1. Purchase Eiffel Tower skip the line tickets in advance online
Eiffel Tower tickets sell out months in advance, so it if you plan on going all the way up to the summit, make sure you purchase your tickets online, in advance. This way, you queue up only for security, after which you can glide through easily; all the way atop. If you do not buy your tickets online, then there’s every possibility that you’re looking at a ticket queue that is at least 30 minutes long.
2. Go on a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower
Guided tours are one of the most popular means of experiencing the Eiffel Tower. Not only do you get to enjoy this landmark in the company of an expert guide, but you also get to skip the ticket queues and head straight to security.
3. Get escorted access past the queue
Many Eiffel Tower experience include a host who will meet you at/near the Eiffel and escort you past the long and winding queues straight to the elevators (or stairs if you choose). Once you have accessed the tower, you are free to spend as much time at the tower as you like.
4. Take the stairs up to the second level instead of the elevators
The Eiffel Tower step tickets are cheaper and more easily available, though they are a steep task. However, if you’re up for trodding up the Eiffel Tower, why not? There are 330 steps to the first level and 339 steps to the second level. This way you can experience the tower’s charm with every step. Moreover, if you’re tired after reaching the first level, you can even take the elevator to the second level, and then walk down to the first level.
5. Book a Lunch or Dinner Experience at the Eiffel
There are two dining outlets in the Eiffel Tower - 58 Tour Eiffel on the first level, and Le Jules Verne on the second floor (only dinner). If you choose to have a meal at either of these restaurants, you can enter the tower through a dedicated entrance, away from the crowd. Not only do you get to skip the long visitor queues, but also enjoy a meal at one of the most iconic locations in the world.
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”.
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.