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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
  • Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus
  • Hop aboard the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters)
  • Descend from the summit via the world's steepest cogwheel train
  • Cruise out onto Lake Lucerne during a 1-hour boat ride (May to October)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If the weather doesn’t cooperate for a lake cruise, this Mt. Pilatus tour offers complimentary lunch instead.
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Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
Cogwheel train ride
Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from October 18 lunch voucher will be provided instead of boat ride)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off
Frankenstrasse 2 , Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Our meeting point is located at Frankenstrasse 2-4, 6003 Lucerne, a side street off Lucerne train station. Please wait there on the side walk.

12:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lucerne
Meet your guide in central Lucerne (Frankenstrasse 2-4) in the early afternoon.
Stop At:  
Pilatus Luzern
Hop aboard your comfortable coach for the short journey to Kriens, at the foot of the imposing Mt Pilatus. On arrival, begin your ascent to the mountain’s lofty summit with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus. Enjoy beautiful views over the rolling hills and lush pine forests below. At Fräkmüntegg, hop aboard the aerial tramway — a spacious and modern cabin with panoramic windows designed to give the feeling of flight. Continue your climb to the summit at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet, and take in spectacular views over the Alpine peaks and lakes from your vantage point on the mountain. During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, perhaps sit down to a high-altitude lunch among the peaks (own expense) or relax on the expansive sun terrace. Venture down the Dragon's Path and take the short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Alpnachstad
Take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, descending past trickling mountain streams and sheer rock faces toward the verdant, green meadows below.
Stop At:  
Lake Lucerne
Conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lucerne
At the end of the cruise, your tour ends back in Lucerne. 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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 17.10. - 23.10.2022: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • 24.10. - 04.11.2022: Ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • 05.11. - 20.11.2022: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included (fully guided)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Would take the long hike around the mountain - wear proper shoes, as it gets rugged." See review
  • "How much you enjoy either tour will also depend on how much cloud cover you get - so if you have some flexibility with your itinerary, make sure you check the weather in the lead up." See review
  • "A very good day despite the cool gray weather, still very much worth the price." See review

