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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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 cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.

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Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Start your tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Set off for an exciting day traveling over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting city of Lucerne. Take in the views during a short photo stop en route.

Pass By: Lucerne, 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.

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

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, where you board the coach for your ride back to Zurich.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zurich, Zurich

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

The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Duration: 10 minutes

  • Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
  • Short introduction city tour of Lucerne
  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cablecar (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from early May to early November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (until 16 Oct 2022)
  • Lunch voucher will be provided in case the boat ride does not operate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
  • Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking
  • From October 18-24 and November 6-14, the ascent will be made by cable car, the descent by cogwheel train and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • From October 25 to November 5, the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train due to revision of the cable car and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • In winter (until 25 May/from November 15), the tour runs under the name "Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zürich".
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
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

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

User's Reviews


21 Sep, 2022

Views from my Pilatus. Excellent caring guide Vladimir. Scenic drive through swiss countryside. Boat ride on lake Lucerne.


22 Aug, 2022

This is one of the best tours you may have near Zurich or Luzern. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

Charlotte H

05 Aug, 2022

Great experience! They took all of the worry out of every excursion. No need for grabbing tickets or waiting in major lines. I am from America and having an English guide was great. When at the top of the mountain I recommend getting in all the hikes then enjoying a small lunch from the snack bar! The hikes are better then trying to sit down for a meal.


04 Aug, 2022

This was an incredible experience! We were traveling as a family of 5 - two adults and three teenagers. Everyone loved this tour!! It made us wish we had more time in the area!!


16 Aug, 2022

Normand was our tour guide and he provided an informative, relaxing tour. The scenery was beautiful and the tour was well worth the money. This all-day tour included a scenic bus tour through the mountains from Zurich to Lucerne, time to walk around old town Lucerne, a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus, time to hike around Mt. Pilatus, a cogwheel train ride back down Mt. Pilatus, a lovely boat ride around Lake Lucerne, and a bus ride back to Zurich.

User's Picture Gallery


Pilatus Toboggan Ride

Doing the optional toboggan ride, at the Frakmuntegg cable car stop on Mount Pilatus


Top of Pilatus

View from the top of Pilatus, showing the main buildings


Mt Rigis

Romantic moment


Enjoy the lake of Luzern



Stroll on the cruise

An unforgettable experience for the kids.


The Lion Monument

Kids will absolutely love it












Kapellbrücke Chapel Bridge across the Reuss in Lucerne


Walking along the top of Mt. Pilatus


View from Mt. Pilatius


On the boat also


The cog wheel train was great


On the boat also


On the boat on the lake going toward Luzern


Cog Wheel Train

The cog-wheel train ahead of ours on the decent. Look at the Alps!


Views from the Top

This is the gondola that you ride up to the peak of Mount Pilatus. This is only a slight view of all that you can see from the top.


Monte Pilatus

Los Alpes desde el Monte Pilatus


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