Visit the Arc de Triomphe

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Overview

During your visit to Paris, make time to enjoy a self-guided trip to the Arc de Triomphe, a historical monument with a fantastic view over the city. 


The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victory against the Russians and Austrians at the Battle of Austerlitz. It is 50 meters tall and is built in a neoclassical style, decorated with allegorical images of France. Underneath the arches lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who represents the lives lost in both World Wars. 


Visitors can access the Arc via a tunnel going under the busy roundabout. Inside the Arc is a small museum, and you can also climb to the top terrace and enjoy one of the best views of Paris. 


The Arc de Triomphe is accessible for visitors with disabilities, but you must inform the Arc de Triomphe staff beforehand of your intended visit. The tunnel under the roundabout is not wheelchair-accessible, but you can be dropped off in a special parking bay on the roundabout itself. You can access the museum room via an elevator, but there are 3 steps up to the elevator. The rooftop terrace is accessible via an elevator, but the surface of the terrace has some shallow steps. There are accessible bathroom facilities and service dogs are permitted. 

Guaranteed accessibility features

  • Accessible free entrance
  • Smooth
  • Accessible paths
  • Mainly flat surface

Know before you go

What is included

  • Admission

What is not included

  • Ground transportation

  • Parking

  • Insurance

  • Tour Guide

Location

Paris, France

Location

Paris, France

Free admission

Frequently asked questions

The tours we offer are designed to accommodate all kind of disabilities. Our travel experts can help you find the right tour to meet your accessibility needs.

From April to September, the terrace is open every day from 10 AM to 11 PM. From October to March, the terrace is open every day from 10 AM to 10:30 PM. Last entry is 45 minutes before the closing time.

It is closed on 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning) and 25th December.

The Arc de Triomphe is wheelchair accessible! For people traveling in wheelchairs, access through the tunnel that connects the Champs-Elysees to Place Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile is not possible. You must be dropped off by car directly at the parking place reserved on the roundabout. Access to the museum room is then possible by an elevator which is preceded by three steps (assistance is then necessary). You must inform the Arc de Triomphe staff in advance of your visit so that they can welcome you in the best possible way. Access to the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe is possible via an elevator and there are accessible bathrooms.

Those under 18 years of age (accompanied by an adult and excluding school groups). 18-25 year olds (European Union residents and long-term non-European French residents). People with disabilities and the person assisting them. Unemployed persons, upon presentation of a certificate dated within 6 months of the visit. The terrace is open free of charge for everyone on the first Sunday of each month, from November 1st to March 31st.