Arc de Triomphe

Representing numerous French victories under Napoleon’s command, the Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most recognisable landmarks

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, meaning Triumphal Arch of the Star, is one of Paris’ most visited monuments. The full name references its function - a celebratory, triumphal arch - and its position - the star, meaning the junction of Paris’ twelve avenues.

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe rests on four pillars that meet in a vault, under which is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

With 30 years spanning from the beginning of the project to its completion, the Arc de Triomphe is meant to honour French victories and the sacrifices of those who died for France at various points in history, in particular during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars .

Decorated with allegorical reliefs, the monument is an example of Neoclassical architecture. In the middle, beneath its vault, is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, erected in 1921, meant to commemorate all the soldiers lost in World War I.

The Arc has been used - and continues to be to this day - as an important ceremonial venue for some of the country’s most attended and choreographed formal events, such as victory parades, national holiday parades, and funerals of illustrious figures.

Although not the biggest in the world, the Arc is still impressive, with its 50 metres (164 feet) in height and 45 m (148 feet) in width. Inside the monument, you’ll also find a museum detailing information about the Arc and its construction.

The view atop the Arc de Triomphe is rather remarkable, with the twelve avenues meeting at its feet. To get up there you have to climb 286 steps (or use the handy lift, don’t worry, the French are not that cruel), but we assure you it’s worth it. From high up, you’ll see the streets and neighbourhoods fanning out around you, including the beautiful Champs-Élysées. [You can get your tickets to the top here]( .


Place Charles de Gaulle, 8th arrondissement.

Tickets and price

The Arc de Triomphe is a popular destination for many tourists, so lines for a visit can get pretty long. To avoid queueing, we strongly recommend getting your ticket in advance: [you can do it here]( .

Another option is getting the Paris Museum Pass.

The pass gives you free access to all the most important sights in the city, and you won’t have to queue when you get there. [You can get your Paris Museum Pass here]( .

Regular ticket
Guided tour
Type Adult Under 18, or EEA citizens under 26
Regular ticket €13.00 free
Guided tour €20.00 €6.00


1st October - 31st March
1st April - 30th Sept
1/01, 1/05, 8/05, 14/07, 24/07, 11/11, 25/12
Season Opening time Last admission Closure
1st October - 31st March 10:00 am 9:45 pm 10:30 pm
1st April - 30th Sept 10:00 am 10:15 pm 11:00 pm
1/01, 1/05, 8/05, 14/07, 24/07, 11/11, 25/12 closed closed closed


The Arc de Triomphe sits at an important junction point in Parisian transport, so it’s not difficult to reach it. However, once you are approaching on foot, do not try to cross the roundabout that loops around the monument. There is an underpass at the end of the Champs-Élysées (not far from the Métro exit), use that.

Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 1, 2, 6 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 A
Stops Charles de Gaulle - Etoile - Charles de Gaulle - Etoile

Nearby sights

Musée Guimet 1.1 km (almost 0.7 miles) south, 14-minute walk

Musée d’Art Moderne 1.2 km (little over 0.7 miles) south, 15-minute walk

Champs-Élysées 1.3 km (0.8 miles) southeast, 15-minute walk

Musée Nissim de Camondo 1.4 km (over 0.8 miles) east, 18-minute walk

Musée des Égouts de Paris 1.7 km (1 mile) south, 21-minute walk

Author: 1 The Arc de Triomphe rests on four pillars that meet in a vault, under which is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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