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Thank you - got Eiffel tower tickets!

Hi fellow travelers,

Thank you to all the wonderful posters here who generously give their time to assist fellow travelers and to RS Paris guidebook. In particular, for this posting, advice in regards to obtaining Eiffel tower tickets. I am so happy to say I obtained the elusive, hard-to-get tickets last night! Yay!! I would not have been successful without your assistance - on timing (90 days TO THE DATE, at 8:30 am PARIS TIME, 11:30 pm Oregon time), on entry details (phone number formatting) and on practicing ahead of time to be ready to go. I really feel for those who don't have the time or knowledge that this forum and the guidebooks offer as it really is invaluable.

Happy Travels!

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Did you purchase via internet or phone? My date to purchase is coming up soon. I haven't seen the evening time I want available though.

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Julie,

I purchased via their internet site. There is a big lapse between evening times on availability and the closest I could get to the time I wanted was 20:00 or 8:00 pm. Important to me to see the sunsetting and lights in evening. I was ready to go on the site and clicked the time as soon as the clock rolled to the minute it was available. Good luck!

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Thanks Jaye! I will be waking up at 1:30 in the morning on a Tuesday to purchase ours. I was hoping to get a 7pm ticket but it sounds like for some reason they have that gap in available time slots...So do they email you digital tickets to print?

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Hey Julie!

Yes, I also wanted a time-slot around 7:30 but they don't show those times. Sunset is at 8:20 when we are there, so straight up to catch it and hope the weather co-operates. :0) You can choose to download a pdf and print tickets at home (what I did) and/or download to your cell phone. Quick and easy - at least once you get them anyway! Hope it goes smoothly for you, good luck!

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Eiffle account question? We have followed your plan & practiced. We could not creat an account to be ready to purchase on the 1st open opportunity. Is it correct that the account creation must wait until we're into the actual purchase process on the date that open the tickets or is there a way to accomplish that process before the actual purchase? Thank each of you for helping with our upcoming visit.

Up date: Aquired two tickets for mid September, thanks for helpful adivice here. We were camping at Campoeg State Park south of Portland where the internet signal was weak. Started exactly on the opening time, and had the site opened up. Filled out form with one of us on I pad and the other on Mac. The I pad was slower responding (signal???), and could see the time slots closing out as requests were filled. On the Mac the completed form would not accept the send command, so started over with fresh form and that one was sent. We stopped the I pad request as soon as the acknowledgement was quickly emailed returned from Eiffle. Then checked back on the site and all of the time slots showed closed.

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Yeah exciting!!! :). I couldn't believe when we got ours!

We couldn't create an account in advance- just be quick when you are typing in the info. I know I posted something about the phone number formatting, can't look for the post now (too hard from my phone)- you can probably find it or someone else can answer. But I know you selected usa as country then no 1 in front of the number.

Good luck! :)
Kim

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Hi Andy,

Just saw your question. I had to create an account when I tried for the ticket and used my husband's cell number. The format as per the RS guide was just straight numbers, area code and phone number, with nothing else, no dashes or spaces or country code. I think that is because you select the country as part of setting up the account. When I practiced it was mostly to see what I would have to do and need ahead of time. I had everything I needed written down (didn't want to forget the password, etc.) to save time in entering all the data. Hope it works out for you!

Happy Travels!

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Jaye, I woke up at 1 this morning and snagged our tickets at 1:30! Thanks for your help. By the time I had checked out, gotten our confirmation, and went back to see what was left, which was less than 3 minutes, they were SOLD out! Crazy.

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Yeah for you! Good job! :)

Didn't you feel like you won the lottery?? I was surprisingly super excited and proud of myself when we got them!

Enjoy your trip!
Kim

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Kim, I was a little groggy and tired from sleeping beforehand and just hoping I was doing everything right! I double-checked the date and time several times...so paranoid I was screwing something up! It did feel like quite the accomplishment to get those tickets, especially when I looked again and they were all gone. :)

Next up is booking our Private Apartment of the Kings tour for Versailles and then all of our pre-ticket-booking will be taken care of.

I feel like I need to start learning some basic French in the meantime before our trip starts. :)

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Yes me too! I got a phrase book, need to start practicing. We are only there just under 2 days, but our other places are London and Scotland where we (sort of) speak the language. And Amsterdam, but no way I can figure out the Dutch... so hoping for a lot of English there! So I can concentrate my language study on our couple Paris days! :)

Have fun!

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It's great to have tix unless the elevator operators go on strike - which happened to us! Another great place for a view is the Arc de Triumph - stairs lead to the top and it's a great view back to the Eiffel Tower!

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Hi Julie!

Haven't been on here lately and just saw that you got your tickets - Yay!!!! So happy for you. Have a wonderful trip!

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We just got ours for October -- also at 8 pm -- it will be just after sunset -- but the last time we went up the Eiffel Tower was 21 years ago and we did it during the day -- and waited in line. We have tickets to the top -- now we just have to keep our fingers crossed for good weather. This is the drawback of course of getting them early.

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Our story for Eiffel tickets was different. We were there in May and tried to get the tickets 90 days before. They were all sold out and we were quite disappointed. While on a small vacation at the end of February my husband suggested to try again, so using my phone I pulled up the site and what a great surprise, there were tickets available. The times were only for 4:00 in the afternoon and I believe 11:00 that night. It was 76 days out. Of course we bought the two we needed and everything worked out fine. We had a great time going all the way up to the top. Now of course there were lines (even with tickets) but not too bad. The longest line was going from the second floor to the Summit. Image everyone going from four access points to the 2nd floor to just two for the Summit. It was fun and part of the excitement of being on the Eiffel Tower. My point is keep trying even if you are shorter than the 90 days. You just never know.

Hi there,

We're headed to Paris in 2 weeks or so and did not try to buy our tickets to the Eiffel Tower before this week. The official site says that there are no spaces available on July 31, Aug. 1,2,3, or 4th, but we see other ticket sales sites advertised. Some are quite expensive. Even so, we're wondering which are reputable. If anyone has had experience with some of the sites that sell tickets in advance, please let us know.

Also, we do want to go all the way to the summit. If you buy a tour to the 2nd floor, how likely is it that tickets to the 3rd level will be available for purchase at that time?

Also, if it is at all possible, we did want to go at night to see it illuminated in the dark, but were wondering what the safest transportation back to our hotel might be, (Mom, Dad, and 14-year old). Are there taxis readily available in the area at dark?

Thanks for your help!

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Regarding seeing the tower sparkling at night -- it can be seen from many areas, possibly near your hotel. Middle of a bridge across the Seine? The sparkle only lasts about ten minutes at the top of the hour.

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We just got back from Paris. We walked up to the 2nd level. My kids (8 & 10) thought it was awesome. My husband loved it because we were in the shade and there was a breeze. I highly recommend this option to anyone who is able.

It took 9 minutes to the first level and six minutes to the second level. And walking back down took about half that time. Just be sure to pause along the way to enjoy the view.