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10 tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower (when to do, duration of the visit, etc.)

Climbing the Eiffel Tower and seeing Paris from one of the most famous monuments in the world is a unique experience. Follow these tips!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower (when to do, duration of the visit, etc.)

Postcard of the Eiffel Tower at Sunset | ©Eugene Dorosh

Climbing the Eiffel Tower is a dream come true. Of course, you have to take into account the prices and the crowds that you will find. Therefore, you should be mentally prepared to fully enjoy this unique experience and join the group of 250 million people who have made the Eiffel Tower one of the most visited monuments in the world.

Knowing how the elevators work, how to get there, the ticket prices of the Eiffel Tower and take into account some of the tips that I will dedicate in this article, will serve you wonderfully to fully enjoy the incredible views of the Iron Lady.

1. Book your tickets in advance

View of the Pilar de la Torre| ©Ivo Jansch
View of the Pilar de la Torre| ©Ivo Jansch

Those who simply show up without pre-booked tickets are likely to waste a lot of time at the entrance. In summer, waits of one to two hours are very common (weekends and holidays can be worse). It's a shame, especially because if you anticipate in advance it is very easy and quick to book online and buy your ticket to the Eiffel Tower from the official website of Hellotickets.

In addition, you have several types of tickets: simple, with elevator ride, with access to the top for those who want to see it from all points of view, without queues and cruise on the Seine for those looking for a combined experience, night for those who want to see the Eiffel Tower under the light of the tickets or you can even choose to take a guided tour. Here is the list, which one do you choose?

Book your ticket to the Eiffel Tower

2. If tickets are sold out do not despair

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

And if you are already late, with less advance notice but with an added cost, you can take a gamble at the last minute by reserving a table at any of the elegant restaurants of the Eiffel Tower. In this way, you can enjoy more than wonderful views along with a good meal.

Of course, remember that the restaurants of the Eiffel Tower are somewhat more expensive. So if this option is not in your plans, here are some suggestions of restaurants near the Eiffel Tower.

Lunch at Madame Brasserie at the Eiffel Tower

With your reservation for lunch at the Madame Brasserie at the Eiffel Tower, you will enjoy a gastronomic experience in one of the most important monuments in the world. You will have priority access and take the elevator up to the restaurant, which serves classic French cuisine.

Dinner at Madame Brasserie at the Eiffel Tower

And if you prefer to dine at Madame Brasserie it is also possible. Yes, at a higher price. But it is a dream experience, to enjoy French cuisine from the Eiffel Tower.

Book your lunch at the Eiffel Tower

3. Best time to climb the tower

View from the Eiffel Tower at night| ©Gary Campbell-Hall
View from the Eiffel Tower at night| ©Gary Campbell-Hall

I recommend arriving near sunset to see the spectacular views, then stay as it gets dark in Paris to see the lights.

At the top every five minutes thousands of bright lights flash across the tower in bursts of light (actually best appreciated from a cruise on the Seine or from the Champs Elysees).

As impressive as it is to climb the tower during the day, you're sure to enjoy it more at twilight, when darkness completely envelops the city, and the tower shines with its spectacular light show. Plus, you'll be seeing all the lights of the city.

Book your skip the line ticket for the Eiffel Tower and cruise on the Seine River

4. Keep your items safely stowed away

Eiffel Tower observation deck spy glass| ©JOHN TOWNER
Eiffel Tower observation deck spy glass| ©JOHN TOWNER

Street thieves plunder astonished visitors gawking beneath the tower and tourists in crowded elevators. For pickpockets these are the best occasions to steal.

Use an anti-theft belt or some other means to keep your cash and credit cards well hidden under your clothes and, above all, be careful where you keep your cell phone, as without it you will be a needle in a haystack.

5. Visit each of the floors of the Eiffel Tower

View from Floor 01 of the Eiffel Tower| ©Guilhem Vellut
View from Floor 01 of the Eiffel Tower| ©Guilhem Vellut

The tower has three levels with observation decks (57, 115 and 276 meters), all connected by elevators and stairs. But there is no single elevator directly to the top (le sommet).

