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How to Get to the Eiffel Tower

Do you want to fulfill your dream of climbing the Eiffel Tower and contemplate Paris at your feet in all its splendor? I'll tell you how to get to the monument from wherever you are.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

9 min read

How to Get to the Eiffel Tower

View of the Eiffel Tower, Paris | ©Flickr

The Eiffel Tower is located at 5 Avenue Anatole France on the esplanade of the Champ de Mars in the heart of Paris, the biggest icon of the city and possibly of the whole France! So getting to know it is one of the essential plans to do in the capital of France.

When organizing the visit, in addition to knowing how to get tickets for the Eiffel Tower and the price of tickets to the Eiffel Tower, you should also find out how to climb the Eiffel Tower or where to eat around the Eiffel Tower.

And of course how to get to the Eiffel Tower. If you do not know what are the possibilities at your fingertips, do not worry because this monument is very well connected with public transport and in this post I tell you how you can go there in a jiffy.

1. Take a stroll and enjoy the views

Waiting to go up| ©gckwolfe
Waiting to go up| ©gckwolfe

If you are one of those people who love to walk and are not pressed for time, getting to the Eiffel Tower by taking a stroll through the streets of Paris is the most enjoyable way to get there because on the way there is always something new to see and admire.

Although it may seem that the distances in Paris are too great and walking to the Eiffel Tower can be exhausting, it is really not so much.

The center is full of interesting tourist attractions such as museums, parks, monuments or stores that will entertain you on the way to the Eiffel Tower and you will feel that time flies. And getting to the Eiffel Tower on foot is great fun because it is an extraordinary opportunity to explore new routes in Paris and discover new places of interest.

Taking a walk is also the most economical way to get to the Eiffel Tower because it won't cost you anything. In case you are traveling to the city on a tight budget, it will help you save a little money, which always comes in handy.

So if you feel like walking to the Eiffel Tower because you love walking and sightseeing, I show you below the distance from this Parisian icon to other tourist attractions in the city nearby so you can evaluate how much time you will need.

Walking distances from popular sites in the city

  • Champ de Mars: it will take you about 7 minutes to get there.
  • Quai Branly Museum: it will take you about 8 minutes to get there.
  • Paris Sewerage Museum: it will take you about 15 minutes to get there.
  • Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris: it will take you about 17 minutes to get there.
  • Guimet Museum: it will take you about 21 minutes to get there on foot.

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2. By metro, to arrive quickly and on time

Metro in Paris| ©FranceHouse
Metro in Paris| ©FranceHouse

In case you prefer to skip the walk through the center, either because you need to give your legs a rest after so much walking or because you are very short of time and want to get to the Eiffel Tower as quickly as possible, I recommend you to ride the Paris metro to get there on time.

The main metro lines that go to the Eiffel Tower are:

  • Trocadéro station, line 9. A 14-minute walk away.
  • Bir-Hakeim station, line 6. 10 minutes on foot.
  • Ecole Militaire station, line 8. 15 minutes on foot.

How much does a metro ticket cost in Paris?

To reach the Eiffel Tower by metro you can buy from 1.90 € a single ticket. However, if you have the Paris Pass on your vacation you can use the public transport network of the city (bus, RER, metro or streetcar Montmartre tram) for free within zones 1-3. The Eiffel Tower is located in Zone 1.

During your stay in Paris you will probably use this means of transport quite a lot so to know in depth how the Paris metro works, I advise you to read the post How to use the Paris metro.

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3. By city bus, comfortable and cheap

Paris City Bus Line 82| ©Les Chatfield
Paris City Bus Line 82| ©Les Chatfield

Another comfortable and fast way to get to the Eiffel Tower is to travel by city bus as its network is wide and well connected to the different points of the capital.

If you want to take advantage of the trip to enjoy the beautiful urban landscape of the city of Paris, it is a fantastic option to get to know new neighborhoods and streets. In addition, it is practical and economical, perfect for those tourists traveling in low cost mode, as the single ticket costs from 1.90 €.

The main bus lines that reach the Eiffel Tower are:

  • Eiffel Tower Station (Quai Jacques Chirac), lines 82 and 30. A 4-minute walk away.
  • Eiffel Tower Station (Av. de la Bourdonnais), line 42. 5 minutes on foot.
  • Champs de Mars station (Av. Joseph Boubard). 6 minutes on foot.
  • Eiffel Tower Station (Av. de New York), line 72. 15 minutes on foot.

4. By RER, the fast commuter train

Paris RER| ©Rob Dammers
Paris RER| ©Rob Dammers

The Paris RER (Réseau Express Régional) is a suburban train network that connects the outskirts of the city with the city center.

Many Parisians use it in combination with the metro for their commutes because the ticket serves both transports and the two coincide at numerous stations within the route. However, the RER can sometimes move even faster as it does not stop at as many stations.

There are 5 RER lines that operate in the city center like any other metro line. To get to the Eiffel Tower on the RER, line C is the one to take(Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel station). It is a 7-minute walk to the emblematic monument.

