Family Travel: Visiting Paris Catacombs with Kids

Are the Paris Catacombs kid-friendly?

The first time we travelled to Paris, we did it without children. Now, it’s near the top of my list of places to explore again, returning with the kids – because there were so many things that caught my attention and had me thinking “The kids would love this” – especially the idea of visiting Paris Catacombs with kids.

We couldn’t leave Paris without exploring the Catacombs. Two kilometres of more than two-hundred under  the city of Paris, lined with skulls, bones and mystery.

We purchased Skip the Line tickets through Get Your Guide, allowing us to skip the line and take advantage of an interactive audio guide, self-guiding ourselves through the Catacomb with a small group of visitors. At just under $36.99 USD each, it allowed us to bypass the line, that quickly grew to three to four blocks long, soon after arrived. Booking the tickets online was simple, and we picked them up near the entrance, at a small tobacco shop on the left hand side of the street.

Visiting paris catacombs with kids

It’s recommended to avoid bringing children under the age of nine when you’re visiting Paris Catacombs with kids. Children’s skip the line tickets through Get Your Guide were $8.47 USD, available for kids between the ages of 4-12.  The wait in the line to ‘skip the queue’ was relatively short, about thirty minutes before the first tour of the day.

Note: buy your tickets at least a few days ahead of time, and as early in the day as possible

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Getting tickets: There are timed tickets available for entry, at a lower cost, if you’re standing in line. Travelling with kids, you know that lines can be tricky – so we recommend using Get Your Guide, to skip the line. It’s easy, you buy the tickets online, pick them up and head to the entrance.
Getting in and out of the Catacombs: There were spiral staircases to enter and exit the catacombs. You can’t bring a stroller, and if you’re bringing an infant or toddler, it was easiest to use a baby carrier. For older children, the terrain was easy enough to navigate, simply watch for puddles if you’re visiting during a time when there has been a particular amount of rain.
Is it too scary for children?: The experience wasn’t scary, as an adult. I would hesitate bringing a child that may be timid or afraid, as it can be difficult to turn back once you’ve entered the Catacombs. There’s a short tunnel and entrance to the underground tunnels before you reach the Catacombs, so prepare your children ahead of time, so they can know what to expect.
How long will you spend visiting Paris Catacombs with kids? We moved relatively quickly through the self-guided audio tour, and were out of the tunnels in about an hour.
How should you dress? The temperature in the Catacombs is an average of 14 degrees. Depending on the weather above, it’s better to dress lighter than heavier, and wear a light sweater while you’re exploring underground.
Getting there: The catacombs are located at 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – 75014 Paris. We took an Uber to get there from our hotel, but if you’re traveling with a larger family or want to cut costs, you can use public transit. Doing so, you’ll want to take Metro line 4 to the Cité stop.

Tip// want to find a cheap flight deal with kids to Paris? Check out our guide, here.

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