The Arc de Triumphe stands proudly at the top of the Champs Elysées in Paris. It’s one of those sights that you just have to see and to get the most out of it, you really need to climb the steps inside to the top. and and you can climb to the top for a good view. There are 234 steps to get you to the top of the Arc and we’d recommend going around dusk to see Paris as the lights start to come on. You can get advance tickets to avoid the queues here: Arc de Triomphe Skip The Queue Tickets.
The Arc De Triomphe is a symbol of the nation, but also links old and new Paris as it stands on the highest point in a straight line from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. You can look both ways from here to see how the city is laid out from this central line. Looking down the Champs Elysées you can see right down to the symmetrical Place de la Concorde through to the Louvre, whilst looking the other way you can see all the way to the La Défense business district. The monument stands in the centre of one of the busiest traffic junctions in Paris. Fortunately there are pedestrian underpasses to get you to it!
The Arc is open daily from 10am closing at some point between 10pm and 11pm depending on the time of year. Adult admission is 12 Euros with under 18s free (2019 prices). Admission is also free for 18-25 years old if you are a citizen of one the countries of the EU or are a non-European permanent residents of France.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles-de-Gaulle, 75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 37 73 77
The Arc de Triomphe is on metro lines 1, 2 and 6 and the station is called Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile or RER line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile.