Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower tickets

Everything you need to know before visiting the Eiffel Tower.

To avoid long queues at the Eiffel Tower ticket office, it is recommended to book your tickets in advance. Here you’ll find a selection of the best fast-track tickets.

Eiffel Tower from close

Direct Access Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

From 39,99 € per person

1 – 2 hours
Free cancellation
via GetYourGuide

Eiffel Tower Paris

Direct Access Tour to 2nd floor by Elevator and Seine River Cruise

From 55 € per person

2- 3 hours
Free cancellation
via GetYourGuide

Eiffel Tower

Direct Access Tour to Summit by Elevator

From 48.75 per person

1,5 – 2,5 hours
Free cancellation
via GetYourGuide

Eiffel Tower cruise

Day or Sunset Cruise with Drink, Ice Cream or Dessert

From 17,52 € per person

1 – 2 hours
Reserve now & pay later
via GetYourGuide

If you want to discover even more of Paris, you can combine your visit to the Eiffel Tower with a cruise on the Seine, a tour of the Louvre or a romantic and exclusive dinner.

If you want to take the risk, you can also buy your tickets at the ticket office of the Eiffel Tower. However, longer waiting times are possible.

Ticket rates at the box office

Standard tickets for the Eiffel Tower are divided into 4 categories:

  1. Visit the first and second floor by elevator.
  2. Visit the first and second floors by stairs.
  3. Visit the top by elevator, you can also take the elevator to the first 2 floors.
  4. Visit the top by elevator, the first 2 floors are done by stairs.
Adult rate
> 24 years
Youth rate
12-24 years
Children rate
4-11 years
Disabled rateToddler rates
< 4 years
Category 117,10€8,60€4,30€4,30€Free
Category 210,70€5,40€2,70€2,70€Free
Category 326,80€13,40€6,70€6,70€Free
Category 420,40€10,20€5,10€5,10€Free

Young people, children and the disabled enjoy a reduced rate. Children under 4 years old can enter for free (along with their supervisors).
A certificate of disability is required to make use of the disabled rate.

Eiffel Tower congestion

Avoid the queues at the ticket offices

The lines at the entrances can be very long, to avoid this, it is better to book your ticket in advance.

Choose for fast-track tickets to fully enjoy your visit to the Eiffel Tower!

Opening hours

The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, except July 14.

  • Access to the Tower by stairs: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • Access to the Tower through the elevator: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. *
  • Box office closing: 00h00
  • Closing of the Tower: 0h45

*Note: Elevator opening hours may differ in extreme weather conditions.

How to visit the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower consists of 3 floors, here you can find more information about each level.

Eiffel Tower

First floor

The first floor is 58 meters from the ground, for which you have to climb 330 stairs. Here you can enjoy a spectacular view through a glass floor under your feet.

If you want to eat or have a drink, you can do it on the first floor, in the ‘58 Tour Eiffel‘ Restaurant. If you want to take a souvenir of your visit, you can find some souvenirs in the souvenir shop on the first floor.

You will also find a special observation deck on the first floor, which can be accessed by going down the stairs from the second floor.

Visitors with children can take the ‘Follow Gus‘ tour on the first floor, which is an educational experience for children to learn more about the Eiffel Tower.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that from December to February, an ice rink is open and can be visited free of charge.

Eiffel Tower Second floor

Second floor

From the second floor you are 116 meters above the ground, for this you have to climb 340 more steps. From this height you have a very nice view of the center of Paris and you can easily recognize the surrounding monuments, such as Notre Dame, the Louvre or the Arc de Triomphe.

On the second floor you will also find the restaurant ‘Le Jules Verne‘. This restaurant has been around since 1985 and now also has a Michelin star. Here you can enjoy French cuisine in one of the most exclusive places in Paris.

For those interested in history, on this floor you can also see an exhibition on the different phases of the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower top

Third floor (summit)

The third level, which is 327 meters high, offers a breathtaking view of Paris and beyond. Information signs help you identify key landmarks in the city. It is an amazing experience to be on the highest point of Paris!

