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Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor: Skip the Line Tickets & Optional River Cruise

Skip the Line
1.5 Hour Guided Tour
Mobile Tickets
Free Cancellation

A 1.5-hour guided tour of Paris' most iconic attraction

  • Skip-the-line to the 2nd floor of Paris’ most beloved landmark, the Eiffel Tower
  • At 115 meters tall, the 2nd floor boasts Paris’ most famous observatory that offers breathtaking views of Parisian sights nearby
  • From the elevated heights of this tower, gaze out at the Seine, the Louvre, the Grand Palais, Montmartre, Notre-Dame, the Champs-Elysées, and more
  • Enjoy the company of your expert bilingual guide (English & French) who will share insight and stories about this cherished attraction
  • On your way back down, feel free to stop at the Eiffel Tower’s first floor for a stroll along its exceptional glass floor
  • Upgrade your ticket to include a Seine River Cruise to your Parisian adventure (valid for 6 months from the date of purchase)
  • Discounted Tickets: Infants aged 0-3yrs do not require a ticket
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hrs before the schedule
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Eiffel Tower Morning Guided Tour with Breakfast

Guided Tour
Mobile Tickets
72 Hour Cancellation
Includes Breakfast

An early visit to Paris' renowned attraction. Includes a light snack.

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower early in the morning on a guided tour and avoid the long queues that form in the daytime and evening hours
  • Enjoy a croissant with coffee before your ascent of the Eiffel Tower
  • Admire Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, the Pantheon, and the Louvre Museum from atop the Eiffel Tower
  • Feel free to spend as much time as you’d like on both floors of the Eiffel Tower
  • Please note that depending upon your date and time of visit there may be a waiting time ranging between 20 to 90 minutes in the queues before beginning your climb up the Eiffel Tower
  • Infants aged 3 and below do not require a ticket
  • These tickets can be canceled up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund
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The Eiffel Tower Reopens Post-COVID-19

After three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eiffel Tower reopened to the public on 25 June 2020. A slew of safety measures and guidelines are in place to ensure public safety. 

The Eiffel Tower summit is closed to the public temporarily; visitors can access the Esplanade, 1st and 2nd floors either by stairs or lift. 

Health Measures at the Eiffel Tower

Here is all the essential safety information to know before visiting the Eiffel Tower:

  • While the Eiffel Tower is accepting on-the-spot ticket purchase, they highly recommend that visitors book their tickets online. However, while access to the 1st and 2nd floors by stairs is available for purchase at the physical ticket counters, if you would like to take the lift up to the 2nd floor, you would have to book your ticket online.
  • All visitors above the age of 11 must wear a mask that fully covers the nose and mouth throughout their visit. The staff will be wearing masks full-time as well.
  • The use of stairs has been altered as well. To prevent face-to-face contact, one staircase will be for climbing up, and another to head back down.
  • All visitors must maintain a minimum distance of 5 feet from the other. To enable social distancing, various signs and markers have been placed along the path up the Eiffel Tower.
  • Hand sanitizer has been made available for the public at about 30 points, including the entrances and both levels
  • The only Eiffel Tower restaurant open to the public is the Jules Verne restaurant on the 2nd floor.

Eiffel Tower Tickets

About 130 years ago, to commemorate 100 years of the French Revolution, a competition was organized by the Universal Exposition with the aim to construct a 300 meter-long tower. Out of a massive 107 proposals, Gustave Eiffel’s was the winning one. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Colloquially known today as the ‘Iron Lady’, the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Parisian culture, economy and industrial strength. Embedded with about five billion lights, one can see this architectural marvel from every corner of Paris. It’s no surprise that the Eiffel Tower receives a footfall of about 7 million visitors each year, making it the fourth most visited monument in the world. 

A visit to the City of Love is incomplete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. With an Eiffel Tower ticket, visitors have access to the first floor, second floor and the summit, entry to some of the finest restaurants in the city and unparalleled views of Paris.

Your Eiffel Tower Ticket Options Explained

Eiffel Tower summit tickets
Summit Access

The Eiffel Tower summit is the highest floor accessible by visitors. It can be reached only via its own elevator, which is located on the 2nd floor.

Most Eiffel Tower tickets provide access to the 1st and 2nd floors. An upgrade option to the summit is often available, for which you need to pay an additional amount. With an Eiffel Tower summit access ticket, you can take the elevator from the 2nd floor and head straight to the top.  From here, you can observe landmarks like the Seine River, Louvre Museum, Champs Elysees and more.

Eiffel Tower Stairs tickets
Stairs vs Elevator Access

You can access the 1st and 2nd floors by taking either the Eiffel Tower stairs or the elevator. To reach the 2nd floor, you need to climb about 674 steps. While taking the stairs is the faster, less crowded option to reach the 1st and 2nd floors, the ascent might be tiring and time-consuming. Taking an elevator to the 1st and 2nd floors is the faster option of the two, although you would need to be mindful of the crowds. 

