The Paris Catacombs is unique among world sites. For the best possible visit, please follow these instructions.
To avoid queuing up, please book a timed ticket online and check the time slot you reserved.
To protect your health and safety and that of our staff, we're asking that you come with your face mask and wear it during the visit.
Please wash your hands at the entrance and keep at a safe distance.
The health pass is to be shown upon your arrival at the Catacombs. Identification card is no longer required.
The health pass may be in electronic or printed form, and must provide evidence of one of the three statuses below:
- certificate of vaccination showing that the individual has been fully vaccinated; visitors from outside E.U. may show a vaccination certificate from their country (for instance: CDC Card)
- certificate of negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test dating from less than 48 hours;
- result of a positive RT-PCR or rapid antigen test showing recovery from COVID-19 that dates from at least 11 days and less than 6 months.
Admission requires a health pass only for individuals aged above 18 from 21 July 2021. Individuals aged 12 - 17 are exempted from the health pass requirement up to 30 August 2021.
Those who booked museum tickets before 13 July for a date after 21 July 2021 and do not have a health pass may ask for a refund using the form downloadable by clicking here, which must be sent complete to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paris Catacombs aren't wheelchair accessible because of the site’s underground constraints.
We do not recommend visits by :
- individuals with a motor disability
- individuals with cardiac or respiratory insufficiency,
- pregnant women
- sensitive individuals
- children under fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. (the direct confrontation with bones may be overwhelming)
In the Paris Catacombs, there are 131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up.
Duration of visit
For this 1.5 km circuit, plan on an hour-long visit.
The average temperature is 14°C, and it can be very humid.
How to dress ?
You can leave your boots at home, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes! However, waiting in front of the entrance can be long, even in winter, so don’t forget to dress warmly.
What if I have a big bag? A motorcycle helmet? A stroller?
To ensure safety and preservation of the ossuary, it is prohibited to enter the Catacombs with a suitcase, a large bag or a motorcycle helmet. Bags no larger than 40x30x20 cm are allowed. They must be carried on the front or held at your side.
There is no cloak room because the exit is located at 21 bis, Avenue René-Coty, nearly 700 meters from the entrance.
Strollers are not allowed either. Please use a baby carrier.
To ensure preservation of the site, you must not eat or drink on the site circuit, and animals are not allowed.
Any kind of alcohol is prohibited.
And, of course, you must not touch the bones, which are the fragile remains of millions of Parisians.
Photos for private use are authorized, but you must not use a tripod or bulky material that may get in the way of other visitors. You may use the flash without disturbing other visitors.
Due to Covid-19, group visits are limited until further notice.