Visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris: timetables, prices and tips

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Its project was contested by the Parisians, it was built for the Expo in 1889 and had to be dismantled twenty years after its inauguration. Today it is the symbol of Paris and France in the world: c'est la Eiffel Tower!
Who, as soon as he sets foot in Paris, doesn't run under the tower to take a picture?
You are truly breathless in front of this splendid work, especially in the evening, when it shines with its lights.
Here, then, are all the tips and useful information to prepare well for the visit to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


  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 Eiffel Tower 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

If you visit Paris, it is a must to "climb" the Eiffel Tower, on foot or by lift: on the way to the coveted summit, you will find souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.

  • from 15 June to 1 September 9: 00-00: 45, with last access at midnight (stairs and lift). For the rest of the year from 9 am to 30 pm (last ascent at 23 pm) in the lift; 45: 23-00: 9 (last access at 30:18) with the stairs.
  • Cost: € 16,00 for the 2nd floor and € 25,00 for the top (lift); € 10,00 for the 2nd floor (stairs) and € 19,00 for the top (stairs + lift).
  • Reductions: Young people 12-24 years: 2nd floor stairs € 5,00, 2nd floor lift € 8,00, top stairs € 9,50, top lift € 12,50. Disabled and children 4-11 years: 2nd floor stairs € 2,50, 2nd floor lift € 4,00, top stairs € 4,80, top lift € 6,30.
  • Free admission: children under 4

Online tickets and guided tours

Where is it and how to get there

The Eiffel Tower is located on the left bank of the Seine and is 2 to 6 km from the other major attractions of the city. It is romantic to reach it on foot to be able to rise from afar, but there are several (and faster) ways to get there:

  • On foot: Get directions
  • By RER (city railway): line C, Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel
  • By Metro: Trocadéro station, line 9 (14 minutes on foot); Bir-Hakeim station, line 6 (10 minutes on foot) and École Militaire station, line 8 (14 minutes on foot)
  • By bus: lines 82, 42, 69, 87 and 72

What to see and how to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Given the large turnout, we recommend the purchase of the priority entrance with access to the top, to avoid the queue at the ticket offices! Self you are interested in learning more about its history and architecture that characterizes it, we recommend instead taking part in a guided tour with access to the top!

L'access to the base it is free, but subject to security checks. To prevent terrorist attacks, the tower was fenced with high Plexiglas bulkheads and equipped with 4 access points with metal detector and bag control. The Eiffel tower has three floors, each with a viewpoint:

  • First floor: offers the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant and the 8-screen Cineiffel cinema which tells the story of the structure. It has an area with a glass floor that will allow you to admire the base from above and to walk "suspended" at a height of 57,63 m
  • Second floor: at 115 m, offers you the luxurious Jules Verne restaurant which also has its own dedicated lift, as well as a bar and a souvenir shop - buy online
  • Top floor: at a height of 276 m, you will be forced to go up by lift. The tip of the Eiffel Tower sways under the force of the wind but don't worry, it was designed so precisely to avoid structural breakage - buy online

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the Eiffel Tower when it opens or two hours before sunset, to avoid rush hours.
  2. City Card: The Paris City Pass saves you time and money as it includes access to 60 museums and attractions as well as the metro, bus and railways. Adding the Eiffel Tower also saves time in queues.
  3. Priority ticket: The endless lines can be avoided with priority access. The online purchase of the ticket is particularly recommended.
  4. Watch out for restrictions: baggage and animals are not allowed, except guide dogs for the blind. Disabled people with mobility problems can access up to the 1st and 2nd floor with the lift.
  5. Minimum time: the visit takes 2-3 hours, plus about 20 minutes in a row to climb to the top.
  6. Bring a jacket: at the top there is a strong wind and it is useful to cover up a little more!

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

Built for the 1889 Expo and initially intended to be demolished shortly after, the Eiffel Tower is became the symbol of Paris and the whole of France. An engineering work known throughout the world, it is located in the heart of the city on the Left Bank of the Seine and welcomes millions of visitors every year.

The project was born from an intuition of two engineers employed by Gustav Eiffel, to whom we owe the credit for having promoted the realization.

A couple of curiosities: the tower is repainted every 5 years with 50 tons of paint! The top undergoes "climatic changes": with the wind the tip oscillates up to 12 cm, while with the heat of the sun it stretches by about 18 cm.

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