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Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

1. Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Your 4.5-hour tour begins at the train station in Lucerne, where you’ll board a bus for a 15-minute ride to Kriens. In Kriens you’ll pick up your ticket for the rest of the tour. Head to the 4-seat Panorama Gondola to ascend to the mid-way station at Krienseregg. In another 15 minutes you’ll reach Fräkmüntegg. Finish the journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus on a thrilling 5-minute aerial cable car ride, known as the Dragon Ride. At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you’ll have spectacular views over the Lake Lucerne region and the Alps. You’ll also have some free time for a bite to eat or a walk around the area. Then you’ll board the world's steepest cogwheel railway for the ride down to Alpnachstad, passing lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. In about a half hour you’ll arrive at the valley station, where a ship will take you back to Lucerne. Sample Itinerary 08:30 Departure from Lucerne by bus 08:40 Arrival in Kriens, station Zentrum Pilatus; walk to the valley station to pick up your tickets 09:00 Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg 09:30 Change to the Dragon Ride cable car 09:35 Arrival on Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the panoramic view and a walk around the area and/or a delicious meal 10:10 Departure by world's steepest cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad 10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad 11:00 Departure by ship 12:18 Arrival in Lucerne

Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

2. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

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).

Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

3. Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

Experience the landmark mountain of Lucerne from different perspectives on an aerial and cogwheel train ride across the Swiss Alps. Choose whether to depart from the valley station in Kriens or Alpnachstad, and get ready for the journey of your life! Board a 4-seat gondola at the valley station in Kriens and travel to Krienseregg, where an adventure playground and the nearby Krienseregg restaurant make it the perfect spot for families with small children. Continue to Fräkmüntegg on another 15-minute gondola ride to encounter another restaurant and the endless opportunities of the rope park. Then, experience the "Dragon Ride" cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views 2,132 meters above sea level. Go inside the panorama gallery for stunning mountain views, or visit the terraces to climb up one of the peaks. Avail of the self service Restaurant Bellevue and Ibex Bar for light refreshments and snacks. Alternatively, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in a historical ambiance at the Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm.  Ride back down by the Dragon Ride and cable car to Kriens and reach the valley station in Alpnachstad in 30 minutes for the end of your day of discovery on Mt. Pilatus.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

4. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Lake Lucerne depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape. Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterward, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.

Silver Round-Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

5. Silver Round-Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Board the bus at Lucerne train station for the 15-minute ride to Kriens, where you will collect your tickets for the rest of the day. Make your way to the panoramic gondola for an amazing ride up the mountain to Krienseregg. Continue to Fräkmüntegg to take the thrilling Dragon Ride cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Marvel at the views from 2,000 meters above sea level and gaze over the glacial lake and snow-capped mountains. Use your free time to grab a bite to eat or walk around the beautiful area. Then, board the world's steepest cogwheel railway and ride down to Alpnachstad. Pass lush meadows of Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams, and fascinating rock formations. Arrive at the valley station to take the train back to Lucerne. You may also enjoy this trip reversing the order of events.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

6. From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

Journey to Mount Pilatus – a mystical, white-winter paradise – and enjoy lunch at a cosy restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the Swiss Alps and the city of Lucerne. From Zürich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. See the main sights of this charming town. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the old town before continuing to Kriens. Take the panoramic gondolas and aerial cableway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus (7000ft / 2132m). At the peak, a mystical, white-winter paradise awaits you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes! Warm up in the self-service restaurant Bellevue on top of Mt. Pilatus with a lunch voucher (worth CHF 20) of your choice. According to the legend, kind dragons used to inhabit this mountain! Discover the Dragon Path and enjoy the spectacular alpine panorama.