However, there may be very long lines to visit this third floor. That is why it is very important to book your tickets in advance if you want to avoid long queues.

Secret room!

One of the best kept secrets of the Eiffel Tower is the reconstruction of Gustave Eiffel’s hidden apartment, which he used as a place of reflection and work. This allows visitors to the third floor to travel back in time and feel like the great engineer Gustave Eiffel.

The tower entrances

The entrances to the Eiffel Tower are located in the side gardens, at the foot of the Tower. There are 4 different entrances:

  • Pilier ouest (West Pillar)
  • Pilier nord (Nord Pillar)
  • Pilier est (East Pillar)
  • Pilier sud (South Pillar)

The west, east and north entrances are intended for those who want to go up the Eiffel Tower by elevator.
The south entrance is for brave visitors who want to climb the stairs to the Tower.

Stairs or elevator?

You can choose to go up the Eiffel Tower by stairs or by elevator (or a combination of the 2)

Eiffel Tower dimensions

Advantages if you go up with the stairs

  • The queues are a bit shorter than in the elevator.
  • Tickets to go up the stairs are cheaper.
  • You can find satisfaction in climbing the tower and make it a personal challenge.
  • You can take photos at different levels as you climb the stairs and enjoy the fresh air.
  • You can come back at any time in case you are afraid of heights.

Advantages if you go up with the elevator

  • You can reach the 3 floors relatively quickly. With the elevator you can also go to the third floor, this is not possible with the stairs.
  • You can opt for skip-the-line tickets, for that type of ticket you pay a little more, but this is very useful if you don’t want to queue for hours.
  • The elevator is a safe and accessible way to go up the Tower. This is the ideal option, especially if you are traveling with small children or people with disabilities.
  • You won’t arrive tired at the different levels, possibly allowing you to enjoy more of the beautiful views the Tower has to offer.

Save time when you want to visit the top

You can also take the stairs to the first level and from there take the elevator to the second or third level. In this way you can avoid some queues and you have the experience of the two methods of going up.

Another way to save a little more time is by taking the stairs. This takes an average of 10 to 15 minutes, which is usually less than the time you need when you get off the elevator.

Safety guidelines when climbing the tower

Accessibility for people in wheelchairs

Although the first and second floors are easily accessible by elevator, the stairs are not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please also note that people with reduced mobility cannot access the summit for safety reasons in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Climbing the Eiffel Tower with luggage

According to security regulations, it is strictly forbidden to go up the Eiffel Tower with luggage. However you can leave your bags in a locker near the Tower.

Duration of visit

For a visit to the first and second floors, you should wait 1-2 hours on average. If you also want to visit the upper floor (top), it is best to add at least 1 extra hour.

You can of course make your visit longer if you wish, once you are inside you can spend as long as you like in the Tower.

Using the stairs will also take you a little longer than the elevator. To climb the stairs, you have to add about 15 minutes per floor. However, waiting times in elevators can sometimes be very long. Therefore, it is advisable to reseverve your tickets online now, so you will not waste unnecessary hours in long queues.

If you don’t buy the tickets before, your visit to the Eiffel Tower will probably last more than a half day, depending on the hustle and bustle of the day.

How to reach the Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France,
75007 Paris, France

See the Eiffel Tower from above (Google Earth)

The Eiffel Tower is located in the center of Paris and can be reached in several ways.

By subway

  • Bir-Hakeim stop (line 6)
    This metro station is about a 10 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. You can also take beautiful pictures of the Eiffel Tower through this spectacular angle.
  • Trocadéro stop (line 9)
    This metro station is about a 20-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. However, it is worth choosing this metro station because from Trocadéro square you have a beautiful view over the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding gardens. From there you can descend and reach the Eiffel Tower through the beautiful gardens of Trocadéro.
  • Ecole militaire stop (line 8)
    This metro station is about a 15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. Between this metro station and the Eiffel Tower is the Champs de Mars park area. If you like a nice walk through the greenery, the Ecole Militaire stop is a good option.

