The Eiffel Tower isn't just famous for its view, but also for its lines. In the summer and on holidays the wait to get in can be a few hours long. And even in the winter, it can be 1.5 or 2 hours. In this article we will tell you a few ways you can save time and money when going to the tower.
Climb the tower on foot
This is the easiest way to avoid lines at the Eiffel Tower. Just climb the stairs one step at a time. If you look at the tower from the Seine, you need to go to the far right. Here the ticket booths almost never have lines, or at least the wait is no longer than 10 minutes.
This experience will cost an adult just 10.40 Euros, while taking the elevator to the same level costs 16.60 Euros. For youth and children there are additional discounts. Keep in mind that you can only go to the very top on an elevator.
Going on foot, honestly, isn't a piece of cake. It's 116 meters to the second floor, more than 1000 steps.
But there are positives. You'll avoid the line, pay less to go up, and see Paris from the first floor. It's one of the best views of the city! There are not many tourists on the first level since the elevator skips this floor. And you'll burn some of the calories from all those croissants and chocolate.
You'll be able to take the elevator down for free.
In the summer the stairs are open until 12:45 am, and in the winter until 6:30 pm.
Buy a ticket in advance
If you don't want to stand in line for the Eiffel Tower, you can buy a ticket in advance online on the official site. You need to do this at least a month in advance, as soon as you are sure when you'll be in Paris, since tickets sell out fast. You can try to find tickets here if there aren't any left on the official site, but no one wants to stand in a long line.
By buying a combined ticket to the Eiffel Tower with a tour of the city you'll also avoid lines for the huge attraction. You can look at different options by using this link.
Eating lunch in a restaurant on the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants, "58" on the first floor and "Jules Verne" on the second. Lunch in "58" will cost you 69 Euros, and dinner is 95 Euros per person. "Jules Verne" has higher prices, better quality and service, and a better view. You can take a separate elevator on the tower to either restaurant. There's no line here to speak of.
You need to reserve a table in advance. You can find tickets for "58" here.
Other viewing platforms in Paris
The Eiffel Tower isn't the only place with a great view of Paris. There are other viewing platforms in the city also, and if you don't want to stand in line and don't want to climb the stairs, definitely check them out. One of the best views of the city is on the tower Montparnasse and it has a view of the city and the Eiffel Tower.
You can also pick a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy it all day long.
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If you've decided to wait out the line, here's our advice:
- Don't show up to the tower at opening. Everyone does this and the morning lines are longer than in the afternoon.
- The lines are the shortest in the evening after 8. The Eiffel Tower is open in the summer until 12:45 am and in the winter until 11:45 pm.
- If you're going up, dress warmly. There's often strong wind at the top, and even fog or rain in the winter.
- Don't forget to go to the first floor and see the best view of Paris.
Have a nice trip!