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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 30,748 reviews

1.5 hours queuing and guide 40 mins late

We booked for 8am guided tour and instructions were to arrive 20 mins before that. We arrived 30 mins before as not sure of location and dozens of other visitors assembled. Guide Stefan didn't turn up until 10 past 8 with no apology. He escorted us to the Eiffel tour, provided tickets, put us in a queue where we waited another 1.5 hours which wasn't great as we were expecting a skip the line service for the price. Inside the tower was great but we couldn't see the guide so missed some of his commentary. Views were great but I think It's better to view Tower from ground than other way round. Seine cruise was actually more enjoyable and less queuing. Price on tickets provided by guide for Eiffel Tower to top level was €25 so rather overpriced for not much service.

The guide for our Eiffel Tower Tour was wonderful

With perhaps the exception of The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower is the one attraction people most want to see in Paris. Even with the Skip-the-Line tour, we still stood in several lines to get to the 2nd floor and then again to get to The Summit. The views were spectacular and well worth it, but it was a challenge for my 3-year old and my 6-year old to wait in those long lines (and for my wife and I to keep them entertained).

Enthralling Take the stairs its sooo worth it

We had our tour start at 9.30 and there was a 15 min que for the stairs our guide talked us through some of the history of the construction while we waited and it flew by. Walking up felt great a little achievement when we got up there to see the view. then had a little tour of all 4 side of the second floor great stuff really enjoyed it

GYG has been reliable and easy to get tix for tourist activities.

I have used GYG a couple of times before and the leaders have been organized, informative, and welcoming each and every time. I think the quality of your leaders is excellent! This time at the Eiffel Tower was well done. Thank you for numerous messages about the lines through security although we ended up breezing through it in minutes.

Walking up the Eiffel Tower was easier than I expected.

Maybe it was the excitement of the Eiffel Tower, or the break we took at the first floor, either way the climb was much easier than I expected. So happy we went that route instead of the elevators. Hafid, our guide, was excellent! Extremely knowledgeable, funny and he did everything to make the tour and climb enjoyable for all.

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