Structure tour Eiffel

Planning a smooth visit

Our best tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower 

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

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 6 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!


1- Our tips to buy online

2- All our advices for D-Day : how to prepare, how to come

3- Getting around the esplanade

4- Make the most out of your visit thanks to the online visitors' guide

5- Smart tips for your visit

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


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 to the top or the 2nd floor (by lift). 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 for a visit the same day (while stocks last) : until 3 three hours before your visit time (for lift tickets). Stairs tickets are sold on the spot at the Tower's ticket offices.

Things to see and do on each floor

Good to know

New! If you lost or found an object, we invite you to declare it online here.

If you come by bicycle or with scooters, please be aware that such objects cannot enter in the premises of the Eiffel Tower.

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 

Aerial view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris
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Around the monument

Regarding your safety in the outskirts of the monument (Champ de Mars, Iena Bridge, Trocadero area), we kindly advise you to really pay attention to your belongings and bags.
For your own safety, please do not take part in street card games or tricks and do not answer to petition sollicitations.

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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Getting to the esplanade

There are two entrances in the gardens to reach the Eiffel Tower’s esplanade: the entrance 1 (South) and the entrance 2 (East). 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 entrance 2 (East) in the gardens, which is often less crowded.

Access map 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).


Visiting sequence

You will have to start your visit by the highest level (top floor or second floor). Then on the way down, you will enjoy visiting the lower floors.

Green flag for the lift entrance on the parvis


Flag ticket office
Flag ticket office for stairs tickets

Make the most out of your visit thanks to the online visitors' guide

Upon arrival on our site, you can connect to our online visitor's guide on your smartphone, it will help you find your way around and enrich your visit with practical and historical information (available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese). There are also paper guides with basic information, available at multiple locations (ticket offices, lifts) in French, English, Spanish, and German. 

Tips for your visit

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!

More information about what to see and visit around the Eiffel Tower.

What to know today

Until February 3 at 6.30pm: the top floor is closed for refurbishment work. Only visits up to the 2nd floor (1st floor included) are possible. Find out more

For your children: the "Tour Eiffel Kids" booklet on the theme of the growing Tower is waiting for you in the pillars & on the 1st floor! See the poster

Tip! Connect to our mobile visitor's guide, a real companion to find your way around and learn more about the Tower! Try

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