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Catacombs of Paris

(Catacombes de Paris)
Historic Site and Monument / Landmark
Alésia, Paris
  • iKangaroo
    "2km of underground tunnels made up of human skeletons."(3 Tips)
    "underground ossuary has tunnels and crypts"(2 Tips)
    Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    "Long lines... last admission is 4pm"(3 Tips)
    Muire M.
    "Book a guided group tour (we used Get Your Guide)."(9 Tips)
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  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StraussDecember 9, 2014
    Skip the very long entry line by paying €6 more for a guided tour (on top of the €10 admission). Check website for tour times, show up 15min before, go to the front of the line and ask for the tour.
  • Muire M.
    Muire McCallionApril 12, 2015
    Book a guided group tour (we used Get Your Guide). Great value for money and they even stand in the queue for you while you grab a coffee. Really knowledgable & fun - it adds so much to the experience
  • Amy v.
    6 million Parisian skeletons were buried here over the past centuries. Beautiful yet creepy. It's definitely worth a visit, but get your tickets online to skip the queue.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareMay 25, 2013
    A large portion of the catacombs, which is not open to the public, was used as a gypsum quarry and featured in the James Bond film Moonraker (1979) as the tunnels under Hugo Drax's base of operations.
  • Erika T.
    Erika TigueJanuary 30, 2014
    The tunnel floors get damp so be sure to wear proper shoes to prevent slipping. Also, at the end of the tour is a narrow, spiral staircase up. Be prepared for a climb. It's totally worth it though!
    All-Paris-Apartments.comDecember 4, 2012
    The Catacombs of Paris is just one indoor place where you can have fun while escaping the winter cold. Read on to find out some other good indoor places in the city. Read more
  • Dylan C.
    Dylan CromwellNovember 23, 2014
    Afternoon line was incredibly long so go early or sneak / bribe your way into the front of the queue unless you want to wait over an hour to get in. Once inside it's really worth it though!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TuttleJanuary 3, 2014
    An incredible experience. Well worth the wait in line, but plan on getting there at 8:30 to gain entry with the least wait. Be prepared for lots of steps and a 2km walk.
  • Frkn
    FrknJune 1, 2014
    Best attraction in Paris! A must-see! Definitely worthed waiting in line for 2 hours! But it closes at 16. So go early!
  • Melissa M.
    The queue crazy. It's better to book online or book a guided tour to skip the queue! Also good to have an audio guide to listen to the explanations about the place otherwise your trip will be wasted!
  • Roaming Gnome
    Roaming GnomeOctober 28, 2013
    6 million remains of are buried here. It's certainly one thing you want see before you die... and uh after you die too apparently. Hotel Reco:
  • Marina B.
    Marina BurityMay 10, 2015
    It's a very peculiar place and worth the visit if you are not claustrophobic. Arrive early to avoid lines and be aware that the exit is far from the entrance, don't get lost
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin TenkeSeptember 7, 2014
    Some people say that the last admission is at 4pm but it changed or its depending on the season of the year. When i visited the catacombes in september the last admission was at 7pm.
  • Ahuv
    AhuvOctober 8, 2014
    You will have to queue for 2-3 hours but its worth it as no other city has something like this. Bring a book. This underground cemetery is awe-inspiring, not a scary horror "attraction"
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooOctober 28, 2014
    Six million Parisians are buried in this ossuary within the hundred of miles of tunnels beneath the city of light.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatSeptember 26, 2011
    The famous Catacombs is one of Paris’ most mysterious attractions. Get there at least 30 minutes before the 10AM opening as the lines are known to get long.
    Otel.comOctober 17, 2011
    This underground ossuary has tunnels and crypts that are both eerie and interesting. The tour takes about 45mins-1 hr. Ages under 14 not allowed w/o companion. €8 adults, €4 ages 14-26, €6 ages 60 up.
  • mon s.
    mon simonsNovember 1, 2013
    Be there at least 30 mins before they open. Waiting in line for 2 hrs is not uncommon, bring lunch. Also, bring flash light if you want to take better photos. It's slippery and watch for some puddle.
  • Dennis L.
