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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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Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access
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Eiffel Tower Priority Access Guided Tour with 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 2nd Floor Direct Access Entry Ticket
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Paris: Eiffel Tower Guided Tour with 2nd Floor/Summit Access
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Eiffel Tower Skip-The-Line Second Level Access by Elevator
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Guided Eiffel Tower climbing experience
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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 Dinner Cruise with a Moulin Rouge Show
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Eiffel Tower Access with Seine River Dinner Cruise and Moulin Rouge Show
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Best of Paris city tour with Eiffel Tower lunch and Seine cruise
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City Tour with Lunch at the Eiffel Tower and Seine River Cruise
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More Tickets & Tours

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Paris: Direct Eiffel Tower Access & Seine River Cruise
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Paris: Skip-the-Line Access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd Floor
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Eiffel Tower Summit, Walking Tour & Seine Champagne Cruise
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8 tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower during night
Lines to buy tickets can be up to two hours long during the peak season! Avoid having to stand in line by booking tickets with a fixed entrance time in advance.
Aerial view from Eiffel Tower
If you’d prefer not to wait in another line at the elevators, then take the stairs! You’ll get to skip the line and you’ll also get a closer look at how the tower was built. Just make sure not to set off too quickly, there are more than 650 stairs and you should expect to spend about 30 minutes climbing.
Arrive about 15 to 20 minutes early for your chosen timeslot. You’ll need to go through a security check before joining the queue for the elevators, and you should factor that into your planning.
Take your time once you’re inside! Even if you think you’re only interested in the view from the summit, make sure to visit the first and second floors as well to appreciate the whole tower.
The first floor has areas with a glass walkway, so you can get a unique view of the people below, plus an immersion show and an interactive exhibition about the history and building of the tower.
Another trick to skip the line is to make a reservation at one of the tower’s restaurants! They have a separate entrance, so you’ll be guaranteed to get upstairs quicker than those waiting in the main line.
Expect a trip to the Eiffel Tower to take at least one and a half hours for visits to the 1st and 2nd floors, and at least two and a half hours if you’re also visiting the summit. This includes waiting in line for the elevators and plenty of time to explore.
If you’re visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower, make sure to look out for Gustave Eiffel’s office. The engineer behind the tower had his office on the top floor for many years, and you can still peer into it to see wax models of Eiffel and his daughter welcoming Thomas Edison, with the office reconstructed to show how it would have looked at the time.

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 height of the Eiffel Tower

Since its opening, the actual building structure of the Eiffel Tower is 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).

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

How far in advance should I book tickets for the Eiffel Tower?

Tickets for the top floor should be booked about two to three weeks before your trip, so you aren't left with an unpleasant surprise when you arrive. Since the tower is one of Paris' most popular attractions, this advice applies all year round. Read more.

Which floor has the best view?

This is a matter of some debate. The top floor is more likely to have its view disrupted by low-lying clouds on rainy days, but on a clear day, you’ll see a further from its platform, which is 905 feet (276m) up. The view from the second floor (377 feet, 114m high) is great and you won’t have to wait in line for the additional lift to the top, which can be quite busy. If you want opinions on the best views of Paris then be prepared for another debate! Most people would agree that the best views of Paris include the Eiffel Tower, so can’t be seen from inside the tower itself. Great views can also be found from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais de Chaillot, the Tour Montparnasse, or from the hill in the Parc de Belville. Read more.

Can I take the stairs all the way to the top?

Visitors can take the stairs to the first and second floors, but not to the summit. A combined ticket for the stairs and lift are available if you’d like to climb the stairs partway. There are 328 stairs to the first floor and another 341 to the second floor, 669 steps in total. It takes about half an hour to climb the whole way, but you’ll probably want to stop for a short break on the first floor before continuing! If you have a phobia of elevators, then don’t worry, you’ll also get a good view of Paris from the second-floor observation deck. Read more.

Are there guided tours?

