Visit to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris: timetables, prices and advice

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Commissioned by Napoleon I to celebrate his military exploits and made by Jean Chalgrin, theArch of Triumph it is a truly unmissable Paris opera. It will be easy to notice because, with his 50 meters high, stands out in all its grandeur along the very famous Champs-Elysèes, the avenues where the July 14 parades take place, usually very crowded and busy.

Perhaps few know, however, that theArc de Triomphe can be visited: you can climb to the top to enjoy a spectacular view of Paris and the 12 avenues that radiate from the arch, being able to observe some details well, given the lower height compared to that of the Eiffel Tower.
So, let's see in detail all the information to better visit the Arc de Triomphe.


  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

Ben 284 steep steps (on a spiral staircase) separate you from the breathtaking spectacle that you admire from terrace of the Arc de Triomphe. The wait is not exhausting, even if the line is there and it is also slow, due to the small size of the staircase. You will almost be "obliged" to go up on foot, because the present elevator can accommodate a few people at a time, it works only on request and, in any case, it will not leave you at the top: you will still have to do others 64 steps to reach the top!

  • 1 April-11 September 10: 00-23: 00; 1 October-31 March 10: 00-22: 30. Last admission 45 minutes before closing
  • Best time to avoid queues: opening, lunch time, dinner time
  • € 12,00
  • Reductions: € 9,00 non-European citizens 18-25 years, groups of more than 20 people and teachers. School groups € 30,00
  • Free: children under 10, European citizens under 26, disabled people + carers and guides

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Arc de Triomphe Skip-the-Line guided tour: Duration 90 minutes, from € 29,99 - Buy online
  • Priority access to the top of the Arc de Triomphe: Duration 2 hours, from € 12,00 - Buy online

Where is it and how to get there

The Arc de Triomphe is located in Place Charles de Gaulle (or Place de l'Étoile) located at the beginning of the Champs Elysèes. I recommend that you move with the different public transport to achieve it, considering that there is an underground passage that from the subway leads directly to the arch.

  • On foot: about an hour's drive from the center of Paris. Also, to reach the circular square from the Arco do not deal with traffic, which can be very dangerous, but use the underpass - get directions
  • By bus: lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and with the Balabus.
  • By metro: lines 1, 2 and 6 - Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile stop

What to see and how to visit the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Commissioned by Napoleon I to celebrate his military exploits, the Arc de Triomphe stands out on the Champs-Elysée with its 50 meters high. From its summit, you will be able to enjoy a fascinating view over the center of the Ville Lumiere and look at the 12 avenues that branch off from there and which have earned the area the name of Etoile.

It is definitely about one of the symbolic monuments of the city, visited by many tourists every year. For this reason, we recommend the purchase of the ticket with priority access, to avoid wasting precious time in line. In a city like Paris, the time available is never enough! Let's see how the visit is structured:

  • Base: here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in memory of all those soldiers who died in the First World War, never identified
  • Permanent exhibition: before entering the terrace. It tells the story of the monument and its architecture, also focusing on the sculpted reliefs
  • Panoramic terrace: reachable by climbing 284 steep steps on a spiral staircase. From the top you can enjoy a wonderful view over all of Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the distance

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance at opening hours or at sunset, when the lights and the flame dedicated to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier turn on (at 18.30 pm).
  2. Buy the city card: Save time and effort with the Paris Museum Pass, which gives you free and direct access to more than 60 museums and monuments, including the Arc de Triomphe. Starting from € 53,00.
  3. Priority ticket: Enjoy the beautiful view from the Arc de Triomphe with the priority entrance, which will save you precious time. In order not to run into additional lines at the ticket office, buy online.
  4. Watch out for restrictions: there are security checks at the entrance. It is forbidden to enter with suitcases and bags (maximum size 40 x 40 x 20 cm).
  5. Minimum time: allow at least an hour for the visit, but the ideal would be to dedicate 2 hours.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The Arc de Triomphe represents the symbol of French military power during the Napoleonic era and July 14 (French national holiday) is the backdrop to the spectacular parade along the Champs Elysèes.
Inspired by the arches of antiquity, on its sides there are friezes depicting scenes of war, and through it you can read the names of about 600 French generals. The base of the monument houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to which aeternal flame, in memory of the unidentified dead of the first and second world wars. The flame is rekindled with a ceremony every evening at 18.30pm… since 1923!

To reach the top, it will give you a splendid one 360 ° view, you will pass by small museum present inside where historical documents, objects belonging to Napoleon and other finds are exhibited, but also a permanent "multimedia" exhibition, that is animated on glossy and tactile screens, which illustrates the construction of the Arc de Triomphe and various historical events.

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