Guided tour

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours

From US$ 153.36 per person

Ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus by aerial cable car to take part in easy hikes through the Alpine scenery. Descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway, and then cruise back to Lucerne by boat.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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3.5 hours
  • Lucerne

  • 60 minutes
  • Kriens (cable car)

  • Pilatus - Kulm (hiking)

  • Lake Lucerne (boat cruise)

  • 60 minutes
  • Lucerne

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Main stop
  • Get jaw-dropping views on the cable car ride up Mt. Pilatus
  • Brave the world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • Cruise back to Lucerne by boat (during summer)
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Swiss Alps
Full description

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat.

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows.

Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages.

Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world.

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

  • Transportation by travel coach
  • Guided tour
  • Multilingual guide
  • Ascent by Dragon Ride cable car
  • Descent by cogwheel train
  • 1-hour boat cruise with summer option
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF with autumn option
  • Carbon offset through myclimate
  • Additional food or drink
  • Personal expenses

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Meeting point

Your tour departs from Frankenstrasse 2-4 in a side street next to Lucerne train station. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure and wait on the sidewalk with your confirmation details and valid ID ready.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • From October 23rd to November 10th, 2023: the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train, due to the revision of the cable car
  • From November 11th - 19th, 2023: the ascent will be made by cable car, and the descent will be by cogwheel train
  • From October 23rd - November 19th, 2023, there will not be a boat ride so a lunch voucher will be included instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 665 reviews

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Robert was our guide for this tour. He was friendly and took good care of us. Ensuring we know what to do and where to go. Spectacular views from the top. The coach was comfortable and clean. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to visit Mount Pilatus.

November 20, 2022

We went on Nov 3, weather was ok , no rain thankfully, but a mix of clouds which hampered view but at least we had a view. Overall worth it to see all the mountains and valley and lakes below and to hike a bit. More strenuous hikes were available if one wants to do that. Lunch was nothing special. Cogwheel ride was comfortable, smooth and safe and fun.

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November 11, 2022

The overall experience of Pilatus, with the rack railway, is impressive. The cogwheel train provides a very good view of the entire journey, it is a long and relaxed journey, and the journey is relatively comfortable. The circuits that can be traveled upon reaching the mountain are not wasted: each one more beautiful than the other. It is advisable to try to do all the circuits (4), or failing that, the shortest 3, which add up to a few hours in total, since one goes slowly due to the height. The only con is the poor prior information on the page: the cable car was under repair and there was no cable car ride. And they promote the cruise trip but in the Spanish translation it was not clear that there is NO cruise from October. So "Lucerne cable car, rack railway and cruise" is actually "Lucerne rack railway". As compensation, you receive a 20CHF voucher, which is clearly less than the cost of a cruise, but enough for a delicious and comforting snack.

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November 1, 2022

Product ID: 123611