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star-5
Excellent experience
MarkKnoblauch
, Aug 2022
Yolanda our guide was terrific. Well organized tour. Beautiful scenery. Plenty of time to do all the things we wanted to do
star-5
WE LOVED IT!
Hannah_M
, Aug 2022
The tour was great! We really enjoyed the whole experience. The gondola ride, top of the mountain, cog railway, and ferry were sweet! Rolf was an amazing tour guide!
star-4
Good -- but ...
Bryan_F
, Aug 2022
Hi, the tour/trip of the 3 stages of getting up/down Mt Pilatus was great. Unfortunately, the group was large (~45) and no opportunity for meaningful discussion/description of individual legs of the journey nor about the uniqueness of each travel mode. Beware to also ensure a good position in the cog-train (and elsewhere) -- little effort to keep family or small groups together. I got separated from my wife who needed help walking with a cane.
star-5
So much fun.
Kathryn_M
, Aug 2022
Ralph was our tour guide and he was delightful. We really enjoyed our day! The trip to Pilatus was awe inspiring-and the cog railroad and boat ride were Big hits with my kids. Overall, a wonderful excursion.
star-5
Memories for me and family
Roberto_P
, Aug 2022
Beautiful place 100% recommended little step closer to heaven, unforgettable experience for me and my family
star-1
You are better off on your own!!!
Thomas_M
, Aug 2022
First, the tour guide does not give any tour, only provides transportation which you could buy yourself much cheaper. Second, our tour guide left us behind at the boat so we did not even get all the transportation! Skip this one!
star-5
Fantastic way to see Mt Pilates and experience various sources of transportation Lucerne has to offer.
Leslie_A
, Aug 2022
The leader was organized, easy to understand and communication was clear. She was pleasant, fun, full of energy and nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must-do, well worth the money and time
Erin_F
, Aug 2022
Very well organized trip with a fantastic guide, Marcel. They take all the hassle away making for a smooth and enjoyable experience. You need to pay attention and listen to the guide and then the day runs easily. We had plenty of time on the mountaintop and as someone who is afraid of heights, no part of it was scary! Strongly recommend as a must-do for your trip to Lucerne. I do wish we had maybe one more hour at the top as I would have liked to hike the path around the mountain further.
star-5
NIce Tour
Charles_V
, Aug 2022
The trip was great with very attentive tour guides. The only glitch was the pick up location we had, it was changed because of road work. Funny, the road work wasn't a new thing, it had been going on for many days.
star-5
Beautiful trip. Great...
Aaron_K
, Aug 2022
Beautiful trip. Great experience! Highly recommend this to anyone. Our tour guide, Yolanda, was great!
star-2
Pilatus - misguided your
Suchita_R
, Aug 2022
We did not benefit from the guide at all unfortunately. Though I respect him working at this age, he was not there to guide us but was doing the trip ahead of us. There were no group chats or details of what was to be seen at each point of the trip. It looked like he was paid to just buy the tickets on our behalf and put us on the bus & cable cars and then he went to the top of Pilatus ahead of us and said we can follow when ever. There was no proper count of whether everyone got to the top or returned back!! Also we were misinformed to say we could have bought our suitcases and left them in the bus by email before the trip took place. We never came back to the bus and we were glad we left our bags at the hotel & went back to collect it. I would not recommend paying for this trip as getting a Taxie and buying the tickets yourself would be a lot cheaper and we did not get anything extra from Viator, I am sorry to say.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Suchita, Thank you for joining our tour to Mount Pilatus and taking the time to submit your review. We are sorry to hear that the tour and the service of your tour guide did not meet your expectations. While the tour guide has about 15 minutes on the bus ride from Lucerne to Kriens to share information with the group over the microphone, our tour guides are instructed to answer any questions that arise during the cable car rides and the stay on Mount Pilatus. As there are many different activities available on the summit, our guests are free to explore the walks and viewpoints individually or to follow the tour guide on his tour. As we offer our guests reserved seats on a particular descent of the cogwheel train, our tour guide cannot wait for latecomers, even if he takes a head count before departure. Please note that it is possible both to finish the tour at the pier and to walk back to the meeting point (5 minutes), where you would have found your coach parked and your luggage safely stored. It is possible to visit Mount Pilatus individually (ticket from CH 103.60), but many guests prefer to pay the extra charge of around CHF 20 for a direct contact in case of any problems or questions. We are sorry to hear that you felt that the tour was not worth your money and hope that you will give us a second chance to convince you of our high quality standards during your next visit to Switzerland. Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
star-4
Thoroughly enjoyed the...
Ellen_M
, Jul 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Mt Pilatus. It's beautiful. The guide made sure we connected to each mode of transportation for the trip up and down the mountain. Had plenty of free time to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
star-4
Cloudy but still nice.
Rob_R
, Jul 2022
Neat trip. It’s so weather dependent and it was a really cloudy day so we missed all the views…basically most of the reason for the trip. But we still enjoyed it in spite of that.
star-5
This was a great...
Joe_S
, Jul 2022
This was a great experience filled with Wonderful views, smooth transition into different types of venues and great tour guide
star-5
It was cool seeing the...
Erica_E
, Jul 2022
It was cool seeing the views both from the top of the mountain and from the lake. The boat tour was a relaxing way home after hiking around the top of the mountain.
star-4
Walking around the top of...
Pauline_T
, Jul 2022
Walking around the top of Pilatus was great, the guides were very nice and the gondel and train were amazing. The boat was not comimg because a technical problem. We will get some money back.
star-5
Gondola ride to top with...
Perry_P
, Jul 2022
Gondola ride to top with views of countryside. Awesom we views of surrounding mountains and looking down to Lucerne. Ride down mountain on cogwheel train viewing other side of mountain. Boat ride across Lake Lucerne to starting point.
star-4
Just perfect
Ghassan_C
, Jul 2022
Amazing view very kind and professional tour guide lovely experience the train ride was so beautiful
star-5
We thoroughly enjoyed...
Amy_W
, Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Robert did a great job! We made some friends, too. It was a beautiful place.
star-5
GREAT TRIP!!!!!!!
Michael_G
, Jul 2022
Was a great relaxing day….. guide was awesome and he was fun to be around…….loved the train ride down the mountain and all the views

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