The Eiffel Tower is not only famous for its splendid views, it’s also infamous for its queues. In high summer or in May it can take hours to wait. Even if you want to visit this tourist attraction in winter, you’ll still have to wait for 1.5 to 2 hours at least. Here we’ll share several hints about how to save your money and time and get to your desired objective without long queues.
You can climb the Eiffel Tower on foot
It’s the easiest way to avoid queuing. One of the “legs” (the far right one, if you look from the Siene) has stairs. It costs €5 per adult (compare that with a ride in the lift for over €14). There are special discounts for young adults and children. The box office with those tickets is free almost all the time, at worst you’ll have to wait for no more than 10 minutes.
Getting up there on foot, of course, will demand a lot of effort. You can get to the first level, it’s about 150 metres up. There are some advantages, though. You’ll get up the Eiffel Tower without queuing, see Paris from the Tower’s first level, and it’s cheap. From there you’ll get one of the most delightful views of the city, and there aren’t many tourists because most, using the lift, miss that level. Also you’ll burn off lots of calories. What’s more, you can go down in the lift for free.
The stairs are open until 0.45am in summer and 6.30pm in winter.
You can buy your ticket in advance
To avoid queuing, you can buy your ticket in advance online at the official website of this famous place of interest. You should do it about a month before your visit, and you should be sure of your dates and the time that you are going to be there. Keep in mind, that ticket numbers are limited, so book early.
Here you can buy a combined ticket to the Eiffel Tower and a bus tour around Paris with english audio-guide.
You can dine in a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower
There are two restaurants in the Eiffel Tower: “58” is on the first level and “Jules Verne” on the second. The average price for a lunch in “58” is over €20, and an evening meal starts from €76.5 per person. “Jules Verne” is much more expensive, but it offers much better quality, views and service. Both of the restaurants have their own lifts, so you don’t need to worry about queues.
Other Parisian viewing points
There are a lot of viewing points in Paris besides the Eiffel Tower, all of them offer wonderful views of the city. You can find a complete list of them here. If you don’t want to queue (and don’t have the energy to climb up on foot), why not look for something easier? The Montparnasse Tower, for example. You can get one of the best views of Paris from there.
And you can stay in the hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy it 24 hours a day.
Several practical tips
If you are still determined to queue, here are our tips:
- Don’t arrive at the opening time. Everybody does it, so the queue is even longer in the morning than later on in the day.
- The shortest queue is in the evening, after 8pm. The Eiffel Tower is open until 0.45am in summer and 23.45pm in winter.
- Put on warm clothes when you go up the Tower. It’s often windy up there, and in winter it can be foggy or rainy.
- Don’t forget to visit the first level – it offers one of the most splendid views of Paris.
Have a great time at the Eiffel Tower!