Plan Your Visit

Eiffel Tower Opening Hours

September - May
9.30 am to 11 pm

June - August
9 am to 11.30 pm

Closed on all public holidays.

Getting to the Eiffel Tower

There are no shortage of ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. Whether by Metro, Boat, Car, or Bike, there are a host of options on offer.

Line no. 6 - metro station "Bir-Hakeim"
If you take this line which runs above ground, you'll get a view of the tower as you approach the Bir-Hakeim station. Always an exciting moment!
Line no. 9 - "Trocadéro" station

Line C: Champs de Mars - tour Eiffel station
When you come out of the RER station, allow a few minutes' walk to get to the Eiffel tower

By Bus
Bus 82, stops: tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
Bus 42, stop: tour Eiffel
Bus 87, stop: Champ de Mars
Bus 69, stop: Champ de Mars

By Bike
Self-hire bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any of the Vélib' stations. A pleasant way of exploring the Parisian streets by bike on your way to the Eiffel tower!

By Boat
Did you know that you can also get to the Eiffel tower by boat? An original and pleasant way of exploring the heart of Paris with all the magic that lines the Seine on your way to the Eiffel tower.

By Car
If you wish to come to the Eiffel tower by car, we recommend you park in any of the nearest underground car parks to the Eiffel tower, a good choice being the Quai Branly car park located less than 300 meters from the tower!

Behind-the-Scenes of the Eiffel Tower

Behind all the hustle and frolic of the Eiffel, operates an intricate piece of machinery to keep the tower functioning and operational throughout the year. There are three lifts (North, East and West Pillars) that take you to the 2nd level of the tower. Two of these are hydraulic and were first installed in 1889. Since, these elevators have undergone modernization and renovations, yet, they continue to reminisce the original and simple functioning machines as imagined by Gustave Eiffel. You can discover the inner workings of this machinery and many other Eiffel facts on a special behind the scenes guided tour.

Know your way around the Eiffel Tower

The entrances to the Eiffel Tower are at the ground floor, at the legs of the tower. To reach the tower through stairs, you have to enter through the south corner leg. Those going to the restaurant, Le Jules Verne, can access the tower through a separate entrance.

The Eiffel Tower consists of three distinct levels that are open to the public, giving you unique views of Paris. The normal Eiffel Tower tickets give you access to the elevators that take you straight to the 2nd level. If you wish to visit the 1st level, walk down the stairs to enter this unique observation deck. With a see-through fabric glass floor in place, you are bound to have tiny spurts of adrenaline and excitement as you walk on this level. The 2nd level entails the biggest deck in place on the monument.

The floor is just about high to give you stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas such as Notre Dame, Seine River, Champs Elysees, and others. In addition, you will be able to identify any of these iconic Parisian landmarks as the deck on the 2nd level is located at a height that makes identification easy to the naked eye.

The Summit of the Eiffel Tower is the highest level that is open to general public. Tickets to this level are sold out months in advance as the deck can accommodate limited number of individuals due to spacing and security issues. Offering 360-degree views of the city, the summit is recommended for the thrill seekers and those seeking to “check it off the bucket list”.

Know your way out of the Eiffel Tower

While your skip the line tickets can gain you super quick entry to the Eiffel Tower, getting yourself out can be quite a hassle. No ticket gives you a priority entry on the way out. On a normal day you can easily ride the elevator back down. But, during peak season, the lines for the elevators heading down are quite long and could easily stretch to a 30-45 minute wait. Instead, the faster route would be to take the stairs! The descent is less taxing on your body and you get to see all the views the Tower has to offer.

Insider Tips For Visiting the Eiffel Tower

  • All the entry tickets, and tours purchased in advance are timed and require you to be present at the entrance to the dot. Any delays could lead to your ticket being held void.
  • There is no time limit on your visit of the Eiffel Tower. You can stay there indefinitely until closing hours. We suggest you take your time and enjoy the views as re-entry is not allowed.
  • There are two public restrooms located in the Eiffel Tower. One each on the second and third levels. At the bottom, there are restrooms on the east and west pillars.
  • Check the weather forecast before you decide to head to the tower. Foggy conditions shroud the tower and limit your views of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you see that the forecast for the day you want to visit is foggy, buy tickets only to the 2nd floor. If the fog clears up by the time you enter, you can purchase summit tickets from the 2nd level.
  • To capture the perfect picture of the Eiffel without hoards of people in front of it, arrive well before its opening time of 9 am. For a picture of the Tower from top to bottom, head on to Place du Trocadero for a full-length photo of the tower.
  • If you’re one of those who decides to visit the Eiffel post dusk, you’re in for a treat. Every hour post sunset, the Eiffel Tower puts on an illumination show for 5-minutes!