Stairs to the summit cannot be accessed by the public. You can reach the summit only via a separate elevator on the 2nd floor.

Eiffel Tower tour
Guide vs Host

There are several ways to explore the Eiffel Tower.

You can opt for solo travel, where you make your way up via standard entry tickets.

If you select a guided Eiffel Tower tour, a professional multilingual tour guide will take you up-close and personal with all aspects of the landmark and enlighten you with interesting trivia and history.

If you opt for a host, they will accompany you from the entrance, help you get past the lines and take you up to your selected floor. Based on your preference, you can select a tour guide or host to accompany you up the Eiffel Tower. 

Which Eiffel Tower Ticket Should You Choose?

1. If you’re short on time

The best way to make the most of your Eiffel Tower experience is by opting for skip-the-line tickets. With these, you can quickly avoid long queues and take the elevator straight to either the second floor or the summit.

2. If you’re on a budget

If you’re traveling on a budget, you can opt for going up using the Eiffel Tower stairs and not the lift. While the ascent is steep, tickets for stairs access are much cheaper as compared to elevator access. 

3. If you’re looking for a guided tour

There are a variety of tickets you can choose from if you would like a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower. Your professional tour guide is usually multi-lingual and will enlighten you with history, facts, construction details and other interesting trivia about the Eiffel Tower. You can alternatively also opt for a portable, multilingual audio-guide that you can simply plug into and carry along on your visit.  

4. If you’re looking for the complete Eiffel Tower experience

We recommend opting for tickets that give you access to the Eiffel Tower summit and add-ons like a cruise along the River Seine. This will give you a wholesome Parisian experience, allowing you to catch a glimpse of the city’s vibrant landscape and iconic monuments. 

5. If you’re looking for a romantic experience

Eiffel Tower restaurants are known worldwide for their romantic ambiance and delectable French cuisine. If you’re looking to spend a romantic evening with your partner, opt for a ticket that provides a meal at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Levels

Ground Esplanade
First Floor
Second Floor
Summit
What is the Ground Esplanade?

The Ground Esplanade at the base of the Tower. The gardens, information center and ticket offices can be found on this Eiffel Tower level. The four pillars of the Tower -- North, South, East and West -- can be found here. East and West towers lead you to the elevator, while the South takes you to the stairs.

What can I do at the Ground Esplanade of the Eiffel Tower?

You can visit the Esplanade gardens and the statue of Gustave Eiffel’s, or stop by the fast-food restaurants and gift shop.

Is there any entry fee to visit the Ground Esplanade?

 No. It is the only Eiffel Tower level where entry is free. 

How do I get to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower?

You can access the first floor by either the elevator or stairs. If you opt for stairs, head towards the South Pillar and if you opt for the elevator, you can go via the East or West Pillars. If you decide to take the elevator, make sure to book your Eiffel Tower tickets in advance.

What can I do on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower?

The most attractive feature on the first floor is the opaque, glass flooring. Along with this, you can visit popular restaurants, watch a cinema projection, shop at the boutique, and be a part of the seasonal cultural shows.

What are my dining options on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower?

You can dine at the Eiffel Tower's legendary 58 Tour Restaurant (currently under renovation), La Bulle Parisienne, or at other buffet places.

Is the first floor of the Eiffel Tower accessible by elevator?

Yes. You can take an elevator to the first floor. It is located in the East and West pillars of the Eiffel Tower.

How do I get to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower?

You can take the elevator or the stairs to the Eiffel Tower second floor. You can find the elevator in the East and West Pillars, while the staircase is located in the South Pillar. Ensure that you book your tickets in advance in case you decide to take the elevator.

What can I do on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower second floor is an excellent spot to observe the city’s landmarks like Louvre Museum, dine and buy souvenirs.

Should I take the stairs or elevator to the second floor?

The elevator is the faster option of the two to reach the Eiffel Tower second floor. While taking the stairs might be time-consuming since you’ll have to climb 674 steps, it’s an excellent way to actually take in the inner construction details and design of the tower.

What are my dining options on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower?

At the Eiffel Tower second floor, you can dine at the Jules Verne, a Michelin-star restaurant or at their in-house buffet. You can also stop for dessert at their Macaroon Bar.

How do I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower?

There’s only one way to get to the Eiffel Tower summit: via a separate elevator on the 2nd floor. You will have to take either the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor, and then board the elevator to the summit. The stairway to the summit is not accessible by the public.

Do I need a separate ticket to access the summit of the Eiffel Tower?

Yes. Most tickets offer access to the 1st and 2nd floors. Eiffel Tower Summit access is an optional upgrade you would need to purchase to make your way to the top.

