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Security Barriers at the Eiffel Tower

I am in Paris now and wanted to let those of you who have a pre purchased reserved ticket for the Eiffel
Tower know to leave WELL AHEAD of your scheduled time. Give yourself MORE than enough time to get there from where ever you are starting from. There are security barriers around the entire site and construction of permanent ones in the works. All foot traffic is being sent through one port at the EAST end of the site. This means if you take the Metro to Trocadero...which gives you the most amazing view after exiting the station...then you will have to walk far to the East of the site then back again.

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Yes I was there the other night and found all of those security barriers also. We tried to walk from the train station to get under the tower which I thought we could walk through and get to the lovely park around it and all the sections of the Champs de Mars we’re closed off you could not sit on the grass

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382 posts

Thank for the heads up. Will be there in late June.

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Hi Arthur...... We have 11:00am tickets for the Eiffel Tower on June 21. What time do you think we should get there due to the security barriers and all? Thanks for the heads up.

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546 posts

Csolinda...Well that depends on where you are coming from. This issue is the longer walk and longer lines. I am staying in the First Arrondissiment and I left my place at about 6:30 for an 8PM reservation. I was expecting to have plenty of time at the base before needing to get in line. As it was We spent just a few minutes at Trocodero overlooking the Tower. By the time we got to the right line it was nearly 8.

I will be posting a complete trip report soon on the Paris part of this trip. So if you are interested keep a look out for it.

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2466 posts

You should need about an hour and a half - or two hours - to circumnavigate the barriers.
Then you have to hoof it for about the same amount of time.

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89 posts

Thank you very much for this info. We will allow a lot of time to both walk there (from the 6th) and go through security. And I look forward to your Paris trip review, Arthur.

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For anyone thinking of other stations: Bir Hakeim (metro line 6, nine minute walk total) and Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel (RER line C, also a nine minute walk) are nearest to the west and south feet of the tower. so you'll still be walking around... but they are still the closest. The École Militaire metro stop (line 8) is a 14 minute walk but you'll be walking up the Champ de Mars itself which is pretty, and you'll be arriving on the east side leg.