Eiffel Tower – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect, FAQs

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Paris, the unanimous stuff of dreams and romance in the popular imagination, is one of the greatest destinations in the modern world.

Nothing captures the essence of Paris more than its longstanding, unrivalled symbol, the iconic Tower.  

The Tower was built as the focal point of the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Designed by the brilliant engineer Gustave Eiffel, it is a must-see destination for travellers worldwide, with its rich history, architectural brilliance, and breathtaking views of the city.

This article covers everything you should know before booking tickets to the Tower.

Ticket
# Summit or Second Floor Access
# Summit Floor Ticket & Seine River Cruise
# Guided Tour by Elevator
# Madame Brasserie 3-course lunch 12:00
# Stairs Climb to Level 2 & Summit Option

Where to book tickets

Tickets are available online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

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

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the ticketing portal, select the number of tickets and preferred date and time slot, and buy the tickets immediately.

Once you complete the bookings, tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and walk in.

If you are supposed to assemble at a starting point for your guided tour, the details will be sent to you.

Please carry a valid ID.

Eiffel Tower ticket cost

For the Summit or Second Floor Access, the second-floor access-only ticket is priced at €70.

The ticket price for access to both the 2nd floor and the summit is €89.

For the Summit Floor Ticket & Seine River Cruise, the ticket price for all ages is set at €116.

Infants under four are not allowed on this trip.

For the Guided Tour by Elevator, the second-floor guided trip ticket price for all ages is set at €70.

The summit guided trip ticket price for all ages is €102.

Infants under four get free admission but must be mentioned at the time of booking.

For the Madame Brasserie 3-course lunch 12:00, the ticket price for all ages above 12 for a meal without drinks is €78

Children between four and 11 can gain access at €37

Infants under four are not charged anything.

For a meal with drinks, the ticket price for all ages above 12 is €94.

Children between four and 11 can gain access at €37.

Infants under four are not charged anything.

For the Stairs Climb to Level 2 & Summit Option, the second-floor ticket price for all ages above 19 is €42.

Children between four and 17 get access at €37.

Infants under four are not charged anything.

The summit ticket price for all ages above 19 is €62.

Children between four and 17 get access at €57.

Infants under four are not charged anything.

Eiffel Tower tickets

Here is a list of tours and itineraries for you to choose from for planning your trip to the Tower:

Paris Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Access tickets

Paris Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor
Image: getyourguide.com

Tickets to this tour will grant you access to the second floor of the Tower.

You will also have the option to add summit access to your booking.

An expert, English-speaking guide will lead the way.

Please note that the tickets will help you skip the long lines at the ticket counter, but you might still have to wait in queues at the security checks and the elevator entrance.

The waiting time for the 2nd floor and summit elevators can be as much as 20 minutes on busy days.

The meeting point is outside the souvenir shop on 19 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris. Get Directions.

You will exchange your booked vouchers for Eiffel Tower Tickets at your meeting point.

Food and drinks are not included on this tour.

Ticket Prices

Second Floor: €70
Second Floor and Summit: €89

Paris Eiffel Tower Summit Floor & Seine River Cruise tickets

Paris Eiffel Tower Summit Floor & Seine River Cruise
Image: tripadvisor.in

Tickets to this tour will grant you access to the summit of the Tower by the elevator.

The ticket includes a one-hour river cruise on the Seine, which will let you admire a host of UNESCO-listed sites on the riverbanks.

The Seine cruise ticket is valid for a month and can be taken anytime after you tour.

Please note that the tickets will help you skip the long lines at the ticket counter but you might still have to wait in queues at the security checks and the elevator entrance.

Food and drinks are not included on this tour.

The meeting point is at Le Champ de Mars Café. The café is red with yellow light bulbs. Get Directions.

You will exchange your booking vouchers for Eiffel Tower tickets at the meeting point.

Ticket Prices: €116

Paris Eiffel Tower’s Madame Brasserie 3-course lunch tickets

Paris Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie 3-course lunch
Image: toureiffel.paris

Tickets to this tour will grant you a reservation at the Madame Brasserie restaurant.

You will have elevator access to the first floo but not to the higher floors.

Get a taste of the high life with a meal prepared by artisan chef Thierry Marx.

You have the option to choose from a meal with drinks or one without drinks.

You can also choose between a regular table or one with a view of the Jardins du Trocadéro (The Gardens Of Trocadero),Paris.

Collect the lift tickets at 11.30 am at the welcome desk of Madame Brasserie between the north and east pillars by the ATM.  Get Directions.

Ticket Prices

Food Without Drinks
Adult Ticket (12+ years): €78
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): €37
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Food With Drinks
Adult Ticket (12+ years): €94
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): €37
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Food With Drinks and a View
Adult Ticket (12+ years): €104
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): €104
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Tickets for Paris Eiffel Tower Guided Tour by Elevator

Tickets to this tour will grant you access to the second floor by elevator.