By bus

You can also get to the Eiffel Tower by bus. The stops below are only a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.

  • Line 86
    “Champs de Mars” stop
  • Line 82
    stops “Tour Eiffel”, “Montessuy”
  • Line 72
    “Pont d’Iena” stop
  • Line 69
    “Champs de Mars” stop
  • Line 30
    “Tour Eiffel” stop

By tourist bus

There are several tour buses in Paris and they all stop at the Eiffel Tower.

If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower, it is best to choose a bus where you can get on and off whenever you want (‘hop-on & hop-off bus’). In this way, you can reach the Tower in a comfortable way while enjoying the other monuments that Paris has to offer. Most tour buses have a guide on board, so you can learn more about the rich history of Paris.

On shared bikes

Vélib bikes are an ecological and healthy option to get around Paris. Here are some Vélib’ stations that are within a few minutes’ walk of the Eiffel Tower:

  • Station 2 ave. Octave Greard.
  • Station 2 Quai Branly.
  • Rapp Avenue Station 43.
  • Station 36 Suffrenlaan.

By train (RER)

The Paris RER is a network of regional trains that connect the center of Paris with the suburbs.

  • Station ‘Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel’ (line C)
    This train station is a 7-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Choose this train station if you are short on time and want to get to the Eiffel Tower as quickly as possible by public transport.
  • ‘Pont de l’alma’ station (line C)
    You can walk from this train station along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, the duration of this walk is about 15 minutes.

By car

The Eiffel Tower does not have its own parking.

If you come by car, we recommend you park in one of the following car parks.

  • Parking Pullman Eiffel Tower
    1 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower
  • 443 José Bouvard Avenue
    7 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower
  • 2 Place Joffre, 75007, Paris
    a 13-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower

By Batobus

Batobuses are the hop-on hop-off tourist boats that ply the Seine. It is a nice and quiet way to discover the monuments located next to the Seine. This mode of transport also gives you a different view of the city center and you will certainly be able to take a good photo.

The Batobus has a stop at the Eiffel Tower quay, called ‘Tour Eiffel’. From this batobus stop it is only a 5-minute walk to the entrance of the Tower.

If you want more luxury, you can also opt for a cruise, this is the most exclusive experience to visit the Eiffel Tower. Here you will find some options for cruises.

The best viewpoints of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is so big that while we are walking through Paris, we can see it in the distance as if it were an image from a postcard, so here we are going to tell you where you have to go to have the best views and take the best photos overlooking the tower.

From the Sacré Coeur (Sacred Heart)

One of the most beautiful points is from the Sacré Coeur, the best thing would be to go to this church on a clear and sunny day, from this viewpoint you will not only see the Eiffel Tower but also the city center. We recommend you go on a summer afternoon to be able to appreciate the gratitude while contemplating the tower.

From Trocadéro

The Trocadéro is another viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower that is very easily accessible and where you can take photos from a medium distance from the tower. Trocadéro square is illuminated at night, and it also has a huge water fountain that makes your views the most beautiful. You can climb some stairs if you want to see the tower from a little higher. We recommend that you visit this place at night, you can see the tower and the square along with the illuminated fountain, Paris is one of the cities with the best lighting in the world, you can also appreciate the light show of the Eiffel Tower .

From the gallery Lafayette

If you like to see the Eiffel Tower from a very exclusive point of view, you can go up to the terrace. From the top you will be able to take some incredible panoramic pictures of the Eiffel Tower, also while contemplating the views you can sit down and have a drink, since this terrace also has a bar where you can order the best drinks accompanied by delicious tapas. It’s also possible to only go up to the top floor for the views. Since the entrance is free, you are not obliged to consume at the bar.

