Eiffel Tower: Tours & Tickets
Find the best place to see the Eiffel Tower
A glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, outlined romantically against the Paris skyline — that's what you remember after visiting France. If you're looking to photograph Paris to your heart's content, use our short list of great spots in the city to get that breathtaking view (and picture).
To see the Eiffel Tower light show at night, the Trocadero is one of your best location choices. Bonus: the Trocadero is free, and always open.
2. Arc de Triomphe
You need to climb the 284 steps of the Arc de Triomphe to reach the top of this other famous Paris monument, where you’ll be rewarded by one of the most spectacular views in the city.
This 689-foot skyscraper may not be a beautiful building, but the views are worth it. In the Montparnasse Tower you get the second highest view after the Eiffel Tower and 360-degree vistas.
4. From the Hotel Raphael
Looking for a romantic Paris date spot? Make a reservation for the terrace at this luxury hotel. Soak in the view, enjoy some champagne, and watch the sunset from the top.
5. Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Pont de Bir-Hakeim connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements. This famous bridge offers stunning views of the tower and the Seine—a popular spot for photographers.
Planning Your Visit
Avoid the queues
As you know, Paris is quite the popular holiday destination. Plan ahead if you want to jump around and see the Eiffel Tower from lots of angles. It's easy to buy tickets online and go straight to the top -- but if you're looking to do Paris on the cheap, remember to plan waiting time at major monuments into your itinerary.
Watch your stuff
Lots of travelers are looking for a cafe or restaurant nearby these views, where they can relax and regroup away from the crowds. While all the major tourist areas are safe enough, tourists tend to let their guard down as soon as they order a café au lait. As always, zip up your purse and watch out for thieves.
Hours vary by time of year:
June 14-August 31
Open daily, 9:00 AM-12:45 AM
September 1-June 13
Open daily, 9:00 AM-11:45 PM
Holiday hours may vary
Good to know
- When should I visit?
- Hours vary based on time of year:
Open daily, 8:30 AM-5:15 PM
Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
Open daily, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- Is it expensive?
- Free to look at from the outside. Summit tickets prices vary depending on things like the tour type or level of access.
- Will I need a guide?
- Only if you want one! Many travelers enjoy learning about the history and architecture from a guide. Equally as great, tour groups may get to skip ahead of the long line of tourists waiting to buy tickets.
- How to get there
- The two closest métro stops are Bir-Hakeim (Line 6) and Trocadero (Line 9).
- Additional information
- This attraction is free for children under four years old.
- Keep an eye on your handbag at all times.
What people are saying about Eiffel Tower
It was okay. Our guide Henry was amazing, only issues were with weather. The top of the tower was closed due to wind. The cruise was not good at all, but that was due to extremely high water level making our trip super short and missing the big attractions. So I think if you had a good day it would’ve been absolutely terrific
It was good because it is the first time that we saw Paris from a very high place and I think it is very beautiful, but the weather was unfortunately bad and rainy The other good thing is the guide who accompanied us. Aida was very nice, cheerful, meticulous and time-bound. She was smooth in her explanation.
The guide was friendly and helpful. She met us at a local restaurant and walked us to the tower and past security, which saved time. She answered questions, made suggestions to go to the summit first, and explained some of the history behind the tower. Great experience!
This was worth the money. Spent less time in line, but for a 1st time user of the app. Beware and read all directions. I did not realize there were meeting points outside of the venue we were going to visit. Overall great for helping navigate the lines.
Krásný zážitek. Kvůli covidu jsme s manželem na Eiffelce byli skoro sami. Seděli jsme, povídali si a dívali se na Paříž, s námi bylo v patře pouze 10 lidí. Takový zážitek se už těžko bude někdy opakovat