Visit to the Catacombs of Paris: How to get there, prices and advice

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Martí Micolau

Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame ... Paris is a masterpiece. Its surface is literally covered with places and monuments of world importance, which testify to the mastery of men who have managed to produce true masterpieces. This same mastery, however, you could also find it in the most "original" places ... such as Catacombs.

Kingdom of mystery, terror and even history, the Caracombs of Paris are a real city under the city, made up of intricate tunnels that look like a real labyrinth. If you love thrilling emotions you absolutely cannot miss them, and for this reason here is some information that will make you add this original destination to your Paris itinerary.


  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. What to see and how to visit the Paris Catacombs
  4. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  5. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  6. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

The area where the Paris Catacombs are located is well served by By public transport of the city. In fact, in its vicinity pass the RER, as well as two bus lines and the subway. If you prefer to walk there, be prepared to take a nice (and long) walk, since the place is located almost in the exact center of the city.

  • On foot: 4 km from Place de la Bastille, walk along Boulevard de la Bastille and continue on Boulevard de l'Hopital until you reach Boulevard d'Arago as far as the Catacombs, in Place Denfert-Rocherau - Get directions
  • By bus: lines 38 and 68
  • By metro: lines 4 or 6 to Denfert-Rocherau or RER line B

Hours and prices

Before visiting the Catacombs it would be better to know Costi ed times opening and closing. Fortunately, the ticket is quite cheap and offers various reductions based on age. As for the timetables, on the other hand, be very careful, they are perhaps a little "reduced" and it is better to organize yourself in time.

  • Tuesday to Sunday 10: 00-20: 30. Closed on Mondays and holidays
  • Full ticket: € 10,00 including exhibitions
  • reduced ticket: € 8,00
  • Free entry: under 13
  • More Info: audio guides are available at the price of € 5,00

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What to see and how to visit the Paris Catacombs

If you are a history lover and have decided to visit Paris, you cannot miss the visit of the Catacombs, a real city below the city. It is a labyrinth of intricate tunnels that tells a story of terror and mystery and collects the remains of about 6 million people.

The Parisian Empire of the Dead was created in the late th century for sanitize the mass graves of city cemeteries which, unable to accommodate further bodies, were starting to cause various epidemics among the inhabitants of the Ville Lumiere.

To date, only a small part of the Catacombs can be visited: from the entrance on Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 1; you will be accompanied for a journey of about 1,5 km and lasting 1 hour, among the tunnels full of history, decorated in a macabre-romantic style and enriched with verses from the Bible and other quotes. We recommend the purchase of the priority ticket with audio guide, the latter very useful to fully understand the place where you are!

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

Before visiting the Catacombs of Paris make sure you know everything you might find useful:

  1. Get up early: admission is limited to 200 people, so the sooner you arrive the better
  2. Priority ticket: the priority ticket will allow you to avoid the queue, thus saving a lot of time
  3. Watch out for restrictions: the Catacombs not accessible to people with reduced mobility and those with luggage. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Furthermore, access is forbidden for animals and there are no health services.
  4. Minimum time: The visit lasts about 45 minutes and covers 2 km of tunnels
  5. Not recommended for: people with heart and respiratory problems, particularly sensitive to closed spaces and children

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

The Catacombs, in addition to being fascinating, are also a very special destination. Born as a "quarry" of rock, over the centuries they were the refuge of Parisians during the wars, to then become, during the 80s, the seat of feasts clandestine rock and punk (if you are "lucky" you might run into some similar event today).
The Catacombs have also often become the ideal place to set , such as 2007's "Catacombs", or the very famous opera "Les Miserables". In any case, film or not, visiting them is one of those experiences that must be done at least once in a lifetime. If you are afraid of getting lost in them, do not worry, today in fact only the area of ​​the old cemeteries can be visited, which has about 6 million human remains.

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