Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and train from Lucerne

Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Lucerne

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


Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain railway with a train ride to the Lake Lucerne region. Depart from the main station in Lucerne to begin your self-guided Silver round trip package. After your 20-minute train ride enjoy a spectacular ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to Mount Pilatus where panoramic views at 7,000 feet (2,132-meters) over Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps await you. Delight in an exhilarating 5-minute ride on the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Afterward take the panoramic gondola descent to the Valley Station Kriens. A 5-minute walk and a 10-minute bus ride returns you to Lucerne. Ascents begin at 8:30am (from Kriens valley station).

This is a 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 train.

  • Train (2nd class)
  • Cogwheel train ride
  • Panoramic gondola ride
  • Aerial cableway ride
  • Bus ride from Kriens-Lucerne main station (or vice versa)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern

  • Parking fee (5 CHF per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Important: From October 24th to November 4th 2022 cable cars are not running due to inspection
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cableways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • 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.


3 to 6 hours

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

User's Reviews

Andi R

28 Aug, 2018

Great experience, stunning views and highly recommended. Well organised transport, can be taken either direction up or down.


10 Nov, 2019

The description of this tour is not what you experience. You spend only 25 minutes at Interlaken which doesn’t allow you to see anything. Then you are dropped off at Kleine Scheidegg for over three hours. It was very cold and snowing. The tiny town had only one restaurant and a very small gif shop open. Nothing else to do. The tour is organized with two other group types being dropped off at multiple locations. We had to wait by ourselves until the tour came back to pick us up.

Al C

25 Sep, 2019

The cable car lift ride allowed beautiful vistas to be seen and/or photographed. Once at the top, the views of the glacier covered Alps were spectacular.


06 Sep, 2019

My friend and I were a little concerned reading some reviews that said the directions were inaccurate and this was difficult to find. Truly the directions are quite specific for taking the #1 bus from Lucerne and getting off at Kriens. Once off the bus, we crossed the street and walked up the hill (along the right side of the church). The walk was about 8-10 minutes and there are signs along the way to the gondola. The are exceptional views at Mt Pilatus with the opportunity to climb multiple stairs for higher vantage points. The cogwheel train down was quite a experience, with amazing views throughout the ride. The views are not the best from the front seats if you are looking forward, but every seat has a great view to the side. I would highly recommend this excursion.


29 Sep, 2019

We caught the bus in Luzern and took it to Pilatus. Then we boarded the tram. The views were spectacular. We enjoyed the self guided tour, as we could stay as long as we wanted. There are 4 or 5 trails to walk, once you are at the top. Restaurant is there. That is about $20.00 per person. Take snacks if you like. The Cog Train down was fun. I highly recommend this excursion.

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