Eiffel Tower

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Prices & Opening Times

Prices

Adult | Aged 12-24 | Aged 4-11 ( <4: Free)

2nd floor (lift): 18,10€ | 9,00€ | 4,50€
2nd floor (stairs): 11,30€ | 5,60€ | 2,80€
The top (lift): 28,30€ | 14,10€ | 7,10€
2nd stairs + top lift: 21,50€ | 10,70€ | 5,40€

Tickets Cancelation Policy

Official website: non-refundable

Ticket with host: 62% refund up to 24h
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Opening times

Regular openings: 9.30 am – 11:45 pm
Last admission: 10:45 pm
Stairs close at 6.00 pm

On December 2, 8, 9, 10, 16 stairs remain open in the evening
Early closure on July 14th

Highlights & Photos

Highlights
  • Stunning views of Paris: The Eiffel Tower offers stunning views of the city from its three observation decks. The first floor is at 57 meters (187 feet), the second floor is at 115 meters (377 feet), and the top level is at 276 meters (906 feet).
  • Gustave Eiffel’s office: On the first level of the Eiffel Tower, you can visit Gustave Eiffel’s office. This is where the tower’s designer worked and met with some of the world’s most famous people, including Thomas Edison.
  • The champagne bar: The champagne bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower is a great place to enjoy a drink and take in the views.
  • The light show: Every night at nightfall, the Eiffel Tower is lit up in a sparkling light show.
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How to get there

Transports

Bus: 30, 42, 69, 72, 82, 86
Metro: Bir-Hakeim station
RER: Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel station

Vélib‘ Stations:

2 Av. Octave Gérard station (1 min walk)
43 avenue Rapp station (2 min walk)
2 Quai Branly station (4 min walk)

Eat & Drink nearby

Bistrot Benoit au Louvre

Location: Under the Pyramid (Level -2)

Located inside the Louvre Museum

Web | Phone: +33(0)1 40 20 53 20

Daily: 11:45 am to 5:30 pm

Friday: until 8 p.m. (during school holidays)

Menu costs €31,50 (pdf)

Le Fumoir

Location: 6 rue de l’amiral Coligny

Web (french) | Phone: +33(0) 1 42 92 00 24

Email: le.fumoir@icloud.com

Web | Phone: +33(0)1 40 20 53 20

Email: reservation@loulou-paris.com

Opposite to the colonnades of the Louvre Museum.

Daily: 9 am to 1 am

Sunday: Brunch from 11.30 am to 3pm.

Menu (pdf): Lunch | Dinner | Brunch

Notes & visiting tips

  • Built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exhibition.
  • Initially designed as a temporary structure only for the Universal Exhibition.
  • The project was controversial, with several newspaper articles contesting the structure, including the manifesto of artists and writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas.
  • Its construction took 2 years.
  • To get the best panoramic photo of the Eiffel Tower, head to the Trocadero Gardens and take the photo from the Palais de Chaillot.
  • From nightfall until 1 a.m., during the first 5 minutes of every hour, thousands of lights placed on the structure flash, giving an electrifying effect to the tower.
  • Initially, it was painted red, then yellow, until it had its more sober color from the late 1960s.
  • When it was built, it was the tallest thing ever.
  • 2.5 million rivets were used to stabilize the structure and allow it to withstand the force of the wind.
  • The original hydraulic elevator mechanism was in operation until 1899.
  • After the Paris attacks, additional security measures were created. There are usually long queues at security checkpoints.
  • The tower’s base is surrounded by bulletproof glass. You can access this area for free, but you will have to go through security checkpoints.

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  • Built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exhibition.
  • Initially designed as a temporary structure only for the Universal Exhibition.
  • The project was controversial, with several newspaper articles contesting the structure, including the manifesto of artists and writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas.
  • Its construction took 2 years.
  • To get the best panoramic photo of the Eiffel Tower, head to the Trocadero Gardens and take the photo from the Palais de Chaillot.
  • From nightfall until 1 a.m., during the first 5 minutes of every hour, thousands of lights placed on the structure flash, giving an electrifying effect to the tower.
  • Initially, it was painted red, then yellow, until it had its more sober color from the late 1960s.
  • When it was built, it was the tallest thing ever.
  • 2.5 million rivets were used to stabilize the structure and allow it to withstand the force of the wind.
  • The original hydraulic elevator mechanism was in operation until 1899.
  • After the Paris attacks, additional security measures were created. There are usually long queues at security checkpoints.
  • The tower’s base is surrounded by bulletproof glass. You can access this area for free, but you will have to go through security checkpoints.

It’s definitely worth taking the time to explore the area around the Rodin Museum to get a taste of everything Paris has to offer. Located in the 7th arrondissement isn’t the only attraction in the area.  Here are some nearby attractions and shopping places that you can also visit:

  • Les Invalides (10 min walk): This complex of buildings is home to several museums, including the Musée de l’Armée, which features an extensive collection of military artefacts, and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • The Musée d’Orsay (15 min walk): This museum is located on the banks of the Seine and is housed in an old train station. It’s known for its impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including works by Monet, Manet, and Degas.
  • The Tuileries Gardens (15 min walk): These beautiful gardens are located just across the street from the Louvre Museum and are a great place to take a stroll and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Le Bon Marché (10-15 min walk): This is one of the oldest and most famous department stores in Paris, dating back to 1852. It offers a wide range of luxury goods, including fashion, home decor, and gourmet food.
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés (15-20 min walk):  This historic neighbourhood is home to many designer boutiques and independent shops selling everything from fashion and accessories to art and antiques.

Frequently Asked Questions

about the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair. Construction began in 1887 and took 2 years.

The Eiffel Tower is 330 meters (1,083 feet) tall.

This includes the antenna that currently exists. Before the antenna was mounted it was 312 metres.

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The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year.

During the low season, the opening hours are from 9:30 am to 11:45 pm. In the high season, the tower opens at 9:00 am and closes at 12:45 am.

Please note that the last lift operates 1 hour and 15 minutes before the closing time.

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The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

The nearest metro station is Bir-Hakeim . You can also take the RER C train to Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel station and the bus (30, 42, 69, 72, 82, 86)

The tickets purchased through the official website of the Eiffel Tower cannot be cancelled or modified.

You may consider booking a guided tour. Our suggested tour allows free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance (book here).

Another option is to purchase a ticket with a host. Our suggested ticket provides a refund of 60% if cancelled up to 24 hours in advance (book here).

These alternatives offer flexibility in case your plans change.

If Eiffel Tower tickets are sold out, there are a few alternative options to consider.

One option is to purchase a ticket that provides a different type of access, such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator. You can also try to buy a ticket directly at the ticket office, but you may encounter long queues

Another alternative is to purchase a ticket for a visit with a host or a guided tour.

The visit with a host includes an english reception with a brief explanation about the tower but the visit is made without a guide.

 On the other hand, with a guided tour, visitors can learn about the Eiffel Tower from knowledgeable guides throughout their visit.

The best times to visit the Eiffel Tower are early in the morning (before 10:30am), after 5pm or at night when it is less crowded.

Yes, the Eiffel Tower is wheelchair accessible up to define observation deck.

The  top observation deck is not accessible due to safety reasons.

You can take pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night for personal use.

However, it is illegal to take photos at night  for professional use without a permit.

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