Most of the city's cemeteries are close to a Metro stop, and in some case two. Charonne, Picpus, St. Vincent, Auteuil will require at least a 5- or 10-minute walk. There are bus stops at or near virtually every cemetery. And don't even think about parking -- this Partis after all -- and traffic inside the cemeteries is strictly limited.

Nearly every cemetery has one bathroom and Montparnasse has two and Pere-Lachaise three (sort of). Most are in relatively good condition and functional.

With few exceptions the cemeteries are operated and maintained by the city of Paris so opening and closing hours are standardized.

From November 6-March 15:
Mon-Fri: 0800-1730 (8am-5:30pm)
Sat: 0830-1730 (8:30am-5:30pm)
Sun and holidays:0900-1730 (9am-5:30pm)
From March 16-November 5:
Mon-Fri: 0800-1800 (8am-6pm)
Sat: 0830-1800 (8:30am-6pm)
Sun and holidays: 0900-1800 (9am-6pm)

Note that cemeteries, like the parks of Paris are always closed during high wind alerts (falling trees can kill).

At the larger cemeteries there is a conservation office, where you can find detailed information on specific burials. At the smaller cemeteries there is usually just a guard at the entrance. While some English is spoken at the larger cemeteries, Be prepared to ask your questions or make your inquiries in French.

For details about guide maps for Paris cemeteries, view the map information listed on this blog or visit my maps page.

For details about guidebooks on Paris cemeteries, take a look at the books listed on my Guide Books page on this blog or visit my books page.

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