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Access to 2nd and 3rd floor of Eiffel Tower
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
You can access the 1st and 2nd floors by taking either the Eiffel Tower stairs or the elevator. To reach the 2nd floor, you need to climb about 674 steps. While taking the stairs is the faster, less crowded option to reach the 1st and 2nd floors, the ascent might be tiring and time-consuming. Taking an elevator to the 1st and 2nd floors is the faster option of the two, although you would need to be mindful of the crowds.
Stairs to the summit cannot be accessed by the public. You can reach the summit only via a separate elevator on the 2nd floor.
There is a lot to see in Paris. If you want to save money but also explore as much as possible, combo tickets are the way to go. These tickets allow you to cover two attractions and are an absolute money saver. You can choose between visiting the Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris, or going on a Seine River Cruise, along with the Eiffel Tower.
These Eiffel tickets also offer skip-the-line entry, making your experience a hassle-free one. Many combo tours include a guided visit to the tower. If not, you can take advantage of the audio guides available at these attractions to ensure that you have a fruitful visit.
Apart from the Esplanade, which is the base on which the tower stands, the Eiffel Tower is divided into three levels — the first level, the second level, and the summit.
The Esplanade: This is the ground area around the Eiffel Tower, and you can explore it for free.
The Esplanade is the base of the Tower. The gardens, information center, and ticket offices can be found on this level. The four pillars of the Tower — North, South, East, and West — can be found here, and it is from here that you can access the tower. East and West towers lead you to the elevator, while the South takes you to the stairs.
You can visit the gardens and the statue of Gustave Eiffel, view the century-old lift machinery or stop by the fast-food restaurants and gift shop.
No. It is the only Eiffel Tower level where entry is free.
The most attractive feature on the first floor is the opaque, glass flooring. Along with this, you can visit popular restaurants, watch a cinema projection, shop at the boutique, and be a part of the seasonal cultural shows.
Yes. You can take an elevator to the first floor. You can access the elevator from the East and West pillars of the Eiffel Tower.
You can dine at the Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie or at The Buffet here.
The Eiffel Tower second floor is an excellent spot to observe the city’s landmarks like Louvre Museum, have a meal and buy souvenirs.
You can take the elevator or the stairs to the Eiffel Tower second floor. You can find the elevator in the East and West Pillars, while the staircase is located in the South Pillar. Ensure that you book your tickets in advance in case you decide to take the elevator.
At the Eiffel Tower second floor, you can dine at the Jules Verne, a Michelin-star restaurant or at their in-house buffet. You can also stop for dessert at their Macaroon Bar.
You can explore Gustave Eiffel’s office, witness a model of the top of the tower, enjoy a drink at the champagne bar, take photos and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the sprawling city.
There’s only one way to get to the Eiffel Tower summit: via a separate elevator on the 2nd floor. You will have to take either the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor, and then board the elevator to the summit. The stairway to the summit is not accessible by the public.
Yes. Most tickets offer access to the 1st and 2nd floors. Eiffel Tower Summit access is an optional upgrade you would need to purchase to make your way to the top.
The Eiffel Tower summit is one of the highest observation decks in Europe. It offers a splendid view of Paris’ main attractions such as the Louvre Museum, Seine River and Grand Palace.
It goes without saying that one of the reasons most people climb the Eiffel Tower is to catch the views of Paris it offers. There are observation decks on the second floor and the summit level of the tower. Both offer spectacular views and you can spot several Parisian landmarks like the Louvre, Seine River, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame de Paris, Champ de Mars, and more.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower after nightfall is an experience in itself. You can go up to the top of the tower and see the view of the City of Lights all lit up like stars int he night sky. You can also see the tower itself reflect in the moonlight in the pond near the base of the Tower.
The Eiffel Tower has a choice of entrances located in the East, West and South Pillars, and the one you should take depends on whether you want to take the stairs or the lift to the top.
A. Yes. You can book your Eiffel Tower tickets online. Stairs access can be booked online or on the spot, while lift access can be only reserved online.
A. There are four basic tickets available: one grants access to the 2nd floor via a lift, the second takes you to the summit via a lift, the third takes you to the 2nd floor via the stairs and the fourth takes you to the summit via stairs to the 2nd floor and then a lift to the top. Additionally, you can choose between a self-guided tour as well as guided tour or combo tour so you can explore more of Paris.
A, The Eiffel Tower ticket price depends on the type of ticket you choose. The ticket prices start at €36 and can go up to €150.
A. Yes. Skip-the-line tickets for Eiffel Tower are available. Purchasing these tickets online is highly recommended to avoid waiting for 30 minutes to 1 hour in line.
A. A skip-the-line ticket with access to the Eiffel Tower summit costs €63. However, choosing a guided tour or a combo ticket with skip-the-line access would be a more budget-friendly option for visiting the Eiffel Tower.
A. A guided tour of the Eiffel Tower can cost you anywhere between €36 to €150, depending on whether you choose tickets with access to the second floor or the summit, take the elevator or stairs to the top and if you decide to pick a combo tour that allows you access to one of the other popular attractions in Paris, such as Disneyland Paris.
A. Yes. By purchasing a ticket to the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can access the first and second floors as well.
A. Depending on the type of ticket you choose, the Eiffel Tower second floor ticket price can be anywhere between €36 to €84.
A. No. Your destination is determined by the ticket you decide to purchase. You will not be able to go to the top of the tower if you have purchased a ticket to the 2nd level. You can upgrade your tickets to include summit access.
A. A Eiffel Tower ticket with access to the summit is priced between €47 to €63.
A. It depends on the Eiffel Tower ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
A. Yes, lift access is available at the Eiffel Tower. However, lift tickets can only be reserved online and visitors are encouraged to take the stairs over the lift.
A. Yes. You can use the Eiffel Tower stairs to go up to the 2nd floor. One staircase has been designated to go up, while the other is for solely coming back down.
A. Eiffel Tower timings a 9 AM to 12:45 PM (last ascent at 11:45 PM) all days of the week, for both lift and stairs.
A. While the stairs are cheaper, climbing 674 steps to the 2nd level is not an easy task. Depending on your ticket, you can take an elevator to the top. You can climb up the stairs to the 1st and 2nd levels of the Eiffel Tower, or take an elevator directly to the 2nd floor, look around, and then head by elevator to the summit.
A. Admission to the tower, elevator and stairs generally begins from 09:00 AM all year round. From January to June and September to December, the tower is open till 11:00 PM, while from June to September, it is open till midnight.
A. Yes. Wheelchair access is available for visitors up to the 1st and 2nd floors. It is not recommended that visitors with disabilities visit the summit.
A. If you go up to the 2nd level, the visit could take about 1.5 hours, while if you go up to the summit, you could spend about 2.5 hours. Moreover, depending on whether you opt to take the stairs or the elevator, timings may vary.