It’s not the tallest structure in the world, nor is it the oldest, but it’s probably the most easily-recognized construction in the world – and perhaps the favorite of many travelers. You can find replicas of the Eiffel Tower from Las Vegas to Almaty, Kazakhstan – and if imitation isn’t the best compliment, it surely shows that architect Gustave Eiffel hit upon crowd-pleaser!
>> And if you’d like to pay your respects to Mr. Eiffel and thank him for designing this iconic Parisian landmark, you can visit his grave – one of many famous graves in Paris!
If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you’ll be happy to know that the Eiffel Tower is open seven days a week throughout the year. Even though the hours may change slightly during the winter months, you can visit the Eiffel Tower night or day. Get there early in the morning, 9:30 am in the winter months and 9 am in the summer months to beat the rush, or wait until sunset when crowds diminish and the tower takes on a nighttime allure.
If you’re feeling energetic and plan to take the steps rather than the lift, remember that the steps will not allow you access to the top level (for this level, you must take the lift – but you can walk to the 2nd level and then take the elevator to the very top if you like).
Also, please note that taking the steps is not an option during evening hours. Access to the steps closes at 6 pm, and you can no longer return down to ground level by the stairs after 6:30 pm.
Final admittance to the lifts during winter hours is 11 pm. During the summer hours it is 12 pm.
Here’s a short video from Rick Steves showing you what it’s like to walk down the stairs from the second to the first level of the Eiffel Tower:
Admission Fees to Eiffel Tower:
Top Level: Adults & children 12 and over – €12, Children aged 3-11 – €6.70
2nd Floor: Adults & children 12 and over – €7.80, Children aged 3-11 – €4.30
1st Floor: Adults & children 12 and over – €4.80, Children aged 3-11 – €2.50
Stairs to 1st & 2nd Floors: 25 years and over – €4, 25 years and under – €3.10
Children aged under 3 are admitted to all levels for free
Eiffel Tower Open Hours:
The Tower is open every day, all year long.
September 1-December 31 and January 1-June 12 – 9:30am-11pm
June 13-August 31 – 9:00am-12midnight
Eiffel Tower Elevator Open Hours: Jan 1-Jun 12 & Sept 1-Dec 31 – 9:30am-11:45pm; Jun 13-Aug 31 – 9:00am-12:45am
Eiffel Tower Stairs Open Hours: Jan 1-Jun 12 & Sept 1-Dec 31 – 9:30am-6:30pm; Jun 13-Aug 31 – 9:00am-12:45am
For the most update information about the open hours, check the official Eiffel Tower website.
How to Get to the Eiffel Tower:
The Eiffel Tower is located on Paris’s Left Bank in the 7th arrondissement.
5 avenue Anatole France
Champ de Mars
See this map to help you plan your route.
Even if you’re not planning a trip to Paris in the near future, you can take a virtual Eiffel Tower tour at the Tower’s official website.