Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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  • Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3885SW304BSL
Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to Fräkmüntegg, and then hop aboard the aerial cableway for your ascent to the summit of Mt Pilatus. Relax at your leisure on the peak or take a short hike to make the most of the stunning scenery below. Descend to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train and cruise out onto Lake Lucerne to admire the views from the water.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
Meet your guide in central Lucerne in the early afternoon and hop aboard your comfortable coach for the short journey to Kriens, at the foot of the imposing Mt Pilatus. On arrival, begin your ascent to the mountain’s lofty summit with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus. Enjoy beautiful views over the rolling hills and lush pine forests below.

At Fräkmüntegg, hop aboard the aerial cableway — a spacious and modern cabin with panoramic windows designed to give the feeling of flight. Continue your climb to the summit at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet, and take in spectacular views over the Alpine peaks and lakes from your vantage point on the mountain.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, perhaps sit down to a high-altitude lunch among the peaks (own expense) or relax on the expansive sun terrace. Venture down the Dragon's Path and take the short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.

Take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, descending past trickling mountain streams and sheer rock faces toward the verdant, green meadows below. On arrival, conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle. Your tour finishes at the end of the cruise in Lucerne.

Please note: If you are traveling in late October, the aerial cable car could be canceled due to poor or unsafe weather conditions. If this is the case, you will travel up and down Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Lucerne
Departure Time:
5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in at the end of the cruise in Lucerne

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

  • Guide
  • Cable-car ride (except during maintenance)
  • Cogwheel train ride (early May to mid November)
  • Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne (early May to late October)
  • A complementary lunch in the event the boat ride does not operate
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • The cable car will be closed for maintenance from October 19 to November 6, 2015; the ascent and descent of Mt Pilatus will be by cog-wheel train during this time
  • The cable car operates subject to weather conditions. When the cable car does not operate, you will be transported up and down the mountain by cog-wheel train.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: MARY L C, October 2015

I really enjoyed this all day tour. Beautiful views from Mt. Pilatus.

Reviewed by: Stephen M, October 2015

This was our only tour that we had booked when visiting Lucerne, we thought it would be great to see this attraction, having never been to Lucerne. We met our guide at the information center and I'm sorry to say, I cant remember her name, but she was very very good, very friendly and was full of knowledge on what we would be seeing today. On the bus we went to where we would be catching the cable car to most of the way to the top of Mt. Pilatus. We loved the cable car ride, seeing the lush green fields below and was fun hearing those cow bells which one associates with Switzerland. We arrived to where we would be getting onto the new 'Dragon car' this sounded so exciting to us, took some photos, always taking photos, this ride was amazing, loved it even though my partner was holding on to the pole with clenched hands. The view from the top of this Mt. Pilatus was something to behold, the stunning views of these high mountains this just made our day. The clouds were rolling in on one side but the other side was so clear, great for photo taking. My partner stayed behind to have a look through the shop, getting some souvenirs while i ventured out along the walkways up to the lookout area, We were there for a good 1 1/2 hours, there are pathways for the more adventureous to take, it was just great to sit back and to take in the magnificent view. We would highly recommend this tour to all who visit Lucerne. Our stay in Lucerne was something else, loved it all and yes, we would love to come back again one day.

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Tour code: 3885SW304BSL