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The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), is the most iconic landmark in Paris, becoming a symbol of the City of Light. The structure has three different levels: the first floor, second floor, and the top, from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Tickets cover different entrance options as well as guided tours, and it’s recommended that visitors book in advance to secure their ideal timeslot.
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Tickets to the Top

Get the best view of the city from the very top of the Eiffel Tower - these tickets can only be bought in advance!
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Eiffel Tower Guided Tour with Summit Access
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Eiffel Tower Reserved access Tour and optional Summit by Elevator
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Paris: Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor Access or Summit Access
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First & Second Floor

Enjoy the viewing platform on the first and second floors - either climb or take the elevator, whichever option you prefer.
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Paris: Eiffel Tower Tour with Summit or 2nd Floor Access
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Eiffel Tower with Host 2nd Floor or Summit option
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Eat on the Eiffel Tower

Enjoy a unique dining experience on the Eiffel Tower.
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Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie Lunch Experience
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Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie Refined Dinner
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Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie Dinner at 6:30 PM
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Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie 3-course lunch 12:00
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Eiffel Tower & Seine River Cruise

Combine your visit to the Eiffel Tower with as maginificient Seine River Cruise
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Paris: Eiffel Tower Access & Seine River Cruise
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Eiffel Tower Summit, Walking Tour & Seine Champagne Cruise
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More Tickets & Tours

Browse even more tours which include a trip to the Eiffel Tower.
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Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Access
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Paris: Access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd Floor
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Paris: Eiffel Tower Tickets and City Bus Tour
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7 tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower

View over Paris with its iconic Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Timelab - CC-BY-SA 2.0
Book your ticket onlineDuring peak season, the queuing time at the ticket offices can take up to two hours. Tickets purchased in advance are provided with a time slot in which the ticket can be redeemed, saving you the hassle of waiting in line. Regardless of the season, the Eiffel Tower is a crowd favorite, which means tickets sell out quickly, therefore tickets should be booked at least two to three weeks in advance.
Aerial view from Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Chris Karidis - CC-BY-SA 2.0
Be on site on timeThere are security checks before you can climb the Eiffel Tower. To be able to stick to your provided timeslot, you should be there about 15 to 20 minutes earlier.
Make a reservation at one of the restaurantsAre you looking for a way to avoid the queues and enjoy a meal at one of the floors? Book a table in one of the restaurants and save yourself the queuing, you will be taken to a separate entrance that will take you to the desired floor.
Take your timeTo be able to explore the Eiffel Tower at ease, you should plan at least one and a half hours to visit the summit. If you are planning to climb all floors of the tower, you will need about two and a half hours. This includes the time spent waiting at the elevators as well as the time needed to explore the building! You can find the most important informations about the individual floors in the next section.
The stairway that leads up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Karl Hedin - CC-BY-SA 2.0
Use the stairwaySince the queue for the elevators can be quite long, you can also use the stairs that lead up to the second floor. Climbing a total of 745 steps, you can marvel at the construction of the Eiffel Tower from up close. Each floor takes about 15 to 20 minutes to climb.
Catching a unique view over Paris on every floor | Photo: Unsplash, Sam Williams - CC-BY-SA 2.0
Visit every floorThe best option would be booking a ticket that gives you access to the top. At the top, Gustave Eiffel, his daughter and Thomas Edison await you - of course, they are only wax figures standing in the authentic reconstruction of the room, but they are still worth a visit! You should also check out the other floors, which all have a unique view to offer. For visitors who are not afraid of heights, there is a glass floor on the first floor which lets you gaze 190 feet (58 meters) into the depth!
Use the online guideOnce entering the Eiffel Tower, you will be able to connect to the online guide on your smartphone to get additional historical information during your visit. On site, you can connect to the free Wi-Fi _WiFi_Tour_Eiffel. The offered online guide is available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese. There are also flyers with basic information in French, English, Spanish and German at the ticket office and by the elevators.
The peculiarities of the different floors of the Eiffel Tower | Graphic: TicketLens, Miriam Dewam - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Discover what the Eiffel Tower has to offer

Once visitors of the Eiffel Tower could use the stairs up to the summit, nowadays the stairs only lead to the second floor, from where one can take the elevator up to the top. Then as now, in addition to breathtaking views, delicious dishes can be enjoyed atop the Eiffel Tower. You can find out more about the individual levels in our customized graphic below.

