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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.
This page details what you need to know about opening times, ticket types and the different floors, and finding your way to the Eiffel Tower.
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 9.30am and closes at 11.45pm with last lift at 11pm.
Mid June to early September, extended opening hours operate opening starting at 9am and closing at 12.45am with last lift at midnight. Last admission for stairs is at 6pm.
It's worth checking the official website (above) as hours may be extended at times like Easter. Special circumstances and events may also result in closures.
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). But please note there is no concession for seniors.
There is 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
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 long queues. This can be up to two hours at peak times.
You can buy tickets in advance direct from the Eiffel Tower official website, 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.
Eiffel Tower priority access ticket with host
• Skip the line • Small-group tour • Instant confirmation • Likely to sell out • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. It's 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 first a 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.
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