From the river Seine

The Seine River is our perfect viewpoint if you want to see the tower from different angles of the city, of course you will see the tower from below, but with those beautiful angles you will make your photos the envy of everyone. We recommend to navigate the river Seine since, besides taking breathtaking pictures, you will be able to learn a little more about the other monuments since these boat rides will pass by the most important monuments of Paris, such as the Notre Dame.

From the tower ‘MontParnasse’

Another wonderful angle to photograph the Eiffel Tower is the Tour Montparnasse. This 210 meter tall skyscraper in the center of Paris has 58 floors. The elevator of this tower takes you to the top in less than a minute, where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the center of Paris.

From the Arc de Triomphe

From the Arc de Triomphe we can also see the Eiffel Tower and the center of Paris, we recommend you book your ticket in advance because to access this monument and its viewpoint you will have to pay approximately 13 euros per person. If you do not want to pay to go up to the roof, here we recommend other completely free places.

from Center Pompidou

The Pompidou art center is another place that has a panoramic view of the Eiffel tower and the center of Paris on its terrace, and the most important thing is that it is completely free. We recommend you go on a clear and sunny day so you can take better photos of the city. It is a quite crowded but beautiful place to appreciate the views of the city.

From the Champs de Mars (Field of Mars)

Finally, and perhaps the most beautiful place to take the best close-up photos of the Eiffel Tower is Champ de Mars, a beautiful garden that surrounds the tower and where we can stop not only to take pictures but also to have a picnic. romantic at the foot of the tower. Anywhere in this garden we can see the huge tower or even go up to it because the entrance is right in the park itself. We recommend that you go on a day of the week when there are not many people or not at rush hour, as it is a park that fills up easily, not only with tourists but also the Parisians love to spend the day here

Practical tips

Best time to visit the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro
Eiffel Tower in Spring, from the Trocadéro Gardens.

The ‘Iron Lady’ is a very popular attraction for many tourists throughout the year, especially the summer period from June to September can be very crowded.

If you are looking for a relatively quieter time to visit the Eiffel Tower, we can give you the following tips:

  • The least busy periods of the year are from October to March, with the exception of December. During the Christmas period and the New Year’s Eve parties, there is a lot of activity in and around the Eiffel Tower. However, it is recommended to spend the end of the year in Paris. The illuminated tower adds an extra dimension to the Christmas and New Years experience at night.
  • In general, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are also less crowded than weekend days.
  • The least crowded time at the Eiffel Tower is in the morning between 9 and 10. ‘It’s also a little less crowded in the evenings than in the afternoon. You can also choose to visit the Tower at midnight, this is an unforgettable romantic experience, the Tower will be illuminated at that time.

To find out when the Eiffel Tower opens and closes, you can check the opening hours.

Other practical tips

Eiffel Tower app

With the Eiffel Tower app on your phone, you can listen to all the important information through an audio guide. Learn about its history, construction and nearby monuments. So make sure to download and install the app before visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Buying souvenirs

Although there are many souvenirs in the surrounding streets or sold by merchants, we recommend you buy a souvenir in the official Eiffel Tower shops on the first or second floor.

Precautions at high temperatures

At high temperatures we recommend always having enough sun protection, enough hydration and wearing a cap or hat. This is especially recommended on hot days with long queues, to avoid heat stroke.

Precautions at low temperatures

Depending on the type of ticket you can cancel your tickets to the Eiffel Tower for free.

Check the cancellation policy when buying tickets

Depending on the type of ticket you can cancel your tickets to the Eiffel Tower for free.

Some tickets offer a full refund if canceled up to 48 or 72 hours, other tickets may have no refund or only a partial refund. Please check before booking your tickets.

Watch out for pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower is a place where there are many active pickpockets, so keep your valuables close. It is advisable to keep your money and cards hidden under your clothes, and never leave your wallet in your back pocket during the visit.

Eiffel Tower congestion

Skip the line tickets & guided tours

Discover the best tours and special formulas for your visit at the Eiffel Tower