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Arc de Triomphe - © Julian Escardo Photography - Flicker

How to Visit the Arc de Triomphe and climb to the top without waiting.

Using this skip-the-line ticket you can climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can enjoy a fairytale view of Paris!

There are so many emblematic monuments in Paris: the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur… And of course, the famous Arc de Triomphe, located in Place de l’Etoile, at the end of the Champs-Elysées.

The Arc de Triomphe can be admired from below, and you can go directly under the arch itself to pay tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can also enter the monument itself and climb to its top. From there, you can see Paris from a different, impressive angle. Since it’s one of the most popular landmarks in the city, you usually find a crowd waiting in line at the feet of the Arch, but online you can book a skip-the-line ticket at the same price as the normal one. You will be able to avoid the wait entirely.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe - © Julian Escardo Photography - Flicker

The Arc de Triomphe, a symbolic monument

The magnificent Arc de Triomphe is the only landmark that can rival the Tour Eiffel as symbol of Paris. It was inaugurated in 1836, and commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his 1805 victory in Austerlitz (and indeed, construction started in 1806). Sadly, the Emperor himself never saw the monument in its completed form.

The Arc de Triomphe stands proudly in the center of the round Place de l’Etoile. From the observation deck on the top of the monument – located at a height of 50 meters / 165 feet – you can see all the 12 avenues that “radiate” from the square.

At the feet of the arch you will be able to pay your respects to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which commemorates the 1.3 million French soldiers who died during the First World War. Every evening, at 6:30 p.m., the eternal flame that burns there as a tribute is rekindled.

This is another one from the top of the Arc de Triomphe looking northwest toward La Défense, the modern business district of Paris : Flicker - Jonathan
This is another one from the top of the Arc de Triomphe looking northwest toward La Défense, the modern business district of Paris : Flicker - Jonathan

Visiting the Arc de Triomphe and climbing to the top

It’s relatively easy to reach the Arc de Triomphe. Using the subway Lines 1, 2 and 6 or the RER line A, just get down at the Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station. Do not to attempt crossing the roundabout to reach the monument; instead, pedestrians should use the underpass (called Passage de Souvenir or Arc de Triomphe underpass) located between the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the east and the Avenue de la Grande-Armée to the west.

Once you find yourself below the Arc de Triomphe, go to the entrance. Go directly to the top of the arch; to do that you have to climb 284 steps. The reward at the end of the climb is a stone pedestal overlooking the French capital. Thanks to the skip-the-line ticket, there is no reason to write this marvelous landmark off your list of places to visit. Inside the monument there is also a fascinating exposition which chronicles its symbolic importance.

Paris views from Arc de Triomphe : Flicker - Cameron Wears
Paris views from Arc de Triomphe : Flicker - Cameron Wears

Tips for your visit to the Arc de Triomphe

Why should you buy a skip-the-line ticket to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? The answer is simple. The normal ticket you buy at the entrance costs 12€. For the same price, you can skip the whole line, without wasting precious time. Although the Tour Eiffel is certainly more popular with tourists, the Arc de Triomphe is also quite crowded, since it attracts more than a million visitors each year.

Before booking your skip-the-line ticket for the top of the Arc de Triomphe, please read the following information:

  • Entry is free for children and teenagers under the age of 18 (with their family, except school groups), people aged 18 to 25 (citizens of the European Union or non-Europeans who are regular residents in France), disabled people with their attendant, and job seekers (providing a supporting document not older than 6 months).
  • The last entry is 45 minutes before closing time.
  • You can use your ticket on any day you like with a one year validity.
  • After the security checkpoint, compulsory under the Vigipirate plan, just show your numbered ticket and it will be scanned.
  • For security reasons, large bags (more than 40x40x20 cm / 17.5x17.5x7.8 in) are not allowed. There is no baggage locker in the monument.

Hours

⇒ From January 2 to March 31: open every day from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
⇒ From April 1 to September 30: open every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
⇒ From October 1 to December 31: open every day from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
⇒ The Arc de Triomphe is closed on January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.

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