Climbing the Eiffel Tower is one of the almost obligatory things to do in Paris during a holiday. It is located on the Champ de Mars and was erected for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Who would have imagined at the time that it would become the emblem of France?
From the observation decks of the Eiffel Tower you will have incredible views of the city. To enjoy this experience you'll need tickets to the Eiffel Tower, and to organise your visit you'll need to know how much they can cost. See below.
Walk up the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the views along the way.
With these tickets at the best price you can reach the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower by climbing the stairs and you can add the option of a guide to the experience.
If you want to save as much as possible and make sure you get the experience, book your Eiffel Tower walk-up tickets in advance. You'll be taken to the first floor of the iconic monument for a fabulous panoramic view of Paris.
Recommended if... You want to have the cheapest possible experience at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and you're not worried about the 600+ steps to climb.
How much do tickets to the Eiffel Tower cost?
To organise your budget to climb the Eiffel Tower you should bear in mind that the price of tickets will depend on three main factors: firstly, whether or not you want to take a guided tour, secondly, which levels you want to see and thirdly, whether you choose to take the lift or walk up the stairs.
Price comparison table
- Paris Eiffel Tower Tickets
- From £37
- At your own pace
- Access by stairs to 2nd floor
- Without guide
- Book now
- Eiffel Tower Ticket by Elevator
- From £56
- 2 hours
- Lift access to 2nd floor
- With audio guide
- Book now
- Eiffel Tower Guided Tour
- From £35
- 2 hours
- Access by stairs to the 2nd, 3rd floor and up to the summit
- With guide
- Book now
- Eiffel Tower Tickets and Seine River Cruise
- From £84
- 1 hour cruise
- Skip-the-line access to 2nd and 3rd floor + Seine River Cruise
- With audio guide
- Book now
Why do the Eiffel Tower tour on your own?
- If you've been to Paris before and just want to enjoy the views of the city for a few photos.
- If you know the history of the Eiffel Tower perfectly well because you've soaked up the subject by watching documentaries or reading books before travelling and don't need a guide to tell you everything again from the beginning.
- If you are travelling to Paris on a tight budget but don't want to miss the chance to see the city at your feet.
- If when you go sightseeing you like the freedom of being able to set your own pace without being conditioned by the rest of the visitors in the group.
Is it worth buying tickets at the Eiffel Tower ticket office?
In my opinion, it is not the best option to wait until you land in Paris to buy tickets at the ticket office. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited tourist attraction in the country, so it is very common to see long queues that can last more than an hour. So it is best to buy your tickets in advance.
Also, please note that if you have a last minute change of plans in Paris and the visit no longer fits into your schedule, tickets to the Eiffel Tower at the box office are non-refundable.
And how much do guided tours of the Eiffel Tower cost?
The price to book your Eiffel Tower guided tour tickets varies depending on the levels you want to see inside the monument and whether you want to take the guided tour up the stairs with the option to go to the top or the visit to the second level without going to the top, but it is usually around 40 euros.
Why take a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower?
- If this is your first time in Paris, I recommend taking a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower as it will give you more context about the site you are visiting, its history and its significance to the French. In short, you'll get more out of the experience. Visiting this monument is one of the essential things to do in Paris.
- Instead of reducing your visit to climbing a few stairs and admiring the beautiful views, thanks to the guide you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of the monument, its construction and its structure. Details that might go unnoticed if you do the tour on your own, but that make all the difference in the end.
- The queues inside the monument to control the flow of visitors inside can sometimes get a bit tiresome and boring. You'll be glad that the guide is with you at these times to liven up the wait by telling you some very cool things about the Eiffel Tower.
- The guides know the structure of the Eiffel Tower inside out, so they won't hesitate to share with you the best spots on their observation decks to help you take the best photos of the scenery. They will also help you to better identify the monuments of the Parisian skyline that can be seen from here, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe and many more.
- During the guided tour, you'll be able to ask your guide any questions you have about the monument and even ask for recommendations to make the most of your Paris getaway - they're very friendly and always happy to help!
