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Tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris

It should be a crime to see Paris and not explore the Eiffel Tower.

Once the tallest structure in the world, this enchanting attraction recently turned 132 and is still arguably Europe’s most iconic landmark.

Follow the advice in this guide for the perfect visit and discover that cheap hotels near the Eiffel Tower do exist, despite Paris’s expensive reputation.
The Eiffel Tower is by far the tallest building in Paris, standing at 300m tall.
The Eiffel Tower is by far the tallest building in Paris, standing at 300m tall.

Getting to the Eiffel Tower

It’s about a 28-minute and 45-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, so pack comfortable shoes if you’re planning to explore Paris by foot. 
The closest Métro station is Bir-Hakeim, an eight-minute walk away from the Eiffel Tower. That said, travel insiders will tell you the best way to approach the tower is to exit the Trocadéro stop and stroll across the Seine river. It takes a couple of extra minutes but it’s worth it for the Instagram-worthy views.

Buying your tickets

Once upon a time, you could visit the ground floor of the Eiffel Tower at your leisure. Nowadays, there are security checks in place before you approach. Because of this, we recommend arriving early before the tower opens at 9:30am or booking online for the afternoon and evening.
If flexibility is important, you can book online up to three hours in advance. Booking through the Official Eiffel Tower website also means you can skip the main queues — recommended in peak seasons and summer holidays. 
Ticket prices start at €2.50 for children, €5.10 for anyone aged 12-24, and €10.20 for adults. Children under four go free, so young families can save again!

Visiting the Eiffel Tower

On your arrival, you’ll see four entrances corresponding with the tower’s four corners (two for stairs, two for elevators). Take some time to take in Gustav Eiffel’s elaborate iron lattices before making your way to the 187-foot high first floor. 
On the first floor you’ll find souvenir shops, tour information, the grand 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant — which is just as expensive as you’d imagine — and spectacular views of the Champ de Mars gardens.
From there, it’s a short elevator ride to the second platform, which sits at 377-feet. From here you can enjoy astonishing views of the French capital. The Louvre, the Grand Palais, and Montmartre — home of the Moulin Rouge — are all on show. 
Finally, ascend to the top of the tower via a single elevator to experience a feeling that will stay with you for life.

The Eiffel Tower as seen from Champ de Mars.
The Eiffel Tower as seen from Champ de Mars.

Hotels near the Eiffel Tower

While it’s likely you’ll only go up the Eiffel Tower once during your trip, you’ll naturally want to see it at night too.
Every evening, the Eiffel Tower’s 20,000 lightbulbs illuminate the Paris skyline. Hotels near the Eiffel Tower have a prime view and give you the chance to visit whenever you like. Our nearby ibis Paris Eiffel Tower Cambronne 15th is just one of many ibis hotels in Paris that provide affordable luxury and comfort.

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