If you're not in a rush, bus 42 will take you there along a very scenic route. You can purchase tickets on the bus (1,90).
There is a taxi stand on the street by the river side of the Eiffel Tower. If there's a queue, it usually moves quickly.
I agree, bus is a good option but even taking the RER is simple and quick.
Take RER line C from champs de mars tour Eiffel station to st Michel station then, change there for RER B and its two stops to Gare du Nord.
I would recommend you to:
When you get off the bus, look at the street plan at the bus stop, it will show you where to find the reurn bus stop
Use the same bus route to return to Gare du Nord
You can not get lost/miss your stop because:
a) the Eiffel Tower is so big you can not miss it, and there are several bus stops in the area so even if you somehow fail to get off at the first stop, the next will be ok
On returning, make sure the bus says 'Gare du Nord' on the front and stay on it until the end of the route.
It really is that easy! Enjoy your trip!
Oh and...don't worry about the fact that you've bought ten tickets and will only be using four (one per person per journey) - save the others for next time!! (because there will be a next time...)
Thanks a lot guys! Where would I find the bus stop? Does the no42 bus go direct to Gare du Nord? How often does it come by and will it be easy to recognise...don't want to jump on the wrong bus lol.
Lol u are a mind reader u posted exactly what I wanted to know!
On arrival at Gare du Nord, once you leave the platform into the main concourse, turn left and keep going, when you get to the far end past all the platforms, follow for 'bus' (it's the same word in French) and look for the no 42. It starts at Gare du Nord, and will say 'Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou' on the front as well as the number.
And, as I say, when you arrive at the eiffel Tower, take a few minutes to read the street plan on the bus stop, which will show you where to get the bus back.
Oh, and one more thing...all stops(except the terminus) are request stops, so you need to press the button to get off, and raise your arm as the bus approaches to indicate you want to get on. (like you do on UK buses!)
'Arret demande' means 'stop requested' - i.e. somebody has already pressed the button for the next stop.
Thanx for your help!
Just to clarify from Gare du Nord catch bus 42, Eiffel tower will be the first stop right? And on return catch bus 42 and Gare du Nord is last stop... Do you know how many times it stops before it gets to Gare du Nord? And approx how long it would take.......
Sorry am very nervous as don't know French so want to be fully aware beforehand!
There will be a route map in the bus, showing all the stops. Most buses have a display showing the name of the next stop.
In both directions, there will be a number of stops between Gare du Nord and Tour Eiffel.
The route map in the bus looks like the one in the link I posted (post 3) and there will be an electronic display in the bus showing 'Prochain arret' meaning 'next stop' followed by the name of the stop, so you can follow where you have got to. But, as I said before, the E.T. is big enough that you can easily see when you get there.
Thats great help, thanks.