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Arc de Triomphe: Tickets and Tours

Arc de Triomphe tickets can take you to the heart of an iconic Parisian monument. They will let you climb up to its soaring terraces for views across the City of Lights, and go below, to the haunting Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

You will discover the story of this limestone-carved landmark, which was commissioned way back in 1806 by none other than Napoleon himself! You'll encounter grand sculptural reliefs, learn about architect Jean-Francois Chalgrin, and stand where presidents and prime ministers have come to pay their respects.

How much do Arc de Triomphe tickets cost?

  • Adult: €12 – includes a queue skip and rooftop access for awesome views across the city!
  • Saturdays and Sundays of European Heritage Days: Free.
  • 18-25 years EU citizens: Free.
  • Under 18: Free (ID required).

Who is eligible for discounts?

Arc de Triomphe tickets don't have to break the bank, especially if you make use of the range of discounts and concessions that are on offer. For starters, EU citizens under 25 can get in totally free. And if you're lucky enough to be under 18, entry is free no matter where you're visiting from! There are also annual European Heritage Days in late September when access to the monument is free for everyone.

Are there any guided tours of the Arc de Triomphe?

Arc de Triomphe tickets that include a guided tour are one of the best ways to really get to grips with this famous sight of central Paris. They often begin with talks on the long history of the archway. That whisks you back to the age of Napoleon and the French Revolution.

Moving from the Place Charles de Gaulle to the interior of the monument, you'll be able to ask questions about the unique Neo-Classical architecture, and learn all about the changing meaning of the arc for the French.

Are there any combined tickets including Arc de Triomphe tickets and other attractions?

Combining Arc de Triomphe tickets with another tour around the amazing French capital could help you pack that Paris itinerary with bucket-list adventures. With so much to see and do, this is a great way to check off more landmarks and attractions if you're pushed for time in the City of Lights…

Skip-the-Queue: Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées Sunset Tour

Wonder at the glitz and glamour of the boutiques along Paris's most famous boulevard before getting straight to the front of the queue to watch the sunset from the Arc de Triomphe.

City tour of Paris and Arc de Triomphe ticket

After surveying the Haussmannian blocks of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you hop on an open-air bus to whiz around town as audio commentators spin tales of art, culture, and French history.

Arc de Triomphe and Seine River Cruise

Get the romance flowing by joining a jaunt to the top of the Arc de Triomphe with a boat outing on the lovely Seine. You'll float past the famous Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's tomb, and more ornate bridges than you can poke a croissant at!

What will you see/do inside the Arc de Triomphe?

Arc de Triomphe tickets offer you a unique opportunity to see this famous monument both inside and out. Things begin on the exterior, where you'll spy elaborate friezes and reliefs depicting Napoleon's legendary war victories and the French Revolution alike. There are also engraved lists of names that honor the leaders of France's armies. And there's the haunting Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, home to an eternal flame that flickers in memory of fallen fighters.

Inside, you'll get a tour that reveals the influence of ancient Roman architecture on the Arc de Triomphe. Then, you head up more than 50 meters to the high-perched terrace. That opens above the Champs Elysées to offer sweeping panoramas of Paris. It's particularly awesome at sunset, when you can see the light fading behind the Eiffel Tower and the skyscrapers of the CBD in the distance.

Are Arc de Triomphe tickets included in attraction city passes?

The Paris Pass (Adults: €130 for two days) allows free access to the Arc de Triomphe, along with over 60 other iconic monuments and museums across the capital. If you're looking for a culture-packed weekend, it might be the perfect option – everything from the surrealist works of the Espace Dali to the masterful paintings of the Louvre are included.

The Paris Pass also makes it easy to explore the City of Lights. It comes with a free travel card, a guidebook, and hop-on, hop-off bus tours of the center.

What is the best time to visit the Arc de Triomphe? How to avoid the crowd?

Paris is one of the world's great metropolises. It can fill to bursting with sightseers in the midsummer and around Christmas. That means spring and autumn are great if you're keen to avoid the crowds. What's more, the tree-lined Seine looks simply stunning in both seasons, with blooming flowerbeds or leaves changing color.

It can also be a good idea to wait until evening to use your Arc de Triomphe tickets. Loads of tours head to the landmark as the sun begins to fall. That's because the views from the 50-meter-high observation terrace are simply fantastic when the light is fading across Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower.

What are the Arc de Triomphe opening hours?

  • April 1 – September 30: 10am – 11pm
  • October 1 – March 31: 10am – 10.30pm
  • Closed: January 1, May 1, the morning of May 8, July 14 (French Bastille Day), the morning of November 11, December 25.

How to get to the Arc de Triompe?

The Arc de Triomphe is located in the middle of Charles de Gaulle square.

The closest metro stations are Argentine, Kléber, George V and Ternes, on the metro lines numbers 1, 2 and 6.

Travel tips

  • During peak seasons like summer, it might be a good idea to score queue-jump Arc de Triomphe tickets. They'll get you straight up to the terrace and gazing out across stunning Paris without having to wait around.
  • Valid ID will be needed to get free admission if you're under 18, or between 18-25 and an EU citizen.
  • You can reach the Arc de Triomphe on the yellow, blue, green, or red lines of the Paris Metro.
  • Get off at the Charles de Gaulle Etoile stop and follow the underground passage beneath the Champs-Elysées to emerge at the base of the landmark.
  • Remember, there are 284 steps to get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, or an elevator and 64 steps.