Eiffel tower is one of the most visited sights in the world and if you plan to visit it, you should be advised that you may have to spend up to 5 hours in the line! Yes, this is true, especially if you happen to be there when one of the lifts doesn’t work, or if you visit it on the same time with big tourist groups.
Have a look at some tips below, regarding buying Paris Eiffel Tower tickets that will help you save valuable hours from your visit.
1. Book your Eiffel Tower Ticket online
To avoid the big lines, you can pre-book your Eiffel Tower ticket before your visit at http://www.eiffel-tower.com/. The drawback, is that once you buy your ticket, you are committed to visiting Eiffel Tower, nomatter what the weather will be like. Paris is pretty moody in terms of weather, so the experience will not be the same if it’s a cloudy or rainy day. The exact place on the site to get the tickets is http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/preparing-your-visit/buying-your-tickets.html
2. Issues with Online Booking of your Eiffel Tower Ticket
Many times you will not find available tickets online for your intended Eiffel Tower visit timeslot. You shouldn’t get disappointed. Just revisit the website at least 3 times every day, until you find your desired timeslot. Tickets are getting sold online in slots.
3. Switch your Browser if you cannot Find an Online ticket
If you cannot find the exact date you want through the online booking site, then try to switch your browser. Visit the site with Chrome, Safari, Internet explorer and you will may be surprised to find different results via different browsers.
4. Set your Alarm to Get your Ticket to Eiffel Tower at your Preferred Timeslot
A clever way to get a fist-access to the online sales of the tickets, is to set an alarm for the exact hour that the tickets are going to be sold online, at your preferred timeslot. The tickets are sold pretty quickly, so don’t miss a chance to get them on the spot once you see them. Usually, release dates start 90 days before. Be on the website at exactly 8.30 am Paris time.
5. Use the Stairs of Eiffel Tower
If you don’t want to book your ticket for Eiffel Tower online, please be prepared to use the stairs of Tour D’Eiffel. The line for the stairs is not that big, while the line for the elevator tickets is almost always quite long. Yes, it will be more tiresome, as you will have to climb many stairs. Exactly 1665 stairs to the top.
6. Is there a lift to the Top of Eiffel Tower?
Many people believe that once they buy a ticket to the top of Eiffel Tower, they get a non-stop elevator to the top of the monument. Unfortunately this is not true. You will have to queue again, once you reach the second level of Eiffel Tower, to get the lift that brings you to the the summit. It’s always better to get summit tickets – if you cannot make it, then buy the summit tickets on the second level.
7. What are the Opening Times of Eiffel Tower?
Eiffel Tower is open on every single day of the year. You can a look at the following table from the official website of Eiffel Tower, for the exact opening times:
7. Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Eiffel Tower has a Restaurant and you can have a romantic dinner, with a great view of Paris. Here is the information:
– Eiffel Tower Restaurant Phone Number: (702) 948-6937
– Eiffel Tower Restaurant Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 4:30 – 10:30 pm
– Eiffel Tower Restaurant Reservations: Visit opentable.com
– Eiffel Tower Restaurant Menu: viewmenu.com
– Eiffel Tower Restaurant Reviews: Link
The average price you will pay at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for a dinner for two persons, is around 250Euros or 300 US Dollars. It’s pricey but it’s an once in a lifetime experience.
8. Eiffel Tower Facts and History
Now that you got all your problems solved regarding your Eiffel Tower visit, have a look below at some funny facts and history points about Eiffel Tower:
– The height of Eiffel Tower is not the same every day of the year. It is made from iron, so it changes its dimensions according to the temperature. It’s height might be up to 15 centimeters different!
– Its construction started on January 28th, 1887
– It was opened to the public on March 31, 1889
– It has 3 floors
– It’s usual height is 301 meters
– The architect was Stephen Sauvestre
– It was built for the Paris exhibition and it was not intended to be permanent
– 7 million people visit it every year. It is the most visited sight of the world.
– In WWII, French cut the lines of the elevator, so that Hitler would have to climb the stairs to reach the top
– Barcelona was supposed to build the Eiffel Tower first but they rejected the idea (costly mistake)
– There are over 30 replicas of Eiffel Tower around the world
Eiffel Tower in Wikipedia and in Britannica. Read also the great book from Harvard.com: The impossible story of the man who sold the Eiffel Tower
See also this interesting Video: