What you need to know:
Cost: 12 Euro
Times: Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here. There is no shorter line for people that have already purchased tickets.
The line is legit -- one of the longest lines you'll encounter at any Paris museum. People love the catacombs; especially Americans. I think almost everyone we were in line with in our general area was an American tourist. Bring an umbrella if it is even calling for a chance of rain because the line is uncovered, wrapping around a small park. Bring snacks and maybe even a book to pass the time.
What you can and can't bring:
Like most museums, large bags are discouraged. They don't want you sneaking someone's bones out (which is incredible disrespectful but some people have no trouble disassociating bones from the humans they once belonged to it seems). Also, no dogs. Let me recount a fellow American's unsuccessful plea to get past this:
Line attendant: "Sorry ma'am, no dogs allowed inside." (yes, he even said this in English).
Lady holding a chihuahua in a bright orange vest: "But he's a service animal. See, he has his vest on."
"Sorry, he still can't come in."
"I want to talk with your supervisor! He's not a pet, this animal is part of my medical care."
Supervisor comes over. "Sorry ma'am no animals inside. Not even service animals. There is no place for an animal to use the bathroom down here and this is a memorial site for the dead."
"Ridiculous!" Storm off commences.
Ever since this moment, I've wondered why this person felt like she should bring a dog into the catacombs. Seriously, what was going through her head? Let's just assume that this dog really was a service animal and not just dressed in a vest off Amazon. She's carrying a chihuahua, so we can safely rule out seeing eye dog here. So this must be an anti-anxiety or anti-depression dog? And if you had anxiety or depression should you be going into a pitch black tunnel with no easy escape route filled with 6 million dead bodies? Seems like your doctor would not advise it, with or without your chihuahua in tow.
|The unflattering look that is being both excited and scared at the same time descending down into the catacombs. The tunnels are small and dark, not ideal for anyone with claustrophobia.|
|You're now entering the kingdom of the dead.|
Visiting the Catacombs Illegally
Of course you can read about secret underground trips through the Paris sewers to areas of the catacombs otherwise off limits, but can you imagine anything scarier than getting stuck in a labyrinth largely unmapped in the pitch dark without cell phone service? And despite the cheesy ending, As Above So Below is a truly terrifying B-rate horror film. No thanks; I'm good.