To get to the top, you must first choose between using the elevator or climbing 775 steps to the second level. Once on the second level, don't waste time and get in line immediately for the next elevator, the same one that takes you to the top. (Look for the fastest line, there are several elevators and feeder queues).

Being able to enjoy each floor separately is what gives meaning to this magnificent tower as, thanks to the remarkable difference in height between one floor and another, the views seem to change remarkably.

Book your ticket to the top of the Eiffel Tower

6. Keep an eye out for the secret apartment!

Exit view of the Secret Apartment at the Eiffel Tower| ©Col2
Exit view of the Secret Apartment at the Eiffel Tower| ©Col2

Few people realize that Gustave Eiffel built a small apartment hidden on the top level of the tower. It is just above the platform where the observatory is located, and has an area of 90 square meters.

Eiffel used the luxurious space to meditate deeply and invite a few people in particular (including inventor Thomas Edison), and he resisted all offers to rent it.

Best of all, you can look inside the space, which is still furnished! For more information on this apartment visit the following link.

Book your tickets for the Eiffel Tower

7. The ultimate experience awaits you halfway up the tower!

View from Floor 02 of the Eiffel Tower| ©Guilhem Vellut
View from Floor 02 of the Eiffel Tower| ©Guilhem Vellut

As much as you want to get to the highest point, I would recommend you enjoy the first and second floors primarily; indeed, if your schedule is tight I would advise you to abort that urge to climb to the top and enjoy these wonderful two floors.

To begin with, the best views from the Eiffel Tower are from the second floor: high enough to see all of Paris, but low enough to make out landmarks. Remember that at 276 meters above sea level it is difficult to make out the details of the most emblematic monuments and areas, let alone if it is raining or foggy.

The first level should not be skipped either, since from here you can explore stores and exhibits of great interest, then you can also approach the glass area and feel what it's like to be 18 floors above the ground.

Book your guided tour of the Eiffel Tower

8. Save time going down the stairs

Eiffel Tower stairs| ©Guilhem Vellut
Eiffel Tower stairs| ©Guilhem Vellut

The tower is known for its elevator lines, both up and down. To some extent it makes sense to endure the long lines to take the elevator up, but going down, I don't think it's worth it.

True, you will be able to take the elevator from the top to the second level, but you can use the stairs from there. It takes as little as five minutes walking between each level, much faster than the elevator line and a much more memorable way to get back to the ground. Once back on the ground, you'll appreciate the engineering of the tower even more, as you'll have been descending step by step.

And for a look to remember, I recommend strolling along the Seine River to the Place du Trocadéro and looking back to enjoy the excellent views of the symbol of Paris.

Book your tickets for the Eiffel Tower

9. Go twice so you can see it both in daylight and at night

View from the Tower| ©Chris Yunker
View from the Tower| ©Chris Yunker

There are advantages to enjoying the view of the Iron Lady both in daylight and at night. By day you can better appreciate the details of the buildings, squares and monuments. Besides, the best way to appreciate the contrast between the green (the parks), the blue (the Seine River), and the big buildings is in the morning.

You don't need to climb the Tower twice, but you will definitely want to see it at 10 pm when the lights are bright, and Paris seems to turn into a sleepwalking city. That said, if you don't have the chance to go twice, a good time to climb the Tower is shortly before dusk, so you can experience the sunset and also, shortly after, the sunset. Another option is ideal is to go up if you go in the summer in Paris.

Book your night entrance to the Eiffel Tower

10. The best way to get to the Tower

Paris metro | ©Pom'
Paris metro | ©Pom'

The closest Paris metro station to the Eiffel Tower is Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel on the RER C line. Other metro stations close to the Eiffel Tower include École Militaire on line 8 and Bir-Hakeim on line 6.

If you want to enjoy a pleasant ride to the Eiffel Tower you should go on the opposite side of the Seine River, which is accessed by the Trocadero station on line 9 and metro line 6. Anyway, if you have doubts visit this post on how to get to the Eiffel Tower. In addition, I recommend you also consult the article Eiffel Tower ticket prices to organize your travel expenses.

Book your tickets for the Eiffel Tower