What can I see from the summit of the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower summit is one of the highest observation decks in Europe. It offers a splendid view of Paris’ main attractions such as the Louvre Museum, Seine River and Grand Palace.

What can I do at the top of the Eiffel Tower?

You can explore Gustave Eiffel’s office, witness a model of the top of the tower, enjoy a drink at the champagne bar, take photos and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the sprawling city.

Eiffel Tower Entrances

Eiffel Tower pillars
East and West Pillars

If you plan to take the elevator to the Eiffel Tower second floor, you can go to either the East or West Pillar. Keep an eye out for a green and yellow flag. If you have already purchased a ticket, make your way towards the green flag which will lead you directly to the entrance. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, join the queues near the yellow flag, which is placed at the ticket counter. You can find a ticket booth at each pillar.

Eiffel Tower stairs
South Pillar

If you’re planning to take the stairs to the first or second floor of the Eiffel Tower, head to the South Pillar. There are 674 steps to the second floor. If you have already purchased your ticket, you can go directly to the entrance that is marked by a blue flag. If you haven’t booked one yet, you can make your purchase at the ticket counter at the South Pillar. 

Plan Your Visit to the Eiffel Tower

Opening Hours
Getting There
Entrances
Skip-the-Line
Facilities
What are Eiffel Tower Hours?

Eiffel Tower hours are: From 13 June - 29 August, lift access is available between 09:00 AM to 12:45 AM with last ascent at 11:00 PM; stair access is available between 09:00 AM to 12:30 AM with last ascent before midnight.

The rest of the year, lift access is available between 09:30 AM to 11:45 PM with last ascent before 11:00 PM.; stair access is available between 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM.

When is the Eiffel Tower closed?

The Eiffel Tower is open all year round. On Bastille Day, it will close at 02:00 PM.

What is the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower?

October to December and January to March is the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower. You will experience lesser crowds and pleasant weather.

Where is the Eiffel Tower located?

Eiffel Tower location is Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.

How can I get to the Eiffel Tower?

You can get to the Eiffel Tower by car, metro, RER, bus, boat and by bicycle.

What train route can I take to get to the Eiffel Tower?

By metro, you can take Lines 9, 8 and 6; by RER, you can take Line C to get to the Eiffel Tower.

What bus route can I take to get to the Eiffel Tower?

You can take Line 82 and 42 to get to the Eiffel Tower

Where can I enter the Eiffel Tower?

Eiffel Tower entrances are located in the East, West and South Pillars. If you plan on taking the stairs, you can go to the South Pillar; if you’re taking the elevator, you can go to either the East or West Pillars.

Can persons with disabilities access the Eiffel Tower?

Yes. Lifts are available to accommodate those with disabilities, allowing them to enjoy a complete Eiffel Tower experience.

How do I get to the Esplanade?

You can enter the Esplanade from the South and East entrances of the Eiffel Tower gardens. These are located at the base of the tower.

How do I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower?

Most tickets allow you to visit the Eiffel Tower summit by paying an additional amount for the upgrade. You can go up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower using either the elevator or the stairs and take the summit-specific elevator from there.

How can I skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower?

Avoid the long lines by purchasing skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets. With these, you get priority access to the second floor and can additionaly opt for an upgrade to the Summit as well.

What is the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower experiences maximum crowds during summer, between June-September. With skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets, you can avoid the long queues and head straight up to the second floor and the summit. Alternatively, you can visit the tower between September to December or March to June for pleasant weather and less crowds.

What floors can I access with skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets?

Depending on your ticket, you can access either the second floor or the summit with your skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets.

Why should I buy skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets?

If you buy skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets, not only do you avoid long queues, but you get an informative tour guide along, priority access by elevator to the second floor and more.

What facilities are available for persons with disabilities?

They can access the 2nd floor by the elevator; special washrooms are available on the ground floor; audio inductions loops for those with hearing difficulties.

Are changing facilities for babies available at the Eiffel Tower?

Yes. The first and second floors are equipped with changing stations.

Is there a place to store my luggage at the Eiffel Tower?

No. As of now, no such facility has been made available. You may keep your baggage at storage facilities available nearby

Eiffel Tower Restaurants

Your Eiffel Tower experience is incomplete without indulging in some delightful French cuisine. The cherry on top? Jaw-dropping views of the City of Love, of course. Another benefit? By booking a meal at Le Jules Verne or Le 58 Tour Eiffel, you can skip the long lines and directly head to the second floor!

Visiting the Eiffel Tower - Tips

1. If you plan on visiting the Eiffel Tower -- particularly the summit -- we recommend booking your tickets well in advance since tickets to the top get sold out quickly

2. It is also essential that you book your Eiffel Tower tickets online. If not, you would have to wait for hours at the ticket counter, and might not get access to the floors you would like to visit

3. A great way to save time is by taking the steps on your way back down. Lines for the lifts are generally long and crowded. 

