Eiffel Tower in Paris welcomes more than 7 Million visitors every year.
This makes it the most visited paid monument in the world.
You can’t have a holiday in Paris and not go up Eiffel Tower.
In this article we try to share everything you must know before visiting Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower location
The complete address of the Eiffel Tower is –
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France,
7th arrondissement of Paris, 75007, Paris.
How to reach Eiffel Tower
In Paris, Metro and RER lines are considered the ideal transport options to avoid traffic jams and save time.
Get on to any of the below given trains to get to Eiffel Tower.
– Line 4 (RER C) Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
– Line 6 (Metro) Bir Hakeim
– Line 8 (Metro) Ecole Militaire
– Line 9 (Metro) Trocadéro
Reaching the Eiffel Tower by bus is equally easy.
Depending on where you are starting from, you can use any of these routes given below.
– 82 Eiffel Tower
– 42 Tour Eiffel
– Line 69 & 87 Champ de Mars
– 72 Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower hours
Eiffel Tower is open 365 days in a year.
From 21 June to 2 September, it remains open from 9 am to 0.45 am the next day.
During these months, the last entry is at midnight.
Tourists are stopped from going to the Summit (the topmost floor) after 11 pm.
Rest of the year, the Eiffel Tower opens at 9.30 am and closes at 11.45 pm.
Entry to Eiffel Tower Summit is stopped at 10.30 pm and the last entry to the first and second floors is at 11 pm.
Note: Access to the topmost floor of the Tower might be temporarily stopped for two reasons – unfavorable weather conditions or too many visitors on the Tower.
Best time to visit Eiffel Tower
The best time to visit this Parisian attraction depends on what you want out of your visit.
Best season to visit Eiffel Tower
The best season to visit Eiffel Tower is winters. Especially the weekends.
A weekend in winter is the quietest time of the year with very few visitors.
However, the calmest month to visit Eiffel Tower is in January.
Eiffel Tower is also highly susceptible to the seasonal increase in popularity.
The busiest time of the year for the Eiffel Tower staff is from mid-July to late August.
This Paris attraction also witnesses high visitors during Easter and Christmas holidays.
Best time of the day to visit
If you want to visit Eiffel Tower when the crowd is at its minimum, morning and evening are the best times.
Especially the 5 to 6 pm time slot.
This is the time when the sun is setting, offering the tourist some of the best views from Eiffel Tower.
If you go up the Eiffel tower between 5 pm to 6 pm, you can see the mesmerizing sunset and then hang around to see the city shimmering at night.
The night-time visitors also get to witness a not-to-be-missed luminous spectacle on Eiffel tower.
The Eiffel Tower light-shows start at the time of dusk and goes on for five minutes every hour. They are operated by 20000 light bulbs.
Best time to visit for photography
If you are an amateur or professional photographer, the best time to visit Eiffel Tower is before 9 am.
Around this time, you will be able to click photos of the massive monument without hordes of people in your photograph.
But if you want a classic shot of the tower, hop off the metro a few stops earlier and visit Place du Trocadero.
This is the spot from where the best full-length photographs of the Eiffel Tower are taken.
Eiffel Tower at day or at night?
Visiting Eiffel Tower offers you a unique experience regardless of the time and season you visit.
If you want to see the panoramic view and want to take pictures with Paris in the backdrop, then you must schedule your visit during the day.
But if you want to experience the sunset and light-shows then you must visit the Eiffel Tower at night.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night also lets you contemplate the city lights and other luminous monuments, such as Notre Dame, Cathedral and Louvre.
In fact, if you are in Paris for more than five days we suggest you make two visits – one during the day and another one at night.
How many floors does Eiffel Tower have?
Eiffel Tower has three floors.
You can reach the first floor only by stairs.
The second floor of Eiffel Tower can be reached both by stairs and the lift.
However, the topmost floor of Effiel Tower can only be reached via an elevator.
Eiffel Tower tickets
Here is everything you need to know about admission to Eiffel Tower –
Where to buy Eiffel Tower tickets?
The Eiffel Tower tickets can either be bought online or from the ticketing counter in Eiffel Tower.
We strongly recommend that you buy the Eiffel Tower tickets online because online tickets have several advantages over the physical tickets bought from the venue.
When you buying e-tickets, you –
1. Save money because you don’t pay ticketing window surcharge.
2. If you buy an online ticket in advance, you get specific and shorter lines for the security check at the Eiffel Tower
3. Most importantly, you save your time by skipping the long lines at the Eiffel Tower ticket counter.
This is why we always recommend tourists to buy Eiffel Tower tickets, online.