5. Riding the shared bikes

Vélib public bicycles| ©I, Rcsmit
Vélib public bicycles| ©I, Rcsmit

To move around the French capital, one of the most used transports by Parisians are the Vélib' public bikes, which you will find distributed in many streets.

If you like pedaling, renting one of these bikes to get to the Eiffel Tower is a great option. Not only will you be able to discover the city and contemplate the charm of Paris from a different perspective, but you will also be helping to take care of the environment.

The Vélib' stations closest to the Eiffel Tower are the following:

  • Station 2 Av. Octave Gréard. A 1 minute walk away.
  • Station 2 Quai Branly. 4 minutes on foot.
  • Station 43 Avenue Rapp. 2 minutes walk.
  • Station 36 Avenue de Suffren. 5 minutes on foot.

How to use Vélib' bike sharing in Paris?

Vélib' is a self-service bicycle rental system that everyone can access during their stay in the city. They can be rented 7 days a week and 24 hours a day and there are several options available.

If you are going to spend a short time in Paris, you can choose between different types of temporary passes: from the most basic Ticket-V (45 minutes for about 3 €), the 24-hour pass in Paris (for about 5 or 10 € depending on whether the bike is electric or mechanical) or the 3-day pass in Paris (for about 20 €). However, there are also passes if you plan to spend a long stay in Paris in the city.

You can learn more about this system on the Vélib' website. I recommend you to take a look at it because its operation is very simple and intuitive.

Is it safe to ride a bike in Paris?

Yes, don't worry. Parisians love to cycle from one side of the city to the other and the network of bike paths is quite extensive and safe.

However, it is always advisable when riding a bike in the city to pay close attention to everything that is going on around you and to respect the rules of the road. By doing so, you should not have any problems.

6. By tourist bus for a ride up to the Eiffel Tower

Paris tourist bus| ©Tilemahos Efthimiadis
Paris tourist bus| ©Tilemahos Efthimiadis

If you plan to visit Paris soon and you have purchased a ticket for the tourist bus to take a tour of the city to show you all its wonders you should know that you can also use the tourist bus ticket to get to the Eiffel Tower. Super practical!

There are several tour bus companies that perform this service in Paris and all of them have a stop at the Eiffel Tower, so taking the tourist bus to get there is a fantastic alternative to other transport in the city.

You will be able to get to the Eiffel Tower while comfortably seated as if it were just another means of transport but enjoying the beautiful views of Paris and listening to the narration of the guide. It will be a fun experience!

Both the Classic and Night Route of the Big Bus and the Blue Route of the Open Tour bus include the Eiffel Tower as a stop on their routes around Paris. I recommend you to read the post The Best Sightseeing Buses in Paris if you would like to receive more detailed information about this popular service.

7. By batobus, get to the Eiffel Tower on the water

BatoBus| ©Andy Blackledge
BatoBus| ©Andy Blackledge

The batobus are the tourist boats that travel along the Seine River. This option is perfect to get to the Eiffel Tower because it will allow you to travel to the monument and at the same time take a short trip along the Seine that will offer you a different view of the city for less money than the cost of a traditional cruise on the Seine.

The price of the batobus varies depending on the number of days you choose for your pass. Thus, you can get a 24-hour pass from 17 € and a 48-hour pass from 19 €.

From the batobus stop at the dock of the Eiffel Tower you will only have to walk about 4 minutes to access the monument.

8. How to get to the Eiffel Tower from Disneyland Paris?

Car ride| ©Alexandr Podvalny
Car ride| ©Alexandr Podvalny

If you are staying at Disneyland Paris hotels or you have gone to visit the theme park in the morning but you want to end the day in style contemplating the beauty of the Eiffel Tower at night or having dinner in the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower, take note because to get to the icon of the French capital you have several options at your fingertips.

By suburban train from Disneyland Paris

Go to the Chessy-Marne la Vallée train station next to Disneyland Paris and take the RER line A there.

The frequency of the trains is 10 to 15 minutes and the route duration is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Near the Eiffel Tower there are several stations where you can get off but the views from the Place du Trocadéro will impress you. So I advise you to get off there but first you have to do it at Charles de Gaulle - Etoile and make a transfer on line 6 towards Nation. A few minutes later you will arrive at Trocadero.

By car from Disneyland Paris

If you have traveled by car to Disneyland Paris and you also want to use it to go around the French capital and get to the Eiffel Tower, the distance between both points is about 50 kilometers on the A4 highway. It will take you about 50 minutes depending on the Parisian traffic, which can sometimes be a bit chaotic.

Once there, in the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower there are parking lots where you can park your car while you visit. Here are some of them:

By cab from Disneyland Paris

Although most tourists usually choose the RER train to get to the Eiffel Tower from Disneyland Paris, another option that can also take you there and that we can not rule out is to take a cab to make this journey.

It is true that it is not a very economical transport but it is one of the most comfortable so if the budget is not a problem, it can be a possibility. You only have to book your cab and indicate that you want to go to the Eiffel Tower. From 90 € you can get a transfer in about 50 minutes.