Wheelchair Access at the Eiffel Tower
By John Sage
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Wheelchair access at the Eiffel Tower is possible up to the 1st and 2nd landing via an elevator. Wheelchair users should use the elevator in the north leg of the tower (see map below). If you are at the river facing the Eiffel tower, it will be on your left.
There may be a long line when you get there. Go to the booth for visitors with reservations and a staff member will escort you to the elevator. You will actually enter the small building with the elevator through the exit where people are leaving after they visit.
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After you take the elevator to the 2nd level, you can move step-free around the entire circumference of the tower. We saw a rental wheelchair near the top of the elevator that is reserved for disabled and elderly visitors. Wheelchair access at the Eiffel Tower is not possible to the top (3rd) landing. There are 18 steps before taking another elevator to the very top. For safety and security reasons they don’t allow wheelchair visitors to the top. This is not a big deal because you still get a great view from the 2nd level. Visiting the Eiffel tower in a wheelchair is definitely worth it!
Is there an accessible entrance? Yes
Where is it located? Underneath Eiffel Tower at the east pillar
Are there steps to get into the building? No steps at the east pillar
Is there a ramp or elevator to get around the steps? Elevator to get up to 2nd level
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? There are doors that can be opened by the staff
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? Taxis can drop off by the west pillar at Quai Branly. Cars can drop off by the east pillar at Quay Branly and Avenue Gustave Eiffel.
What is the closest Metro station? Bir-Hakeim or Trocadéro
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? No cobblestones or hills
Wheelchair access at the Eiffel Tower is possible at what percentage of the attraction? Which parts are not accessible? 66% The 1st and 2nd landings can be reached by elevator. There are steps to the passageway around the 1st landing, and there are steps to the interior platform at the 2nd landing. Top landing requires ascending 18 steps to get to the final elevator.
Are there loaner wheelchairs? No
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes, on the ground floor (behind the East pillar) and on the 1st and 2nd floors
Is the door wide enough? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? No guided tours
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No loaner wheelchairs
…accessible tours? No guided tours
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Reduced rates for both handicapped visitors (carrying a disabled card) and for persons assisting them
Address: 5 Parc du Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris, France
Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 11 23 23 or +33 (0)1 44 11 23 45
When you arrive, look for the booth for visitors with reservations shown in the picture on the left. Staff will escort you to the front of the line. The picture on the right shows the exit where you will enter the small elevator building:
The elevator has level access to enter it:
There is a rental wheelchair at the top of the elevator (not sure if there is one at the bottom of the elevator):
There are 18 steps at the 2nd landing to get up to the elevator that goes to the top landing:
The elevator to get back down. We saw an asian wheelchair table tennis team while we were there. The elevator was plenty big for all of our wheelchairs!
100 meter path from taxi drop-off to disabled entrance for the elevator:
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