Catacombs Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Paris, France
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


With this exclusive skip-the-line access, discover the Catacombs, Paris’ underground cemetery. Wind through corridors of these former quarries, see the bones of millions of people, and learn the history behind the city’s largest cemetery. Your in-the-know guide takes you into sections not open to the general public, making this 90-minute tour one of the most difficult tickets to secure in Paris. Enjoy clear, guided narration through a provided headset.
  • 90-minute tour of the Catacombs in Paris with skip-the-line entry
  • Wind through the underground corridors of the city’s largest cemetery
  • Discover areas most visitors do not get to see
  • Learn about the history of the former quarries
  • Enjoy use of a headset

What's Included

  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Your guide will meet you outside the entrance to the Catacombs.

Start time

04:45 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

On this 90-minute tour of the Catacombs, you’ll descend into the Parisian underground with your guide and discover the mysterious world that sits beneath the city. Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure your skip-the-line access. Your group will have a maximum of 20 people. The temperature below is typically 14°C/57°F, so make sure to dress accordingly. (Restrooms and coat checks are not available.)

Please note that because some areas underground are narrow and have low ceilings, guests susceptible to claustrophobia or cardiac or respiratory weakness are strongly discouraged to visit the Catacombs.  As there are many steps to enter and exit the Catacombs, this activity is not suitable for those in wheelchairs. In addition, children are not advised to participate in this tour.  

Outside the entrance of the Catacombs, your guide will provide you with a headset and a brief explanation of the history of the Catacombs.  Then, make your way down 137 steps. Throughout the tour, you will have the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions as your guide shares insight into the Catacombs' origins, their transition into a modern cemetery, and their appeal today. At the exit, climb 87 steps to emerge onto the streets of Paris.

The Paris Catacombs

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Operated by Fat Tire Tours - Paris

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.

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The tour guide for this tour was...
Donna M, Oct 2017
The tour guide for this tour was great. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of history. It was very interesting tour knowing this was all under the city, but honestly all the bones represented a life and after awhile it got to be a little creepy. I did find the tour guide wonderful and respectful of it all though. Take the tour, but don't think too much like I did!
Fantastic tour. our tour guide...
Oxana B, Sep 2017
Fantastic tour. our tour guide Hellen was so knowledgeable. we enjoyed Catacombs. Oxana Australia
Really interesting and the guide...
Danielle H, Sep 2017
Really interesting and the guide takes you down paths that most of the crowd does not generally see.
This is a great tour! If you really...
Dianne D, Sep 2017
This is a great tour! If you really want to see the Catacombs and understand how they came to be, this is perfect for you. The time is well spent, avoiding the lines, but getting enough time to really see the historical significance.
Awesome tour .... definitely a...
Gregory R, Aug 2017
Awesome tour .... definitely a highlight of my visit to Paris! Highly recommended .....
I really enjoyed seeing this and our...
Thomas A, Jul 2017
I really enjoyed seeing this and our guide was fantastic
The Paris Catacombs are a must-see...
Fred B, Jun 2017
The Paris Catacombs are a must-see attraction i believe. Very unusual and an interesting yet dark part of Paris's history. The catacombs cover a huge part of underground Paris. And this is the only authorized section that is legally visited by the public. Tourists, with the price of admission, can walk thru the catacombs on their own which I first did or pay for a tour guide which I just did. Of course the paid tour was much more interesting and informative, but fairly expensive. The first time I waited in a long live, this time I showed up just before the tour was to begin and just walked in ahead of the long line.