The Eiffel Tower Paris

Practical information for visitors to Paris wanting to visit the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower Paris

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.

The Eiffel Tower Opening Times / Admission Prices

The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year!

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.

Most of the year the Eiffel Tower opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 11:45 p.m with last lift at 11:00 p.m.

Mid June to early September, extended opening hours operate opening starting at 9:00 a.m. and closing at 12:45 a.m. with last lift at midnight. Last admission for stairs is at 6 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 and events may also result in closures.

Types Of Tickets

Ticket prices and types are complex. There are different ticket price for many types of visitors (adults, disabled people, children under 4, 12 to 24 year olds, etc.) But note no concession for seniors.

There is also another level of ticket pricing depending on how you want to go up the tower (lift or stairs) and how far up the tower you want to go.

There are three kinds of tickets you can purchase in terms of degree of access. 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

Purchasing Tickets

The Eiffel Tower is going to be the destination of a good proportion of visitors to Paris each day. You can queue and pay on the day, but expect queues, long queues. Up to two hours at peak times.

 Eiffel Tower Entrance / Ticket Office

Ticket office & Queue At Base Of Eiffel Tower
(South West Pillar For Climbing Stairs)

Tickets On-Line In Advance

You can buy in advance direct from the Eiffel Tower official web-site, link at the top of the page. You cannot buy advance tickets for the stairs option.

When you order on-line you have to select a precise 30 minute time period when you will arrive on a specific date. If you do not arrive within that specific time slot you may lose your ticket and not gain access.

If you seek to purchase within a week or so of your visit there may be limited slots available.

Tickets are e-mailed to you immediately to print out at home or there is an app where the ticket can be delivered to your mobile phone.

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. A glass floor enhances viewing. There are quite a lot of explanatory signs and images and film covering the history of the Eiffel Tower.

2nd Floor

More restaurants, souvenirs and a higher platform for those shots of Paris. An exhibition covers the history of the Eiffel Tower.

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.

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Getting To The Eiffel Tower Paris

The Eiffel Tower is on the south bank of the River Seine to the west of the city centre where the Louvre, Notre Dame etc are located. It is too far to walk.

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.

However, we would recommend you go to Trocadero (Line 6 or 9). You will be rewarded by a first stunning view of the Eiffel Tower down below you from the steps of the Palais de Chaillot. You can then walk down through the gardens to the Eiffel Tower itself.

All of the popular Paris hop on, hop off sightseeing buses stop here and the Batobus river bus service has its western terminus at the Eiffel Tower.

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