The Eiffel Tower is the icon of Paris, France. Even if you have not had the chance to visit Paris yet, you have probably seen the Eiffel Tower in television, postcards, magazines and books.
The Eiffel Tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was constructed 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to 1889 World Fair and it has become the cultural icon of France. Standing at 324 meter (1063 feet), the Eiffel Tower is the is the second tallest free-standing structure in France .
Please note that no ticket is required to enter the Eiffel Tower Park, which is formerly known as Memorial Park. There is a line to the security check at the entrance of the park, but it moves quite fast.
Eiffel Tower Ticket Prices
There are 4 ways to go up the Eiffel Tower and here are the ticket prices. This Eiffel Tower price chart is taken off the Eiffel Tower website:
The 4 different types of tickets are sold at the foot the four pillars of the Eiffel Tower:
North Ticket Office – lift access to the sommet
South Ticket Office – stairs access to second floor only (cannot be booked on Eiffel Tower Ticket Office, can only be purchased on the day of your visit from the ticket offices)
East Ticket Office – stairs access to second floor + life access to the sommet (cannot be booked on Eiffel Tower Ticket Office, can only be purchased on the day of your visit from the ticket offices)
West Ticket Office – lift access to second floor only
How to Skip The Queue at the Eiffel Tower
Anyone who has been to the Eiffel Tower will tell you that the queue is horrendously long and you will have to wait for hours. Been there, done that. Let me give you some helpful advice on how to skip the queue at the Eiffel Tower:
- Get the Paris Pass if you intend to visit many attractions (The Saavy Backpacker did a great review on the Paris Pass) and the Eiffel Tower ticket is included in it.
- Purchase Eiffel Tower tickets directly from the official Eiffel Tower Ticket Office but it means that you have to stick to the date and time you have purchased.
- There is no such thing as “skip the line” ticket for the Eiffel Tower (as read from the FAQ on Eiffel Tower website).
- The Eiffel Tower closes at 11.45pm so you have ample time after dinner. Not only will there be less people, you will get to see Paris’s night view.
- Make a lunch or dinner reservation at the 58 Eiffel Basserie on the first floor, or the Jules Verne Restaurant on the second floor
- If you just want to admire the beauty of the Eiffel Tower without going up, you can enjoy the view at Champ de Mars, Port de La Bourdonnaise or Jardins du Trocadero.
Pictures from Eiffel Tower
Although the ticket is expensive and the queue is never-ending long, but the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower makes it all worthwhile.