    Dennis LiuFebruary 28, 2014
    Arrive before the opening at 10, otherwise prepare to stand outside and wait. Only 200 people are allowed in at a time and it's about 46 minutes to an hour and a half if you are listening to the guide
  • Charlotte
    CharlotteAugust 7, 2013
    Make sure you get there nice and early! At about 12:45 the queue stretched right around the block!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergApril 15, 2013
    Get there early as the line can take over an hour sometimes. Only 200 ppl allowed in at a time. Worth the wait though.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Several million skeletons are here. In the galleries, the remains laid against the walls are a macabre decoration. – Green Guide Editor
  • Ted E.
    Ted EckmanSeptember 13, 2014
    Get here early. The line is a mile long. It wraps around the block and then some.
  • hannah k.
    hannah kApril 7, 2012
    Get there early! Don't bother queuing after 3.. Best to grab a coffee at the cafe next to Paul to access restroom !
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJune 12, 2015
    So much fun - the line is long and they don't have a bathroom so find one beforehand! This place is not for claustrophobics or ossophobics
  • Brian C.
    Brian CaffinAugust 27, 2013
    Get there at 9am at the latest. Went there at 9.30 am, place opens at 10am. Got in at 11.15.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ConradJanuary 25, 2015
    Go early to avoid waiting an hour in line. Also, if you act like an idiot and touch the bones, I will smack you.
  • Manuel M.
    Manuel MontanariMay 20, 2010
    It's incredible how many rests are here... hundreds of meeters of bones-walls!! a one in a lifetime experience... beware of the humidity.. and there are no toilets! so be prepared. Worth it!
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 29, 2012
    Indulge morbid curiosity. Tour the beautifully arranged graves of 6 million Parisians in the 3000 km tunnel network under the city. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • Christian
    ChristianDecember 30, 2013
    Choose a rainy day and go around 15.30 most likely there won't be any queue anymore. Worked for me however I could have been lucky. Normally you have to wait for 1.5 hours.
  • K H.
    K HSeptember 6, 2013
    Go and hour and a half before it opens and have coffee across the street. You can monitor the lines and still eat some breakfast.
  • Yiannis
    YiannisMay 23, 2013
    1. Wear sensible shoes. 2. Take a leak, before you get in line. 3. Pack a lunch. 4. If there is ANY chance of rain, take an umbrella. [Comments 2-4 refer to the 2-hr wait you're in for.]
  • Charles W.
    Charles Wolford6 days ago
    Every time I visit is more interesting than the last. Probably my favorite place in Paris
  • Ayush A.
    Must place to go in paris. need time as line is there
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MasonOctober 1, 2015
    If you're between 18–26 years of age, bring your ID and receive 2€ off admission.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongSeptember 11, 2014
    students get discounted tickets! this place is really eerie but also very humbling.
  • Clare M.
    Clare McParlandApril 28, 2013
    get there early. in fact, split up, and make sure your friend gets there early.
  • Marinus S.
    Marinus SnymanMarch 19, 2013
    We were there at 11am in March and waited for 1h15mins. Make sure you go early!
  • Lilith A.
    One of the coolest things in Paris. Don't miss it.
  • Iva K.
    Definitely get the online tickets and skip the line.
    Upvoted Sep 14
  • John G.
    John GibbonsApril 4, 2012
    Get in line and send someone for some food or coffee while you wait. You will be waiting.
  • Hugo N.
    Hugo NeuprolerJuly 7, 2013
    Actually a manageable temperature in these watery tunnels. Best reprieve from the sun you'll find in Paris.
  • Jim L.
    Jim LaVeckAugust 14, 2013
    Be prepared for a wait. And while it's open until 5 most days, the last entry it's at 4.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LiewApril 12, 2015
    Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because it's a long walk.
  • Miranda B.
    Miranda BakerJuly 12, 2013
    Be prepared for a long line and a long is totally worth it!
  • Vicente J.
    Vicente JuniorAugust 8, 2014
    You better go early in The morning. The line get's very long.
  • Jocelyn H.
    Jocelyn HoltonSeptember 17, 2013
    Get there early! We queued for three hours, but it is worth it!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiszkaAugust 15, 2012
    Imagine a femur. Now imagine 100,000 femurs. Also it's a little dark. There, you've visited the Catacombs.
  • E.
    E.October 27, 2013
    Get there early and don't give up, it's amazing. :)
  • Robert A.
    Robert AccetturaJanuary 10, 2015
    Arrive early or late to avoid the worst lines. It's narrow not very tall passages and a decent walk. Be prepared
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