop the use of the cemetery for burials and to move the current contents to a new location.
What exactly is an ossuary?
An ossuary is a structure intended to house skeletal remains. It might be as small as a box or as large as a designated space of land. It is not uncommon for bodies to be buried in a traditional grave for a time, then dug up and transferred to an ossuary at a future time. Ossuaries are often created in response to a shortage of burial space in an urban area.
Are the Catacombs accessible to everyone, or are there restrictions?
For safety reasons and to preserve the structure, there are some restrictions on admission. There is a limit of 200 persons in the tomb at any one time. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The space is unsuitable for people with heart or respiratory conditions, those with limited mobility, small children, or those with a nervous disposition. Luggage and large bags, especially backpacks, are prohibited.
Is there any religious significance to the Paris Catacombs?
The space selected for the ossuary, a disused quarry, was consecrated and blessed on April 7, 1786. For the following two years, bodies were moved only at night, and after a ceremony in which a procession of priests walked beside the carts of bones singing the song of the dead. The carts were covered with black cloth as a sign of respect.

Things to know before you go

1. The conditions inside the tomb
There are 135 steps down into the ossuary and 83 steps to return to the street level, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes for your trip underground. Be advised that you will emerge from the tour further down the street than where you entered. The temperature is a constant 14°C. Since a restoration project completed in 2005, the structure of the vaults are strengthened and the lighting has been improved. Animals of any kind are not allowed below ground.
2. Famous visitors
Since the creation of the Paris Catacombs, this site has been a source of curiosity for people from all walks of life. In 1787, while the transfer of bones was still underway, the Count d’Artois (later to be Charles X) visited the ossuary along with some Ladies of the Court. The Emperor of Austria paid a visit in 1814 while living victoriously in Paris, and Napoleon III brought his son for a tour in 1860, during the vast public works renovation project the ruler commissioned between 1853 and 1870.
3. How to learn about the Catacombs
Guided tours, when available, last approximately 45min, and cover 2km in total. It is strongly recommended that you rent an audio guide so that you can learn about the tomb on your own. Guides are available in English, French, German, and Spanish for a modest price of €5. Tours can be booked online to ensure a smooth start to your visit to the Paris Catacombs.

Places nearby

1. Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
This facility near the Paris Catacombs is a combination artist's studio, museum and conference centre. Designed to promote public awareness of the arts, the foundation was created in 1984 by then-president of Cartier International, Alain Dominique Perrin. The current location opened in 1994 and is the perfect place to see contemporary art and perhaps find artists in the midst of a project.
1. Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art. EQRoy / Shutterstock.com
2. Le Comptoir Restaurant on Avenue René Coty
For a taste of classic French cuisine just down the way from the Catacombs, stop in at Le Comptoir. Menu items include frogs legs, escargot, and steak tartare. Don't miss the excellent coffee and scrumptious desserts, particularly the crème brûlée. The owners are friendly and helpful, and even willing to give directions. There's also an English menu available.
2. Le Comptoir Restaurant on Avenue René Coty
Le Comptoir Restaurant on Avenue René Coty
3. Rue Daguerre
This charming pedestrianized city street, named for the inventor of the daguerreotype photographic process, is one of the liveliest open-air markets in Paris. Less than a kilometre from the Paris Catacombs, wander by for shopping and snacks and mingling with the locals. Quirky boutiques, wine shops, bakeries, and cheese vendors make Rue Daguerre a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening.
3. Rue Daguerre
Rue Daguerre