8 Tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower at Night
You’ve seen it in films, and probably printed in a few magazines, now it’s your turn to see the Iron Lady in all her glory under the cover of the Parisian night sky.
The Eiffel Tower as a tourist attraction, stays open until close to 1am each morning, allowing as many night visits as they do day ones.
While venturing up the tower is an unforgettable experience, both day and night, one doesn’t have to splurge on the cost of a ticket to have the iconic experience. This structure is visible from across the city; whether you’re in it or simply near to it matters not.
When visiting the Eiffel Tower at night, there are a few ways one can optimize their experience. Keep the following 8 tips in mind and you’re on your way to something breathtaking.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 9am to 12:45am
ADDRESS: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Champ de Metro – Tour Eiffel
1. Visit the Eiffel Tower Close to the Hour at Night
Seeing the Eiffel Tower light show is almost as popular an experience as seeing the Eiffel Tower in general.
After sunset, the Eiffel Tower light show will take place every hour, on the hour. The display lasts about five minutes in total, and will repeat through until sunrise.
It’s one of Paris’ most reliable and most calming attractions. Something one can count on to be there no matter the day or weather.
If you’re visiting at night, you’ll want to be around when the clock strikes the top.
2. If it’s Winter, Layer Up!
This is a tip that is not emphasized enough. The Eiffel Tower sits in the north western region of Paris, in the lower end of a hillside that summits at Invalides. It’s a bowl-like valley, if you will, and in the winter the temperatures can drop below freezing at night.
Layer up, and prepare to face mist and/or rain at the best of times. An umbrella is always a good idea when visiting the Eiffel Tower at night in the winter months.
3. Buy Your Tickets in Advance
Summer, winter, night, day… standing in line for Eiffel Tower tickets is not something anyone should ever have to go through. If you’ve visited the Champ de Mars prior, you’ll understand why.
The winding queues of people beneath the tower all waiting to get inside is enough to turn anyone off of the experience of going inside the structure.
The trick? Buy your Eiffel Tower tickets online. If you purchase them directly from the Eiffel Tower website, you’ll be entitled to their fast-track privilege. There will still be a line, but it won’t be nearly as long as the one for tickets on arrival.
4. Bring Blankets and Snacks to the Champ de Mars
If going inside of and to the top of the tower isn’t something that interests you, and you’re happy to view her from the ground, then the Champ de Mars is where you want to be.
Visiting at night, especially in the summer, will put you amongst many groups of travelers with the same idea.
These grounds surrounding the tower are open to the public and usually always have lush, green grass on offer. Bring along anything that will make your time under the tower more comfortable: blankets, cushions and perhaps even a picnic!
5. The Later the Better
During peak season in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is crowded from morning until night. As with any attraction of this nature, the later you arrive, the better.
This tip is for anyone who would prefer not to brave excessive crowds, and who would enjoy some sort of intimacy during their evening tower visit.
The quietest time to do a walk by the Eiffel Tower are the early hours of the morning. Even then, you’ll find party-goers have had the same idea after being kicked out of the bar they were in come 2am.
6. Go For Dinner Near the Eiffel Tower
Depending on where you are staying while in Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower isn’t always a case of simply strolling down the road.
Venturing into the 7th arrondissement might be a journey for you, so make a full evening out of it.
There are a lot of great places to eat around the Eiffel Tower. If you click here I’ll give you a list of ten! Book for dinner and once you’re done, you’ll be within walking distance of the Champ de Mars and the tower itself.
7. You Don’t Have to Go All the Way to the Actual Tower
Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to go right up to the Eiffel Tower to properly experience it by night.
In fact, the lights of the tower make her far more visible in darkness from different parts of the city than she usually is during the day. Her long neck poking up in the skyline is viewable from many parts of the city.
I love seeing the Eiffel Tower from the Louvre Gardens at night. Strolling the banks of the Seine between the 8th and 7th arrondissement also gives you great glimpses of the structure, and few views beat the one at the Jardins du Trocadero.
8. Don’t Only Visit the Eiffel Tower at Night
You must see the Eiffel Tower under the cover of darkness, this is a given. But it’s equally as important to visit this structure by day, too.
The Eiffel Tower at night is sheer whimsey. It’s like smoke and mirrors; a carefully curated display of lights that make you feel all kinds of things about the city and your place in it. It’s escapism, charm and wanderlust.
The Eiffel Tower by day, is the opposite. It’s realism and architectural brilliance. It’s a historic monument with a story between each piece of iron that forms the incredible body, and these features are lost the minute darkness falls over the city.
Make time for both experiences while in Paris. And make time for a free guided walking tour while you’re at it!