Heading to Paris and want to visit the Eiffel Tower? You are most definitely not alone. It is an engineering marvel built for the World’s Fair in the late 19th century. Today, tickets to the Eiffel Tower are hard to come by but don’t worry. This article will cover how to get tickets, hours, and the best tours of the impressive Eiffel Tower!
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What We’ll Cover in This Article
- Opening Hours & Admissions
- How Long to Budget for your Visit
- Tower Facts
- Tours of the Eiffel Tower
- What to See When Visiting the tower
- Places to Eat Inside & Nearby
- Best Time to Visit the Eiffel Tower
- How to Get There
Eiffel Tower Opening Hours & Admissions
Address: Champ de Mars
Hours: 9am – 12:45am (daily)
The last ticket time to the top is 11 pm.
There are 5 different types of admission tickets for the Eiffel tower at varying prices:
|Eiffel Tower Tickets||Adults||Youth (12-24)||Child (4-11)|
|Stairs to 2nd Floor||10.40€||5.20€||1.30€|
|Elevator 2nd Floor||16.60€||8.30€||2.00€|
|Stairs to 2nd Fl, Elevator to Top||19.70€||9.80€||2.50€|
|Elevator to the summit||25.90€||13.00€||3.20€|
We also run an amazing Eiffel Tower tour that gets a ton of 5-star reviews. It’s a great way to guarantee admission and hear insider stories with a local guide!
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How Long to Budget for Your Visit to the Eiffel Tower
Short Answer: 3 hours
Assuming you get tickets or a tour to go up the Eiffel Tower, you should plan on at least three hours. As you’ll read in my below recommendations, I think this is best done in a half-day event including a meal and ideally champagne if you plan on doing things correctly.
If you are reading this then you are very possibly planning ahead for your trip. I recommend putting aside some additional sheckles to have a killer meal on the Eiffel Tower! Eating and exploring would take about 4 hours at lunch or 5 to 6 hours at dinner.
If you can’t get tickets or decide not to go up, which is a mistake, you should plan on spending 20 minutes walking through the area, and however long it takes you to capture that picture touching the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Tours of the Eiffel Tower
With many evening and daytime departures, this is the best way to visit the Eiffel Tower. An English-speaking guide will explain the full history of the tower and take you on a Seine River cruise. You’ll sip champagne as you pass by many Parisian monuments including the Eiffel Tower. Your guide will then bring you to the tower and you’ll visit the first and second floors. You’ll be able to spend as much time as you like inside prior to leaving.
This is a much more extensive tour of Paris led by an English-speaking guide. You’ll visit many monuments including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame (outside), and more. Be sure to click the link above to get a full description including pricing.
What to See When Visiting the Eiffel Tower
You may read this and think, “You go to the tower, then you go up the tower, and finally, you see a great view. Right?”
In reality, there is a lot more to do than you may expect. The structure is extremely tall and it is framed by two huge parks that occupy more than 2 million square feet of downtown Paris France. In this section, we’ll explain what do to in, on top of, and around the Eiffel Tower.
Yes, you should make every effort possible to go up the Eiffel Tower. The tickets start at 10.40€. which is affordable enough for anyone who can afford a visit to Paris.
With the exception of 2020 given the reduced levels of tourism, don’t think you can show up on a Saturday and say, “Two please!” These tickets are extremely difficult to obtain. This restaurant features multiple different dining facilities from indoor to outdoor and a bar.
You’re going to want to book ahead. See our explanations of what each ticket consists of.
Hungry? Restaurants at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower may look like a thin, wiry structure but at any given moment there could be up to 3000 people eating, drinking, or snapping selfies from 58 meters to 276 meters off the ground on Eiffel’s three observation decks.
When I travel, I am a bit of a bon vivant. We all work hard so decompressing on vacation and enjoying the sweet fruits of your labor is super important. This is why I always say, “If you can, you should go inside.” This goes for eating at Le 58 or Le Jules Verne – if you can.
Check out our dedicated article on Eating at the Eiffel Tower to plan and even make reservations.
Eiffel Tower Facts
Where? Eiffel Tower is located in a park known as Champ de Mars which is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris in France.
When? The tower was constructed to be the entrance to the World’s Fair in 1889 and took two years to build.
Who? It was built by engineer Gustave Eiffel whose innovative design has led to his name going down in the history books. Many said that a structure of this size simply couldn’t be built. I assume that motivated him even more.
What? The Eiffel Tower is 1063 feet tall (324m) which makes it about 75 stories tall (14ft per story).
Why? On average, about 7 million people visit the tower per year making it one of the most visited (ticketed) buildings on Earth. It was constructed to display France’s engineering prowess at the World’s Fair and beyond. Today, it has become the emblem of Paris.
Mountain Climbers – Apparently when the city decided to add more lights to the tower, approx 20,000 lights, they hired mountain climbers to scale the tower and attach them. I wonder what the electricians union thought about that?
Anything Else? Yep, a ton more. The tower is host to three levels, two restaurants, and various bars.
Le Jules Verne, which is a Michelin star-rated restaurant on the second level of the tower. The second is named Le 58 which is on the tower’s first level, 58 meters from the ground.
The absolute top level features a Champagne bar named “Bar A Champagne”. You don’t need a fancy name to sell a class of Champagne on the summit of arguably the world’s most romantic structure.
Beyond that, there are multiple buffets, terrace bars, and even a macaroon bar (makes sense).
Best Time to Visit the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited attractions on Earth with 7 million + visitors per year. Reserving ahead is the key to a positive and stress-free experience. If you can get the tickets, when is the best time to go?
At and after sunset is by far the most attractive time to visit the Eiffel Tower. The tower lights up every hour on the hour after sunset for 5 minutes until 1am or 2 am depending the season. The 336 lamps/projectors make the tower light up in a very sporadic fashion which is really a joy to look at.