By elevator to the top

As early as the opening of the Eiffel Tower, visitors were able to use elevators - what is commonplace today was something special back then. Today, only two of the elevators from back then are still in operation and transport guests to the top at a height of 906 feet (276 meters). Due to the different ways of ascent, both on foot as well as by elevator, tickets are offered at different prices, but the way up from the second floor to the summit is only possible by elevator!

Climbing the Eiffel Tower sporty

At that time, 1585 steps led to the top and a total of 1710 beyond the top, which could only be reached via a spiral staircase. Today, the spiral staircase no longer exists in its original form and has been cut into 24 pieces. Some of these were auctioned off, one even achieved a record sum of 275,000 Euro (US$ 302,160) in 2020. Remains of the former spiral staircase can be admired on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Today, visitors can climb 364 steps up to the first floor (58m/190ft) and an additional 381 steps to the second floor (116m/381ft).
View from the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars | Photo: Unsplash, Drew Coffman - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Enjoyment at altitude

On the first and second floor are small food stalls offering hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as snacks like pizza, panini and hotdogs for small appetites. If one wishes to enjoy an exclusive ambience, there is the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor, serving creative French cuisine with a view of the Champ-de-Mars. Also, since 2022, the Madame Brasserie restaurant on the first floor has enticed diners with Parisian dishes at comparatively moderate prices. Please note that you should definitely reserve a table in advance at the restaurants.
The top of the Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Felix Fuchs - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Sparkling finish

The top has a glorious finish to offer: the Champagne Bar. This original bar offers a fascinating view over Paris as well as caviar and homemade lemonades. Champagne, which is world famous for France, is probably irretrievably the crowning glory for this striking sight.

The Eiffel Tower shines

Since 1985, 20,000 lamps connected by 40 kilometers of power cable have made the Eiffel Tower shine in all its glory. After dark, the Eiffel Tower flashes for five minutes every hour on the hour. The spectacle ends at 1 am and is a very popular photo motive.

High visitor numbers

The Eiffel Tower is as striking as its popularity - 7 million tourists visit this landmark every year. The tower is thus one of the most visited sights in the world. In accordance with temperatures, the number of visitors varies; in contrast to winter months, the crowds are high during summer. There is usually little activity between 9 and 11 am, as well as in the evenings between 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Waiting times can be checked live on the official website of the Eiffel Tower
Under the Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Alain Bonnardeaux - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Eiffel Tower: History

The Eiffel Tower was constructed as a centerpiece of the 1889 Exposition Universelle and became one of the most beloved symbols of Paris.

Hunt for the record

At the time that the Eiffel Tower was conceived, the tallest man-made structure in the world was the Washington Monument, which stood 554 feet (169 meters) tall. Meanwhile, in Paris, discussions were underway for a fitting centerpiece for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (or World’s Fair) which would celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution. A competition was set up to judge designs for a tower that would be at least 300 meters (980 feet) tall, have four sides, and be constructed out of metal. The design submitted by Gustave Eiffel (though originally conceived by his employees Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier) was eventually deemed to be the only one that was practical, and it was selected.
The illuminated Eiffel Tower by darkness | Photo: Unsplash, Anthony Choren - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The height of the Eiffel Tower

Since its opening, the actual building structure of the Eiffel Tower has been 985.93 ft (300.51 meters) high. With the lantern and the flagpole, the tower at its top reached a total height of 1024.50 ft (312.27 meters). There are more than 120 antennas for the transmission of dozens of radio and television programs (used as a transmission tower). But the height of the antennas has varied over the decades. The last change in the overall height of the tower occurred recently in March 2022: An antenna adjustment increased the Eiffel Tower by another 6 meters to 1082.68 ft (330 meters).
The unique structure of the Eiffel Tower | Photo: Unsplash, Denys Nevozhai - CC-BY-SA 2.0

Eyesore or Icon?

The design was initially unpopular, both with people who thought it couldn’t be done and with people who thought the tower was an eyesore. The tower was built between January 1887 and March 1889 and opened to the public on May 6, 1889. The tower was immediately popular with the public and international celebrities, with Thomas Edison, Buffalo Bill, and the Prince of Wales among the earliest visitors. The tower was only intended to be temporary, standing only until 1909, but at that point, the tower had begun to be used for communications purposes as well as for tourism so it was decided to let it stand. It remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years, until it was overtaken by the Chrysler Building in 1930.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Eiffel Tower barrier-free accessible?

