The Paris Métro is hands down the best means of travelling around the city, with a frequent and affordable service that branches out throughout the capital. The nearest Métro station for the Eiffel Tower is Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel, which can be reached on the line RER C. Alternatively, Bir-Hakeim on line 6 and Ecole Militaire on line 8 are also within walking distance, and for a different approach you can disembark at Trocadéro via lines 9 or 6. The Métro is open from 5.30am every morning, closing at 1.15am on Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays, with a slightly later closing time of 2.15am on Fridays and Saturdays. This should leave you plenty of time to explore the Eiffel Tower but is worth bearing in mind if you’re aiming for a romantic midnight visit in the summer!
To make getting to the Eiffel Tower even easier, we’ve researched how to get there from a number of Paris’ busiest transport hubs and most popular tourist destinations. This way you can factor a trip to the Tower into your daily itinerary! If your starting point isn’t here, you can find out which route to take by looking at a Métro map and trying to get to Métro line 6 (pale green) or the RER C (thick yellow line).
Charles de Gaulle Airport:
From Terminal 1 or 2, take the RER B train line in the direction of Paris. When you arrive at the station Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, disembark and connect to the RER C line in the direction of Versailles Rive Gauche. Get off at Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.
Take a RATP shuttle bus from the airport to the station Pont de Rungis. From here you can get on an RER C train travelling straight to the Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.
Paris Gare du Nord:
Take the RER B line in the direction of Robinson or Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuses, changing at the station Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame on to the RER C line. This will take you to the Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.
Get on line 1 of the Métro and travel to Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile station. Change on to line 6 and get off at Bir-Hakeim, a short walk from the Tower.
Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe:
The nearest station to the Arc de Triomphe is Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile. As before, get on line 6 and disembark at Bir-Hakeim.
From the Métro station Anvers, travel via line 2 all the way to Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile before changing to line 6 for Bir-Hakeim.
At Rambuteau station get on Métro line 11 for one stop until Hôtel de Ville, where you should change on to line 1 to Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile. From here, take line 6 to Bir-Hakeim.
Go to St. Michel Notre Dame station and catch the RER C to Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.
Chateau de Versailles:
The nearest station is Versailles-Rive Gauche, from which you can get the RER C to Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.