Eiffel Tower Profile and Visitors' Guide

How to Avoid Crowds, Enjoy the Views, & Other Practical Tips

The Eiffel Tower: simply iconic.
••• The Eiffel Tower: simply iconic. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Eiffel Tower is by far Paris' most-recognized icon. Built for the World Exposition of 1889, the tower is a relative newcomer to a city whose history stretches back to over a millennia.

Wildly unpopular when it was unveiled and nearly torn down, the tower was finally embraced as the symbol of a modern and elegant Paris. It remains one of Paris' must-see attractions and has drawn over 200 million visitors.

Detractors will call it cliche, but few can peel their eyes away when the tower bursts into a shower of scintillating light every hour each evening. What would la ville lumière be without it?

Location and Contact Info:

  • Located: On the Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement (midwest Paris)
  • Metro: Bir Hakeim or Trocadero (Line 6), Ecole Militaire (Line 8)
  • RER: Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel (Line C)
  • Buses: 42, 69, 72, 82, 87
  • Taxi station: Quai Branly, Pilier West
  • Phone: 33 (0) 1 44 11 23 23
  • Visit the official website

Nearby sights and attractions:

Opening Hours

January 1st to June 14:

  • Tower: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Elevator: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (Final ascension 11:00 p.m./10:30 p.m. top floor)
  • Stairs: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Final admission at 6:00 p.m.)

    June 15th to September 1st:

    • Tower: 9:00 a.m. to midnight
    • Elevator: 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. (Final ascension at midnight/11:00 p.m. top floor)
    • Stairs: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Final admission at midnight)

    September 2nd to December 31st:

    • Tower: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    • Elevator: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (Final ascension 11:00 p.m./10:30 p.m. top floor)
    • Stairs: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Final admission 6:00 p.m.)

     

    Admission:

    Admission fees vary depending on how many levels you wish to visit and whether you plan to take the elevator or the stairs. Taking the stairs is always less expensive, but it can be excruciating-- and access to the top of the tower is not available via stairs.

    For complete information on current fees and discounts, visit this page.

    Brochures and detailed visitors' info is available at the information booth on the ground floor.

    Access to the top of the tower may be suspended due to weather conditions or security measures.

     

    Tower Tours, Packages and Deals:

    There are several guided tour options for a behind-the scenes, detailed look at the tower and the history of its conception and construction. Always reserve ahead. (Find more information here)

    To read reviews of popular Eiffel Tower tour packages, and book direct, visit this page at TripAdvisor. 

     

    Access for Visitors with Limited Mobility:

    Visitors with limited mobility or in wheelchairs may access levels one and two of the tower via the elevator. For security reasons, access to the top of the tower is not available for visitors in wheelchairs.

    For more information on accessibility issues, see this page.

     

    When Are the Best Times to Visit?

    The Eiffel Tower is Paris' single most-visited attraction, drawing millions of people every year. It's easy to understand why it's preferable to visit when crowds are likely to be a bit thinner than usual. Here's what I especially recommend:

    • Low season in Paris is October to March. If you can visit during these times, you'll be more likely to avoid long lines and overcrowded observation areas. However, visiting the tower during the cold and wet months of November-February is less likely to be a pleasant experience, especially when overcast skies obstruct magnificent views of the city.
       
    • Visiting during weekdays rather than weekends and in the early morning or late evening is also a good idea.

    Best Ways to Climb the Tower?

    • By stairs: You can access the first and second levels of the tower (187 and 377 ft., respectively) by climbing 1,652 stairs. There is a small admission fee. Visitors with vertigo should abstain.
    • By elevator: Three elevators are available to shuttle you to the first and second levels of the tower. For security reasons, only one or two will be operating on a given day. An additional elevator must be taken from the second level to get to the top of the tower (another 905 ft.). Keep in mind that during peak tourist season (April-September), you may need to wait for a while.

    See the Tower In Pictures: (For a Bit of Inspiration)

    For a great retrospective of the famed tower in its many guises starting from 1889 to the present day, check out our colorful gallery: The Eiffel Tower in Pictures.

     

    Restaurants and Gift Shops:

    • The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants: one on the first level and one on the second. The second-level restaurant, Le Jules Vernes, is remarkable for its breathtaking views of the city and for its kitchen, which is lead by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse. In addition, snack bars can be found on the ground floor, first, and second levels. There's also a champagne bar and a buffet.
      Read here for more information on the restaurants
    • Souvenirs and gifts are available on the ground floor, first and second levels. The second level also includes a specialty food shop where you can purchase traditional French food items.

    Interesting Historical Facts and Current-Day Highlights 

    Take a look at our Eiffel Tower facts and highlights guide to learn more about the tower's history and make sure to get the most out of your visit to the landmark. You'll be more likely to take away something personal if you beef up a bit on the monument's history and legacy. 

    Read traveler reviews and book tickets or tours direct (via TripAdvisor)