How to buy tickets for a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower?
If you have decided that a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower is the best option for you, the fastest and most convenient way to book your tickets is to buy them online on websites like Hellotickets. In just a few steps you will be able to choose the one you like the most and you will receive your voucher in your email. No waiting and no endless queues, it's that simple!
Another advantage of buying them online is that you can do so well in advance of your travel date, which will allow you to choose the date and time that suits you best to better balance this experience with the other activities you have planned for that day. You will also avoid the longest queues at the ticket office.
Finally, unlike tickets purchased at the ticket office, tickets for a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower are usually cancellable (see the details of each activity), which as a tourist is something very positive to value as it allows greater flexibility when organising your plans in Paris.
Is it possible to see the Eiffel Tower at night and how much are the tickets for a night tour?
That's right! The Eiffel Tower is at its best at night and if you have the chance to take a night tour it's an experience not to be missed in Paris. From 76 € you can get the ticket in Hellotickets, which includes an audio guide to discover the monument in detail.
Seeing the city's skyline illuminated by thousands of coloured lights from the top of the Eiffel Tower at 276 metres high is a magical feeling. A memory of your stay that you will never forget.
In addition, when night falls, the monument's lighting schedule begins and every hour on the hour it shines for several minutes until the early hours of the morning. You may not be able to see it from inside the attraction, but from the base of the tower it's a marvellous spectacle and you won't stop taking videos for your social media!
Can I see the Eiffel Tower with a tourist card and how much does it cost?
The Paris Pass includes access to over 60 attractions in the city but unfortunately the Eiffel Tower is not one of them. It is one of the few monuments that cannot be accessed with this tourist card, so you will have to buy separate tickets at the ticket office or online to visit it.
However, I recommend you to buy the Paris Pass to discover many of the main monuments of the French capital such as the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre Museum, the Paris Opera, the Pantheon or the Arc de Triomphe, among many others.
To find out more about all the advantages you can benefit from during your trip to Paris, don't miss the post Paris Pass how it works and what's included where this tourist card is analysed in depth.
Reduced tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower?
At the ticket office
Yes, there are three types of reduced rate at the ticket office which visitors to the Eiffel Tower can benefit from. They apply to certain age groups such as children (from 4 to 11 years old), young people (from 12 to 24 years old) or certain groups such as the disabled.
- Reduced children's rate (from 4 to 11 years old): from €2.70
- Reduced rate for young people (12 to 24 years old): From €5.40
- Reduced rate for the disabled: From 2,70 €.
In order to benefit from these reduced ticket prices, you must present proof of eligibility at the Eiffel Tower entrance control in addition to the tickets themselves. In the case of reduced fares for children and young people, you will need to show proof of age (such as a passport or identity card), while for disabled persons you will need to show proof of disability (a nominative card).
For guided tours on Hellotickets
- Reduced children's rate: From €29 depending on age and type of visit.
Can I enter the Eiffel Tower for free? Do children pay admission?
No, it is not possible. Only children under 4 years of age can visit the Eiffel Tower free of charge (for which a document such as an identity card can be requested). All other visitors must purchase their own ticket.
However, as Paris is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, there is the possibility to take a free tour around the Eiffel Tower to discover everything about this monument without spending a single euro to get inside.
It's a great option if you're travelling to the city on a tight budget but want to enjoy the views of the Eiffel Tower too (even if it's from the bottom up!).
How much does it cost to get to the Eiffel Tower?
If you buy a Paris Pass you can use the public transport network (metro, bus, Montmartre tram and RER) for free within zones 1-3. The Eiffel Tower is located in Zone 1.
Otherwise, to get to the Eiffel Tower by metro or bus you can buy a single ticket from €1,90.
How to get to the Eiffel Tower by public transport?
- By metro: Line 6 (Bir-Hakeim station), line 8 (Ecoile Militaire station) and line 9 (Trocadéro station).
- By bus: Lines 82 and 42, Eiffel Tower stop.