Does this mean you just need to stand in line to get tickets when you get there or they are completely sold out unless you go with a tour?
You can just go and stand in line to get tickets. Only the online tickets sell out.
Ok, thank you. Are the lines long in October as well? Probably all the time!
Try looking on the official site under "behind the scenes" tours. I could not find any tix on the regular calendar for our date in October, but I was able to purchase this tour and it includes getting to go to the second floor. I don't think it is a "skip the queue" per se, but at least I have some way of getting a ticket ahead of time.
I've never been in October but even in August the lines were more manageable early (1/2 hr before they open) or later in the evening. I went in August about 1/2 hr before sunset (about 8:30-9:00) and stood in line about 20 mins. If you're willing to walk the stairs to the second level and take the elevator from there to the top (if indeed you need to go to the top, not really necessary) the lines are much shorter.
Alex, also, if the line is long and you don't feel like waiting, you can use the stairs and go up to the second floor. The line for the stairs is usually very short. Then once on the second floor, you can purchase tickets to go to the top. Have fun.
Alex, I was at the Tower last Thursday, September 4th. I had advance tickets for 9:30 pm but the queue waiting to purchase tickets at 9:00 pm looked very manageable. We rented velo bikes and rode through the Tower grounds the next morning maybe 11 am and the line was unbelievabley long. I suggest later at night. Get there around 8pm...You will be there before they light the Tower and still have a much shorter wait to ascend. Good luck!!!
We have been at the Eiffel Tower in Sept. and Dec. and the line was not bad, about 1/2 hour to get to the ticket window. Strangely enough, when we were there last Dec. the pre-purchased line was a little longer.