Do a search for when sunset is the day of your visit and show up 45 minutes before sunset. Book your tickets anytime between 45 minutes before sunset to closure. This way you can see the tower at sunset and go up in the same evening.
You can enjoy the Eiffel Tower during the day as well and watch the light show from the ground at night.
An afternoon at the Eiffel Tower can be really great. The official website advises 1.5 hours for the 1st and 2nd levels and 2.5 hours for all three levels, but you can really stay as long as you like.
Visiting during the day allows you to explore and have a casual meal and or drink while walking around.
Try to get tickets to go up around noon. This way you can have a drink and meal while you are in the tower. If you don’t want to eat buffet food, reserve your tickets for later afternoon. Maybe after 4 pm. This way you can have some drinks on the tower at the end of your day before you get ready for dinner.
April 1 – Oct 31
From April 1st to Oct 31st, the Eiffel Tower will be extremely hard to reserve. Make sure you reserve in advance to get the entry time you like.
I highly recommend joining a guided tour if you go in the summer. The guides really make the tower come to life and it often includes a sunset cruise on the Seine river. Make sure you read the details to know if the tour you are booking includes that. It is an awesome experience.
Nov 1 – March 31
With the exception of Christmas, you basically will be able to have your pick on what time to visit the tower. I recommend you go in the afternoon as the temperatures may be warmer.
That said, you are going to want to see it at night evening in the winter. If this is the case, dress warm!
Places to Eat Inside & Nearby the Eiffel Tower
Inside the Eiffel Tower
This restaurant is currently closed. The website says that it will reopen at the beginning of 2021. For many who can’t travel to Paris right now, it changes little. If you are looking to make reservations, check the website frequently.
The price tag for your meal will sit around 75€ per person so it is something to consider. I am a bit of a bon vivant when I travel so I would reduce my hotel budget by 75€ and use those funds for this memorable experience. What do you get?
- Priority access to 1st level of Eiffel Tower
- A very high-quality meal crafted Thierry Marx who received two Michelin stars at Sur-Mesure
- An experience you will not forget.
For me, it is a no-brainer. If you can plan ahead far enough to get the reservation, you should save the extra 150€ for you and another person to enjoy this experience.
Le Jules Verne
The definition of bon vivant is a person who enjoys a sociable and luxurious lifestyle. The photo next to it had better be someone eating a meal at Jules Verne.
Again, I believe that if you can, you should. Spending 75€ is something that I believe anyone who can afford a trip to Paris can manage. Jules Vern, on the other hand, will run you 190€ – 230€ per person for dinner excluding beverages. A five-course and seven-course menu respectively.
This is a starting point as you are going to want a drink. So, if you can, you should. Let this be your reward for a successful year or positive life event but know going into it that you will spend a pretty penny.
They have a more affordable, he scoffs, menu at 105€ for lunch excluding beverages. It is a 3-course tasting menu that makes a very pleasant experience.
Eating at the Jules Verne is a special experience for anyone who can afford it. The restaurant has succeeded in receiving 1 Michelin star under all four chefs who have run Le Jules Verne.
You can go through their official website. They release timeslots 90 days in advance so forget about booking a year ahead.
You have two choices, the Main Rooms (looking at the city) and the Alcove (looking at the interior). Main Rooms obviously go first although the website tries to sell the benefits of the Alcove.
You can sit down for lunch at 12 to 1:30 at 15 minute intervals.
Dinner sit-down times are 7, 7:15 & 7:30 pm. Expect a magnificent 3-hour dining experience for the 5-course menu and longer for the 7-course menu.
Throughout the 1st & 2nd floors, there are various buffets, snack bars, and shops that will satisfy your hunger or thirst. Exactly what you will expect from a stand-up counter service establishment. Definitely gets the job done.
If you manage to get the coveted ticket to the summit or top tier, definitely put aside a few euros for a glass of champagne. There is a small bar that serves champagne named Champagne A Bar. Very straightforward.
Nearby the Eiffel Tower
At the Eiffel but not planning on eating inside? Ok – here are some places nearby to fill up your belly.
Cafe Constant €€- 139 Rue Saint-Dominique
The bistro is the center of Parisian food culture and Cafe Constant is taking French food into the 21st century. While it is a casual bistro, the chef and owner earned a Michelin star in the past. Their website reads a friendly message which mimics their atmosphere, “Open from breakfast through lunch and into dinner.”
Café de l’Homme €€€€ – 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre
You could say this upscale bistro is more about the view than the food but many would say it’s about both. Just across the river located on Place de Trocadéro, this treat would definitely impress that special someone. Be sure to reserve a table with a view in advance or you will only see part of the experience.
Arnaud Nicolas €€€ – 46 Avenue de la Bourdannais
Enjoy a cut of meat? This institution has earned the most prized awards in France for preparation of pâté and foie gras among other dishes. This is a special meal so make reservations and come hungry.
This article is dedicated on eating at the Eiffel Tower and by that I mean literally on it. If you are looking for great places to eat nearby, check out our article on the Best Places to Eat Near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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How to Get to the Eiffel Tower
The preferred method of transport in Paris is the metro. The Eiffel Tower is located footsteps away from Camp de Mars / Tour Eiffel station which is on the RER C. You can also get off at the Ecole Militair on Line 8 or Bir-Hakeim on Line 6 which are both within walking distance. When you get out of the metro station look for the Eiffel Tower and you’re there!
You can take the 30, 42, 80, 82, 86 or Direct 2. Get off when you feel you are close enough to walk to the tower.
Luckily, you can see the Eiffel Tower from basically anywhere in Paris. Walk towards it.