Visit the Arc de Triomphe

A unique view of the Champs-Élysées, the world’s most beautiful avenue.

The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée.

Inspired by the great arches of antiquity, the monument combines the commemorative with the symbolic and it has always played a major role in the national republican consciousness. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War.

An exhibition portrays the history and explains its symbolic importance, nationally as well as internationally. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night across the city and its great sweeping avenues.



  • 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.


  • 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning) and 25th December


  • Number of floors visited during the tour: 3
  • Lift

Site with the "Tourism and Disability" label


  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian

  • Lecture tour: French, English

  • Permanent exhibition: the great moments of French history can be seen oninteractive touch screens. The exhibition traces the construction of the Arc de triomphe and other famous triumphal arches throughout the world. It highlights the architecture of the monument and explains the friezes and sculptures adorning the columns.

  • Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours : visit with breakfast buffet (capacity: up to 100 people), reservation required.


  • Seating available during the tour
  • Lavatories
  • Gift shop
  • Parking for coaches (avenue des Ternes, place de la Concorde)


  • Adults: 9,50 €

  • Concessions: 6 €

  • Free admission: minors under 18*
    Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
    * excluding school groups

  • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 7,50 €


  • Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, lines 1-2-6
  • RER A: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile


Arc de triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
75008 Paris
tel.: (33) (0)1 55 37 73 77
fax: (33) (0)1 44 95 02 13

The visit of the monument for groups or individuals does not require any reservation

Reservations for lecture tour:
Tel.: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 30 - Fax: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 31


Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 PARIS