Private Trip From Zurich to Mt. Pilatus Through Lucerne

7. Private Trip From Zurich to Mt. Pilatus Through Lucerne

Your driver will meet you at any convenient destination for you in Zurich. When you are already in the wonderful city of Lucerne your driver guide will lead you to the historical and must see places like the Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Old city squares. After the exhausting walk you can take a break in one of the finest cafes within old city, near the lakeside or in the modern side as per your preferences. After having your coffee or snacks or just a wonderful time in Lucerne, your driver - guide will lead you to the most incredible aerial cableway journey called “Dragon Ride”: this is really like flying on the back of a dragon, when your adrenaline is going up to the top gradually. With bright memories enjoy a private transfer back to Zurich. 

Mt. Pilatus Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

8. Mt. Pilatus Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

Experience the assorted delights of Lucerne's landmark mountain . This is a day excursion taking in first a boat trip, then a cogwheel railway, aerial cableway, and last but not least, a panorama gondola. You are guaranteed amazing photography opportunities during this journey. After a boat trip on Lake Lucerne, you can look forward to a spectacular ride on the world's steepest cog railway. From an altitude of (7,000 ft/2132 meters), you'll enjoy an unforgettable view over the surrounding mountains and lakes, and take a short hike to the summit of the mountain; one of the best vantage points for landscape photography. Then you'll take the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and panorama gondolas down, and then a 5 minute walk will bring you to the bus for the trip back to Lucerne.

Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis 2-Day Tour from Zurich

9. Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis 2-Day Tour from Zurich

Discover a paradise of snow and ice in the dramatic landscapes of central Switzerland on a 2-day tour of Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis from Zurich. Day 1: Mt. Pilatus Relax on the scenic bus journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Take a short city tour on arrival to marvel at landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge before enjoying some time to explore the Old Town on your own. Continue to Kriens to ride the cable car to the summit of Mt. Pilatus, where breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Lucerne await. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a 3-course seasonal dinner at one of the resort's restaurants. Day 2: Mt. Titlis Descend Mt. Pilatus by cable car after breakfast, and catch the public bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Meet your guide on arrival for the scenic bus drive to Engelberg and Mt. Titlis. Gaze in awe at the deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders of the glacier on board the revolving cable car. Soak up the panoramic vistas at the top of Mt. Titlis as you enjoy lunch on the sun terrace of one of the restaurants at your own expense. Visit the Ice Grotto or ride the Ice Flyer close to the crevasses, discover Europe’s highest suspension bridge in the Glacier Park and more. Return to Lucerne to continue to Zurich, where your adventure ends.

Mt. Pilatus: Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Lucerne

10. Mt. Pilatus: Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Lucerne

Experience unique and unforgettable all-round views at Mt. Pilatus with 73 Alpine peaks and countless lakes. Located outside Luzern, the typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: first by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there, travel by the world's steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. On the return, travel by panoramic aerial cableway via Kriens and by local bus back to Luzern. Families and adventure seekers are also very welcome on the Pilatus. Central Switzerland's largest rope park is on the Fräkmüntegg. Numerous attractions await you on Mount Pilatus. Or enjoy the time on the large viewing terrace. Cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from Nov-May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and you'll take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Luzern instead.

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What people are saying about Pilatus

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 509 reviews

The tour was amazing. The weather was perfect at Lucerne, the day we went. It was bit freezing at Mt. Pilatus. We were guided by Ms. Antje & Mr. Eduardo. Both of them guided us well. I would recommend Best of Switzerland Tours. I had booked 2 days tours back to back with them. Worth it.

Worth getting the self guided tour to Mt Pilatus. We did it all by ourselves with no time pressure. So easy from the train station- bus ride and no need to line up to secure tickets going up to the mountain.

It was easy to get to Kriens by bus (free tickets provided by our hotel). It was a short walk up to the cable car station from the bus stop. The view from Pilatus Klum was fantastic!

Easy to get to and instructions were easy to follow. Show your mobile code at the counter to exchange for physical ticket.

An incredible place to visit. Just be aware that only printed confirmations are valid to enter