From June 17, you will have to pay up to 35.30 euros to visit the Eiffel Tower, an increase of 20% compared to the initial price. The decision is justified by the health crisis and the lead discovered during the painting project. The increase must be validated by Saturday by Parisian elected officials. According to the amendment to the public service delegation, the prices of access to the summit by elevator will increase from 29.40 to 35.30 euros for adults, from 14.70 to 17.70 euros for 12-24 years and from 7.40 to 8.90 euros for children aged 4 to 11, disabled people and their accompanying person.

Access by stairs to the 2nd floor will increase from 11.80 to 14.20 euros for an adult, from 5.90 to 7.10 euros for a young person and from 3 to 3.60 euros for a child. It will remain free for those under 4 years old and holders of active solidarity income (RSA). These sharp increases were announced as early as the strike last February by employees unhappy with the management of the site, which led to its closure for six days.

They are first justified by the impact of the health crisis linked to Covid-19. “Over the period 2020 to 2022, Sete (monument operating company) thus incurred an operating loss of around 113 million euros,” writes the town hall. Added to these losses of revenue were additional costs for renovation work, mainly linked to the current painting campaign, complicated by the discovery of traces of lead. A slate costed by the town hall at 136 million euros.

The amendment aims to adapt the DSP contract, started in 2017, to these new parameters and to the work planned from 2025, which “will generate a reduction in the areas available for exploitation”. After a drop in the number of visitors to 1.5 million in 2020, the symbol of Paris and France returned in 2023 to an attendance comparable to 2019, close to 6 million visitors.