Make sure to buy your skip-the-line tickets online before your visit!
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Our practical advice
The wait can easily take several hours! Don’t fancy queuing? Choose your date & time, then buy your tickets here. Do it well in advance, especially in high season, as tickets get sold out very quickly, up to 4 months in advance! Tickets purchased online allow you to significantly reduce your waiting time (you get fixed hours to take the elevator).
If your legs allow it, the trick is to choose the stairs. So yes, it seems high but it is not as bad as you think! Con: the stairs stop on the second floor (800 steps), you then have to take the elevator to go up to the top.
If there’s a line at the elevator to go back down, you can take the stairs even if you used the elevator to go to the top.
If you do not mind the rain, queues are shorter on days where the weather is poor but the view is also diminished.
There are often less visitors between 17:00-18:00.
The calmest month is January. The busiest days of the year fall on Easter and Christmas holidays and summer weekends (particularly in August). It will take you literally hours to buy your tickets on site.
Careful, even with your skip-the-line tickets, it’s not guaranteed that you can reach the top. During high season, only 50% of visitors can reach it, some by choice, but most forced to stay at the middle floor: only 400 people can be accepted at the top, it’s limited. Another good reason to prefer non-busy times!
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Buy your tickets online
If you want to avoid waiting lines, choose your date and timeslot to visit the Eiffel Tower. Buy your tickets in advance here.
The Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year. From mid-June until the beginning of September it’s open from 9am to midnight and from 9:30 am to 11 pm the rest of the year.
The Easter weekend and spring holidays there are usually extended opening hours (till midnight).
NB: opening hours may vary for the ticket offices, lifts and stairs. They usually close earlier. Check the official website for more information.
RER: C, Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel
Metro: line 6: Bir-Hakeim or line 9: Trocadéro
Bus: lines 82, 42, 87, 69
Batobus: Tour Eiffel stop