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Eiffel Tower at night – tickets, timings, lights show, sparkling, what to do

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Paris is also known as the City of Lights, and not without a reason and Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, also follows the same lead.

The Eiffel Tower at night is a spectacular sight to behold.

When the sun sets and darkness falls, the tower is illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights, giving it a magical and enchanting appearance.

The best way to experience the Eiffel Tower at night is to view it from one of the many vantage points around Paris.

The Champ de Mars, Trocadero, and Seine River are popular spots for taking in the illuminated tower.

This article shares everything about visiting the Eiffel Tower at night – lights, tour details, tickets, image rights, etc.

Eiffel Tower at night or day

If you have the time, money, and inclination, we recommend going to the top of the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night as well. 

Eiffel Tower offers a unique experience at both times. 

After you have climbed a lit-up Eiffel Tower, you can settle down and watch the stunning light show from below.

The second best option is to visit Eiffel Tower twice, but climb up only during the day. 

During your night visit, enjoy the illuminated Eiffel Tower from far, have dinner and get back.

The best time to visit Eiffel Tower at night and see its lights sparkle is 10 pm. 

Some tourists go up the Tower just before twilight, experience the sunset, see the lights coming up and then get down. 

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Visiting Eiffel Tower at night

Every day after dark, Eiffel Tower wears its golden gown of lights and enthralls thousands who land up from far and wide.

In this section, we share all the practical information you need for a night visit. 

Eiffel Tower night timings

Eiffel Tower opens at 9 am and closes at 11.45 pm.

The lights of the Tower and beacon are lit up every evening from dusk until 11.45 pm and the Tower closes down at 12.45 am.

Which Eiffel Tower floor to climb

The second floor is the best spot to witness Eiffel Tower and its beautifully lit structure at night.

From the 2nd floor, you get to enjoy both the ‘City of Lights’ and the upper and lower parts of the Eiffel Tower for as long as you want. 

Numerous monoculars on the level will help you see Paris and its monuments in a new light. 

When does ticket office closes

Eiffel Tower ticket offices close 90 minutes before the Tower closes for the day. 

Buying Eiffel Tower tickets from the venue is a bad idea because of the long lines (pic below) at the ticket counter.

That’s why it is better to buy your Eiffel Tower night visit tickets online. 

Also, online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

Booking online also helps you get exclusive discounts and offers.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

The tickets for the Eiffel Tower gets sold out quickly, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

Eiffel Tower night tickets

When you book Eiffel Tower tickets, you must select a time slot for your visit.

On the day of your visit, you must arrive at the attraction 30 minutes before the time on your ticket. 

There is no separate Eiffel Tower ticket for night visits – you can choose a suitable evening slot. 

Since Eiffel Tower is the most visited, ticketed monument globally, it is challenging to get tickets for your preferred times and dates, especially at short notice.

That’s why we have given below links to three popular platforms selling Eiffel Tower tickets. 

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Eiffel Tower night combo tours

During your holiday in Paris, there are many ways to experience the Eiffel Tower at night. 

You can combine your Eiffel experience with many of the other things to do in Paris as well. 

Eiffel Tower & Illuminations Cruise

Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid tourist attraction in the world, and that’s why a direct access ticket saves you a lot of waiting time. 

This tour has two parts – you go up the Eiffel Tower during the day and then board an Illuminations Cruise at night. 

The Cruise ticket is flexible, and you decide when you want to see Eiffel Tower with all its lights on. 

Boats depart from a pier just 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower and run every hour in winter and every 30 minutes in summer. 

Kids aged 3 and below do not require an entry ticket.

Ticket Cost (4+ years): €115

Eiffel Tower, River Cruise and Bus Tour

Drift past major Parisian monuments and under numerous bridges via a Seine River Cruise and Hop on Hop off bus tour.

Choose from a 1 or 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass, get access to the second floor or summit of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a one hour cruise on the Seine.

Take advantage of the audio commentary on cruise and bus to get more information about the locations you pass by.

Ticket Prices

Eiffel Tower, 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Seine River Cruise

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €120
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): €100

Eiffel Tower, 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Seine River Cruise

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €130
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): €110

Eiffel Summit, 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Seine River Cruise

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €144
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): €134

Eiffel Summit, 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Seine River Cruise

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €160
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): €140

Eiffel Tower, Dinner, Cruise & Moulin Rouge

This seven-hour long tour includes a visit to the Eiffel Tower, a Seine River Cruise, and a Moulin Rouge cabaret show with a glass of champagne. 

The ticket includes access to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower only.

Also, on the cruise, enjoy a fantastic commentary on your personal earphone and a scrumptious dinner.

When the Moulin Rouge show ends late, a luxury air-conditioned coach will drop you at your hotel. 

This tour is not suitable for kids under the age of six. 

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €275
Child Ticket (6 to 11 years): €265

Romantic limousine tour, with Eiffel Tower stop

This is a perfect tour for romantic couples or proposals.

A stretch limousine picks you up from your hotel at the time of your choice. 

As the limousine winds through the streets of Paris, you take in the sights and also relax with some champagne.

Towards the end of your ride, the car slows down near Eiffel Tower, and a message from you gets displayed on the ultra-bright screen inside the limousine.

The message coincides with the exact moment when the Eiffel Tour is sparkling with its illuminations – making it super special.

Ticket Price: €490 per couple

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What to do at Eiffel Tower at night

Climbing the stairs when the iron structure is lit up from the inside is a unique experience. 

If you can’t take the stairs, don’t worry, Eiffel Tower elevators are also as much fun.

There are small buffet outlets on the esplanade, first, and second floors of Eiffel Tower, which the whole family can enjoy.

If you prefer a fancy dinner at Eiffel Tower, check out the one-MICHELIN-starred restaurant Jules Verne.

