Eiffel Tower ticket prices increase by 20% in bid to save Paris’s ‘Iron Lady’

Ticket prices for visiting the Eiffel Tower have been raised 20 percent in a bid to offset its sky-high maintenance costs. The increase comes just weeks before the opening of the 2024 Olympics and after months of tensions between the "Iron Lady"'s management company and Paris City Hall over the revenues generated by this symbol of the City of Light.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the 10 most-visited monuments in the world. Rising 330 metres above the Parisian skyline, its maintenance costs are now reaching comparable summits.

To cope with this burden, a hike in ticket prices has been in effect since June 17. Adults must now pay more than €35 to contemplate the French capital from atop the "Iron Lady", a 20-percent increase of the previous fare of €29.10.

With the proceeds from the price hike – which applies to all tickets – the Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), the public company operating the landmark, hopes to rebalance its books, which took a hit from the extended closures of the Covid-19 pandemic, and turn the page on a labour dispute that led to the tower’s temporary closure in February.

Tourists who had hoped to visit the Eiffel Tower between the 19th and 24th of February were disappointed to find it closed due to a strike. A few days earlier, the monument’s two staff unions announced they would stop work to demand a “viable and realistic economic model” for the tower.

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