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.

This tour operates between April and October, however 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. If traveling when boat is no longer in operation (approximately October 23), you will return to Lucerne by train.

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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).
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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 (April to August)
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (Until October 23)
  • Transport by minibus or 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
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Please note that in September and October the tour will be operated by cogwheel train to ascend and descend Mt Pilatus. The gondolas and aerial cable car are under maintenance
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Kenneth J O, September 2014

This trip was a highlight of our time in Switzerland ! The weather on our day-trip wasn't perfect some very high cloud but it did clear at times to give us beautiful views. The bus trip and our guide Rosemary were awesome !, we had a good amount of time in Lucerne before taking the cable cars to the summit then a nice lunch.
The trip down the mountain on the 'cog wheel railway' is not to be missed - excellent views. Then finally the boat ride across the lake topped off a beautiful day.. DO not miss this tour it is lovely and good value.

Reviewed by: Carol M, August 2014

Well organized trip. Everyone enjoyed the day. The scenery was outstanding.

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Tour code: 3885SW304BS