Mt Pilatus self-guided trip by cable car or cogwheel railway | La Vacanza Travel

Mt Pilatus self-guided trip by cable car or cogwheel railway

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 your trip at Alpnachstad or Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the world's steepest cogwheel railway (from Alpnachstad) or with the panorama-gondola and aerial Cableway "Dragon Ride" (from Kriens). At the top of Lucerne's landmark mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view over the Swiss mountains, Lake Lucerne and the city of Lucerne - either from the spacious panorama terrace outside or the cosy panorama gallery inside. After a few minutes, you can also reach one of the three peaks at Pilatus Kulm (Esel, Oberhaupt or Tomlishorn) and enjoy your walk in the Swiss mountains or on the Dragon Path. Pilatus is also called Dragon mountain because of the legends about a dragon living there - learn about these myths in the Dragon World at Pilatus Kulm.
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).
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
  • Aerail cableway "Dragon Ride" between Fräkmüntegg and Pilatus Kulm
  • Steepest cogwheel railway in the world between Pilatus Kulm and Alpnachstad

  • Tour Guide
  • Seat reservation for the cogwheel train
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Meals and snacks in restaurants
  • Additional activities (rope park, toboggan run)
  • Parking fee at the valley station Alpnachstad and Kriens (CHF 5 per day)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Check the timetable carefully
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley
  • This is an unguided individual tour
  • 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
  • Operation of the cogwheel railway: 06.05.2024-17.11.2024
  • Cable Car closed due to maintenance: 21.10.2024-08.11.2024. During that time, Pilatus Kulm is accessible by cogwheel train from Alpnachstad.
  • Infants participate for free (age 0 - 5.99 years)
  • You can choose your start and end point (Kriens and/or Alpnachstad)
  • The transportation to the start and from the end point is not included
  • To avoid long waiting times for the cogwheel train between Alpnachstad and Pilatus Kulm (or vice versa), we highly recommend to make a reservation for the cogwheel railway
  • 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 Kriens/Alpnachstad
5/6/2024 - 10/20/2024

Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
10/21/2024 - 11/17/2024
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


30 Dec, 2023

The view was amazing , service was very good. Parking was cheap. Restaurants were amazing and clean.


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.

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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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