Paris, France, the City of Lights and the City of Love. It is the home of many famous landmarks. The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and last but not least the Eiffel Tower. Instantly recognizable by most of the world population. This landmark was built to the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair). No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th of Paris Arrondissements.
Things to know about the Stairs up the Eiffel Tower
1. You can’t take the stairs all the way to the top.
Alas, you only hike up the first 115 m (377 ft). The last 161 m (528 ft) is only accessible via the double lift to the top. On your way to the second tier, you can take a break and enjoy the view on the first tier. The first tier is 57 m (187 ft).
2. There is hardly ever a line to hike up.
Look at that line. That is the line for the elevators to the 2nd tier of the Tower. I wonder how long it will take to get into the elevator for that minute ride up.
3. You more time standing on the tower rather than under it.
Every step up increases your view of the city. While the line stands around waiting for their turn, you are enjoying the view of Paris as you climb the tower.
4. Short on time. You are in control on how long the trip to the 2nd tier takes.
You are in control as you climb the tower. Walk as fast or as slow as you want. You have control of your speed (although the better in shape you are the faster you can climb the tower).
5. You get more time to enjoy the view.
Look at the view of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The view is even sweeter when you had to work for it and you can reward your hard work after you hike down.
6. You aren’t crammed in an elevator full of tourists
Who wants to be squished in an small square box with 50 plus other tourists. If you hike up the tower you minimize your time in the tourist trap aka the elevator.
7. 1, 2, 3 . . . Look at the pretty view. Wait what number was I on.
The stairs are numbered. No need to count. Enjoy the view and don’t worry about losing count.
8. There are 669 Steps to the 2nd tier!
According to the numbers on the stairs, there are 669 stairs. Although they may have miss counted according to some sources which claim 704 steps to the 2nd tier.
9. You are hiking up a temporary structure built in 1889.
Yep, the tower was meant to be dismantled after the World’s Fair. Paris decided it liked the tower so it kept it. Not sure Paris would be nearly as famous without it.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower
** All information is up to date as of January 17. 2018
Best time to visit the Eiffel Tower
There isn’t really the best time to visit Paris. The city is a year-round tourism destination. Tourism is lowest during the winter from November to March. Low is relative The city is still going to be crowded and the Effiel Tower is one of the most popular tourist sites. Be prepared for crowds no matter when you visit.
Hours of Operations
The Eiffel Tower is open from 9:00 am to 12:45 am everyday from June 15 to September 1. This includes both the elevators and the stairs. Last entry to the tower is midnight (11 pm to go to the top of the tower).
The rest of the year the lifts are open from 9:30 am to 11:45 pm. The stairs are open from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. The last entry for the lifts is 11 pm and last entry for the stairs is 6 pm.
Typically the top floor of the Eiffel Tower is closed between January 15 and February 2 for annual maintenance.
There are a lot of options for purchasing your Eiffel Tower Tickets. There are several tour companies that offer tours to the top. See below for some tours from my favorite online guide company.
If you would like to visit the tower on your own there are several types of tickets. All prices for a single adult. Tickets can be bought online here.
- Stairs to the 2nd floor – 10 Euro (**About 12.31 USD)
- Stairs to 2nd floor and the lift to the top – 19 Euro (**About 24.39 USD)
- Lift ticket to the 2nd floor – 16 Euro (**About 19.70 USD)
- Lift ticket to the top – 25 Euro (**About 19.70 USD)
Do you have any advice for those taking the stairs up the Eiffel Tower?