Eiffel Tower Climbing Tour with Summit Access

Get your steps in to the second floor before taking the elevator to the summit for epic Paris views

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Looking for a budget-friendly tour of the Eiffel Tower summit that's ideal for active people? This guided climb of France’s most famous landmark gives you the chance to live that dream. You'll ascend to the summit to take in the incredible views of Paris before descending to the second floor to enjoy the unique views of the Paris skyline.

  • Guided tour to the summit
  • Stairs and elevator access
  • Admire the Eiffel Tower from below
  • First level views
  • Second floor access
  • Ascend to the summit
  • History of the Eiffel Tower

After meeting your guide near the Eiffel Tower, you’ll pass through the security area to begin your climb. Your first stop is the summit of the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll have an unmatched view of the city from a staggering 906 feet (276 meters)! You’ll be given access to the summit elevator for this part of the tour. Along the way, your guide will inform and entertain with stories of the city’s history and the tower’s construction.

Next, you’ll descend to the second floor where you can enjoy a unique perspective of the Paris skyline. Finally, your guide will then bring you to the first floor, where the crowds are usually smaller, and you can walk on the 188-foot-high glass floor, where you’re free to stay for as long as you please.

Eiffel Tower Summit Climb Tour Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Guided climb to the first and second levels

  • Access to the summit by elevator

  • Fun, informative local guide (English-speaking)

  • Maximum group size of 19

Eiffel Tower climbing tickets don’t include skip-the-line access, so there may be a short wait before you begin your climb. If you just want daytime access to the Eiffel Tower without climbing, then check the FAQs for some alternative ways to experience the tower.

Ascend to the Summit

After passing through security, your local guide will take you directly below the imposing tower. This will be your first look at just how enormous the tower is before you begin your 674-step climb. Your guide will share some fascinating insights and entertaining stories about the tower's history and construction, before taking the elevator to the summit.

Catch the elevator with your friendly local guide to the very top level of the Eiffel Tower. From here you will enjoy incredible views of Paris - 906 feet below you, to be exact! Once you've finished admiring the spectacular views, your guide will lead you via elevator to the second floor to continue your Eiffel Tower adventure!

First and Second Floor Access

Upon reaching the second-level observation deck, you'll be greeted by views of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs- Élysées, and Notre Dame. You'll also have time to take pictures and enjoy the view.

You’ll then head down to the first floor. Since most tours don't stop at the first level, you'll have a chance to avoid crowds and observe views that many don't get to see. You’ll even be able to walk on Eiffel’s best-kept secret - the glass floor that sits 188 feet (57 meters) above the ground!

Why Was the Eiffel Tower Built?

All the way back on 1889, the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Two years earlier, one plan had been selected from 107 proposals for an adequate centerpiece for this grand event.

Construction began on February 28, 1887. After just 2 years, on March 31, 1889, Gustave Eiffel himself showed a group of officials and journalists the newly-completed tower. The elevators were not yet in operation, but a few of the group climbed the entire 1,710 stairs all the way to the top! (There are 1,665 total today.)

The French tricolor flag was raised before a 25-gun salute. A few months later, the World's Fair officially began and members of the public flocked to the tower. Almost 2 million people climbed the tower during the fair alone.

Has It Always Been Popular With the French Public?

The initial reception for what is now a universally beloved monument was a little frosty. Several prominent Parisians protested the building, saying it did not fit in with the rest of the city. One famous opponent, writer Guy de Maupassant, vocalized his opinion of hating the tower but ate at its restaurant frequently. When confronted with this apparent contradiction, he claimed to frequent the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant because it was the only place in the city from which you couldn’t see the giant structure!

The rest is history. The Eiffel Tower has enjoyed immense popularity despite the early protests and is now one of the most visited paid attractions in the entire world. An estimated 6-7 million people a year get tickets to climb the tower and see Paris from up high.

At 986 feet tall upon construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. as the tallest building in the world. It was bested by New York's Chrysler Building in 1930. Since the tower is made of wrought iron, it actually grows and shrinks with temperature changes. In the summer, it's about 6 inches higher than in winter.

What you get with this tour
Climb to 1st and 2nd levels
Elevator tickets to Summit
Amazing views of Paris
Time for photos
Max 19 people
Friendly English-speaking guide
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Water, a camera, and comfortable shoes to wear during your climb.

What to bring?

Water, a camera, and comfortable shoes to wear during your climb.

Can I remain at the Eiffel Tower after the tour?

Yes, after the tour, feel free to remain as long as you'd like taking in the amazing views.

Is the tower summit (top level) included on this tour?

Yes! This tour includes climbing tickets to the second level and elevator access to the summit of the Eiffel Tower.

Can I bring my kids?

There's no age limit for ascending the tower, but they will need to be capable of climbing 674 stairs.

Will I skip the line on this tour?

Eiffel Tower climbing tickets don’t include skip-the-line access, so there may be a short wait before you begin your climb. If you just want daytime access to the Eiffel Tower without climbing, then check out our first and second floor tickets or our Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Tour with Seine River Cruise

What if I'm nervous about heights but really want to go to the summit?

We understand it can be a little fearful for anyone concerned about heights. Fortunately, there are heavy-duty fences around each level to keep people secure. In addition, you can step inside the enclosed inner areas of the Eiffel Tower if you need to take a break from being on the outer floor.

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