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Find the best place to see the Eiffel Tower

A glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, outlined romantically against the Paris skyline — that's what you remember after visiting France. If you're looking to photograph Paris to your heart's content, use our short list of great spots in the city to get that breathtaking view (and picture).

Trocadero

Trocadero

To see the Eiffel Tower light show at night, the Trocadero is one of your best location choices. Bonus: the Trocadero is free, and always open.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

You need to climb the 284 steps of the Arc de Triomphe to reach the top of this other famous Paris monument, where you’ll be rewarded by one of the most spectacular views in the city.

Montparnasse

Montparnasse

This 689-foot skyscraper may not be a beautiful building, but the views are worth it. In the Montparnasse Tower you get the second highest view after the Eiffel Tower and 360-degree vistas.

From the Hotel Raphael

From the Hotel Raphael

Looking for a romantic Paris date spot? Make a reservation for the terrace at this luxury hotel. Soak in the view, enjoy some champagne, and watch the sunset from the top.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements. This famous bridge offers stunning views of the tower and the Seine—a popular spot for photographers.

Our insider tips

Avoid the queues

As you know, Paris is quite the popular holiday destination. Plan ahead if you want to jump around and see the Eiffel Tower from lots of angles. It's easy to buy tickets online and go straight to the top -- but if you're looking to do Paris on the cheap, remember to plan waiting time at major monuments into your itinerary.

Watch your stuff

Lots of travelers are looking for a cafe or restaurant nearby these views, where they can relax and regroup away from the crowds. While all the major tourist areas are safe enough, tourists tend to let their guard down as soon as they order a café au lait. As always, zip up your purse and watch out for thieves.

Opening hours

If you decide to get up close and personal with the Tower itself, it's conveniently open 365 days a year. From mid-June to early September, opening hours are from 9:00AM to midnight. During the rest of the year, from 9:30AM to 11:00PM.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year!
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Summit tickets prices vary depending on things like the tour type or level of access.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Only if you want one! Many travelers enjoy learning about the history and architecture from a guide. Equally as great, tour groups usually get to skip ahead of the long line of tourists waiting to buy tickets.
  • How to get there
    The two closest métro stops are Bir-Hakeim (Line 6) and Trocadero (Line 9).
  • Additional information

    • This attraction is free for children under four years old.

    • Keep an eye on your handbag at all times.

What people are saying about Eiffel Tower

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 31,565 reviews

David was enthusiastic and very informative

We went during Aug 2019 so peak time, line was long but was all organised. A representative from the guide company (City Tour 1) was already going along the line and ticking peoples names off so that was reassuring. Once past security we met up with our group and our guide David. He was very warm, welcoming and funny. Our tour was to the summit by elevator, overall the tour was nice although you can easily turn up and get tickets at the gate. The official Eiffel Tower website said tickets weren't available which is why I opted for this tour but people were buying tickets at the gate, so if you don't want the tour and the website says its sold out I would simply turn up and buy tickets.

Eiffel Tower Summit Tour by Elevator Reviewed by

Beat the queues and get an excellent guide into the bargain.

Our daughter has special needs and finds it difficult to be in enclosed spaces for long periods of time so we are always looking for ways around having to stay in particularly long queues. The skip the line priority access tickets for the Eiffel Tower were perfect for us as the regular queues can take a few hours, even with previously booked tickets. The guide we had was also very knowledgeable but didn’t overload us with information. The amount of info given was just enough. Overall it was a very worthwhile experience which meant that a visit to the Eiffel tower didn’t take up a whole day.

Eiffel Tower: Second Floor Priority Access Reviewed by

Good purchase to skip the line but needs one improvement

Having tickets to skip the line was great although I don’t understand why the meeting point had to be so far away from the tower. We are not from France therefore we don’t know the roads well. It was difficult to find, also once we recognised the location by noticing the group size, the name of the cafe mentioned on the meeting point page was not the name of the cafe where the group were located. Also the check in time took too long. Over 45 minutes to complete.

Guide and meeting place were very hard to find

The guide did not arrive early and the meeting place was a monkey a very large crowd I would suggest the guide being there at least 15 minutes early with a very distinguishable sign our guide had an antenna with a white bow on it that was very hard to distinguish between several of the groups that were present

George was very informative, engaging & empathetic as it was raining.

George filled our minds with lots of information & shared with us recommendations of what to visit in Paris. It was heavily raining & he shared his poncho with us all. He looked out for those who struggled on the stairs. I really enjoyed our experience & highly recommend George as your tour guide.

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