4. If you would like to know the inner workings of this landmark, including history, construction and other general trivia, we highly recommend opting for a guided Eiffel Tower tour 

5. June-September is the busiest time of the year for a visit. If you would like relatively lesser crowds, October-December and January-March would be the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower.

6. If you plan to have a meal at the Eiffel Tower, it is best to make a reservation at one of the restaurants well in advance

7. Download the Eiffel Tower app on your smartphone before your visit. The audio guide covers every subject related to the structure, including history, design and construction, neighboring landmarks and more.

8. Walk a little farther away from the tower to click the perfect photo. If you’re standing too close, you might not be able to get a complete picture of the towering landmark.

9. Keep your belongings close to you; the Eiffel Tower is a favorite spot for thieves due to the large crowds.

10. Pick up a souvenir of Paris and the Eiffel Tower at shops on the first and second floors

Eiffel Tower Tickets - FAQ

Q. Is it safe to visit the Eiffel Tower post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Eiffel Tower encourages online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors. 

Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Eiffel Tower?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Eiffel Tower now accepts only online reservations for lift access; to access the stairs, while physical tickets are available, visitors are encouraged to use digital payment methods. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit. Hand sanitizer gels have been placed at about 30 points.

Q. Are Eiffel Tower tickets available online now?
A. Yes. You can book your Eiffel Tower tickets online. Stairs access can be booked online or on the spot, while lift access can be only reserved online.

Q. What is the cancelation policy for Eiffel Tower tickets?
A. It depends on the Eiffel Tower ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Q. Is the Eiffel Tower summit open post-COVID-19?
A. The Eiffel Tower summit is not yet open to the public. Only the 1st and 2nd floors are open to the public.

Q. What parts of the Eiffel Tower are open to the public post-COVID-19?
A. Only the Eiffel Tower 1st and 2nd floors are open to the public. The summit is still closed. 

Q. Is lift access available at the Eiffel Tower post-COVID-19?
A. Yes, lift access is available at the Eiffel Tower. However, lift tickets can only be reserved online and visitors are encouraged to take the stairs over the lift.

Q. Are Eiffel Tower stairs open post-COVID-19?
A. Yes. You can use the Eiffel Tower stairs to go up to the 2nd floor. One staircase has been designated to go up, while the other is for solely coming back down. 

Q. What are Eiffel Tower hours post-COVID-19? 
A. Eiffel Tower hours post-COVID-19 are: 10:00 AM to 11:45 PM (last ascent at 11:00 PM) all days of the week, for both lift and stairs.

Q. Are skip-the-line tickets available for Eiffel Tower?

A. Yes. Skip-the-line tickets for Eiffel Tower are available. Purchasing these tickets online is highly recommended to avoid waiting for 30 minutes to 1 hour in line.

Q. What are the type of tickets available for visiting the Eiffel Tower?

A. There are four basic tickets available: one grants access to the 2nd floor via lift, the second takes you to the summit via lift, the third takes you to the 2nd floor via the stairs and the fourth takes you to the summit via stairs to the 2nd floor and then a lift to the top.

Q. Can I skip the line with guided tours at Eiffel Tower?
A. Yes, you can get skip-the-line tickets for guided Eiffel Tower tours at the Eiffel Tower. With these tickets, you get hassle-free entry and can go either to the 2nd floor, or right to the summit.

Q. Does a ticket to the top of the Eiffel Tower allow you to visit the 1st and 2nd floors?
A. Yes. By purchasing a ticket to the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can access all other floors as well.

Q. I bought a ticket to the 2nd floor and now want to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, is that possible?
A. No. Your destination is determined by the ticket you decide to purchase. You will not be able to go to the top of the tower if you have purchased a ticket to the 2nd level.

Q. Should I take the stairs or the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower
A. While the stairs are cheaper, climbing 674 steps to the 2nd level is not an easy task. Depending on your ticket, you can take an elevator to the top. You can climb up the stairs to the 1st and 2nd levels of the Eiffel Tower, or take an elevator directly to the 2nd floor, look around, and then head by elevator to the summit.

Q. What are Eiffel Tower timings?
A. Admission to the tower, elevator and stairs generally begins from 09:00 AM all year round. From January to June and September to December, the tower is open till 11:00 PM, while from June to September, it is open till midnight.

Q. Is the Eiffel Tower wheelchair-accessible?
A. Yes. Wheelchair access is available for visitors up to the 1st and 2nd floors. It is not recommended that visitors with disabilities visit the summit.

Q. How long does it take to visit the Eiffel Tower?
A. If you go up to the 2nd level, the visit could take about 1.5 hours, while if you go up to the summit, you could spend about 2.5 hours. Moreover, depending on whether you opt to take the stairs or the elevator, timings may vary.