The Eiffel Tower Paris

An advance briefing for visitors to the Eiffel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower Viewed From Palais de Chaillot
Eiffel Tower Viewed From Palais de Chaillot

The Eiffel Tower - Official Web Site

The Eiffel Tower is perhaps number one on many people's lists of 'must see' attractions in Paris. Around 6 million people a year visit, so the queues are legendary.

You can choose to use lifts to the various levels of the Eiffel Tower, or for the hardy you can climb the Eiffel Tower by the stairs.

Eiffel Tower Opening Times / Admission Prices

The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year!

Most of the year it opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes 11:45 p.m. with the last lift going up at 11 p.m. Last admission for stairs is at 6 p.m.

Entrances To Eiffel Tower
At Base Of Each Of Its Legs

For the last two weeks of July and all of August the Eiffel Tower opens at 9 a.m. and shuts at 12:45 p.m.

Its worth checking the official web site (link at top of page) as hours may be extended at times like Easter and special circumstances may result in closures.

The entrances to the Eiffel Tower are at at ground level on each of the Eiffel Tower's four legs. The leg at the south corner is the entrance for those wanting to climb the stairs.

There are discounts for youths (12-24 years old) and children (4-11 years old). There is no discounts for seniors and baby's are free.

There are three kinds of tickets you can purchase. In order of cost these are:

- Stairs, valid to the 2nd floor

- Lift, valid to the 2nd floor

- Lift, valid right to the top, the 3rd floor

You can see the three floors quite clearly by looking at the picture of the Eiffel tower at the top of the page.

For current admission prices please refer to the official web site, (link at top of page).

Do save time by buying your tickets on line: this will avoid you having to queue at the ticket offices.

You can do this on the Eiffel Tower official web site, (link at the top of page).

Note - only the tickets right to the top (3rd floor) are sold online.

If you do book on-line make sure you turn up promptly for the time slot purchased, if you don't you may lose your ticket.

The Eiffel Tower Experience - What To Expect

There are three lifts (North, East, and West pillars ) will take you up to the 1st and 2nd floors (115m). you should expect to have to queue to use the lifts. The south pillar is for those using the stairs.

For those with tickets to the top (3rd floor at 276m), you need to change lifts at the 2nd floor.

1st Floor

There are a couple of restaurants, gift shops and a wide circular gallery from which you can take in all the Paris sites and monuments. There are quite a lot of explanatory signs and 'Cineiffel' images and film covering the history of the Eiffel Tower.

2nd Floor

More restaurants, souvenirs and a higher platform for those shots of Paris.

This is the 'interchange' floor where those going to the top (3rd floor) have to change lifts.

3rd Floor

At the end of the 180 metre trip in a glass lift to the top of the Tower you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of Paris and its monuments.

At the top, apart from the views you will find Gustave Eiffel’s office which has been restored to its original condition. There is also a champagne bar.

Getting To The Eiffel Tower

Public Transport

By Metro, the nearest station is Bir Hakelm on Line 6 of the Paris Metro. Its about a 10 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower along the south bank of the River Seine past an endless stream of street traders hoping to sell you a small model of the Eiffel Tower.

We would recommend however you get off at Trocadero (Line 6 or 9). You will be rewarded by a first stunning view of the Eiffel tower like that at the top of the page from the balcony of the Palais de Chaillot. You can then walk down through the gardens to the Eiffel Tower itself.

By public bus the number 69 is useful terminating at the Champs De Mars, right next to the Eiffel Tower. You can pick the 69 from the centre of the city, notably by the glass pyramid at the Louvre.

Tourist Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Buses & Batobus River Boat

Batobus Paris River Boat At Eiffel Tower Stop

As one of the must see sights of Paris, all the sightseeing buses stop at the Eiffel Tower.

Both the main Paris hop on, hop off sightseeing buses, L'OpenTour and Les Cars Rouge have stops literally a few yards from the Eiffel tower itself.

There is also a landing stage on the River Seine, right next to the Eiffel Tower.

The popular Batobus river bus service stops here and operates a hop on, hop off service just like the buses, but on a boat.

There are eight landing stages on either side of the River Seine covering many of top attractions of Paris including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees and Left Bank/Latin Quarter.

Paris Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Buses and Boats

L'OpenTour Hop On Hop Off Bus

Les Cars Rouge HoHo Bus

Batobus River bus

Tours Including The Eiffel Tour

There are many tours that include the Eiffel Tower. The most popular are for those who only have a day or so in Paris and want to see all the major sights in a short space of time.

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower - 5 hours

See Paris' main attractions in a five-hour Paris city tour with a difference. Your sightseeing tour of Paris includes a tour across the city by coach, views of Paris from the water as you cruise along the Seine River, and lofty panoramas from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. You have a choice of three tour times - 9:00am, Noon or 3:00pm - so you can plan your day to suit yourself. This comprehensive tour is a great way to get to know Paris if this is your first visit.

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Paris City Tour and Eiffel Tower Half Day Trip - 3 hours

Get acquainted with Paris on a comprehensive tour of the city. The tour combines a city tour of Paris (1.5 hours) by double-decker coach with an independent visit to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. You'll cover Paris' must-see attractions and sightseeing activities in a short tour, and gain an unmatched overview of Paris.

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Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine River Cruise - 4 hours

Treat yourself to an unforgettable night in Paris and combine dinner at the Eiffel Tower with a Seine River Cruise. It's the perfect introduction to the city of lights, bursting with architecture, monuments and historic sights!

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