The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world. Hundreds of millions of visitors have journeyed to Paris to climb to its top. That kind of love can be gratifying, but it can also result in crowds, and the lineup time for visiting the Eiffel Tower may make you start to question your love! Luckily, there are strategies savvy travelers can use to avoid standing out in the cold. Skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tours get you past the long lines and up on the Tower, to enjoy the views of Paris below. Let's find out how to skip the lines, and discover other information you'll need when visiting the Eiffel Tower.
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We know we've said it before, but it's worth repeating — skipping the lines at the Eiffel Tower is one of the best moves you can make when planning your trip to Paris. You don't want to spend your precious time waiting in line, do you? So, be sure to check our updated advice on the best Eiffel Tower tours that get you past the lines.
The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, so you can visit at your leisure. But keep in mind what we said about the lines being long. This is particularly important during the peak summer months and the Christmas season.
In recent years the Tower has instituted improved security measures including controlled access through checkpoints, just like the Paris museums have in place. Entrance to the area beneath the tower is still free, but now you must enter through one of two security gateways. You will need to go through the checkpoints even if you have a timed tour or a ticket, so be sure to allow yourself enough time. If you have reservations for Le Jules Verne or Madame Brasserie restaurants, there is a special entrance at the front of the line at the south entrance. You'll need to show the attendant a valid reservation confirmation.
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If you haven't booked a tour you'll need to head over banks the Seine in the 7th Arrondissement and get in line. Just be prepared to wait! Here is some of the information you'll need to know.
Adult ticket prices for the elevators are about €20 for the elevator to Level 2, or about €30 to get you all the way to the top, to Level Three. Young people and children save a couple of euros. Stair tickets, when available which only get you to Level Two, are around 15€. However, we've been there in the off-season and found that it was free to climb the stairs. You might get lucky! That is, if you're the type of person who considers climbing 704 steps a lucky thing.
Climbing the stairs is not only a great workout, but a chance to see the tower in a unique way. You get a real feeling for the construction of the tower and even what it must have been like to work on it. And the views are fantastic!
The best times to go to Paris to visit the tower, when there are the smallest crowds and the waiting period is often less, are November to early December and January through February, but avoid the holiday season and weekends.
Looking back, it seems surprising that you used to be able to wander beneath the Eiffel Tower day or night. Nowadays in Paris, with a greater awareness of safety, visitors to museums and monuments have to pass through a security gate. It's the same at the Eiffel Tower as it is at the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. A minor inconvenience, but greater peace of mind.
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Metro: Bir-Hakeim. Line 6 runs above ground for part of its route and you get a nice view of the tower as you cross the Seine, if you're coming from the direction of Etoile.
Metro: Alma-Marceau. We like this station on Line 9 that comes up on the Right Bank next to Princess Diana's de facto memorial flame. It's a lovely stroll across the bridge and along the Seine to the tower.
Metro: Trocadero. Served by Lines 6 and 9, this station puts you across the river where you can take in another wonderful view before crossing the bridge to the tower.
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