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 climb the 674 steps to the tower’s second floor as your local guide tells you the story of its remarkable construction and troubled early history, before taking the elevator to the summit for a well-earned rest and a truly remarkable view of Paris. Enjoy!

Tour Details
  • 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
  • Climb with a small group
  • 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 first floor (of course!), where the crowds are usually smaller and you can enjoy a unique perspective of the Paris skyline, and walk on the 188-foot-high glass floor. Next, you’ll continue your climb to the popular second floor for an even higher viewpoint. Along the way your guide will inform and entertain with stories of the city’s history and the tower’s construction.

The cherry on top is a trip to the Eiffel Tower summit, 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 final part of the tour, and you’re free to stay at the top 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 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.

First and Second Floor Access

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 climb to the first floor. Since most elevator tours don't stop at this level, you'll have a chance to avoid crowds and observe views that many don't get to see. You'll also have time to take pictures or walk on the glass floor that sits 188 feet (57 meters) above the ground.

Your guide will share some fascinating insights and entertaining stories about the tower's history and construction, before you begin the next section of your 674-step climb. 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-Elysses, and Notre Dame. While the second level offers some of the finest views in Paris, nothing quite matches the next part of your Eiffel Tower experience.

Ascend to the Summit

At this point, you'll wave goodbye to your friendly local guide, and with your summit ticket in hand, you'll catch the elevator to the very top level of the Eiffel Tower.  From here you will enjoy views of Paris below you. 906 feet below you, to be exact!

You're free to stay up here for as long as you like, and there's even a conveniently-placed champagne bar if you feel like celebrating. Once you've finished admiring the spectacular views, you can take the elevator back to the ground floor to continue your Parisian adventure!

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. A number of 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
Guided climb to the first and second levels
Access to the summit elevator
Fun, informative local guide (English-speaking)
Maximum group size of 19
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01 October 2022
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Jennifer Walters

Henry was the best! So friendly and informative. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend! Thank you!!

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Parvinder Kalsi

Excellent guide. Rawda was amazing, she was so polite and explained and told us so many stories about Paris. Very informative and we enjoyed it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Please arrive 10 minutes early and meet your guide at the bottom of the stairs below the Eiffel Tower carousel, located at the corner of Pont d'Iena and Quai Branly. A friendly representative will be waiting at the bottom of a staircase with a The Tour Guy sign.

What to bring?

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

Where to meet?

Please arrive 10 minutes early and meet your guide at the bottom of the stairs below the Eiffel Tower carousel, located at the corner of Pont d'Iena and Quai Branly. A friendly representative will be waiting at the bottom of a staircase with a The Tour Guy sign.

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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