Why Visit the Eiffel Tower
France’s most iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Built in 1889 under the guidance of its creator Gustave Eiffel, the Tower stands tall at a cool 324m. Up until the 1930’s, the Eiffel was the tallest manmade structure on the planet and holds the distinction of being the most visited paid-monument in the world.
To date, over 250 million people have visited the EIffel Tower and it receives an average of 7 million visitors every year. The Tower consists of three levels open to the public, with each having its own charm. Standing tall and proud, the Eiffel Tower continues to wow millions and is often the site for many a romantic proposal.
While many travel purists, bloggers, and others do not recommend visiting the Eiffel Tower for being too “Mainstream”, the historical and cultural importance of the monument are reason enough are reason enough for you to think otherwise. The Tower has gone on to become a symbol of love. The open-air observation decks, panoramic views of Paris, and other countless reasons make this a worthwhile visit. “Touristy” or not, the Eiffel Tower is a must-do the next time you’re in Paris.
Useful Information before visiting the Eiffel Tower
Hours of operation
September - May
9.30 am to 11 pm
June - August
9 am to 11.30 pm
Closed on all public holidays.
Getting to the Eiffel Tower
There are no shortage of ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. Whether by Metro, Boat, Car, or Bike, there are a host of options on offer.
Line no. 6 - metro station "Bir-Hakeim"
If you take this line which runs above ground, you'll get a view of the tower as you approach the Bir-Hakeim station. Always an exciting moment!
Line no. 9 - "Trocadéro" station
Line C: Champs de Mars - tour Eiffel station
When you come out of the RER station, allow a few minutes' walk to get to the Eiffel tower
Bus 82, stops: tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
Bus 42, stop: tour Eiffel
Bus 87, stop: Champ de Mars
Bus 69, stop: Champ de Mars
Self-hire bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any of the Vélib' stations. A pleasant way of exploring the Parisian streets by bike on your way to the Eiffel tower!
Did you know that you can also get to the Eiffel tower by boat? An original and pleasant way of exploring the heart of Paris with all the magic that lines the Seine on your way to the Eiffel tower.
If you wish to come to the Eiffel tower by car, we recommend you park in any of the nearest underground car parks to the Eiffel tower, a good choice being the Quai Branly car park located less than 300 meters from the tower!
Be on Time
All the entry tickets, and tours purchased in advance are timed and require you to be present at the entrance to the dot. Any delays could lead to your ticket being held void.
There are two public restrooms located in the Eiffel Tower. One each on the second and third levels. At the bottom, there are restrooms on the east and west pillars.
Check the weather forecast before you decide to head to the tower. Foggy conditions shroud the tower and limit your views of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you see that the forecast for the day you want to visit is foggy, buy tickets only to the 2nd floor. If the fog clears up by the time you enter, you can purchase summit tickets from the 2nd level.
There is no time limit on your visit of the Eiffel Tower. You can stay there indefinitely until closing hours. We suggest you take your time and enjoy the views as re-entry is not allowed.
To capture the perfect picture of the Eiffel without hoards of people in front of it, arrive well before its opening time of 9 am. For a picture of the Tower from top to bottom, head on to Place du Trocadero for a full-length photo of the tower.
If you’re one of those who decides to visit the Eiffel post dusk, you’re in for a treat. Every hour post sunset, the Eiffel Tower puts on an illumination show for 5-minutes!
Know your way around the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower consists of three distinct levels that are open to the public, giving you unique views of Paris. The normal Eiffel Tower tickets give you access to the elevators that take you straight to the 2nd level. If you wish to visit the 1st level, walk down the stairs to enter this unique observation deck. With a see-through fabric glass floor in place, you are bound to have tiny spurts of adrenaline and excitement as you walk on this level. The 2nd level entails the biggest deck in place on the monument. The floor is just about high to give you stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas such as Notre Dame, Seine River, Champs Elysees, and others. In addition, you will be able to identify any of these iconic Parisian landmarks as the deck on the 2nd level is located at a height that makes identification easy to the naked eye.
The Summit of the Eiffel Tower is the highest level that is open to general public. Tickets to this level are sold out months in advance as the deck can accommodate limited number of individuals due to spacing and security issues. Offering 360-degree views of the city, the summit is recommended for the thrill seekers and those seeking to “check it off the bucket list”.
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2nd Level ›
Height (in metres)
– Lift to the 2nd level and then taking the stairs down
– Taking the stairs from the base
– Normal tickets give you access to the 2nd level via elevators
– Lifts from the 2nd level
– Largest among the three
– Main viewing deck
– Most visited among the three
– Best views of surrounding sights
– Highest accessible point in Paris
– All-round city views
– Best views of the Tower and its lattice structure from top down
Eiffel Tower Epic, Cineiffel
Recreation of Gustave Eiffel’s office
58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant
Jules Verne Restaurant
1st level tickets aren’t sold exclusively
Eiffel Tower 2nd Level Access
Eiffel Tower Summit Access
Behind-the-Scenes of the Eiffel Tower
Behind all the hustle and frolic of the Eiffel, operates an intricate piece of machinery to keep the tower functioning and operational throughout the year. There are three lifts (North, East and West Pillars) that take you to the 2nd level of the tower. Two of these are hydraulic and were first installed in 1889. Since, these elevators have undergone modernization and renovations, yet, they continue to reminisce the original and simple functioning machines as imagined by Gustave Eiffel. You can discover the inner workings of this machinery and many other Eiffel facts on a special behind the scenes guided tour.
