The Paris Catacombs is unique among world sites. For the best possible visit, please follow these instructions.

Waiting line

Be patient!

For the proper preservation of the site and for safety reasons, the number of simultaneous visitors is limited to 200. In case of a very large number of visitors, you may have to wait a long time and entrance may be temporarily interrupted. If you can, choose a visit outside school vacation periods.

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Visit not recommended

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
- young children (under ten) because the direct confrontation with bones may be overwhelming. Children under fourteen must be accompanied by an adult.

243 steps

In the depths of Paris

In the Paris Catacombs, there are 131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up.

Duration of visit

One hour: ready, set, go!

For this 1.5 km circuit, plan on an hour-long visit.


It’s cool, even in summer!

The average temperature is 14°C, and it can be very humid. 

How to dress ?

Neither too much nor not enough

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?

Suitcases or large bags are prohibited

To ensure safety and preservation of the ossuary, it is prohibited to enter the Catacombs with a suitcase or large bag. Only bags measuring less than 40x30 cm are allowed. They must be carried in front of your body or in your hand.

There is no coat room because the exit is located at 21 bis, Avenue René-Coty, nearly 700 meters from the entrance.


No flash please!

Photos for private use are authorized, but you must not use flash, a tripod or bulky material that may get in the way of other visitors.


Come in number but plan ahead!

If you come in a group, be sure to have reserved a time slot using our online ticket window. Contact us for a guided tour with one of our lecturers.

Informations for groups


a bit of discipline never hurt anyone!

To ensure preservation of the site, you must not eat or drink on the site circuit, and animals are not allowed.

And, of course, you must not touch the bones, which are the fragile remains of millions of Parisians.