After all Eiffel Tower is a highly rated attraction and deserves every minute of yours.
Eiffel Tower ticket price
The Eiffel Tower ticket price depends on three factors – Which Eiffel Tower observation deck you will be visiting, how you will be reaching the deck (stairs or lift) and the age of the tourist.
The highest ticket price is for the adult ticket which is applicable to everybody 25 years and above.
The Youth ticket rates apply to tourists 12 to 24 years of age. The price of this ticket is always 50% of the adult ticket price.
The Child ticket price is applicable to all visitors in the age group of 4 to 11 years. The cost of this ticket is always 25% of the adult ticket price.
Kids below age of 4 years walk in free, irrespective of the type of tickets being purchased. Check out the ticket prices in detail
Why we recommend guided tours for Eiffel Tower?
We recommend Guided tours to all the tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower.
There are four major advantages of having a guide with you –
1) If you don’t know your way around, you can waste your time. A guide helps you see more in less time.
2) A guide helps you notice the small yet important things which you on your own are sure to miss.
3) During the tour, the guide shares interesting stories and anecdotes about Eiffel Tower
4) You get to explore Eiffel Tower with different people, thus learning their perspectives too.
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Eiffel Tower guided tours and tickets
There are two ways you can experience Eiffel Tower.
Approach one is simple, where you take the elevator from the ground floor to the observation deck on the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
The second approach is where you decide to do it the hard way. You climb the 704 steps from the ground floor to the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
During this climb, you will briefly stop on the 1st floor for some rest.
We recommend the second approach only when you are fit and can climb the stairs.
Based on these two approaches, here are two guided tours we recommend –
1. Guided tour: Use lift and visit second floor and top floor
This is a Skip The Line ticket.
After security check, you head straight to the elevators which take you to the observation deck on the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
After you spend enough time seeing Paris from the top, you take the next elevator to reach the top floor (also known as the Summit) for some more Parisian views.
Kids below 3 years walk in free for this tour. Everybody 4 years and above pays 58 Euros for this tour.
2. Guided tour: Walk to second floor, optionally visit top floor
This is an interesting tour because you take the challenge of climbing 704 steps to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower.
After the climb, you are rewarded with spectacular views of Paris.
If you still have some energy left, you can take the lift to the topmost floor of Eiffel Tower.
Ticket Price for second floor only
Adult ticket (19+ years): 34 Euros
Child ticket (4-19 years): 29 Euros
Infant Ticket (0-3 years: Free entry
Ticket Price for second floor + top floor
Adult ticket (19+ years): 49 Euros
Child ticket (4-19 years): 44 Euros
Infant Ticket (0-3 years: Free entry
If you want to visit the topmost floor, you must select “Eiffel Tower Walk to the 2nd Floor with Summit Tickets” option on the ticket booking page.
Eiffel Tower Summit
A lot of tourists planning a trip to Eiffel Tower want to know what is ‘Eiffel Tower summit’?
They want to know what is the difference between the 1st and 2nd floors and the Eiffel Tower Summit? Is it even worth going up?
Find out answers to all these questions –
What is Eiffel Tower Summit?
The third floor or the topmost floor of the Eiffel Tower is usually referred to as Eiffel Tower Summit.
It is the highest floor of the Eiffel Tower and is accessible to any tourist who wants to visit.
What to see at Eiffel Tower Summit?
The Tower Summit is 276 meters (905 feet) high and it offers great views of the city of Paris.
Besides the view, you can also see Gustave Eiffel’s office, which has been restored to its original condition.
The Eiffel Summit also features a model of the top of the Tower from 1889, at a 1:50 scale.
You will also find the panoramic maps at the top of the Tower interesting. Using the maps, you can get an idea of the directions and distances to major world cities.
Eiffel Tower Summit or 2nd floor?
The second floor offers more beautiful and better views than the top floor, as it’s a little bit harder to see the city’s beautiful landmarks from the top floor or the Summit.
And many times, just because of its height, it becomes cloudier and hazier at the top and the viewers might not able to see the city clearly.
However, we recommend you see both the 2nd floor and the Eiffel Summit.
Is it worth going up Eiffel Tower Summit?
We feel if you are visiting Eiffel Tower, you must also visit the Eiffel Tower Summit.
Though it costs extra to visit the top, Eiffel Tower Summit is worth it.
Being able to see Gustav Eiffel’s office, the real model based on which the top of Eiffel Tower was built etc are once in a lifetime opportunity.
