Skip the Lines: Catacombs Guided Tour and Special Access


Discover the chambers below the streets of Paris and learn the secrets of the world’s largest underground burial site on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Paris Catacombs. Access areas not available to the general public. Discover the darker side of the City of Lights with this skip-the-line tour of the famed catacombs of Paris. Explore these fascinating underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Bypass the long lines for this popular attraction and enjoy personalized attention in a small group limited to 19 people.

  • Small group guided walking tour inside the Paris catacombs
  • Descend 20 meters below the streets to explore the Paris Catacombs
  • Skip the lines and get special access to forbidden areas
  • Learn why the remains of over 6 million people were transported underground in the 18th century
  • Immerse yourself in the history of legendary struggles and triumphs
  • Personalized small group tour (maximum 19 people)
  • Skip the line to enter the catacombs and avoid two-hour queues
  • Expert English-speaking guide


Discover the labyrinth of the Paris Catacombs with a guide. Skip the ticket line and uncover the secrets of the world’s largest underground burial site. Unearth the macabre and mysterious underbelly of Paris as you walk past the mysterious network of skeletal remains and learn about their legends and stories. The Paris catacombs consist of an extensive underground network of tunnels originally dug as limestone quarries during the building of some of the city’s famous monuments. Beginning in the late 18th century, remains from Paris’ overcrowded cemeteries were exhumed and transported here for storage, with thousands of bones neatly arranged into piles along the walls. Delve into this eerie underworld with an exclusive small-group tour. Lines to enter the catacombs often exceed 2 hours, but you’ll head to the front of the queue with your knowledgeable guide. A group maximum of 19 people provides a more personalized experience. Wander through the dimly lit labyrinth that winds beneath the city’s famous streets. Marvel at the stacks of human skeletons that greet you at every turn while your guide illuminates the history of this soul-stirring ‘empire of death.’

Meet your guide at the Paris Catacombs and skip the lines to descend 20 meters below street level. Learn how 200 miles of tunnels were mined to solve the problem of the overcrowded cemeteries, and hear about the struggle and ultimate glory of the macabre, sacred site. Get a feel for the amazing chambers as you pass the “Arrete! C’est Ici L’Empire De La Mort” (“Stop! Here is the Empire of Death”) sign. Find yourself surrounded by bones and skulls, carefully arranged with reverence and a decorative flourish.

Skip-the-line access and visit to the Parisian catacombs
Small groups to ensure an intimate experience
Local English-speaking expert guide
Special access to restricted areas closed to general public

Not Included
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Not Suitable For
Children under 10 years
Pregnant women
People with mobility impairments
People with heart problems
Wheelchair users
People with respiratory issues

Meeting Point
Catacombs de Paris: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris Metro Stop: Denfert Rochereau, line 6 or 4 or RER B. Use exit 1.

Know Before You Go
This tour includes an approximately 1-mile walk, with about 130 steps down and 85 steps back up to street level. It is not recommended for people who have mobility issues or suffer from anxiety in closed spaces
Please note that the temperature in the catacombs is around 14 degrees Celsius
If the selected time is not available you will be offered options to reschedule. If you are unable to accept a reschedule option you will be offered a full refund

Not Allowed
Luggage or large bags

About This Activity

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible. We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our tours.
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by City Wonders Ltd

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.