Skip the Lines At The Eiffel Tower – The Best Priority-Access Tours

You'll know what it feels like to be a VIP when your guide leads you past the long lineups at the Eiffel Tower. As you ascend in the glass-walled elevator, you look down on the tourists spending their precious time in Paris standing in line. At such a mega-popular destination it's so much better to sign up for a skip-the-line tour. Here's how to do it.

Book an Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

Eiffel Tower Tours Lines at the Eiffel Tower, as seen by a visitor on a skip-the-line tour!

Popularity means that priority-access tours of the Eiffel Tower tend to sell out, so it's wise to book early, before you leave home. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Eiffel Tower only makes tickets and passes available three months in advance. So you may have to wait until March (for instance) to book a skip-the-line tour for June.

The Levels of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Tours

There are three observation levels on the Eiffel Tower. Level 1, the lowest, is where you find Madame Brasserie restaurant and perhaps a skating rink in the winter.

Level 2 is located at 115 metres above Paris (nearly 400 feet) and is the location of Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Jules Verne. Many visitors (us included) think that this is level for the best views of the city, with human-scale vistas over the rooftops of Paris. All Eiffel Tower tours ascend to at least Level 2.

If you want the ultimate Eiffel Tower experience, though, Level 3, the summit, at 276 metres (900 feet) affords sweeping, birds-eye views of the City of Light. It's here at the summit that you also find a champagne bar (open seasonally) where you can celebrate your climb. Whichever level you choose, once the tour is completed you can spend as much additional time as you like on the tower.

Even Better! Eiffel Tower Tour + Champagne Cruise

VIP Tour + Champagne Cruise

Out of all the Paris activities that include the Eiffel Tower, this is our favorite. Imagine yourself at sunset, on a Seine River cruise, sitting in reserved seats at the front of the bateaux, sipping champagne, watching the magical lights of Paris glide by.

Afterwards, you disembark near the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a guided, skip-the-line VIP tour to Level 2. Your guide leads you directly to the priority access gate and up the elevator. Finish the evening viewing the lights of Paris for as long as you like. Man, it was worth it!

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Outstanding way to finish our time in Paris, on a beautiful evening on the deck of a lovely ship sipping champaign as we floated past all the illuminated sights on the Seine! Enjoyed our amazing guide and the tour of the Eiffel Tower as well."
– Another 5-Star Review

The Eiffel Tower – How To Get There

Eiffel Tower & carousel

Boat, bus, bike or Metro — there are numerous ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few Metro tips.

  • Metro: Bir-Hakeim, Line 6. This line runs above ground so you get another view of the tower as you cross the Seine.
  • Metro: Alma-Marceau, Line 9. You arrive on the Right Bank next to Princess Diana's de facto memorial flame and cross the Seine on the Pont d'Alma. It's a short but beautiful stroll along the Seine to the Tour Eiffel — especially at night when the tower is lit up.
  • Metro: Trocadero, Lines 6 & 9. Arrive across the river at the Trocadero plaza where you get the best view of the Eiffel Tower. Then cross the bridge and you're there.

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