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Thursday
Mar152012

Technical Problems at the Eiffel Tower 

Last month the elevators to the summit of the Eiffel Tower were closed for almost a week because of technical difficulties. Now the official website states that only one elevator is operational, and that even those who have advanced purchase tickets with reservation times will likely face a 2-hour wait to get to the top.

A tour client wrote today:

"After I made reservations to visit the Eiffel Tower for April 2, customer service sent me an email stating that due to "technical problems" there is now only one working lift at the Eiffel Tower causing a possibility of delay up to 2 hours (whatever that means) to tour the tower.  The problem is supposed to be resolved by May 1st (long after we're gone of course)."

As I know many of you are coming to Paris for Spring Break and the Easter holidays, be sure to plan around any eventual delays. And if you're feeling sporty, there are always the stairs to the second level (which is still higher than most of the buildings in Paris), and for just €4.70, no lines! ;-)

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Reader Comments (5)

Is it possible to walk up to the third level, or just to the second level? What is the cost of taking the elevator from the second level to the third level, and what is the estimated waiting time?
March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharles
Hi Charles,
ou can only walk to the second level, and it's not possible to then take the elevator to the third (you either get the walking ticket or the elevator ticket). There's no waiting for the stairs, just go onto their site (link in the article) for the prices. It's under €5.
March 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Hi, Heather,
It seems to me that you can take the stairs to level 1 and then the elevator to 2; this was the case when my son and I visited a few months ago. However, you must have bought the ticket before you get to the second floor and have specified to the ticket agent on the ground level that you wish to combine the stairs with the elevator. Even if the elevators are working it is still fun to climb the stairs: not too difficult (I am 40-something and not too athletic, there were tons of kids ages 6 and up doing it, too) and an original view of the city away from the chaos of the crowds waiting in line below.
March 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline
Ive bought a ticket a couple of weeks ago to go to the top on April 1st (no comments!)!! Do you think I will be able to start with the stairs and transfer to the lift up to the top?
I too received the txt message about the lift problem but as this is my first trip to Paris in 34 years I am reluctant to cancel........I also have to catch Eurostar about 3 hours later so waiting too long wont be an option for me....aaagh!
Really looking forward to coming to paris again though.
March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
HOW LONG IS IT TO TAKE THE ELEVATOR ALL YHE WAY UP TO THE SUMMIT THIS SUMMER .
IS IT REALLY LONG AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST IN AMERICAN MONEY TO TAKE THE ELEVATOR TO THE SUMMIT FOR FOUR PEOPLE.
June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQueen B

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