24 Mar The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower (French: La tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
Of course it’s free to wonder over to have a look from afar, but if you want to go to the base of the tower you will need to buy a ticket. There are a few types;
- Ticket with stairs access to the 2nd floor
- Ticket with lift access to the 2nd floor
- Ticket with lift access to the top
Tickets with access to the top of the tower are obviously the most expensive, but there are discounts available for those under 25, those under 11, disabled persons (and those accompanying them) and for groups.
Check the official Eiffel Tower Rates and Visiting Conditions page for current prices and more information.
If you are driving to the Eiffel Tower you need to park in one of the underground car parks nearby to the tower, as there is no parking at the tower itself.
The Quai Branly car park is the closest to the Eiffel Tower so that would be the first choice, but it may fill up quickly as it will probably be first choice for many others.
We’d recommend booking your parking in advance if possible. You can do that through the the Saemes website (Saemes is the parking system operator for the City of Paris). Here’s the link for the Quai Branly Car Park. Up to date prices are also available through their site.
The Eiffel Tower prides itself on being open every single day of the year, with accommodating opening hours.
From mid-June to early-September it opens from 9am until midnight, and the rest of the year from 9.30am until 11pm.
If you are looking for those night-time views from the top be advised that the last lift leaves about an hour before closing; so get there early.