The Eiffel Tower: tips, opening hours, ticket prices

Eiffel Tower seen form a Seine river cruise

You can’t picture Paris without automatically draw the Eiffel Tower in your head. Here are some tips to efficiently visit the impressive monument (opening hours, ticket prices and how to skip the queue).

Eiffel built this masterpiece in two years. The 12,000 steel girders are held together by 2,500,000 rivers and the result is a smooth, curving profile. The steel constructions defied all traditional rules in architecture at the time and today, it serves as the television transmitter for the Paris area.

Eiffel Tower by Night
Eiffel Tower by Night

The tower has three floors: the first one at a heigh of 57 meters, the second floor at a height of 115 meters and the third floor at a height of 276 meters. The top of the aerial is 320 meters above the ground.

On a bright day, the view from the top platform is astonishing. You can see every inch of Paris including the most distant suburbs. The tower feet are firmly fixed into hydraulic caissons reducing the effect on the wind on the monument. The Eiffel Tower functional elegance heralded the dawn of Industrial Art, and has met with many sarcastic comments from many conservative observers ever since it was finished in 1889 for Paris Exposition Universelle (World Fair). It was the tallest tower in the world.

How to get to the Eiffel Tower : Hours and prices

Champs de Mars 75007 Paris
Mo : Bir Hakeim (line 6), Champs de Mars (RER C)

Opening hours:
Open every day
– From mid-June to August: 9 am – 12 am
– From Sept to mid-June: 9:30 am to 11 pm

Ticket prices for the Eiffel:
Lift to the 2nd floor  €9
Lift to the 3rd floor  €15

Our tips about Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower seen from a Seine river cruise
Eiffel Tower seen from a Seine river cruise
  • Try to
  • visit the Eiffel Tower during a clear day to enjoy the view
  • Visit it at the sunset
  • Christmas lighting is wonderful
  • Buying your ticket online can save you a lot of time :
  • for a complete package : >> Eiffel tower lunch + skip-the-line-ticket
  • for an  online ticket
  • Don’t forget a jacket, the top is sometimes windy

Read more about boats and river cruises in Paris.

The Eiffel tower restaurants.

Le Jules Verne – 2nd Floor – Gastronomic restaurant

The generous innovative cuisine of Chef Pascal Féraud and Alain Ducasse, the director of this unique venue, reaches lofty heights… those of the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, where patrons are elevated by a direct private lift. From there, the view of Paris with its parade of bridges on the Seine is unique. Designer streamlined decor is forgotten as diners revel in the spectacle, confused as to whether they should admire the magic of Paris or the crab filled puff pastry and shrimp cream, the colors of the river or the pressed foie gras.

Open every day / reserve well ahead

Menu from €85/€100

Le 48 Tour Eiffel -1st floor – Brasserie

Situated on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant offers a panoramic view of Paris. Chef serves typical French food.

Open every day / reserve well ahead

Menu from €30/€60 for dinner (€19 menu for lunch)

Read also:  the Arc de Triomphe



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