Want to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris? It’s one of the most iconic landmarks in France and since its opening in 1889, more than 300 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower. 

Here’s my guide with opening hours, tickets, history, how to get there and my best recommendations before your visit. 

Name in French: La Tour Eiffel
Architect: Stephen Sauvestre and Gustave Eiffel
Height:  300 meters (Roof) and 324 meters (Antenna)
Construction year: 1887-1889
Inauguration date: 31 march 1889

Tickets and Opening hours

The Eiffel Tower is open year-round with the following opening hours:

  • 7 July to 1 September: 9:00 – 0:45 (Last entrance at 23:00 for elevator access to the top)
  • Rest of the year: 9:30 – 23:45 (elevator) and 9:30 – 18:30 (stairs).

If you want to avoid lines, it’s recommended to arrive before opening. A better option is to book tickets in advance that will let you skip the line. It’s definitely worth it since you will save time and avoid long lines, especially during summer.

Book tickets that allow you to skip the line

If you don’t prebook your tickets, expect to stand in line for at least 60-120 minutes. Additionally, you can also book tickets on the official website and reserve a time slot for your entrance.

How much does it cost to visit the Eiffel tower?

These are the costs of regular tickets, which don’t include skip the line access. 

Type of ticket Adults Youth (12-24) Children (4-11) Kids under 4 years
Second floor (elevator) 16€ 8€ 4€ Free
To the top (elevator) 25€ 12,50€ 6,30€ Free
Second floor (stair access) 10€ 5€ 2,50€ Free
To the top (stairs and elevator) 19€ 9,50€ 4,80€ Free

Please note that prices for tickets to the Eiffel Tower might change.

Eiffel tower illuminated

History and more information

Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel in French) is one of the most famous buildings in the world with more than 7 million annual visitors. The tower is located in the 7th arrondissement at Champ de Mars and was built between the years of 1887 and 1889 when it was inaugurated in conjunction with the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle). 

Originally, it was planned that the Eiffel Tower would be placed in Barcelona, but the city turned it down and Gustave Eiffel convinced Paris that they needed something unique for the World’s Fair. 

When the tower was completed, it could also proudly claim the title as the world’s tallest building. A title that the Eiffel Tower held until 1930 when the Chrysler Building in New York was was completed. 

Stéphen Sauvestre is the main architect of the Eiffel Tower and it was built by Gustave Eiffel’s company together with the architects and engineers Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. The total cost of building the Eiffel Tower is estimated to have been 7.8 million Franc.

Tour de Eiffel

Eiffel Tower architects

Gustave Eiffel och Stephen Sauvestre

In the beginning, the tower had a height of 300 meters, but in 1959 a TV-antenna was installed that increased the total height to 324 meters. There are 1665 steps up to the top but there is also an elevator that visitors can take. 

The total weight of the Eiffel Tower is 10100 metric tonnes and it’s made from 12000 iron beams, which are put together by 2.5 million rivets. The rivets were made in Sweden at Borgviks Bruk in the province of Värmland.

It takes around 15 months to repaint the Eiffel Tower and the work needs 25 painters, who are only allowed to use a paintbrush. The website states that more than 60 tonnes of paint are needed to repaint the tower, which is done every 7th year.

How to get to the Eiffel Tower in Paris

No matter where you stay in Paris, it’s relatively easy to get to the Eiffel Tower. It’s the most visited attraction along with the Louvre, so it’s well-connected by public transportation.

If you go by bus, you can take one of the following bus lines and hop off at the listed station:

By Bus

  • Bus 42 to Tour Eiffel
  • Bus 69 to Champ de Mars
  • Bus 82 to Tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
  • Bus 87 to Champ de Mars

By Metro

  • Line 9 to Trocadero
  • Line 8 to Ecole Militaire
  • Line 6 –  Hop off at Bir-Hakeim
  • Line RER C to Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel
How to get to Eiffel Tower

Photo: Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock

10 x Eiffel Tower Facts

There are many interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower, some more peculiar than others. 

  1. More than 300 million people have visited the tower since it opened in 1889
  2. There are more than 30 replicas around the world. The oldest Eiffel Tower replica is located in Blackpool, UK
  3. The tower is repainted every seven years with more than 60 tonnes of paint
  4. From 1889 to 1930 it was the tallest building in the world
  5. Gustave Eiffel had a secret apartment on the third floor, which was visited by Thomas Edison
  6. There’s a famous light show every night
  7. 300 artists joined forces in an article where they called it a grotesque and hideous tower
  8. The tower was supposed to be demolished in 1909
  9. The total building cost was 7,799,401.31 French golden franc. 
  10. When Nazi-Germany occupied French, they cut the ropes to the elevators, so that Hitler couldn’t go up to the top
Tour de Eiffel Facts

Photo: Shutterstock

Eiffel Tower restaurants

Jules Verne

This is an exclusive restaurant on the second floor with a private elevator. Jules Verne has also been awarded a Michelin star.

58 Tour Eiffel

On the first floor, you can find the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel (formerly Altitude 95).

The View from the Eiffel Tower

This is one of the views that you can get over Paris from the top of Tour de Eiffel. The best view of the tower itself can be found on the other side of the river in Trocadero.

View from the Eiffel Tower

Hotels near the Eiffel Tower

Book your skip the line tickets


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