Many tourists on a Parisian holiday visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum on the same day.
Some visit the Louvre Museum first because it involves two to three hours of walking, and then head out to the Eiffel Tower.
Others prefer to explore Eiffel Tower first and then visit the art galleries of the Louvre.
The reasons to plan the Louvre later in the day can be many – they may want to be indoors during the hotter part of the day or experience Louvre’s glass pyramid all lit up at night.
If you plan to see the art Museum first, check out our article on how to go from the Louvre Museum to Eiffel Tower.
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Eiffel Tower and Louvre in one day
Else, you may end up spending anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes (depending on the season) at the ticket counter lines at each of the attractions.
If you have already bought your tickets online, you can head straight to the elevators to take you up Eiffel Tower.
In 90 minutes, you can explore the first floor, second floor and see stunning visuals of the city of Paris from the third floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Once you have explored the Parisian Tower, you need at least half an hour to get to the Louvre Museum.
This time will vary depending on your choice of transport.
Tourists in a hurry are known to finish exploring the Louvre in two hours.
However, for a good tour of the world’s best masterpieces, you need at least three hours.
Whichever tourist attraction you see first, both are sure to leave lasting memories on you and your family (or group).
Tip: You can also visit Eiffel Tower during the day and Louvre Museum at night.
How far is Louvre from Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum is 4.3 Kms (2.7 Miles) from Eiffel Tower, on the other side of the River Seine.
A taxi can cover this distance in approximately twelve minutes.
The walking distance is 3.5 Kms (2.1 Miles).
If you decide to walk, you will need around 45 minutes. It is a nice walk, with the river crossing at Pont Royal (Royal bridge).
From Eiffel Tower to Louvre Museum
To get to The Louvre from the Eiffel Tower, you have four options: the Metro, the bus, the taxi, and a nice leisurely walk.
To Louvre Museum by Metro
Paris has an evolved Metro service, and almost every place has a metro station within 500 meters (1/3 of a mile).
There are two Metro stations close to the Eiffel Tower – Bir-Hakeim, which serves Line 6 and Alma-Marceau, which serves Line 9.
A ten-minute walk from Eiffel Tower gets you to Bir-Hakeim, where you must board a Line 6 train.
The whole journey will take approximately 35 minutes.
The other option is to get to Alma-Marceau Station, which is 1 km from Eiffel Tower (0.62 mile).
You will reach the Franklin D. Roosevelt station in two minutes, where you must get down and board a Line 1 train.
After five minutes and four stops, you will reach Palais Royal Musée du Louvre station.
The whole journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
Because of the change in trains, we don’t recommend you take a Metro.
Eiffel Tower to Louvre by taxi
A taxi is the fastest way to get from Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum.
If you are short on time, we recommend taking a taxi.
There are lots of taxis around Eiffel Tower, and if for some reason you are unable to hail one, try and find a taxi stand (also known as taxi ranks).
One of the closest taxi stands is at Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel at the corner of Rue Jean Rey and Avenue de Suffren.
It is less than 100 meters (325 feet) from Eiffel Tower.
For approximately 10 Euros, an Uber can drop you at Louvre Museum.
Compared to the local Parisian taxis, most tourists find Uber drivers more polite, on time, and more reliable.
Bus to Louvre Museum
To get to The Louve, bus No 72 comes highly recommended by both the locals and the tourists.
This bus runs along the river Seine, and you get to see its numerous bridges and the city’s monuments along the route.
You can board Bus No. 72 from Musée d’Art Moderne – Palais de Tokyo bus station, which is approximately 700 meters (half a mile) from Eiffel Tower.
A brisk ten minutes walk can get you to the bus station.
After approximately 13 minutes and eight stops, you must get down at the Pont Des Arts bus stop.
The Louvre is less than a minute’s walk from the bus stop.
For the latest bus routes and timings, check out RATP, the state-owned public transport operator.
Walking to Louvre Museum
If you have lots of time on hand and healthy, walking to the Louvre Museum isn’t a bad idea.
The walking distance is 3.5 Kms (2.1 Miles), right along the Seine, making it an exciting 45-minute walk.
However, unless you are used to a lot of walking, we don’t recommend it.
Louvre Museum has approximately 14.5 km (9 miles) of art galleries to explore.
Even if you decide to spend two hours at Louvre, you may end up walking around 3 kms (2 miles).
Why would you want to tire yourself out?
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum tickets
Even though many tourists visit both Eiffel Tower and The Louvre on the same day, there is no single ticket that gives you access to both the Parisian attractions.
You must buy the admission tickets separately.
Best Eiffel Tower tickets
There are three ways to experience Eiffel Tower –
1. Priority access tickets
You skip the long lines and take an elevator up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. This ticket is the fastest way to explore the attraction. Buy Now
2. Eiffel Tower climb tickets
Perfect for visitors who want to save some Euros and are fit enough to climb 700+ steps to the 2nd floor of the Tower. Buy Now
3. Eiffel Tower Summit tickets
This ticket takes you to go to the 3rd floor, the topmost observation deck on Eiffel Tower. Buy Now
Best Louvre Museum tickets
We recommend the below given three Louvre experiences –
1. Cheapest Louvre entry ticket
At 20 Euros per person, this is the cheapest ticket to see the world’s best art museum. With an audio guide, this ticket costs 24.71 Euros. Buy Now
2. Guided tour of Louvre
In two hours, a local art expert helps you skip the massive crowd and shows you the masterpieces and the underrated gems of the Louvre. Buy Now
3. Guided tour for families
This 2-hour guided tour of the Louvre Museum is customized for both kids and adults, and a special children’s guide hosts your family. Buy Now
If money isn’t an issue, but you want complete control over your visit, we recommend a private tour of Louvre Museum.
Louvre and Eiffel Tower combo tours
Even though there is no single ticket offering access to Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, there are many combo tours with additional activities.
Two of our favorites are the ones where besides these two attractions, you also get to board a Seine River Cruise and the one which includes a tour of the city of Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower + Louvre + Seine Cruise
A local guide accompanies you up to the 2nd floor of Eiffel Tower, after which you are on your own to go up to the Summit (the 3rd floor).
After seeing the city’s stunning views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, you get down to board the 1-hour Seine River Cruise.
The boarding dock is just below the Tower.
After seeing the sights of Paris from the water, head to the Louvre Museum to view masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, etc.
Tour price: 99 Euros / person
To the Eiffel Tower and Louvre visits, if you want to add access to Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter, and Sacré-Coeur Basilica, check out this tour.
If besides Eiffel and Louvre, you would prefer to visit Notre Dame as well, check this out.
2. Eiffel Tower + Louvre + Cruise + Paris Tour
If you are in Paris for a short stay, we highly recommend this package.
This tour includes a visit to the two most popular attractions in the city – the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre.
And you explore the city twice – by water on a Seine River Cruise and land in an air-conditioned coach.
Tour price (3+ years): 110 Euros
If you plan to visit the art museum first and then the Tower, you must read up on how to go from Louvre Museum to the Eiffel Tower.
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