Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Lucerne

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a boat on Lake Lucerne – an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Taking the cruise lake ship right in front of the train station of Lucerne the Golden Round Trip starts. After a 1 hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne, a spectacular ride on world’s steepest cogwheel railway brings you to Mount Pilatus. On 2132 meters altitude (7000 feet’s) panoramic views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps awaits you. Enjoy the exhilarating 5-minutes ride by the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Afterwards you change into the panorama gondolas which take you down to the Valley Station Kriens. A 5-minute walk and a 10-minutes bus ride takes you back to Lucerne.

This is no guided tour and it's why that there is no meeting point.


Taking the cruise ship right in front of the train station of Lucerne the Golden Round Trip starts. After a 1-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne you arrive at the Valley Station in Alpnachstad. There the cosy Chalet Restaurant serves traditional food on its terrace (own expenses). The world’s steepest cogwheel railway (since 1889) brings you through fascinating rock faces, sparkling mountain streams and lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers to the top of Mount Pilatus.

Encounter yourself in an Alpine environment at 2132 meter altitude (7000 feet’s). Enjoy the panoramic views over the lake of Lucerne and the Alps on the summit and decide yourself if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes) or enjoy a meal in our restaurants (own expenses). 

Enjoy the exhilarating 5-minutes ride by the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Thanks to its spacious interior, cockpit-like design and large windows the “Dragon Ride” gives you the impression of being in a helicopter - only flying is more exhilarating.

If you are up to some activities Fräkmüntegg is the place to be. Test your agility climbing our rope park and get your adrenaline pumping (own expense). Go on by taking the panorama gondolas. A 15-minute ride brings you down to Krienseregg. In Krienseregg the “Pilu Land”, a playground for children awaits you. Sitting on the terrace of the Restaurant Krienseregg (own expenses) you can relax and enjoy your time while the children are playing. Continue by panorama gondola which brings you down to Kriens in 15-minutes.

After a 5-minute walk you reach the bus station (Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus). Take bus number 1 and in 10-minutes you arrive at the railway station in Lucerne.

Please kindly check below in the itineraray to see the departure timetable.

Suggested timetable:

08:30 Departure by bus (next to the train station BUS NO 1)

08:41 Arrival at Kriens, Pilatus and short walk to the valley station in Kriens (get tickets at valley station)

08:50 Departure by panorama gondola (stay on until the final station Fräkmüntegg)

09:30 Departure by cable car "Dragon Ride"

09:35 Arrival at Mt. Pilatus, enjoy the view and stroll around

10:10 Departure by cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad (next departure with connecting cruise - 11:30)

10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad

11:00 Departure by cruise boat to Lucerne

12:18 Arrival in Lucerne (in front of train station)
  • Cruise ship (2nd class)
  • Cogwheel train ride (operating from middle May till 15 November 2020)
  • Panorama gondola ride (closed due to revision 19 October to 6 November 2020)
  • Aerial cableways ride (closed due to revision 19 October to 6 November 2020)
  • Bus ride from Kriens-Lucerne main station (or vice versa)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

  • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley
  • Please note tour is unguided
  • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cable ways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • Starting direction 1: Take the cruise ship at the railway station in Lucerne (Quai 2 in front of the train station)
  • Starting direction 2: Take bus number 1 at the railway station in Lucerne to Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus
  • IMPORTANT: From 19 October to 6 November 2020 cable cars are not running due to revision.
  • From 19 October to 6 November 2020 only two cruise ships courses are available (departures from Lucerne: 9:14 and 13:38).
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • It's not a guided tour, there is not a meeting point.
  • The world's steepest cogwheel railway is operating from middle May till 15 November 2020.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Lucerne railway station

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.


4 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Richard H

18 Nov, 2019

The actual trip was awesome. The boat cruise, cog wheel train and cable car were all unbelievable. The only hiccup was getting an email from La Vacanza Travel at 4:30 PM the day before, telling us we could not pick up our tickets at the ferry dock and that we had a 3 mile walk or bus ride to pick them up. This was WRONG. The paper work provided by La Vacanza Travel on line was all we needed.

Barbara B

17 Oct, 2019

This company might want to clarify some of the instructions for taking this tour. The starting time was off as well as what was needed to begin the tour.

kim b

07 Oct, 2019

The best trip. Kinda hard with no guide to say how to get bus but we figured it out.the most beautiful trip I have ever taken.

Betty B

01 Oct, 2019

I did the tour in reverse, which means I started with the bus trip to Kriens, then obtained my ticket at the gondola. I did not have to wait at all to start my trip. This is the only way to go!!! When I came down the cogwheel train, there was a massive line waiting to get on. The views at the top are amazing. There were several different musical things going on which were very enjoyable. Note that the walk from the bus up to the gondola is slightly uphill and can be strenuous, but so worth it.

Robyn B

27 Sep, 2019

Amazing attraction really enjoyed this and has been highlight of our trip. Even with limited mobility I still managed to get up the sloping path to cable car. Very busy day so if attending on the weekend expect ques with locals and tourists going up the mountain. Worth the wait though.

User's Picture Gallery


The top of Mt. Pilatus


The gondola down from Mt. Pilatus


View back at Lucerne, Switzerland from the boat


The base stop for the cogwheel train.


Alphorn atop Mt. Pilatus





Pilatus Bahn


Pilatus Gondola


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