New rates for visiting the Eiffel Tower: we tell you everything!

Nouveaux prix de la Tour Eiffel

From November 1, 2017, visiting the Eiffel Tower will cost you more: we explain why!

The Eiffel Tower, the iconic building of Paris and France, continues to attract visitors from France and abroad: over 6 million people visit every year. In 2015, the Eiffel Tower attracted 6,917,000 visitors.

But as of this Wednesday, November 1, 2017, rates to access the tower’s floors all the way to its pinnacle are going up. Rising fares are often the bane of tourists’ existence, but since nothing is ever random, there are several reasons for this inflation.

New rates for visiting the Eiffel Tower

Before Wednesday November 1, adults had to pay €17 to go up to the third floor (the top) by elevator. The second floor by elevator was accessible for €11, and admission to the second floor by staircase cost €7.

Here’s what’s changing on November 1:

  • Elevator tickets to the summit rise to €25, an increase of 47%,
  • The elevator ticket to the second floor has risen to €16, an increase of 45%,
  • Tickets for access to the second floor via the staircase rise to €10, an increase of 43%.

Children under 4 and RSA recipients can continue to visit free of charge.

Note that if you hate queues, you can pay a few extra euros for a queue-cutting ticket, and enter the Iron Lady like a V.I.P. member!

Why such a price increase?

Paris is planning to build a huge bullet-proof glass fence around the Eiffel Tower’s two gardens and lakes, to prevent any risk of attack.

The cost of this colossal project is estimated at 300 million euros.

So as not to increase the tax burden on Parisians, the city council has decided to have the financing of these major works borne by the visitors themselves. Indeed, 85% of visitors to the Eiffel Tower are from abroad.

The Eiffel Tower’s operating company justifies and legitimizes the price hike on the grounds that a visit to the Empire State Building, for example, costs €46, a much lower price in reality (see link).

Let’s hope that external demand will not be too price-sensitive, and that tourists will continue to visit the Eiffel Tower rather than turning to less expensive buildings such as Rome’s Colosseum or Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.