Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

Arc de triomphe

Overlooking the mythical Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this historic monument commands a splendid view over Paris, and remains a symbol of Napoleonic grandeur.

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At the crossroads of several arrondissements, at the centre of what is today the Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de triomphe features a panoramic terrace sitting 50 meters above ground level. Climb up the 284 steps and judge for yourself. By day or night, it provides one of the most extraordinary perspectives over Paris; not only can you admire the
Champs-Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, but also gain a real sense of the scale and wealth of the capital’s Haussmannian treasures. Gazing out along the “Triumphal Way”, the major historic axis that links the Champs-Elysées with the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense, is a breathtaking experience.

Located in an ideal area to enjoy a luxury shopping day! And during the festive season, the Champs Élysées lights up to accompany you for a magical day.

Centuries of History, Engraved in Stone

Built under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806, this now emblematic Parisian monument pays homage to the Empire and Napoleon’s military victories.

Its neoclassical architecture, directly inspired by the triumphal arches of antiquity, is particularly impressive. At its base, you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a torch whose flame is rekindled at 6.30pm each evening. On the arch’s pillars are engraved the names of 660 national heroes.

To appreciate the sculptures that adorn its façades, you’ll need to look up – often. A visit to the on-site museum explains in more detail how this exceptional monument become, over the course of history, a true symbol of France.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to visit the Arc de triomphe at your own leisure is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Access and contact

Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris 8ème

Metro : lines 1, 2 et 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile RER : line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile Bus : lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus From outside Paris: exit Porte Maillot and avenue de la Grande Armée or exit Porte Dauphine and avenue Foch From Paris center: go up Avenur des Champs Elysées

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3009, daily between 10 am and 11 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st, May 8th and July 14th. Last access to the monument 45 minutes before closing time.


  • From 01/04 to 30/09/2022 Full price: 13 €.
    From 01/10/2022 to 31/03/2023 Full price: 13 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years. Group rate available for > 20 people.
    Free for minors -18 years old (with family or school group) 18-25 years old (European Union citizens and non-european regular residents on French territory) Disabled person and hist guide For all : the first sunday of evey month from November to March Museum pass accepted: free access
    Reduced price: 9€ Reduces price for tourim professionnals, youth (18-25 years old) excluding European Union and foreign teachers.


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Spoken languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Arab

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French

Single mean time tour

45 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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  • Hearing disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building partially accessible
  • Reception staff trained in the French Sign Language

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