Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris: how to get there, prices and tips

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Usually a cemetery is not associated with one romantic walk, yet that's what happens when visiting the Père-Lachaise of Paris. Confined to a corner of north-eastern Paris, the cemetery is affectionately called by Parisians "The City of the Dead": amidst its picturesque hills, thousands of trees, suggestive paths and elaborate graves and graves, it is not difficult to understand why the Père-Lachaise is considered the most beautiful and sought-after resting place in Paris and in the world. Countless famous people they found their eternal place here, their tombstone of immortality, ensuring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and making the Père-Lachaise an absolute must in Paris.

Here is everything you need to know for organize your visit to the Père Lachaise Cemetery: how to get there, prices and advice!


  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

Main entrance

  • On foot: at 8 Boulevard de Menilmontant - Get directions
  • By bus: Roquette-Père Lachaise reference stop, lines 61, 69, 71, N16 and N34 transit
  • By metro: Philippe Auguste reference stop, line 2 passes through

Entrance "Porte du Repos"

  • On foot: in16 rue du repos - Get directions
  • By bus: Roquette-Père Lachaise reference stop, lines 61, 69, 71, N16 and N34 transit
  • By metro: Philippe Auguste reference stop, line 2 runs

Entrance "Porte des Amandiers"

  • On foot: Boulevard de Menilmontant - Get directions
  • By bus: reference stop Père Lachaise, lines 61, 69, 71, N16 and N34 pass through
  • By metro: reference stop Père-Lachaise, lines 2 and 3 pass through

NB: this entrance is not wheelchair accessible because it has 30 steps

"Porte Gambetta" entrance

  • On foot: at 71 rue des Rondeaux - Get directions
  • By bus: reference stop Martin Nadaud, transit lines 26, 60, 61, 69, 102, N16 and N34
  • By metro: Gambetta reference stop, lines 3 and 3b pass through

Entrance "Porte de la Réunion"

  • On foot: at 218 Rue de la Réunion - Get directions
  • By bus: La Réunion reference stop, line 76 runs
  • By metro: Alexandre Dumas reference stop, line 2 runs

Hours and prices

  • from November to mid-March Mon-Fri 8: 00-17: 30, Sat 8: 30-17: 30, Sun and holidays 9: 00-17: 30. From mid-March to October, Mon-Fri 8: 00-18: 00, Sat 8: 30-18: 00, Sun and holidays 9: 00-18: 00
  • Best time to avoid queues: in the morning around opening hours, but the place is never really crowded
  • free

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery

The Père Lachaise Cemetery, also known as the "Artists Cemetery" welcomes personalities of art, literature, music and painting, theater, with names of the caliber of Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison.

Would be it takes a whole week to visit the whole cemetery and to pay homage to all the characters buried there but, however fascinating, moving and evocative the place may be, let's face it: a week at the cemetery, be it the Pere-Lachaise, does not wish anyone! To make the most of the time available for the visit, we therefore recommend that you take part in a guided tour of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, in which you will be accompanied by a guide who will take you to discover the must-sees in about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, we will tell you what they are the 5 tombs not to be missed at Pere-Lachaise:

Abelard (1079 - 1142) and Eloisa (1101 - 1164)

Born practically a millennium ago, they are the protagonists of an absolutely remarkable and timeless story, and they are among other things the oldest residents of the cemetery.

Abelard founded a school which would later become the University of Paris and which will welcome brilliant minds from all over Europe, including Eloisa, the niece of the Canon of Notre Dame. Abelard was charged with giving private lessons to the girl, and the intellectual understanding sparked a deep and indissoluble love. They left Paris to get married in secret, and a year later Eloisa gave birth to Astrolabe. The news ran quickly, reaching the woman's powerful uncle who, in a rage, sent a group of thugs who punished Abelard with castration. From that moment they were separated and forced to exchange love letters for decades.

Upon their death, they were buried together. The current tomb of Père Lachaise is made with stones from the monastery and the convent where the two lovers lived until their death. The figure of the dog at Abelard's feet represents their absolute mutual loyalty.

Edith Piaf (1915-1963)

Edith Piaf's story is the story of a little girl who grew up on the streets of Paris, her grandmother's brothel and her father's traveling circus.

The little girl sang in the streets for a few coins under the pseudonym of "La Môme Piaf" (the little sparrow), when the owner of a night club, hearing her, was delighted by her voice and the emotional charge it transmitted. His life was very troubled and she also had to face a very young pregnancy, a murdered husband and a complicated relationship with Yves Montand.

His voice kept company and lifted the morale of a Nazi-occupied France and, after decades, his song La Vie en Rose is still one of the best known and most reproduced themes of international music. Her daughter Marcelle Dupont is buried with her.

Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Marcel Proust has given his autobiographical masterpiece to all humanity "In search of lost time": 7 volumes and over 3.000 pages in which to get lost, get confused, fall in love and improve.

Consciousness flows and memories that amazingly they start from tasting a biscuit: the memory of Proust's childhood starts from the madeleines and the pages of a masterpiece that has marked the literature of yesterday, today and forever begin.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Writer, artist and homosexual martyr, Oscar Wilde was able to scandalize the England of his time. The dramatist's works are still considered true ironic masterpieces, capable of surprising but above all making the whole well-thinking society of every era reflect.

The choice of this funeral monument over Oscar Wilde's grave aroused several controversies, as his supporters wanted him to represent his much loved works. Apparently, the sculptor Jacob Epstein was inspired by Wilde's "The Sphinx".

Jim Morrison (1943-1971)

Myth, commercial phenomenon, icon of crowds, American rock star but above all a poet, his is the most visited tomb in the cemetery. The bust that represents him, placed at the foot of the tombstone, is constantly stolen by adoring fans, who visit him at any time of day or night. Jim Douglas Morrison's grave is decorated with the inscriptions and prayers of fans, from those who believe he is still alive to those who exalt his immortality with letters, flowers and gifts of all kinds.

In Paris he spent the last year of his life writing notes and poetry between the Café de Flore and Led Deux Magots. He died in Paris on July 3, 1971, at the age of 27, probably torn himself alone from a life no longer controllable and led by his excesses to the inevitable resolution of his existence. The director of the Père Lachaise initially refused his admission to the cemetery: when he was told he was a writer, he asked to read his compositions.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance around opening hours, especially to visit the most famous tombs calmly and silently
  2. Book a guided tour: we recommend that you visit the cemetery with a guided tour. It will allow you to know (without getting lost) the stories and burials of the most illustrious personalities, with real gems that you would otherwise miss
  3. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit
  4. Bring a map: the cemetery is huge and scattered, some graves are not even well marked or easy to locate. You can download the map here
  5. Behavior: this is a cemetery where many people are buried, therefore a behavior that is appropriate and respectful of the place in which you are located is required, avoiding screams or disrespectful behavior

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The famous French cemetery that every year welcomes common people and famous people for eternal rest it takes its name from the confessor of Louis XIV: father François d'Aix de La Chaise.

The cemetery is a unique architectural work of its kind, a real museum of funerary art open air where Haussmannian vaults, Gothic tombs, ancient mausoleums, works of the Second Empire, neoclassical buildings, sculptures of all styles alternate with each other in a harmonious way. The most famous necropolis in the world covers a total of 48 hectares and totals no less than seventy thousand concessions.

Despite its beauty and fame, the Pére Lachaise cemetery hardly ever has queues at the entrance, so you can visit it at any time of the day. In addition, the different entrances allow people to flow faster. Choose which one to enter based on where you arrive or which attraction you have visited previously.

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