Paris Catacombs Skip The Line Walking Guided Tour

Badge of ExcellenceParis, France
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Dig deep into history with an underground Paris Catacombs tour. Learn why the bones of more than six million people were deposited under the city in a complex maze of tunnels that you definitely need a guide to navigate.
  • Guided tour of the Paris Catacombs
  • Take a narrated walking tour of the fascinating underground labyrinth of tombs
  • Hear the story behind the Catacombs from your informative guide
  • Skip the line and head straight in with your guide at this popular attraction

What's Included

  • Paris Catacombs entrance ticket
  • Guided visit
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Transport to/from attraction
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
    1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your knowledgeable guide at street level and prepare for this guided tour of the Paris Catacombs. Head down 130 steps to reach the intricate network of tunnels, and follow your guide through what can be a confusing labyrinth.

Hear stories about how the Paris Catacombs were built as a massive underground cemetery, housing the bones of roughly six million people since the 18th century. Paris' dead were moved en masse from existing cemeteries to the Catacombs from 1786 to 1788. By the early 19th century, the Catacombs had already started to attract tourist attention.

You have plenty of chances to ask questions of your guide as you walk through the tunnels. It's a unique opportunity to see a side of Paris most people miss.

After touring the Catacombs, the tour comes to an end back at street level when you climb back up the stairs where you started the tour.

The Paris Catacombs

guided tour of the Catacombs

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Exact meeting time will be informed in the tour confirmation.
  • Due to limited capacity at the Catacombs the tour must start on time. The guide will not wait for you if you are late, even if you call in advance.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible; there are 130 steps below ground to enter the Catacombs and 83 steps to climb up to exit, and there is no elevator
  • Not advisable for anyone with cardiac or respiratory weakness, nervous disease or tendencies towards claustrophobia
  • Not advisable for infants or young children
  • No restrooms or cloakrooms at the Catacombs
  • The temperature remains at 57°F (14°C) inside the Catacombs; dressing warmly is recommended
  • The tour is only valid on the date stated on the voucher
  • Please be aware that at busy times there may be a long queue to enter the Catacombs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Note it's a spiral staircase to go down and up, also it's dusty/wet in the catacombs so wear appropriate shoes.
Since the facility can only accommodate 200 people at once, the wait can be long.
This tour is worth the time and money as you get to see certain parts of the catacombs that you don't get to see on a self guided tour.
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Fabulous semi-private tour of the Paris Catacombs
Lynn_R, Feb 2023
Egor was the best guide I have experienced in Paris. Loved to additional private areas that he took us through. Would highly recommend that tour guide for the Catacombs!!
Worth the Money!
Holly_W, Jan 2023
My partner and I really enjoyed the tour. I can say without a doubt that doing the catacombs on your own would not be nearly as enjoyable or interesting as doing it with a tour guide. Definitely worth the money!
Fun tour
Danielle_S, Jan 2023
One of our better tours. The guide was interesting and funny. We really enjoyed him and his enthusiasm.
Must see in Paris
Marc_G, Dec 2022
Seeing the skulls and bones in person was fascinating and our tour guide was great! Must see while in Paris
Igor was a fun and great...
Amy_K, Dec 2022
Igor was a fun and great guide. Thank you for a creepy excursion…if you suffer with claustrophobia, don’t do it.
Get a guide
alexandra_t, Dec 2022
You need a tour guide or else you’re just looking at bones with no context. Lots of cool history and information you’d never know with a guide.
Ask for Igor!
mustangfrank1994, Dec 2022
Igor our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. Very informative and funny. Definitely worth the cost!
A great tour!
Catherine_H, Aug 2022
I really enjoyed it. Our guide was excellent! He had really interesting history to tell us, very well versed.
Great visit to the catacombs
Mark_K, Aug 2022
Our guide was excellent — knowledgeable and fun. This was definitely a great value for the money. We give it two thumbs up.
Best way to see the catacombs
Julie_M, Aug 2022
This is the best way to do the catacombs. Hear history and details would not otherwise know. Tour guide was on excellent.
Worth it!
Geoffrey_W, Aug 2022
Something I didn’t think I would enjoy. Reality was our guide was very knowledgeable and made a fantastic learning experience.
very creepy- very cool
Samantha_M, July 2022
Really enjoyed the catacombs tour. It was totally creepy, even more so than anticipated, but super interesting.
A fascinating tour
Margot_T, July 2022
This is a unique experience. We toured 2 km of the 200km underground tunnels, all packed with human bones and skulls. Our guide not only gave us the history of it all but had many interesting stories, such as the underground workers who made art displays in the tunnel out of the bones and skulls. If you are in Paris, and you are not claustrophobic, and/or you don't have mobility issues, you must take this tour. Lots of stairs and narrow tunnels.
william_h, July 2022
What an awesome tour. Igor was fantastic! So very interesting. Worth every penny. A Must!! Everyone in our family was equally thrilled
Informative and interactive!
Valerie_P, July 2022
My tour guide was amazing he was very informative and interactive throughout the tour. He answered a lot of questions and even told/showed us things that normally you don’t see without a guided a tour. Well worth the money.
The no-show guide
Deanna_T, Sept 2021
We went to the catacombs, but our guy never showed up. So we ended up going in and buying tickets, and took the tour without a guide. I’m sure that it would have been better if we had a guide. And the fact that I paid for a tour, and then had to pay again just to get in was very irritating.
Lara_M, Aug 2021
We paid 190 euro only to get there and fond that there was no scheduled tour in English and that our tickets were invalid. We ended up having to pay another 28 euro to go into the Catacombs, and the counter let us know that they’ve seen many Viator scams amongst Americans as of late. Horrible experience.
sucks refused to refund our money!!!
Ann_V, Aug 2021
When we arrived with our paid tickets at the catacombs they would NOT accept our paperwork and we had to pay again to get in. We tried calling the numbers given us and NO one answered would I recommend viator NOT ON YOUR LIFE. They are now refusing to refund our paid tickets This is what we paid -- I am NOT at all happy or pleased with the treatment received. DO NOT USE VIATOR!!!!!! Thanks for booking on Viator Your booking is confirmed! You may access your ticket below. Check it for more details about your activity. Paid & Confirmed Paris Catacombs Skip The Line Walking Guided Tour Catacombes 2021 10:30 Paris Catacombs Skip The Line Walking Guided Tour Sat, Aug 07, 2021 See ticket for location details 4 Adults USD $389.84
Not satisfied with operator response. Tour not taken.
MFA, Aug 2021
I arrived late into Paris and was not able to make it to the tour. I asked vendor if I can switch the date. Vendor is ignoring all queries and not responding with yes or no. simply silent.
Great time!
Donna_B, Aug 2021
Tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and made the tour fun for all. Definitely recommend this excursion!