Mt Pilatus self-guided trip by cable car from/to Kriens | La Vacanza Travel

Mt Pilatus self-guided trip by cable car from/to Kriens

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

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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Visiting Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, is a must-do when you're in the Lake Lucerne region. Start at the valley station in Kriens, and enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride over a pre-Alpine landscape to reach Fräkmüntegg, where you'll transfer to the aerial cableway known as the 'Dragon Ride.' After another five minutes, arrive at 7,000 feet above sea level (2,132 meters). Soak up the panoramic views over the lake and Alps, before going back down to Kriens the same way.

This is not a guided tour and there is no meeting point.

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

Start your trip at Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the panoramic gondola from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, where you can visit the biggest rope park of Central Switzerland (suitable for visitors from 4 years old). In winter, there are sledging routes and snowshoe trails from Fräkmüntegg down to Krienseregg; the rental station is at the valley station in Kriens.
At Fräkmüntegg you will change to the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and reach the summit Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level in 5 minutes. At the top of the Lucerne's landmark mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view over the Swiss mountains and Lake Lucerne. You can also hike to one of the three peaks at Pilatus Kulm (Esel, Oberhaupt or Tomlishorn) or walk along the Dragon Path.
At Krienseregg, Fräkmüntegg, and Pilatus Kulm you can try some local specialties in one of the restaurants before heading back to Kriens by cable car.

  • Panorama Gondola between Kriens and Fräkmüntegg
  • Aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" between Fräkmüntegg and Pilatus Kulm

  • Parking fee at the valley station in Kriens (CHF 5 per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cogwheel railway from/to Alpnachstad
  • Tour guide
  • Additional activities (rope park, sledging, etc.)
  • Check the timetable carefully
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley
  • Stroller accessible
  • This is an unguided individual tour
  • You will go up and down the mountain the same way
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Cableways are not in operation in case of storm
  • Prior reservation mandatory for wheelchairs
  • Strollers must be folded during transport
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Departure Time

Departure from Kriens
11/11/2023 - 11/30/2023

Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
12/1/2023 - 12/31/2023
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
1/1/2024 - 3/31/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
4/1/2024 - 4/30/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
5/1/2024 - 5/31/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
6/1/2024 - 10/22/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
11/11/2024 - 11/30/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
12/1/2024 - 12/31/2024
Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Voucher info

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


3 to 6 hours

User's Reviews


18 Sep, 2023

Beautiful experience. Lovely views. Easy to access tickets from voucher. Enjoyed cable cars and tram


22 Aug, 2023

Loved this! Spent about 5 hours doing this experience riding bus, cable car, toboggan, gondola and cog train. Highly recommend the toboggan ride. Too hot to hike but we did walk the dragon tail which gave spectacular views.


19 Aug, 2023

The Cable cars, cog train and the views!!! Spectacular!! And I talked to a few locals and vacationers. Great experience!!!! A must!!!


18 Aug, 2023

While the cable car experience was fine and the visitor center was nice, we did have a very good lunch there, I am rating this as a poor experience since we were 'in the clouds' and thus had no view at all. Yes that is the luck of the draw so far as weather goes. Once we were down and back at Lake Luzerne, weather was nice but oh well, that's how it goes.


22 Jul, 2023

The cable cars and the toboggan ride we very memorable Pinot Grigio in France. The views were fantastic and overall a great experience.

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A must do when in Lucern


Must do if you stay in Lucerne!


Beautiful views, great trip to the top of Mt Pilatus


From the top of Europe




Steeler Nation in Switzerland!


A must do activity.


A must visit if the weather allows!


Sunny day and views to match!


Breathtaking views, can see so many mountains in the distance! It’s worth it!


One of a kind cogwheel ride! A must visit!


Beautiful day, relaxing and exhilarating


A good half day outing


Beautiful views


Cloudy but worth the visit


Stunning scenery


Would recommend to everyone!


Peaceful and beautiful


Out of this world self tour


One of best experience in Lucerne


Mount Pilatus experience


Absolutely terrific experience !


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