Eiffel Tower Summit tickets
Only an elevator can take you up the Eiffel Tower Summit. There is no option to climb the stairs.
The lift for the top floor must be taken from the second floor as there is no single elevator which works from the ground directly to the top of the tower.
For visiting the top, you must buy your tickets from the ground floor itself as at the top, you may or may not be able to get tickets for the Summit.
Or you can buy Eiffel Tower Summit tickets online, much in advance.
1. Skip The Line ticket to Eiffel Tower Summit
You start this 2 hours’ tour by skip the long lines to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
This ticket allows you to take an elevator till the second floor. However, you can take the stairs if you want to.
A local guide will hand-hold till the 2-foot, regaling you with interesting stories about the world-famous monument.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 69 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 65 Euros
Note: On the ticket booking page you must choose the option “Summit-Level Access.”
2. Stairs till 2nd floor & lift to Tower Summit tickets
This tour of Eiffel Tower takes two and a half hours – and is longer than the other two tours showcased here.
This is because you spend time climbing the 704 stairs to reach the second floor.
In between, you can stop at the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower to catch your breath.
Once you have enjoyed the Parisian view from the second floor, an elevator will take to the Summit.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 49 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 44 Euros
Note: On the ticket booking page you must choose the option “Eiffel Tower Walk to the 2nd Floor with Summit Tickets.”
3. Eiffel Tower Summit tour by elevator
Like all the other tours, this is also a guided tour.
However, you don’t need to climb any stairs.
From the ground floor, you take an elevator to the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
After you have enjoyed the views and heard interesting stories about the Eiffel Tower’s construction, you take an elevator to the topmost floor of the tower – the Summit.
At the top, you get a glimpse of Gustave Eiffel’s office, the panoramic maps, and if clouds willing a bird’s eye view of Paris.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 60 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 55 Euros
Eiffel Tower at night
At night, Eiffel Tower is the main attraction of the ‘City of Lights.’
The Eiffel Tower looks mesmerizing during the night and the night view from the Tower is even better.
Once you are on top, you get to see the other Parisian landmarks all lit up – Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe etc.
The light shows, which is powered by 336 spotlights, is one of the biggest attraction of Eiffel Tower at night.
Eiffel Tower night tour tickets
To make your night out at Eiffel Tower even more memorable, we recommend the following night tours.
1. Eiffel Tower by Night Skip-the-Line Guided tour
This Skip-the-Line guided tour helps you skip long lines for accessing Gustave Eiffel Tower.
Why delay the seeing the marvelous ‘City of Lights’ sparkling against the inky darkness of the night sky.
This is a one and a half hours evening guided tour to see the light shows at Eiffel Tower from the 2nd floor.
Adult ticket (15+ years): 45 Euros
Child ticket (4-14 years): 40 Euros
Infant ticket (0-3 years): Free entry
2. Eiffel Tower, audio guided night river cruise and bus tour
You start this tour with a cruise along river Seine to witness the famous and illuminated monuments from the water.
Then you take an air-conditioned bus for a quick city tour. You will drive past some of the most famous sights and beautiful boulevards.
Finally, you will go up the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of the city of Paris.
Thanks to the audio guides, during this 4-hour tour you will learn interesting facts about the city.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 89 Euros
Child ticket (3-11 years): 74 Euros
Infant ticket (0-2 years): Free entry
3. Eiffel Tower night tour and Seine river cruise
This is a 1.5-hour tour that lets you skip the long lines to the Summit of Eiffel Tower and see the beautiful view of Paris at night.
You’ll see a breath-taking panorama of Paris from Eiffel Tower summit.
Then, you get on a cruise along the river Seine to admire illuminated palaces and historic bridges of central Paris.
You also marvel at Notre Dame, the Louvre and many more illustrious buildings.
4. Eiffel Tower dinner, cruise, and Champagne at Moulin Rouge
This 6-7 hour luxurious combo tour lets you experience the beauty of Paris at night.
You will start with a climb up to the first floor of Eiffel Tower. You then enjoy a luxurious 3-course dinner at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant with half bottle of Champagne.
Next follows breath-taking views of city’s illuminated attractions even as you cruise along the river Seine.
Your night tour of Paris ends with a revue show at the iconic Moulin Rouge.
Mind you, the gentlemen attending this show are expected to dress up formally – with a tie and jacket.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 269 Euros
Child ticket (6-11 years): 195 Euros
Infant ticket (0-3 years): Free entry
Eiffel Tower combo tours
Combo tours are a sure-fire way of saving money, reducing effort and enhancing the fun quotient while on a holiday in Paris.
