twelve things to keep in mind before Visiting  arc de triomphe

Duration required

Visitors usually spend an hour at Arc de Triomphe. 15-20 minutes in the ticket line, 15 minutes climbing the 284 steps, 15 minutes enjoying the view, and 10 minutes climbing down.


If you want to see the sunset from the observation deck of Are de Triomphe, the best time to visit is between 4.30 to 5.30 pm. During this period, the wait in ticket lines can last 15-20 minutes.

At night

The panoramic city view, dizzying traffic lights, and the Champs Elysées can make Arc de Triomphe one of the best spots to see Paris at night. The monument is lit up in the evening, and the traffic around it is calmer.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Arc de Triomphe is after 6.30 pm when the crowd has left, the flame of the Unknown Soldier lights up, and you can see a fully lit-up Champs Elysées from the rooftop.

Book in advance

You can save 15-20 minutes of standing in the ticketing line by booking Arc de Triomphe tickets online. The lines get long during the peak season of April to September, public holidays, and the French holidays.

Avoid larger bags

It’s not allowed to enter the attraction with suitcases or big bags, as well as with strollers or roller skates. No baggage deposit is offered within the monument.

Dress appropriately

Dress appropriately for the weather. In the summer, wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen and a hat. In the winter, dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.


Remember to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the Arc de Triomphe and the surrounding area. There are plenty of great photo opportunities, so make sure to take advantage of them!

Free entry

Arc de Triomphe offers free admission on the 1st Sunday of January, February, March, November, and December, as well as on the 3rd weekend of September during the 'European Heritage Days.

Skip the Line

These are the cheapest and the most popular tickets with skip-the-line access. With these, you directly go to the stairs on the ticket office's right-hand side.

Guided tour

With this 90 minutes tour ticket, besides skipping the long lines, you can also hear exciting stories and anecdotes from a local guide.