Perched 125 meters (410 feet) above the ground, the restaurant offers scintillating views of the City of Lights. 

Eiffel Tower ticket doesn’t guarantee entry into the Jules Verne restaurant, and you must book a table in advance. 

Once you have explored the second floor, you can try a flute of champagne at the Champagne Bar on the Summit (the third floor).

Find out everything about Eiffel Tower restaurants before booking your dinner at the Parisian monument.

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Eiffel Tower lights

Eiffel Tower’s night lights and light show have a long history. 

Even before electricity, the Iron lady was lit up by gas.

The illuminations on Eiffel Tower solve two purposes – 

  1. It helps in safely operating the tourist attraction at night (it is open till beyond midnight)
  2. The lights and light show end up being yet another reason for tourists to visit at night 

The first projectors were installed on the Iron Lady on 31 December 1985, and they were an instant success. 

Around 330+ yellow-orange, powerful spotlights are integrated into the iron structure, outlining the Eiffel Tower’s frame.

Golden lights & white sparkles

The Eiffel Tower lights and sparkles don’t have a specific starting time – they get triggered automatically by nightfall sensors. 

Once triggered, the Golden lights stay on till 1 am.

The sparkling lights are superimposed over the golden lights for 5 minutes at the beginning of each hour, till 1 am.

Watch this video to see how the sparkling happens on top of the Golden lights – 

The last sparkling light show happens at 1 am, without the Golden lights in the background. It lasts for 10 minutes.

Here is a video of Eiffel Tower’s 1 am sparkling show –

Eiffel Tower’s beacon

As part of the 1889 Paris Exposition itself, Gustave Eiffel installed spotlights to illuminate the Parisian monuments.

By 1947, the spotlights had become better many times over and were being used for air navigation. 

The current Eiffel Tower beacon was inaugurated to ring in the year 2000 and is mostly symbolic.

The beacon comprises four motorized spotlights that create two beams with a range of 80 km (50 miles).

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Is taking Eiffel Tower photos at night illegal?

Most tourists would have heard that there is an Eiffel Tower night law. 

Or that photography of the Eiffel tower at night is illegal. 

The answer is both yes and no. 

Let’s share some background before we answer if taking photos of the Eiffel Tower at night is illegal or not.

The Eiffel Tower lights were installed in 1985 by Pierre Bideau, and he still owns the copyright on the lights and the sparkling. 

According to European Union law, the copyright stays for 70 years after the death of the creator.

That’s why Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), which manages the Eiffel Tower, still maintains that the various illuminations of the Eiffel Tower are protected, and hence prior authorization must be taken. 

So technically, it is illegal to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower after the lights come on. 

However, no tourist who has taken pictures for personal use or sharing on social media has been convicted till now. 

And thousands of tourists continue to break this rule every day. 

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Best places to see Eiffel Tower at night

If you prefer to take in the after-dark Eiffel Tower view from your hotel room itself, we recommend the following –

The other exciting places to see Eiffel Tower with all its lights on at night are: 

Boat on the River Seine

A dinner cruise on the river Seine is a perfect way to see the Eiffel Tower after it is all decked up with its shimmering lights. 

Dinner Cruises happen on the Restaurant boats, which have a glass-enclosed dining area so that you can enjoy the Parisian views from a protected environment. 

Besides Eiffel Tower, you will also see other Parisian monuments such as The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, Orsay Museum, etc. 

More about Seine River Dinner Cruises

Trocadéro Gardens

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Gardens
Image: Wikipedia

Trocadéro Gardens is right opposite Eiffel Tower, on the other bank of river Seine and thus is a perfect spot to see the massive monument all lit up.

Trocadero is free and always open. Couples are known to enjoy this spot. 

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements. 

This famous bridge is a popular spot for photographers trying to snap pictures of the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop of the River Seine.


Champ-de-Mars is perhaps the best place to appreciate stunning views of the Eiffel Tower at night.

You can bring in your blankets, pack in some food, and dine in the massive public greenspace. 

Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower’s 56th-floor Observatory offers you a panoramic view of Paris and its monuments, including the Eiffel Tower. 

The Parisian Observatory remains open till 10.30 pm on all days of the week. Book Montparnasse Tower tickets!

If you fancy a dinner, step into le Ciel de Paris, the Observatory’s highly recommended restaurant.

Quai Branly Museum

Quai Branly Museum also offers excellent views of the Eiffel Tower, but since it closes by 7 pm, it is not a good option for night views. 

However, the Museum’s rooftop restaurant, Les Ombres open till 10.30 pm, offers brilliant views of the monument.

Montmartre hill

Sacré Coeur Basilica is on top of Montmartre hill and is open from 6 am to 10.30 pm.

If you visit the Basilica in the evening, you can stay on to see breathtaking views of both the Eiffel Tower and the Parisian capital city.

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View from Eiffel Tower at night

Be it day or night, the City of Lights looks stunning from above Eiffel Tower.

Check out the kind of views you will get to see from above the Parisian attraction at night.

Night view from next to Eiffel Tower's monocular
View of Paris from next to Eiffel Tower’s monocular. Image: Derek Key
View from first floor of Eiffel Tower at night
View from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower at night. Don’t miss the leading line created by the Champs de Mars. Image: PhotoSerge
Night view from Eiffel Tower towards Trocadero Gardens
Night view from Eiffel Tower towards Trocadero Gardens. Image: Mark Dyer
Arc de Triomphe as seen from Eiffel Tower at night
Arc de Triomphe as seen from Eiffel Tower at night. Image: Roland Zink
Seine River seen from Eiffel Tower Summit at night
Seine River seen from Eiffel Tower Summit at night. Image: Tom Lantaff

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