Covering nearly 25 acres in the hollow of an old quarry in the 18th arrondissement, and built below street level, Montmartre was opened in 1825.
Although located in the midst of a bustling section of Paris, with a major boulevard running over divisions 17 and 18, once you find your way into Montmartre you'll discover the peace and quiet of strolling down its streets and avenues.
Among the famous and near-famous here you'll find Edgar Degas, Jacques Offenbach, Heinrich Heine, Hector Berlioz, Nijinsky, Stendhal, Adolphe Sax (yes the guy who invented the saxophone), Francois Truffaut and Emile Zola's family (his body was removed to the Pantheon). Also some of the most striking sculptures in Paris can be found in Montmartre.
Located at the end of avenue Rachel. Take the no. 2 metro to Place Blanche and walk towards the Moulin Rouge. Walk right past the peep show hawkers and continue on to avenue Rachel, and turn right. The Avenue Rachel ends at the entrance; you can't miss it.
Alternatively, you can take the no. 13 to Place de Clichy and when you exit look for Blvd. de Clichy; avenue Rachel will be on your left. If you miss the blvd and continue on rue Caulincourt after a few meters you'll see a small stairway on your right. Those will lead you right down to the entrance on rue Rachel.
Map (374K PDF) The official guidemap for Montmarte will download right to your computer.
Entrance There is only one entrance to Montmartre, at avenue Rachel.
As you enter the cemetery there is a guard shack on the left where you can pick up guide maps. To the right is the conservation office. There is a WC, located on the left just after you enter and around the first corner. There is also a rustic WC between divisions 1 and 18, on the upper level of the cemetery.
Cemetery hours are standardized throughout the city. Visit the Information page.