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Tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Almost every traveler wants to visit the iconic Eiffel Tower as part of their Paris travel plans.  So it stands to reason that you’ll be fighting the crowds with the millions of other visitors who have come to enjoy it too.

No one wants to be herded like cattle or waste the better part of a day standing in line, no matter how awesome the view.  Your vacation time is precious isn’t it?

Avoiding the crowds is easy if you plan to travel off-season.  If you can visit Paris during the winter months, you will automatically be rewarded with fewer tourists and shorter wait times.

But for those who must travel during peak season, here are a few simple Eiffel Tower tips which might get back half your day by avoiding waiting in line for hours.

Time your visit just right

The best time of day to visit is either very early morning or very late at night.  It really depends on the view you want. So either get up early and get in line or wait until just before closing.  Opening and closing times vary by season, so make sure you check before you go and then plan accordingly.

Take to the stairs

After waiting in line for tickets, if going up by elevator, you’ll wait in another line. There are four elevators – Nord, Sud, Ouest, Est,  but there will only be one or two running at a given time – and it’s random.  But did you know you can actually walk up as far as the second level?

It’s about 670 steps, but it can be done and the line for the stairs is much shorter.  You can take your time climbing, stop to admire the views and snap photos others wouldn’t have access to. And let’s face it – it’s a great way to walk off all that delicious, rich French food you’ll be devouring. Go ahead and have that extra pain au raisin, you’ve earned it!

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Maybe you don’t want to stop at just the second level and you really want to go to the top.  Well, you can still walk up to the second level and then buy a ticket for the elevator to the top level.  You’ll still skip the longer ground level elevator line, and be able to make it all the way up.

Dine in style

Another way to avoid the long lines of the tower is to reserve lunch or dinner at Le Jules Verne . They have their own dedicated lift, which of course would have practically no line. Just queue up for your reservation time and voila, you’ll be wisked up to the second floor.  If you didn’t get enough of the lovely views during your one-of-a-kind dining experience, you can still get to the top by purchasing a ticket without having to go back to ground level and start over.

Prebook your tickets

The Eiffel Tower now allows you to buy tickets online.  You select an assigned date and time, print your tickets and head right for the dedicated prebooked ticket line, thereby bypassing all other lines.  Tickets are limited (and occassionally non-existent for certain days/times), so make sure you buy well in advance. The only downside to this is once you buy, you’re committed to the date and time, even if the weather isn’t optimal.

For opening and closing times, online tickets and more info visit the Official Eiffel Tower website.

Need help with your Paris vacation plans? Perhaps a travel consult would be a perfect fit.

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    Andi
    February 19th, 2013

    Great tips!

    Thanks Andi ;)

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    Beth Hanson
    February 19th, 2013

    Great article Robin,
    I will share with my clients who will appreciate the time saving tips.

    Thanks Beth! Hopefully they’ll find them helpful.

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    Leslie Horning
    February 19th, 2013

    Great tips. The Eiffel Tower is still on my list of places to see. I’m just waiting to see it with the right person.

    Aw, I hope you find the right one soon! If not – it’s pretty magical if you go alone, which is how I visited the first time Leslie ;)

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    Traveling Teri
    February 20th, 2013

    Love these tips Robin! You have my vote for share-worthy information! Sharing on Twitter now!

    Thanks so much Teri, I appreciate that! Sharing is caring ;)

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    Erica
    February 22nd, 2013

    During my first time in Paris I visited the Eiffel Tower late before closing and only had to wait 5-10 minutes for the elevator. I didn’t know about the stairs at the time. I’d walked past a couple of time during daytime but the long line looked to take hours. I’m glad I returned in the evening because the sky was clear and it felt like I could see all of Paris from the top.

    I’m glad visiting late at night worked for you Erica! It’s a great view ;)
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