Everything You Need To Know About Visiting the Eiffel Tower
It's one of Paris' most famous attractions, but here's everything you need to know about visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Il est battu par les flots, mais ne sombre pas.
"She is tossed by the waves but does not sink." - the motto of Paris
Positioned regally on the Champ de Mars is the crown jewel of Paris - the Eiffel Tower. Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel and constructed between 1887 and 1889 for the World Fair, the Eiffel Tower stands at an impressive 324m and weighs 7300 tons. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, the historic landmark still operates as a radio tower today - attracting 6.9 million visitors each year. It's no wonder that tickets to the attraction are usually sold out in minutes.
Getting to the Eiffel Tower
You’ve made it to Paris, but you need to know how to get to the Eiffel Tower. There are seven ways of getting there:
- On the Metro – take Line 9 (Trocadéro metro), Line 8 (École militaire metro), or Line 6 (Bir-Hakeim metro).
- On the RER – take Line C (Champ de mars – Tour Eiffel).
- By Bus – take Line 82 (Eiffel Tower) or Line 42 (Tour Eiffel).
- By Vélib – 24-hour bike service, head to 2 Av. Octave Gérard station.
- By Car – car parking available (Parking Pullman Tour Eiffel, 443 Avenue Joseph Bouvard, 2 Place Joffre, 75007).
- By Boat – take the boat along the Seine (Batobus Tour Eiffel).
Everything you need to know about Eiffel Tower Tickets
So, you've arrived, but you’re unsure of how and where to go about purchasing some tickets. Don’t get scammed – there are many online resellers looking to make some quick money by scalping tickets at up to three times the official price. Prices are dependent on whether you would like to climb to the very top or just the second floor. Adult tickets to the top will cost 25€ if you intend to the use the elevator, with youths aged 12-24 charged at 12,50€ and children between 4-11 at 4€. Children under 4 go free.
Make sure you're au fait with the times for last entry – especially if you plan to visit in the evening to watch the spectacular light show. Between the 7th July 2018 and the 26th August 2018, the Eiffel Tower opens at 9:00AM and closes at 12:45AM, with last entry at 11PM.
For the rest of the year it opens at 9:30AM and closes at 23:45PM, with last entry at 10:30PM. Opening times do vary depending on the season, so be sure to check you're up to date before you set out.
Key Zones Around the Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower area is split up into 5 key zones – the gardens, the esplanade, first floor, second floor and the top.
The Jardins du Trocadéro (Gardens of the Trocadero) are situated opposite the Eiffel Tower, on the banks of the River Seine. From here you can make your way to the Esplanade, where breath-taking views of the Trocadéro and Ecole Militare can be seen. The Esplanade is home to 1899 lift machinery, a sculpture of Gustave Eiffel and the information desk.
As you make your way up the Tower, you will arrive at the oblique, transparent architecture of the First floor. The First floor is home to the CinEiffel, featuring 7 immersive projectors displaying high resolution videos of the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding area. For the little ones to enjoy the Tower, the First floor offers “Follow Gus”, an interactive and bilingual character designed around Gustave Eiffel, who is happy to help the kids learn all about the Eiffel Tower.
Moving further up the Tower you will arrive at the Second floor, home to The Jules Verne Restaurant. This well-received eatery is open from noon to 1:30pm and from 7pm to 9:30pm. Given the high calibre of the restaurant, no T-shirts, shorts or sports clothes are permitted.
Finally, as you ascend the beautiful lattice-style structure, you will reach The Top. With all of Paris stretched out below you, it's quite a sight. Highlights at the top include: Gustave Eiffel’s office, a model of the top floor, panoramic maps of the region and of course, a splendid champagne bar.
Skip the line guided tours
If you have not booked tickets already for the Eiffel Tower, consider Isango, who feature guided tours with summit access from €58, or without summit access for €35. These guided tours will take you on a journey from 1889 when the Eiffel Tower was first opened and transport you to modern day uses and art installations of the Tower, and finally the future of the beautiful building.
If you require package tours that include the Eiffel Tower, we recommend Paris City Vision, who offer a Night City Tour, with cruise, and skip the line Eiffel Tower for only €71.20. Viewing Paris at night is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with a beautiful cruise across the Seine and ending the day at the Top of the Tower.
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s day, consider visiting the Eiffel Tower on 14th February. On the most romantic day of the year, hosts will invite visitors to take photos in specially designed frames and post them on Instagram and Twitter. Five winners will be given a beautiful gift set to always remember your day in the city of love.