Yes, you can visit Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Honestly, during my first Trip to Paris, I did visit the Arc de Triomphe, the famous Arch at the end of Champs Elysees and about a dozen other streets, but I had no clue about how to officially enter the Platform nor that the Arc de Triomphe has a 360-degree sightseeing platform on top. During my first visit, back in 2011, with absolutely no clue on how to pass the about 4 to 6 lines, depending on daytime and traffic, my friend and I just ran over the street to the Arch and Place Charles de Gaulle. We got maaany side-eyes for doing it and if I remember right, even someone talked to us in French about how unsafe that was (we both don’t speak French, so that conversation ended abruptly). By this little anecdote, I just wanted to tell that this was and still is no safe option to get to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. What I learnt during a Trip to Paris in 2014 is that there is an underground walkway from Champs Elysees to the entrance of the Arc de Triomphe. There are only two ways to access it, and it’s exactly at this Location (click here to open google maps). Whilst more Information on the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, as it’s officially called, will follow in an upcoming article focussing on the nice viewing platform, and how many steps you will have to climb, here I want to share more about What visiting the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris costs, and where to get your Arc de Triomphe Tickets.
Entrance Fee to Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris – What does it cost to visit the panoramic viewing platform on top of the Arc?
Visiting the panoramic viewing platform on top of the famous Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris is definitely a must! From a height of about 50 meters, you can discover so many landmarks, including the Sacre Coeur on Montmartre or of course the Eiffel Tower. I also found it highly entertaining to watch the heavy traffic with all the motorbikes driving left and right.
The regular entrance fee is 12€ per person or a reduced fee of 9€ for Tourism professionals, young people (18-25 yo) from a non-UE country and foreign teachers. Also, groups of at least 20 people pay only 9€ per person. But now the best thing about my visit to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. As I am a European Citizen under the age of 26 I got completely free access, same as I experienced in Rome at the Colosseum. So, for everyone aged 18 to 25 the entrance to Arc de Triomphe is completely free if you show your ID or Passport at the Ticket Office. Yes, even if you enjoy free entry, you have to queue in line to get a free ticket.
Where to buy your Arc de Triomphe Tickets in Paris
Buying your Tickets to visit the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris is quite easy if you know the right location. As mentioned above, there is only one walkway from Avenue du Champs Elysees to the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. If you enter this underground walkway you will find the ticket office to your left. It’s built in a circle, you enter it from the left, and by leaving in on the right you’re already on your way to walk up again to the entrance of the Arc de Triomphe. Down there you will also find a board with the rules to visit the viewing platform. It is permitted to bring large bags on top (you will anyway have to climb several steps up, no one wants to carry something heavy up, no one) or you’re also not allowed to wear a face-covering helmet. For detailed questions on what’s allowed or not I’d recommend to contact them on site (they spoke good English when I visited) or via E-Mail before your visit.
Address of Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris
Place Charles de Gaulle
Opening Hours: daily from 10 am until 10:30 pm or 11 pm (October 1 to March 31 until 10:30 pm, April 1 to September 30 until 11 pm)
Last admission 45 min before closing time, In case of overcrowding the ticket office closes earlier.