There are lots of fun experiences possible around Eiffel Tower, and that is why combo tours which include Eiffel Tower are quite popular.
Here are some of the best combo tours we could find –
1. Tour of Eiffel Tower, River Cruise and Lido show
This 6-hours evening combination tour includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment.
You will start the tour with dinner on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower. This will be followed by a one hour cruise on river Seine, admiring the bridges and monuments along the banks.
The last item of your tour will be the show Bonheur, at Lido along with a glass of champagne per person.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 249 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 115 Euros
Infant ticket (0-3 years): Free entry
2. Bike tour, Seine Cruise and Eiffel tower ticket
This is about 7-hour combo day tour.
The specialty of this tour is that you will see Paris in three unique ways – by bike, by boat and from high above the ground.
You start with a bike tour of Paris with an English-speaking guide. This is followed up with a Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower ticket with Summit access.
Once you get off the Eiffel Tower, you hop on to a 1-hour cruise on river Seine.
3. Eiffel Tower lunch, Cruise and panoramic bus tour combo
This 5-hour tour starts in an air-conditioned double-decker bus, as you explore the city.
Once you reach Eiffel Tower, you get into your 1-hour cruise on the river Seine.
When your cruise ends at the same place you started, it is time to go up to the restaurant on the first floor of Eiffel Tower.
Post your lunch, you take the elevator to the second floor of Eiffel Tower for some of the best views of Paris.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 115 Euros
Child ticket (3-11 years): 69 Euros
Infant ticket (0-2 years): Free entry
4. Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise and City tour
This is a 4-hour experience which also starts with a tour of Paris on a double-decker bus.
Your cruise on river Seine will depart from the base of the Eiffel Tower.
After an hour on the water, your glass-bottomed boat comes back to the Tower.
Now is the time to climb up to the 2nd-floor observation deck of Eiffel Tower and look around Paris.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 80 Euros
Child ticket (3-11 years): 60 Euros
Infant ticket (0-2 years): Free entry
Dinner at Eiffel Tower
Dinner at Eiffel Tower can be an unforgettable night out experience while on a vacation.
What makes it special is the fact that it is a combination of two classical Parisian experiences – exquisite French food and panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower.
Your dinner experience at Eiffel Tower can happen in one of the two World class restaurants –
1. 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant
58 Tour Eiffel is a luxurious, newly redesigned restaurant located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It serves classic French cuisine with a variety of drinks.
If you opt for this restaurant, we recommend their 4-course dinner of classic French cuisine.
2. Le Jules Verne Restaurant
This is a small yet excellent restaurant located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.
It offers a variety of food to its visitors such as seafood, fusion, street food, French and European with extraordinary views.
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View from the top of the Eiffel Tower
View from the top of the Eiffel Tower is to die for. It is both romantic and thrilling.
No wonder, more than 250 Million visitors have climbed on Eiffel Tower in its 125-years history.
Check out some of the best views from Eiffel Tower observation decks –
Eiffel Tower facts
Here are some interesting facts about Gustav Eiffel’s Tower in Paris.
Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Eiffel Tower was constructed from 28th January 1887 to 15th March 1889 and was first opened for public on 31st March 1889.
The Eiffel Tower is in the 7th arrondissement, in Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
Eiffel Tower is entirely made up of lattice wrought iron, which is a type of pudding iron.
No steel was used in its construction.
Eiffel Tower is an 81-storey building, with a height of 324 meters (approximately 1063 feet) including the antenna at the top of the tower.
Without the antenna, Eiffel Tower is 300 meters (984 feet) tall.
The Eiffel Tower was built for ‘Exposition Universelle’ in 1889.
Exposition Universelle was a world fair organized in Paris to celebrate the Centennial of French Revolution.
Eiffel Tower was built to commemorate the ‘Centennial of the French Revolution’ and to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world.
Eiffel Tower has 81 stories which add up to a total of 1710 steps.
Eiffel Tower is being used as a transmitter station for transmitting both radio and television signals throughout the capital city and beyond.
The Eiffel Tower sparkles every night- for five minutes every hour.
The sparkling starts at dusk when the city lights up and usually ends at 1 am in the night.
On special nights such as Christmas etc it ends at 2 am.
During the sparkling, the tower is covered with golden lights and the sparkling is powered by 20000 light bulbs.
No, Eiffel Tower is not included in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.