Structure tour Eiffel

Planning a smooth visit

For most of our visitors, the Eiffel Tower is one of the highlights of their stay in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is also one of the most-visited pay-to-enter monuments in the world, with almost 7 million visitors every year. Because it’s so busy, it’s a good idea to plan ahead, especially if you’re travelling from afar, so that your experience with this great icon of Paris and France goes as smoothly as possible, for kids and adults alike!

On this page, you’ll find all the practical information and links you need for a well-planned visit that will guarantee an unforgettable, hassle-free experience!

Buy online

Buy your tickets from our online ticket office and beat the queues, especially if you’re heading to the top of the Tower. Our online ticket office is where you can find the best prices for our e-tickets for lifts to the top or the 2nd floor. By buying time-stamped e-tickets, you’ll save time at the Tower! You can book your visit up to two months in advance: and we definitely recommend booking for the summer months (July and August), when the Eiffel Tower is at its busiest. For visits on a whim, our online ticket office sells e-tickets until 3 three hours before your visit time, that same day (while stocks last) !

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Things to see and do on each floor

Good to know

Tickets for the stairs (the second floor), and stairs and lift (2nd floor by stairs and then lift to the top) can only be bought at the Eiffel Tower!

Have you already visited the Eiffel Tower by day? Try it by night! The Eiffel Tower is open until 23:45, and even 00:45 in summer.

Ticket prices and opening times

Buying tickets online
  • Because your e-tickets have your name on them, please make sure you add the names of everyone you’ll be coming with. 
  • Check your chosen date and time before confirming your purchase! Once you’ve booked them, you cannot change or exchange your e-tickets. All purchases are final.
  • Make sure you keep the e-mail confirmation of your purchase, and your username and password to our online ticket office, so that you can come back later if you need to.

Contact the Customer Service if you have any questions or concerns

Your ticket
  • Please make sure that your e-ticket can be read. We recommend printing your e-tickets out at home before you visit the Tower or even arrive in France. Each e-ticket must be printed on a sheet of A4 paper, blank on both sides. 
  • You can also show your e-ticket on your smartphone, as long as we can scan the barcode.

Everything you wanted to know about your ticket 

Vue aérienne sur la tour Eiffel et Paris
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The day of your visit
  • Each e-ticket bears the name of its owner. Remember to bring ID for all of your group, including children. We may ask to see your ID, as well as any supporting documents for reduced rates (disability registration).
  • Make sure you check the time on your e-ticket, this is the time when you need to be on the esplanade, in a queue for “Visitors with tickets” (green flag). So that you’re here on time, we recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance so that you have time to make it through the security checks at the entrance. For example, if your ticket is for 10am, plan to arrive at the Eiffel Tower entrance at 9.45am.
Getting to the Eiffel Tower

 

  • Plan your travel to the Eiffel Tower, and use public transport whenever you can! If you need to, you can use our interactive map which will show you how to get to the tower (metro, Vélib, RER, bus, car).
  • Bolstered security measures are in place under the Vigipirate plan. You are advised to carefully read the conditions for visiting the tower before coming to the Eiffel Tower, so that you know what you can bring and what is not admitted. There is no left-luggage facility for non-permitted items at the Eiffel Tower (wheeled suitcases, large luggage, non-folding buggies and prams, etc.).

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Entrances

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Getting to the esplanade

There are two entrances in the gardens to reach the Eiffel Tower’s esplanade: the South entrance and the East entrance. You will pass through the first security checks at these entrances, and they also give you a chance to explore the recently landscaped gardens. Tip: to save some time, please prefer the East entrance in the gardens, which is often less crowded.

Access map to the Eiffel Tower

Getting around the esplanade 

  • To take a lift, head to the EAST or WEST pillars of the Tower. Visitors with tickets should join the queues with a green flag for direct access to the leg’s entrance. Visitors without tickets should join the queues for the ticket office (yellow flag). Ticket offices are generally open at both pillars.
  • Visitors wishing to take the stairs should head for the SOUTH pillar, where they can buy tickets for the stairs up to the 2nd floor, or stair + lift tickets to the top (blue flag).

 

Drapeau vert pour les visiteurs sur le parvis

 

Flag ticket office
Flag ticket office for stairs tickets
Tips for your visit

Make sure you get a copy of our visitor guide, available at multiple locations (ticket offices, lifts). It will help you find your way around (available in French, English, Spanish, and German)! 

Log on to the Eiffel Tower’s free WiFi (_WiFi_Tour_Eiffel)! Just enter your email address on the online form that appears when you connect. It’s an easy way to share this special time with your friends and family on social media.

When you come back down from the second floor, you can take either the stairs or the lift to visit the first floor and then get back to terra firma

Paris Tourist Office Website

After the Eiffel Tower, visit the other must-see places in Paris!

Want to discover the monuments and the thousand faces of the beautiful city of Paris? To best prepare your stay in Paris and put together an unforgettable itinerary, we advise you to consult the Paris Tourist Office website. Practical information, advice, guides, online reservations and more. This site will be your reference on the Internet to find all the information you need to book accommodation, visit tourist attractions at the best price, eat in the most recommended establishments, have fun and enjoy the best of the City of Light!