Open hours and access to the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel tower isn't quite the tallest structure in the world but this doesn't detract from its iconic status. Possibly the world's most easy to spot structure, it's also a firm favorite among tourists and locals alike. There are replica towers in Las Vegas and Almaty, Kazakhstan but imitation is a tribute and proves that Gustave Eiffel's design is an enduring source of wonder and delight. Incidentally, you can visit the architect's grave at the Levallois-Perret Cemetery in Paris.

Open 7 days a week and all year round

Paris Tour

When planning a Paris trip, it's good to know that the Eiffel Tower ( is open seven days a week and all year round. However, the opening hours do change a little over the winter months but you can still visit and go on a tour both day and night. If you want to beat the crowds, it's best to go early in the morning before 10.00am in the winter and around 9.00am in the summer. Alternatively, when the sun goes down the crowds tend to reduce and the tower takes on its nighttime persona.

Join a guided tour for the best experience, day or night

Joining a guided tour of the Eiffel tower is a great idea to learn the most important facts and see the best sights and views. Anyone who's feeling energetic and wants to ascend using the staircase as opposed to the lift should note that the stairs only take you as far as the second floor. The third floor is the highest level you can ascend to but you'll need to catch the lift to get there. In any case, tours stick together and all travel up in the lift. Also, routine access to the steps isn't possible during the evening, ceasing at 6.00pm. During the winter, the latest admittance to the lifts is 11.00 pm and 12.00pm when it's summertime.