You will also have the option to add the summit access to your booking.

An expert, English-speaking guide will lead the way.

You will also have the option to add a one-hour Seine cruise to your ticket.

Please note that the tickets will help you skip the long lines at the ticket counter, but you might still have to wait in queues at the security checks and the elevator entrance.

The waiting time for the 2nd floor and summit elevators can be as much as 20 minutes on busy days.

Food and drinks are not included in the tour expenses.

Meet at the GetYourGuide shop at 62 Avenue Suffren. When checking in at the shop, you will receive your Eiffel Tower and cruise tickets. Get Directions.

Ticket Prices

Second Floor Guided Tour: €70
Second Floor Guided Tour with Cruise Trip: €84
Summit Guided Tour: €102
Summit Guided Tour with Cruise Trip: €113

Paris Eiffel Tower tickets for Stairs Climb to Level 2 & Summit Option

Paris Eiffel Tower tickets for Stairs Climb to Level 2
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This tickets gives you an entry with access to the 1st and 2nd floors.

This is a climbing adventure, and you will not be taking the elevators but instead will be challenging yourself to a 704-stair climb to the second floor of the Tower.

If you add the Summit Tour option, you will take the elevator from the second floor, as the general populace is only allowed to climb the stairs up to the second floor.

An English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tour.

If you have booked the summit tour, it will be unguided.

Please note that you will have to queue at the Tower ticketing booth to collect your tickets for this tour.

It will take you around 30-40 minutes to ascend the stairs to the second floor, depending on your fitness level.

Food and drinks are not included in the tour expenses.

Ticket Prices

2nd-floor tour with live guide
Adult Ticket (18+ years): €42
Child Ticket (4 to 17 years): €37
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Summit tour
Adult Ticket (18+ years): €62
Child Ticket (4 to 17 years): €57
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free


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How long does the Eiffel Tower take

The Tour takes 2.5 hours to complete.


The waiting times for security checks and elevator rides contribute to the time taken to finish the tour.

For those planning to visit the second floor exclusively, allocating two hours should suffice.

However, if you intend to explore the summit or dine at one of the restaurants, it’s advisable to budget an additional hour, totaling three hours.

Best time to visit Eiffel Tower

The best time to visit is before 11 am in the morning on non-holiday weekdays.

The Tower is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and gets heavy footfall, especially in the peak tourist months of mid-June to September.

Visiting during off-peak hours and months will let you tour the tower in relative leisure and lessen the arduous security check and elevator waiting times, which can go as high as 40 minutes during peak hours.

After twilight, every hour strike till closing, the Tower sparkles for five minutes in a dazzling show of thousands of lights.  


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FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Which view is superior, the Eiffel Tower second-floor view or the Eiffel Tower Summit view?

While the summit view is jaw-dropping, and you can see a transcendent view of Paris from a giddy, incredible height, most people prefer the second-floor view.
 
The second-floor view allows you to soar over all of Paris while still allowing you to spot and distinguish between Paris’ legendary attractions and buildings.
 
The summit view is too high for you to spot everything you are looking for.

How tall is the Eiffel Tower, and how many stairs does it have?

The Tower is approximately 330 meters (1083 feet) tall, including its antennas.
 
The Tower has a total of 1710 steps. However, visitors are allowed to climb only to the second level using the staircase, which has 674 steps. The rest of the ascent to the top level must be done by elevator.

Is the Eiffel Tower disability friendly?

Yes, the Tower provides wheelchair access and also allows service animals.

What to expect at Eiffel Tower

 Admire the sheer size and intricate lattice-work as you approach the colossal 324-meter (1063 feet) Tower.

Constructed using over 18,000 individual iron pieces and over 2.5 million rivets, the Tower is a marvel of 19th-century engineering.

Let the mythical status of this symbol of romanticism wash over you, and immerse yourself in the stories and history of the Tower with an expert guide.

 Explore the Champ de Mars, a vast green space surrounding the Tower, as you look up to the giant structure from directly underneath.

Ascend to the Tower’s first floor with skip-the-line tickets and begin to dive into the wondrous views of Paris.

Indulge in a three-course lunch with a starter, a main course, and a dessert cooked using regional ingredients, curated by the world-class chef Thierry Marx.

The restaurant requires a prior reservation, and seats cannot be booked on the spot.

Walk on the glass floor on the first floor, a much more recent addition to the Tower, which lets you hover 57 meters (187 feet) above the ground on a thrilling, transparent glass-paneled floor.

Take the elevator to the second level, or give wind to your adventurous side by taking the 704-stair ascent to the 115-meter (377-foot) high second floor.

Witness the dreamlike landscape of the city from the second floor with disarming views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Trocadéro.

Take the final elevator ride and ascent to the 276-meter (905-foot) high summit for the ultimate view of the fabled city of Paris, accompanied by a glass of champagne from the champagne bar.