Know your way out of the Eiffel Tower
While your skip the line tickets can gain you super quick entry to the Eiffel Tower, getting yourself out can be quite a hassle. No ticket gives you a priority entry on the way out. On a normal day you can easily ride the elevator back down. But, during peak season, the lines for the elevators heading down are quite long and could easily stretch to a 30-45 minute wait. Instead, the faster route would be to take the stairs! The descent is less taxing on your body and you get to see all the views the Tower has to offer.
Skip Past The Crowds at the Eiffel Tower
Holding the unique distinction of being the top most visited paid-monument in the world, attracts nearly 7mn visitors every year. With the harsh winters spread out between December-March, the crowds tend to flock the tower during the summer months. Thus, leading to hour long waiting queues to enter inside. Our in-house experts have dug deep to find out the best ways to skip the wait and get ahead!
Buying your Eiffel Tower tickets in advance
There are a host of options available to pre-purchase tickets online. The Basic 2nd level entry tickets are priced at €11 and the summit level tickets are priced at €17. However, these tickets tend to get sold out at least 6-8 weeks in advance.
Your best bet to avoid the queues is to book the skip the line tickets that come along with a host. These groups are usually not larger than 20, and a dedicated host will escort you straight into the Eiffel without any hassles. There are a host of options to choose from:
Eiffel Summit with Host
Skip the exhausting queues at the Eiffel Tower and head straight in with these skip the line tickets. Our wonderful host will accompany you till the 2nd level. You also get to visit the Summit of the Eiffel for an elevated experience.
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Eiffel 2nd floor with Summit Option
Jump ahead of the bustling crowds to the front of the line! These skip the line tickets take you straight to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower.
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Save Big on Combos
Tour operators and travel companies run big discounts on Eiffel Tower combination products. Very often, these combination products include popular attractions such as the Louvre, Orsay, Arc De Triomphe or other popular activities like a cruise on the Seine.
Eiffel Tower + Seine Cruise
Enjoy views from the Eiffel and then hop onto a luxurious cruise boat for stunning views of the Eiffel from the Seine. These tickets give you skip the line access to the 2nd/summit level and include a 1-hour Seine River cruise.
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Eiffel Tower + Louvre Museum
The best combination ticket in Paris. Experience the two most visited attractions in Paris with one ticket! This skip the line combo is the gateway to the perfect day in Paris. Skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.
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Booking a lunch or dinner at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is home to two iconic restaurants. The 58 Tour Eiffel (1st level) and the Jules Verne Restaurant (2nd level). Booking an exquisite Lunch or Dinner at these restaurants is the perfect gateway to gastronomic satisfaction and skip the line convenience. The diners are given priority entry to the tower and the views from the restaurant is something unforgettable.
Taking the stairs to top of the Eiffel Tower
It only costs 7 euros and is usually the fastest way to get to the top. If you’re physically fit and are looking to spend a good chunk of time exploring and soaking the Eiffel all in, this is the ticket for you! The stairs access tickets cannot be purchased online and have to be bought on site at the ticketing kiosks. The staircase runs up to the 2nd level, beyond which you’ll have to hop on the elevators to ascend to the summit.
If any of the options above aren’t suited to your interest or budget, the best way to avoid the crowds is by going to the Eiffel late in the evening. Later? ‘Don’t you mean get there as early as possible?’ Well, apparently that’s what everyone thinks as well, and there’s an hours wait to get in first at the Eiffel. So, we suggest to do the opposite. By going at night, you’ll avoid the tourists, families, and those who are afraid of the Batman(Jk!)
Why Book with Headout?
Last minute availability
For those who love being spontaneous, we’ve got you covered! We have exclusive last minute tickets to Eiffel Tower. Thus, giving you the experience you deserve!
Skip the Lines!
All our tours and tickets give you priority entry. Thus, whisking you past any long waiting queues.
Our collection of combination tickets with the Eiffel Tower is unparalleled, allowing you to experience a multitude of attractions at substantial discounts.
Where Do I Get the Best Views of the Eiffel Tower?
The Eiffel experience isn’t complete without that perfect view/picture of the tower itself. While the Tower can be viewed from a multitude of points throughout the city, we’ve handpicked the Top 4!
33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Quai de Grenelle, 75015 Paris
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
Eiffel Tower Reviews
Beautiful Sunset from the Summit of the Eiffel
Visiting the Eiffel Tower while you’re in Paris is a must! My Wife and I pre-booked a sunset slot. The tickets were skip the line and got us to the 2nd level within 20 minutes. The views of the surrounding sights is stunning to say the least! While the summit has been claimed to be ‘overrated’, we still went ahead and loved every bit of it. This is one experience that lived long with us after our trip,
Skip the line helps you jump the long queues
An absolute must see. In fact even if you don't plan to visit the Eiffel tower dominates the Paris skyline so you have no choice. There is a park at the foot of the Eiffel Tower that was surprisingly not packed during our stay. You can bring your own champagne and snacks and have a romantic picnic while viewing the tower. Or you can use one of the city's bike rentals to take a still around the Eiffel tower. We did both.