Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3885SW304BS

For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne. Disembark for a highlight tour of the city, including the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church. Afterwards you will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Silquai Bus Terminal

Hotel pickup is available if you are staying in a selected Zurich hotel (these are noted on the voucher).
Departure Time:

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9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point (Sihlquai Bus Terminal) at approximately 7pm

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (until October 18)
  • A complementary lunch in the event the boat ride does not operate
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Hotel pick up (selected hotels only)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking
  • Please note that from October 19 to November 6, the tour will be operated by cogwheel train to ascend and descend Mt Pilatus due to maintenance work on the gondola and cable car
  • Hotel pickup is only available for guests of the listed hotels. If you are staying elsewhere, go to the central departure point.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Carrie G, October 2015

The tour was very nice and well paced. When we were able to walk around Lucerne the tour guide was very helpful in explaining the points of interest and to walk around the old town section. I met a wonderful Indian couple on the trip and we enjoyed the gondola ride up the mountain. Mount Pilatus had a few trails to take that were very nice and some places to eat lunch or for a quick snack. The cog train ride down the mountain was exciting since it is the steepest cog railroad. The boat ride to Lucerne was wonderful as well.

Reviewed by: dlvissat, September 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. He even went out of his way to make certain that we found the correct train to depart after the tour. We would certainly recommend this tour !!!

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Tour code: 3885SW304BS