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Eiffel Tower Options

As I read comments on these boards, I think I am beginning to understand that obtaining Eiffel Tower tickets on my own through the ET website may not be successful. While I likely won't know until next January/February (we arrive in Paris 30 March 2020), I am thinking about alternatives. While more costly, choosing a tour group seems to be a viable option. Are these tours "good", with "good" meaning that we'd get timely and fast access to the top? Would we be obliged to stay with the tour once we reached the summit? I'm thinking it'd be nice to mosey around the first and second levels on our own.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Willy,

Since your trip will be in March, I think there’s a good chance you’ll be able to book your Eiffel Tower tickets.
Keep in mind that there’s not as much demand in March as there will be later on in the Spring, and Summer months.

The trick to getting tickets is to know when they are released and to book them right away.

We were in Paris at a busy time in June 2016 during the World Cup Tournament, and were able to book our Eiffel Tower tickets.

Happy Planning!

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And when Priscilla says book them when they’re released to the public she means whatever time it may be where you are...when 8:00 rolls around in Paris you’d better roll out of bed and be ready to purchase. Actually you’d better already be out of bed before that and have your hand on the mouse ready to click 🙂

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Completely agree! For the times we went up the tower, I figured out when the tickets would go on sale for the week I was in Paris. A few days before they went on sale, I would check the website to ensure I had not missed the on-sale date. Then, the night of the on sale I would get up at 1:00 am to purchase the tickets. It was a bit over the top, but I was always able to get tickets. I am sure my husband thought I was crazy, but I am a planner and wanted to make sure we were able to go.

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We have never had trouble getting tickets when we wanted them. It is more complicated now because it is not entirely predictable. It used to be exactly 90 days out -- now it is 60 maybe or a few days later so that may mean being up at 1 am or 2 am or whenever to buy several days in a row. You won't have trouble doing this for March but the risk is you get a rainy day. We had tickets for October 5 a couple of years ago and it was literally the only day all month that it poured rain all day. It was still cool but at least we were not fogged out.
https://janettravels.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/the-eiffel-tower-in-the-rain/

I don't think the tours go to the top and frankly, why bother if you aren't doing the whole thing.

Posted by
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I just booked a visit for the end of June. It is the week the World Cup is in Paris. I assume Paris will be really busy but there is still some availability. So I assume in March you will be able to get tickets no problem.

Posted by
763 posts

Consider walking up! You don't need advance tickets for that, it's cheaper, and you get all the health benefits besides. Just look for the shorter line at another leg of the Eiffel, pay something like 7 euros, and take your time climbing up to the first or second levels. I thought it was fun.

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I recently got tickets on line for the tower at the end of May without a problem. As the dates got close I started checking the website every day. When it finally opened I was able to purchase them mid-morning - no issues. I think you’ll be ok as long as you go online the day they go on sale.

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If you walk up to the second level, you can then take the elevator to the top. You buy that elevator ticket when you buy the walk up ticket at the bottom. The line for walk up tickets is usually short and in March would be very short.

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Be prepared to go through security just to get near the tower. And be prepared for crowds and MORE crowds as you get to each level. There are roped pathways to attempt to help with crowds, but you’ll quickly see how different cultures handle queueing 😂😂

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Tim. LOL. I remember over 35 years ago having to join arms with British tourists to keep Italian tourists from simply pushing past us in the line for the Bell Tower climb at San Marco in Venice. And I remember the airport in Moscow where groups from an increasingly touristing Asian group pushed past queues for immigration -- again without joining with others to block this, we'd probably still be in line for entry. And then at the line for the Peterhof Gardens Hydrofoil, a group of about 30 from this Asian country literally broke from the back of the line and forced their way onto the hydrofoil at the front of the line causing many to miss their boat -- we had to wait half an hour for the next boat. Yes queuing varies differently by culture.

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After you've gone up the Eiffel Tower, make your way over to the Arc de Triomphe. Go to to the top for a gorgeous view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in it. ;)