The Eiffel Tower didn't immediately become a symbol of Paris. In the first decades after it was built, the locals resented and criticized it for its absurdity and needlessness. Today, the Eiffel Tower is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of France, and especially Paris. The easiest way to get into the tower without lines is buying a ticket in advance, which you can do here. We will explain other ways to visit this great destination later.
Eiffel Tower tickets online
At any given time, there are always huge lines at the Eiffel Tower. If you want to avoid the wait, you should buy tickets online in advance. You can do this at the official site.
Eiffel Tower ticket price
Ticket price depends on the desired level, the visitor's age and method of climbing the tower. For adults, the cheapest option is going to the second level via the stairs, which costs 10.40 Euros, and going to the second level on the elevator costs 16.60 Euros. Going to the top is the most expensive: about 26 Euros. There are discounts for children aged 4 to 11 and for youth up to 24 years old.
Tickets usually sell out quickly on the official site, so you should plan on getting them about 2 months ahead of time, or three if you're visiting for Valentine's, if you want to use one of the next options:
- The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants. You can book lunch or dinner in the Eiffel Tower by using these links. Lunch will cost 69 Euros or more per person (you can order it here), and dinner with a cruise on the Seine is about 200 Euros per person (you can book it here).
- If you buy a combined ticket, the cost will include a tour of the city, or a river boat tour, along with the visit to the Eiffel Tower (for example, a bus tour of Paris and a ticket to the Eiffel Tower). If you're interested in a city tour, keep in mind that buying a combined ticket will save you money since they cost more separately.
How to get to the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is located at Champs de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France on the Seine's bank. You can get there by foot from several metro stations:
- RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel;
- Ecole Militaire;
- Bir Hakeim.
If you have a layover in Paris for just a few hours and you want to see the symbol of France, then you can order a taxi (you can use this link) and the driver will meet you in arrivals and take you to the Eiffel Tower for a fixed price.
Eiffel Tower operating hours
You can go to the Eiffel Tower any time (unless there's exceptionally bad weather or protests). During the summer (June 15 to September 1) the tower opens at 9 am. The closing time depends on the level you want to visit. The elevator to the third floor stops at 11 pm, the elevator to the second floor stops at midnight and the stairs to the second floor close at 12:45.
During the other seasons, the tower opens at 9 am, but closing time still depends on the level. The elevator to the third floor stops at 10:30, the elevator to the second floor stops at 11 and the stairs to the second floor close at 6.
The best time to go to the tower is on a summer evening. That's when you can enjoy the wonderful illumination and the mind-blowing view of Paris at night.
If you want to see the Eiffel Tower while you're in Paris, consider staying at these nearby hotels.
Have a nice visit to the Eiffel Tower!