It was 9am in the morning, half an hour before the Eiffel Tower opened and we had inadvertently managed to cut half the queue just by standing at a different side of the tower. There are four queues for the Eiffel Tower, one for those who wish to walk up and the other three are for those who want to catch the elevator. Not all elevator entrances are open however as they can sometimes close for maintenance.
Queuing and visiting the Eiffel Tower early means you can still make the most of your day and don’t spend half your day standing in a line. When visiting during the summer or school holidays (like we were in October half term), the line never goes down!
Once the Tower opened, the queue did move fairly fairly quickly, with us standing in an elevator by 10.15am(ish). When heading up, your elevator first stops at the lower level of the Eiffel Tower where you get out and can walk around this lower level. We headed straight to the next set of elevators that take you up to the middle and top floors, where you can get the most impressive views. You can even get yourself a glass of champagne once you reach the top – 10.30am was a tad too early for us.
The view is worth the visit to the Eiffel Tower, even if many others dismiss it as a waste of time. Try and find time in your day to head up the Tower, enjoy the view and learn about the history of this amazing monument.
From mid-June to early September, the lift is open from 9am to 12.45am (11pm for the top lift) whilst the stairs are open from 9am to 12.45am with last admission at midnight. The rest of the year, the lifts are open from 9.30am to 11.45pm (last lift at 11pm and 10.30pm for the top) and 9.30am to 6.30pm (last admission at 6pm) for the stairs. Lift entrance tickets to the top cost €17 and just €14.50 for under 24’s.
Paris has so much to offer and is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Have you been to Paris and climbed the Eiffel Tower? Share your experience with us below, we would love to hear from you.
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