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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.

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

> Lecture tour
French, English

tel.: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 30
fax: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 31

> Private visit outside standard opening hours

Practical information

Opening hours


Last admission 45 min before closing time.
In case of overcrowding, early closure of the ticket office.

From 2 January to 31 March

Open every day 10.00-22.30

From 1st April to 30 September

Open every day 10.00-23.00

From 1st October to 31 December

Open every day 10.00-22.30


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


Arc de Triomphe Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris
Ph. : 33 / (0)1 55 37 73 77Fax : 33 / (0)1 44 95 02 13
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 48.8738Longitude : 2.2950Plan your route

By subway

lines 1, 2 et 6, stop Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile


line A, stop Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile

By bus

lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus

By car

From suburb : stop Porte Maillot and avenue de la Grande Armée or exit Porte Dauphine and avenue Foch. From Paris downtown : drive down Champs Elysées.


Useful addresses:

Paris Tourist and Convention Office
tel.: (33) (0)1 92 68 30 00

Île-de-France Regional Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 73 00 77 00