There aren’t any official guided tours of the Eiffel Tower, but there are many tour providers in Paris who will provide you with a tour guide if you book with them. The guides will generally be able to help you to skip the lines and offer you insights into the history of the tower, but make sure that you’re booking with a reputable company. It’s also easy to visit the tower without a guide - explanatory signs are available in English and French. There’s also the chance to pick up a booklet for the Eiffel Tower adventure game, which is available in English, French, and Spanish either at the entrance to the tower’s pillars or on the first floor. The booklet will help you to learn about the tower by solving puzzles as you explore. Read more.

Which restaurants are inside the Eiffel Tower?

There’s a wide range of dining options within the Eiffel Tower itself and on the Esplanade on the ground level. On the first floor, you’ll find 58 Tour Eiffel, which offers seasonal French cuisine with a great view. If you’re looking for something even fancier, try the Jules Verne restaurant for French gourmet cuisine. It’s on the second floor and you need to have a reservation, which can be made online. If you’ll be eating at the Jules Verne restaurant then you’ll be given access via a private lift in the south pillar of the tower, so you’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you arrive. At the top of the tower, there’s a champagne bar where you can enjoy a cold refreshing glass of bubbles while enjoying the view. Seats at the champagne bar can’t be reserved. If the other options sound like too much of a challenge for your wallet, then don’t worry! You can bring food up for a small picnic, but be aware that you can’t take glass bottles or cans of drinks through security. There’s also a range of food stalls on the esplanade, first, and second floors which provide hot and cold beverages and food, including sweet and savory options. The second floor also has a macaroon bar, for those wanting a small and elegant snack! Read more.

When are the busiest times to visit the Eiffel Tower?

Compared to other tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower is busy all year round. The months with the lowest attendance are January, February, October, and November, but it will still be busy at weekends and holidays during those months. On a daily basis, the tower is least busy first thing in the morning, between 9 am and 11 am, or last thing at night between 8 pm and 10.30 pm. The tower is at its busiest between 11 am and 5 pm in July and August. If you find yourself visiting in the peak months, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be your best options for avoiding the crowds. Live wait times for the east and south entrances and the ticket offices can be found on the official Eiffel Tower website. 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 seven days a week. There are special spring opening times for some days between April and May (9:00 am - 23:45 pm). The Rest of the Year you can use the lift between 9:30 am - 22:45pm (closing hour of main entrances). Ticket desks close at 11pm. The Monument closes at 11:45 pm. The stairs are open from 9:30 am until 6:30 pm, last entry is at 6 pm. On Saturdays, the stairs will be open until 22:45, as well as some days in the spring holidays.


Tickets to the top via the lift cost € 26.80 for adults, € 13.40 for those aged between 12 and 24, and € 6.70 for children aged between 4 and 11 and disabled visitors. Tickets to the top with stair access to the first and second floor cost € 20.40 for adults, € 10.20 for visitors aged 12 to 24, and € 5.10 for children aged between 4 and 11. A ticket to the second floor with the lift costs € 17.10 for adults, € 8.60 for visitors aged 12 to 24, and € 4.30 for children aged 4 to 11 and disabled visitors. Tickets for the second floor via the stairs cost € 10.70 for adults, 5.40 for visitors aged 12 to 24, and € 2.70 for children aged 4 to 11. Children under the age of 4 can enter free of charge.


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

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).


Free wifi is available at the site, just look out for _WiFi_Tour_Eiffel when you arrive.


Although efforts have been made to accommodate the needs of disabled visitors, wheelchair users are unable to visit the summit of the Eiffel Tower. Wheelchair users are able to visit both the 1st- and 2nd-floor observation decks, where areas have had their balustrades adapted so that they can enjoy the view. Disabled toilets are available on the ground floor and the first and second floors. Audio induction loops are available at the ticket offices for visitors who are hard of hearing. It’s advised that visitors with pacemakers or other medical equipment bring a letter from a doctor to show to security so that they don’t need to pass through the airport-style security scanners.
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