Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne

Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Lucerne

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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a boat on Lake Lucerne – an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Taking the cruise lake ship right in front of the train station of Lucerne the Golden Round Trip starts. After a 1 hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne, a spectacular ride on world’s steepest cogwheel railway brings you to Mount Pilatus. On 2132 meters altitude (7000 feet’s) panoramic views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps awaits you. Enjoy the exhilarating 5-minutes ride by the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Afterwards you change into the panorama gondolas which take you down to the Valley Station Kriens. A 5-minute walk and a 10-minutes bus ride takes you back to Lucerne.

This is no guided tour and it's why that there is no meeting point.


Visit: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

Take the panoramic cable car from Kriens, closed to Lucerne (bus no. 1 from Lucerne station, bus stop Zentrum Pilatus in Kriens, then a 10 minutes walk to the cable car station) and in 30 minutes you will reach the station Fräkmüntegg where you will find lots of attractions for the families like the biggist rope park in Central Switzerland, Dragon Glider, Top Tree Path and Restaurants. You will also change into the big cable car Dragon Ride there and in 3 minutes you will reach the top of Pilatus, the Dragon Mountain, where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, taste some local meal in one of the Restaurants or do a unforgettable hiking tour. Going back you can take the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the village of Alpnachstad, located directly at the lake (you need 30 minutes for the ascent and 40 minutes for the descent) and enjoy this ride with the unique cogwheel railway. Please note the operation time. Back to Lucerne by boat.

Duration: 4 hours

  • Cruise ship (2nd class)
  • Cogwheel train ride (operating from middle May till November 20th 2022)
  • Panorama gondola ride (closed due to revision October 24th to November 4th 2022)
  • Aerial cableways ride (closed due to revision from October 24th to November 4th 2022)
  • Bus ride from Kriens-Lucerne main station (or vice versa)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern

  • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley
  • Please note tour is unguided
  • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cable ways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • Starting direction 1: Take the cruise ship at the railway station in Lucerne (Quai 2 in front of the train station)
  • Starting direction 2: Take bus number 1 at the railway station in Lucerne to Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus
  • IMPORTANT: From October 24th to November 4th 2022 cable cars are not running due to revision.
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • It's not a guided tour, there is not a meeting point.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The world's steepest cogwheel railway is operating from May 26th till November 20th 2022.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Voucher info

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


4 to 6 hours

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

User's Reviews


07 Aug, 2022

We chose the counterclockwise route and found it to be easy and enjoyable, no need to redeem for tickets till you reach the gondola tickets window, just hop on the bus in Luzern to Kriens. Clouds cleared out while we were on top and we could see Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger…


05 Jun, 2022

Would have given this 5 stars except that the instructions for redemption of voucher were woefully inadequate. La Vacanza Travel, you need to be much more detailed on where to find the dock for the ferry and provide much more information about the times for the ferry. Views were fabulous and the cog railway was my favorite.


30 Jun, 2022

We were happy with La Vacanza Travel but could not get a response back from the tour operator regarding the location of the tram in Lucerne. We sent multiple E-mails and no response!


03 Aug, 2021

Fantastic! Many options on how to complete the excursion, very helpful personnel along the way! Great


29 Jun, 2022

Wonderful ship ride over to base of mountain. Quite a long wait there until cog railway came back down for pickup. A great experience going up mountain. Nice hikes at top. Fun going down on arial trams great photos taken. Recommend trip for all.

User's Picture Gallery


The top of Mt. Pilatus


The gondola down from Mt. Pilatus


View back at Lucerne, Switzerland from the boat


The base stop for the cogwheel train.


Alphorn atop Mt. Pilatus





Pilatus Bahn


Pilatus Gondola


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