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your visit in advance
official Eiffel Tower website sells tickets online, at the official
rates, for between 1 month and 4 months ahead. For example on
January 1st, you can buy tickets for days from Feb 1st to April 30th.
But be warned; for Spring and Summer months, these tickets sell out
If you're too late for tickets on the
official site, or there are none left, you'll either have to risk
standing in a long line (in the hope that there are places available on
the day), or else buy a last minute ticket which may come at a highly
inflated price. Continue reading for our "best buy" tips, and to avoid
getting ripped off.
minute tickets for the Eiffel Tower
these days large volumes of tickets for the Eiffel Tower get bought up
by tour operators and online
resellers, as soon as they go on sale: so independent travellers will
find it almost impossible to get tickets from the official Eiffel Tower
website, except in very low season. And even then not last-minute. To
avoid the risk of disappointment, or of having to stand in a long long
line, visitors need to look at the offers from online resellers.
get ripped off.
online resellers, specially those advertising heavily on the Internet,
resell the Eiffel tower tickets they have bought at a large markup
– sometimes more than three times the official price.
► Our choice:For
visitors wanting to get skip-the-line
Eiffel Tower tickets in advance,
particularly for a visit within the coming month,
(a subsidiary of TUI Travel) .
Eiffel Tower packages sell out fast; but
Isango may still have some tickets for the top
of the tower tour
, even at just a few days' notice.
: Buying tickets
for the Eiffel Tower
Tickets on the official
Eiffel Tower website
(in English or other languages) are frequently sold out within minutes
of coming on sale. The official site may well have no tickets available
for the next three months, specially in busy tourist periods.
If, however, they do still have some available, they can be
bought on line in English
and printed out in your
. It couldn't be easier.
Note that The Eiffel Tower is not
included in any of the Paris visitor passes.
buy tickets online
sources unless you want Eiffel tower access that is included
as part of a bigger package - see "Practical
below. Resellers cannot offer faster "skip the line" tickets than the
official site, whatever they say ; and all
the Paris tourist office, charge more for Eiffel tower tickets than the
official site - in some cases a lot
Be warned ! Even if you are unlikely to be able to get skip-the-line
tickets from the official site, given how fast they sell out, check official ticket prices
below as a matter of interest !
more tickets available for
Tower combined tours
, which may sell out
Alternatively, buy tickets at the entrance ..... but be prepared for a
long queue ... or to find that everything is already sold out !
For 41 years, from its inauguration in 1889 until 1930, the Eiffel
Tower was the world's tallest man-made structure.
That was just one of the many records
it has held, or still holds. Others include the most visited
paid-entrance tourist attraction in the world; and also one of the most
recognised - if not the most recognised - structure in the world. As a
symbol of Paris, it is known the world over.
The Eiffel tower was designed by one of France's
greatest 19th century engineers, Gustave Eiffel, as a gateway to the
Paris Universal Exhibition, marking the centenary of the French
It was originally put up on a 20-year
lease, and should have been dismantled in 1909; but by then it had
become such a landmark, and so popular, that the Paris city hall
decided to keep it open – a decision that it has surely never
The tower is built of 7300 tons of pig
iron - remarkably little considering the height of the structure. When
designing it, Eiffel - who was creating a structure like none other
before - was particularly attentive to wind forces; sceptics
thought that the tower was too high, and would be blown over in the
first gale. Eiffel proved them wrong, and his design was so successful
that even in the strongest wind, the top of the tower only moves by
about 7 centimetres. This is less than it moves under the effect of
strong summer sunshine which causes the metal on the south side to
expand more than on the north.
The Tower has three levels, and there
are restaurants on the first and the second. Most visitors use the
elevators (lifts) to the first and second levels, though there are
stairs for the very energetic. Access to the top is by elevator only.
Though elevators were part of the original structure, those in use
today are modern replacements, and fully compliant with twenty-first
century safety standards.
The Eiffel Tower stands on the left
bank of the Seine (the south bank) in a garden known as the Champ de
Mars - or field of Mars, between the Seine and the Ecole Militaire.
Obviously, on account of its height, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from
places all over Paris, and notably from the heights of Montmartre or
from the top of Notre Dame or from the Arc de Triomphe; but one of the
best places to view it from a distance is just across the Seine, from
the Esplanade of the Trocadero, right opposite.
Eiffel tower tickets &
► NB: Access
to the Eiffel Tower is not
included in any of the Paris
, not even the Paris
(best value among the various city passes) or the
Museum Pass. Tickets are sold for a given date
only. See below.
including the Eiffel Tower
Check out the Paris City Vision
website for Eiffel Tower tours, with or without a meal in the
restaurant. The Eiffel Tower has three restaurants. Obviously, even
discounted, the price of tours, whether or not they include a meal in
the Eiffel Tower are
considerably more than the cost of normal acces tickets. But like other
advance purchase tickets, they do
provide fast-track skip-the-line access to the tower.
when other ordinary tickets have all
sold out, the standard second floor
tour may still have places available. Guided tour tickets are
more than the
ticket prices, but you get your ticket in advance, you don't have to
stand in a line, you get a guided tour; and it's a lot cheaper than
paying for a hurried meal in one of the restaurants.
At the end of your second floor tour, you can then,
subject to availability, buy a ticket on the second floor, to
take you to the top. There are often no queues at the ticket
booth on the second floor, and since you buy the ticket at
Tower, you get it at the official price.
Tower ticket prices - 2019
Buy online from the official
Eiffel Tower website
and 2nd floor only:
Adult: € 16.30 Youth age 12-24 :
Child aged 4 to 11: € 4.10
Babies (under 4): free
to the top:
Adult: € 25.50 Youth age 12-24 :
Child aged 4 to 11: € 6.40
Babies (under 4):
and their helpers: same as child rate.
There are public toilets on the first and second levels, but not at the
Metro: Bir Hakeim (Line 6) or Ecole Militaire (Line
Bus for Eiffel tower: lines 42 69 72 80
To save time and avoid queues for
other Paris monuments
, check out the Paris
, the best value among the different Paris passes,
providing access to most museums plus a
Seine cruise and other attractions.
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