Heading up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France – Tips Before Your Visit

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.

VISITING INFORMATION

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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  • Rashmi and Chalukya
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    We had the same experience buying tickets on spot wasn’t any trouble as the queues moved faster. We loved the sweeping views of the white city from the second floor. It was chilly so decided not to make it to the third floor but we are sure the views must be incredible.

    • Katie
      Reply

      The views are beautiful aren’t they! The queues do move pretty fast but during our stay we saw queues weaving across the park!

  • melbtravel
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    Firstly, I would like to say you have stunning panoramic pictures from up the Eiffel Tower. I have been up the top of the Eiffel tower twice and one of those times was for dinner. My first time up was on a guided tour late at night, so we missed the crowds, the second was for dinner and they allow you to go through a speedy entrance. Great tips though and I was not aware that you could get champagne at the very top. You know that

    • Katie
      Reply

      Wow dinner on the Eiffel Tower must be amazing! Thank you for the lovely comment about the pictures, we hope we can capture some of the beauty of that view!

  • Joanna
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    I have never been to Paris so I didn’t had a chance to see or climb the Eiffel Tower but I am amazed on how long it takes to get up to the top. I wonder what time the first visitors start to queue in the morning. Funny thing though, even if I didn’t visit Paris or know the history of the Eiffel Tower, I do know that the steel used in building it has been made in my home country, Romania, in Resita town. 🙂

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks for the comment Joanna, the queues normally start to form around 8am I believe 🙂 And thanks for sharing, I didn’t know that the steel was made in Romania!

  • Ticking the Bucketlist
    Reply

    Did you have dinner up there? Do you think its worth the money? Also, did you see anything for vegetarians?

  • Mimi
    Reply

    I love Paris so much, got so may good memories of it. Went to visit many times the Eiffel Tower but never been up there. I kind of like looking at the Landmark than being in it haha. Great Great Pictures!

  • Allison
    Reply

    The last time I did the Eifel tower was some time ago but I have dreadful memories of those queues with a 4yo and 8yo. There were so many people cutting in and I was the closest thing to someone policing it they had. Loved the views once at the top though!

  • Ivy
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    We didn’t go up the tower but I wish we did! We only saw the blinking lights at night and that was right before I got food poisoning lol. Next time we’ll hea up for sure- the view is incredible! I wouldn’t mind a some bubbly at 10am 😛

  • Lydia@LifeUntraveled
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    I climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower 16 years ago and I remember how amazing the views were from the top. I was lucky to have gone at a time when queues weren’t as long as they are today but I also didn’t get any champagne. 😉

  • Karla at GlobalETA
    Reply

    I would absolutely love to see Paris and the Eiffel Tower. That view looks breathtaking! I really appreciate the tips and information. Your photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to get there some day

  • Natasha Welch
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    I didn’t climb up the tower last time I was in Paris but I wish I had! The views from the top look spectacular. I’m heading back again in December might have to invest in a little visit, despite how windy it’ll probably be during that month hehe! Good tips here!

  • gaynor
    Reply

    I have purchased tickets for 10.30am what time would I need to get there? I can print my tickets would I still need to queue?
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    • Katie
      Reply

      Generally you do still need to queue. Depends what time of the year you are visiting but the earlier you arrive and queue the easier it is. I would aim for 8.30-9am to beat the crowds.

  • gaynor
    Reply

    I have tickets for 10.30am at the Eiffel Tower. I’m thinking of booking a tour from the Eiffel tower to the palace of Versailles at 1.30pm . Would we have finished the at the Eiffel tower and not be rushing to catch the 1.30pm bus?

    • Katie
      Reply

      If you get to the Eiffel Tower early then that should be fine. Queues begin around 8.30am so head there early and get it on time 🙂 We spent around 2 hours in the tower once we had entered so 1.30pm would be a good time. There are a few places to pick up food in the area but you prefer to get some food from a grocery store or patisserie before hand.

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