Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich | La Vacanza Travel

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Zurich
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  • Not-Cancellable


For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full-day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cogwheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.

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Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Start your tour at the Sihlquai Bus Station in Zurich. Set off for an exciting day traveling over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting city of Lucerne.

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Take in the views during a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or at the Lion Monument.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Old Town Lucerne, Altstadt, Lucerne 6002 Switzerland

Once arriving in Lucerne, enjoy a brief orientation drive, where your guide points out the main attractions of this charming town like the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church and the Culture and Congress Centre. Enjoy the following time at leisure to stroll through Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Continuation to Kriens, where you take the panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy some time at leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cogwheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Your summer alpine adventure concludes with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne to Lucerne.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

After an enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zürich.

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cableway Dragon Ride (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from Jun 5 to Nov 19)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from 18 May - 22 Oct 2023)
  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • From Oct 23 to Nov 10: ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • From Nov 11 to 19: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Boat ride available until Oct 22. From Oct 23 onwards a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

09:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


9 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


12 Nov, 2023

It was ok....due to snow the cog wheel train and the Dragon's Walk were both closed. While the tour guide was good, the $190 fee for the trip was very expensive and not worth it because we missed half the things the tour promised.


10 Nov, 2023

Very nice day trip from Zurich. Great way to see more of Switzerland. Mount Pilatus was beautiful and the highlight of the trip. Only thing I wish is that there a stop maybe at small town or family home/farm alone the way to see how the average person in the country lives.


23 Oct, 2023

I was traveling solo to Zurich for work and decided to take this day trip to Mount Pilatus & Lake Lucerne. I wanted something easy so I would not have to stress about trains and admission tickets etc whilst being jet lagged. This tri was perfect! The pickup spot is super easy to find across from Zurich HB. The tour bus was clean and comfy. Our driver did an amazing job. Our tour guide Vladimir was amaizng!! He was super friendly, informative, and fluent in a lot of languages so everyone could get the info they needed! We had enough time in Lucerne to wander, get a coffee, take some photos. Mount Pilatus was absolutely gorgeouos. I managed to take all the trails to get good views of both peaks, and hiked down toward this random church. It was great. I would absolutely recommend this day trip.


12 Oct, 2023

A great day. The trip was well organized and the guide was excellent. The views were spectacular. Highly recommend.


10 Oct, 2023

Lars our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. The driver was Mimo who was also excellent. We had a detour and he was able to maneuver in a very tiny road and made it on time. The bus was clean and comfortable. The tour started in Zurich. Lars gave us an overview of Zurich. Our first stop was Rigi which was beautiful. We went to Luzern and had adequate time for pictures and to walk along chapel bridge. We continued to Pilatus by cable car. Had a great time there. Amazing views. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and layers. There is some part which is a little chilly. We went went down thru a train then completed the golden triangle with a boat ride to Luzern. Drove back to Zurich. Everyone was in time. We met new friends. This is a must if you are visiting Switzerland. We have some trips with Tour of Switzerland. Staff also gave great tips where to go. They were not just selling.

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Low stress, gorgeous views


Great day trip to Mt. Pilatus.




Exceeded my expectations!


Mount Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Tour


Incredible day tour with Best of Switzerland Tours and operations team - amazing tour guides, check-in and drivers!




Wonderful day trip with beautiful views.


Mt Pilatus day trip from Zurich


Incredible !


Great way to spend a day in Switzerland


Mother and daughter vacation


View of the Alps was spectacular


Great day in Lucerne.


A really wonderful experience with beautiful views


Amazing Experience!!


Adventure and scenic beauty galore.


Exciting experience


Wow wow wow!!


Majestic Mount Pilatus Trip


Don’t think twice!




Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide


A must do!


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