Access at the Eiffel Tower
As the Eiffel Tower you see today is the original structure from 1889, it is not naturally equipped for wheelchair users and there are some restrictions to how much you can do if you have restricted mobility. However, there have been a number of modifications that should make the experience relatively stress-free and enjoyable.
The most important thing to say is that wheelchair users cannot travel to the top floor of the Tower for safety reasons in case of an evacuation. Nonetheless, the lifts can carry those in wheelchairs to the first two levels of the Tower where you can still experience amazing views of Paris – wheelchair users should use the lifts in the north pillar of the Tower. The railings on the second floor have been specially adapted to allow wheelchair users a great view. The lifts are large enough to comfortably accommodate wheelchairs, and to help avoid navigating turnstiles, steps and busy queues wheelchair users can access the landmark via the pillars.
There are disabled toilets on the ground, first and second floors of the towers, and services including the shops are also located on the ground floor. Finally, there are magnetic loop amplifiers at the ticket office booths for the hard of hearing. Discounted rates are also available for disabled visitors and one companion.
Arriving at the Eiffel Tower
If travelling via the Métro is not an option, then it is possible to drive to the Tower and park your car nearby; see our Driving to the Eiffel Tower page for exact details of where to park. It is possible to drop people off at the base of the Tower, as cars are allowed to stop briefly at the east pillar at Avenue Gustave Eiffel and taxis are permitted to drop off visitors at the west pillar by Quai Branly. There is a 100m distance between the drop off point and the entrace to the Tower. Tour buses will also often drop visitors off at the base of the Tower, although it is possible that they may stop at Trocadéro instead so this is worth verifying with the tour operator beforehand.
Accessible nearby hotels
Many Paris hotels are not well equipped for access issues, particularly if they are located in older buildings. However there are options available within the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower to make staying near the monument a more pleasant experience. The Ares Tour Eiffel is a chic and contemporary hotel that is wheelchair accessible and has a lift within the building, and the Hotel Duquesne Eiffel is another excellent hotel just behind the Tower that is listed as wheelchair accessible.