Catacombs of Paris; Must See or Maybe?

The Catacombs of Paris is a world-renowned tourist attraction, loved by many. Me? Not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, wandering through the tunnels and staring at the thousands and thousands of bones and skulls was really interesting – but the novelty wore off fairly quickly for me.

The Catacombs of Paris are easily accessible by the M6 subway (located very close to the Eiffel Tower) and you arrive right across the street from the catacombs entrance.You can pay subway fee (1.70 euro) with cash, a bank card or a credit card – which was super helpful for travelers coming from all over the world.
As 3 Canadian girls wandering around Paris with a GPS app, we were happy this was so easy to navigate.

The large circle line continued to grow as we waited to go inside and within an hour the line was doubling back on itself. Although my sister and friend were keen to wait as long as they needed to, when our time in the catacombs came to an end – I realized I would only wait 2 hours to see this tourist attraction.

The entertainment while you wait was definitely the silver lining…

How long would you wait to visit the Catacombs of Paris?

The walking tour is 45 minutes, but you can take your time and stretch it out to an hour if space allows. You are given headphones, which you can plug into at each “station” and listen to facts about the catacombs and the remains inside.

Arriving at 9am (an hour before opening time) we were able to have a good spot in the line which had already started. We waited for an hour to get in, which was just the right amount of time.

Despite the title of this review, I AM happy it was something I could experience. I just really wasn’t expecting it to be so repetitive!

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Snapping photos and absorbing the shock-factor of being surrounded by thousands and thousands of remains, the first 10-15 minutes of the catacombs is really interesting – but then you have 35 more minutes of seeing the exact same things

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Exiting the catacombs – you are greeting by a gift shop and directions back to the M6 subway station which can take you back to the center of Paris.
I absolutely loved this gift shop. There were a lot of adorable souvenirs and a ton of Catacombs memorabilia.

Overall, I’m happy we got the chance to visit the Catacombs of Paris – but I wouldn’t go again and I wouldn’t have waited over an hour to get in.

I’ve been, I’ve seen and I’ve gotten all of the exact same pictures.


Have you ever been to the Catacombs? Is it a must-see or a maybe?

2 thoughts on “Catacombs of Paris; Must See or Maybe?

  1. I have never been but I think that I’d be a maybe. Being so repetitive it’s not something I’d want to queue up for long hours either. I mean great to say you’ve seen it and can tick it off your list but for me as well I think it would be quite confronting to see so many bones etc. Great to hear your perspective on it!

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