Visiting the Eiffel Tower, you have to do it at least once in your life. The Eiffel Tower is known all over the world, it is the symbol of Paris. We are therefore clearly not the only ones who want to go there. So when and how to visit the Eiffel Tower without queuing? How long does it take to visit the Eiffel Tower? Here are our tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower, let’s go!
The 3 levels of the Eiffel Tower
In order to visit the Eiffel Tower, you must choose how high you wish to climb. There are 3 levels:
- The 1st (57m) and 2nd (116m) floors are accessible by lift and stairs.
- The 3rd, or the Summit (276m), is accessible only by elevator.
Small advice. The difference in height between the Summit and the 2nd floor is significant. The view is therefore not the same at all. If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower with the elevator, I advise you to take the tickets to the top. You don’t visit the Eiffel Tower every day: so you might as well live the experience to the fullest! But that’s just my opinion.
How much does it cost to visit the Eiffel Tower?
The rates for visiting the Eiffel Tower vary according to several criteria. Check if you can get a discount, but also all the rates on the official website. But in all cases the “stairs” rates are 2 times cheaper than the “elevator” rates. However, remember that the stairs only lead to the 2nd floor, no higher. If there are no tickets on the officiel website, you can also find the skip-the-line tickets on this website.
How long to visit the Eiffel Tower?
Without taking into account the wait, the visit of the Eiffel Tower can take at least 1h-1h30, if you go up to the top by elevator. This is the time it takes to go around each floor, then the time to go up the elevator. If you go up the Eiffel Tower on foot (up to the 2nd floor), add at least 40 more minutes.
When is the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower?
The wait to visit the Eiffel Tower is unpredictable. In my experience, it takes at least 2 hours. But it all depends a lot on the weather. I climbed the Eiffel Tower 3 times: several friends came to see me in Paris, I accompanied them each time.
- Low crowd times. Before 10:30 a.m. and after 8 p.m., there are fewer people there, knowing that the last climb is at 10:30 p.m. These times are practical, especially if you have a hotel not far from the Eiffel Tower (see our addresses where to sleep in Paris).
- Low crowd days. As in almost all monuments, there are fewer people on weekdays than on weekends. If you want to climb the Eiffel Tower during a weekend, then I strongly advise you to take the skip-the-line tickets in advance.
Unusual things to see in Paris. Visit the Eiffel Tower during low-traffic times and discover Paris differently. We give some examples of unusual activities and visits to do in Paris here: Visit Paris differently.
How to visit the Eiffel Tower without queuing?
Visiting the Eiffel Tower without queuing is a much more pleasant experience! I had done both, with skip-the-line tickets and without. So I confirm: really, it has nothing to do. On the other hand, the peak snag is the weather. By taking the ticket in advance, you don’t know what the weather will be like. Visiting the Eiffel Tower without queuing is a much more pleasant experience! I had done both, with skip-the-line tickets and without. So I confirm: really, it has nothing to do. On the other hand, the peak snag is the weather. By taking the ticket in advance, you don’t know what the weather will be like.
Here are 2 solutions to buy skip-the-line tickets:
- Book on the official Eiffel Tower website: they recommend buying tickets 2 months in advance, but sometimes there is availability much earlier. Check the dates and times available directly on the site.
- Buy skip-the-line tickets at the last moment. It is more expensive, but it is possible to find tickets at the last minute, and therefore avoid waiting. You can check availability via this link.
How long to visit the Eiffel Tower with skip-the-line tickets? Count at least 1h30 for a visit without waiting.