This sight is barrier-free. Please note that due to safety reasons, wheelchair users can only visit the first and second floor. Read more.

Is it allowed to take food inside?

Small snacks and drinks may be taken up the Eiffel Tower, but there are no picnic areas on the Eiffel Tower. Please note that neither glass bottles nor beverage cans may be taken up the tower. Read more.

Are there any dining options at the Eiffel Tower?

In addition to small food stalls, the Eiffel Tower also offers exquisite restaurants on the first and second floor. These include the Jules Verne, which tempts with creative French cuisine, and the Parisian restaurant Madame Brasserie. Reservations must be made in advance at the restaurants. Read more.

Is it allowed to carry bags and backpacks during the visit?

Small pieces of luggage may be taken on the tour. Due to increased security precautions, suitcases and travel bags are not allowed. Also, only folding strollers may be carried on the tour. Please note that there are no storage facilities. Read more.

What do I have to consider when booking a ticket?

Tickets purchased online are only valid on the specified day. The issued ticket cannot be returned, refunded, exchanged or adjusted. When booking tickets, please check also the names given and add a free infant ticket if necessary. Read more.

Is there a souvenir store?

On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower there is a souvenir store. Read more.

Can dogs be taken inside the Eiffel Tower?

No, animals are not allowed into the building. Exceptions are only made for certified guide dogs. Read more.

Is it allowed to take photos and videos of the Eiffel Tower?

Photos and videos may be made of the Eiffel Tower, commercial use is also permitted, but must be specifically checked in advance before use. Since the light show was developed by Pierre Bideau in 1985, photography during the show is generally not allowed. In case of private use and publication of pictures from the show, a copyright notice with "Copyright Tour Eiffel - Illuminations Pierre Bideau" should be added. Read more.

Paris's highest observation decks

Total height
Height of observation deck
Open since
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in Paris#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in Paris#1 in France#36 worldwide
Tour MontparnasseParis | France
210m#2 in Paris#2 in France#75 worldwide
210m#2 in France#63 worldwide
Grande ArcheParis | France
111m#3 in Paris#3 in France#80 worldwide
111m#3 in France#76 worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#3 in USA#14 worldwide
The ShardLondon | UK
310m#1 in UK#46 worldwide
244m#1 in UK#52 worldwide
Eiffel Tower is number 1 in Paris and number 36 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General information

opening hours

The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 9:30 am to midnight. The stairs can be used until 11:45 pm and the elevators until midnight. Last admission is at 11:45 pm.


The tickets vary according to the type of ascent (stairs or elevator) and level of ascent (to the 2nd floor or summit). If you want to climb the Eiffel Tower by foot, the ticket costs 11.30 € on site up to the 2nd floor and 21.50 € up to the top, the summit can only be reached by elevator. The ride up by elevator costs 18.10 € per person to the 2nd floor and 28.30 € to the summit. There is also a combi-ticket available where you can take an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a glass of champagne in the Champagne Bar at a price of 47.30 €.


Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris


Children under 4 years of age can visit the Eiffel Tower free of charge. The children's ticket (4 to 11 years) via stairs costs 2.80 € on site to the 2nd floor and 5.40 € to the top; the elevator ticket for the 2nd floor costs 4.50 € and 7.10 € to the summit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 24 pay 5.60 € for the stair ticket to the 2nd floor and 10.70 € to the top; the elevator ticket costs 9 € to the 2nd floor and 14.10 € to the top. By showing the disabled ID, the ID holder will receive a reduced ticket.

how to get there

If you’re using the Metro you can take line 9 to Trocadéro station (15 minutes walk away), line 6 to Bir-Hakeim station (10 minutes walk away) or line 8 to Ecole militaire station, (15 minutes walk).
You can take the RER to Champ de Mars (7 minutes walk).
If you want to use the bus, take the line 82, 42 or 72 (Tour Eiffel station, 5 to 7 minutes walk) or line 69 or 87 (to Champ de Mars, 6 minutes walk).
Parking is available at “Parking Pullmann Tour Eiffel” (5 minutes walk), at “443 Avenue Joseph Bouvard” (6 minutes walk), or at “2 Place Joffre” (12 minutes walk).
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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