Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Luzern, Lucerne

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

Meet your guide in central Lucerne (Frankenstrasse 2-4) in the early afternoon.

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

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 tramway — 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.

Duration: 4 hours

Pass By: Alpnachstad, Alpnachstad

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.

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

At the end of the cruise, your tour ends back in Lucerne.

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.

  • Professional Guide
  • Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
  • Cogwheel train ride
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from October 18 lunch voucher will be provided instead of boat ride)
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 07.05. - 25.05.2022: Depending on snow conditions, the cogwheel train may be replaced by the aerial cable car (fully guided)
  • 17.10. - 23.10.2022: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • 24.10. - 04.11.2022: Ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 05.11. - 20.11.2022: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Approved Health & Safety Concept COVID-19 under the "Clean & Safe" campaign supported by Switzerland Tourism. Face masks and disinfectant wipes will be provided free of charge.
Departure Point

Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


25 Oct, 2021

Our guide, Robert, was personable and informative. The different modes of transportation throughout our day made the trip very exciting… bus, gondola to cogwheel. SO much fun!! Views were spectacular! Really enjoyed watching paragliders leaving from Mt. Pilatus to the valley below. Spectacular tour!!! Must do in Switzerland!!


11 Sep, 2021

A wonderful time had by all, a nice combination of tour guide assistance and information as well as time alone to wander. On time and very stress free. Robert was our guide and we enjoyed and trusted his wisdom.


07 Sep, 2021

Great scenery and stunning views coupled with a varied travel experience - cable cars , cog wheel railway and then lake trip - fantastic.


18 Aug, 2021

Great tour! Enjoyed the tram, cog train and boat ride tremendously. Timing for each was perfect. The best way to see Lucerne.


15 Aug, 2021

Everything about this tour was perfect and on time. Our guide Yolonda was full of information and interacted with everyone! We really and truly enjoyed ourselves!

User's Picture Gallery







cable car takes you above the clouds



mountains and lakes epitomises Switzerland


lake cruise is a perfect way to relax after hiking up some trails


summertime but you can see snow across some mountain tops





View from the tippy top of the mountain. Great view of lake Lucerne and area


View from the top of the Dragon Path of the facility


View of Mt. Pilatus from the boat on Lake Lucerne

View of Mt. Pilatus from the boat on Lake Lucerne


Mt. Pilatus vista

View of the valley from the cog railroad.


Mount Pilatus

At the top


From the top of Mt. Pilatus

So neat - you can see the cloud bank on one side and the sun on the other side. The air is so clean!


Alpine Scenery

A beautiful panorama from the gondola.


Lake Lucerne from the Gondola

Splendid view of Lake Lucerne


Gondola Going Up

This is the first of 2 gondola rides to get to the top of Pilatus.





My son at Mt.Pilatus

Mount Pilatus with Hotel Kulm at the background


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