Explore Gustave Eiffel’s office at the top of the Tower, which has been restored to its original condition.

Come back down and finish your trip with a lovely 1-hour cruise on the Seine and see a host of UNESCO-listed buildings along the riverbank.

Eiffel Tower restaurants

Le Jules Verne

Le Jules Verne, situated on the 2nd floor of the Tower, offers a captivating and mythical dining experience, beckoning guests on a journey of exploration and adventure. The restaurant provides a breathtaking panorama of Paris, with three dining rooms providing exquisite views of Quai Branly, Trocadéro, and Champ de Mars.

Diners at Le Jules Verne are treated to a unique perspective of the Tower’s inner workings and engineering marvels. An intimate alcove with only two tables for four guests boasts a décor that pays homage to the elegant fashion of Parisian women.

At Le Comptoir, a select group of eight guests can indulge in a mesmerizing spectacle of the Tower’s central mechanics in constant motion, ensuring an unforgettable and exclusive dining experience.

For lunch, patrons can savor the culinary creations of Frédéric Anton, featuring a menu that includes tantalizing starters, main courses, and delectable desserts, offering a blend of both light and indulgent cuisine.

The À La Carte Menu is available Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays. The 5 or 7 course Tasting Menu presents inventive dishes that skillfully combine technique and style, showcasing a perfect balance between intuition and spontaneity.

For dinner, guests can relish a 5 to 7 course tasting menu showcasing delicacies such as crab, scallops, langoustine, turbot, and farmhouse poultry, followed by a selection of mature cheeses, figs, and exquisite chocolate desserts.

Furthermore, the master sommeliers at Jules Verne have curated a selection of premier wines to impeccably complement Frédéric Anton’s culinary masterpieces.

The Jules Verne Restaurant is open during the Tower’s operating hours, welcoming guests from 12 pm to 1.30 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm every day of the week.

Madame Brasserie

Madame Brasserie enhances the distinctive culinary journey at the Tower, complementing the earlier launch of the Michelin-starred Le Jules Verne restaurant in 2019 and the exclusive Pierre Hermé macarons in late 2020, further solidifying the Tower’s stature as an exceptional dining destination.

Within this sophisticated Parisian brasserie, guests can relish a contemporary and sustainable culinary experience, showcasing the expertise of Thierry Marx through the use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Chef Thierry Marx’s creations grace the menu, presenting a fresh take on brasserie-style cuisine, with offerings like the tantalizing blue lobster served with Guild Quinoa* and seasonal vegetables, as well as the rich Jaune Fermière chicken cannelloni gratin, featuring spinach, Ile-de-France ricotta, and Marengo jus.

Catering to different palates, the menu transitions from a family-friendly selection during the day to a more refined culinary experience and an opulent ambiance during the evening.

The lunch menu, available at €48, offers starters, mains, and desserts, with two services at 12 pm and 1.30 pm, strongly recommending reservations.

Similarly, the dinner menu, starting from €90, presents a similar format with services at 6.30 pm and 9 pm, emphasizing the chef’s distinctive culinary influences that embody the essence of contemporary Parisian brasserie cuisine.

During the summer months (mid-June to early September, the Tower is open to all visitors from 9 am to midnight.)

The Tower closes at 12.45 am during those months, but the last elevator ride is at 12 am.

During the off-peak season (late September to early June), the Tower is open to all visitors from 9.30 am to 11 pm.

The Tower typically closes at 11.45 am during those months, but the last elevator ride is at 11 am.

The Madam Brasserie Restaurant is open from 10 am to 11 pm.

How to reach Eiffel Tower

The Tower is situated in Paris’s 7th arrondissement (administrative district), near the Seine River and several major landmarks and attractions, including the Champ de Mars Park and the Invalides complex.

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France. Get Directions.

The Tower is well-connected by all forms of public transportation.

By Bus

The Champ de Mars bus station is a 1-minute walk away from the Tower.

The Tour Eiffel bus station is just a 5-minute walk away.

The Champ de Mars – Suffren bus station is a 5-minute walk away.

Pont D’Iéna is a 6-minute walk away from the Tower.

Bus Lines to the Tower:

– 82, Luxembourg
– 30, Pigalle
– 42, Gare Saint-Lazare
– 72,Gare de Lyon – Maison de la Ratp

By Train

The Bir-Hakeim metro station is a 6-minute walk away.

The Iéna metro station is a 10-minute walk away.

The Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel RER station is a 6-minute walk away.

The Paris RER, or Réseau Express Régional, is a commuter rail system that serves the greater Paris metropolitan area.

It is a rapid transit system that combines elements of both suburban trains and metro services.

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate to the Tower.

Cars for rent and taxis for hire are easily available in Paris.

There are parking spots near the Tower.

Sources
# Tripadvisor.com
# Toureiffel.paris
# Wikipedia.org

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