Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Luzern, Lucerne

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


Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to Fräkmüntegg, and then hop aboard the aerial cableway for your ascent to the summit of Mt Pilatus. Relax at your leisure on the peak or take a short hike to make the most of the stunning scenery below. Descend to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train and cruise out onto Lake Lucerne to admire the views from the water.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Meet your guide in central Lucerne in the early afternoon.

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

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 cableway — 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.

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.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

On arrival, conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle. Your tour finishes at the end of the cruise 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.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Guide
  • Cable-car ride (except during maintenance, check additional info)
  • Cogwheel train ride (early May to mid November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (2 May to 18 October 2020)
  • Meal voucher in the event that the boat ride does not operate, exchangeable at Pilatus self-service restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • 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
  • Infants aged 0-5 years are free of charge but need to be registered on your booking
  • The cable car will be closed for maintenance from October 22 to November 9 in 2018; the ascent and descent of Mt Pilatus will be by cog-wheel train during this time
  • The cable car operates subject to weather conditions. When the cable car does not operate, you will be transported up and down the mountain by cog-wheel train.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Departure Point

Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours 30 minutes

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

User's Reviews


27 Nov, 2019

A lovely tour. We went up by cable, and spent about 2-3 hours at the top and walked to the highest point. Beutiful views everywhere, then went to the restaurant for some nice Swiss wine. then we took the worlds steepest train to the bottom near the wharf. Then we went on boat tour of Lake Luzerne and were dropped off close to the tran station. It was a lovely day and we took a lot of photos. Highly recommendable


21 Oct, 2019

The destination was amazing . We arrived at the top via two tram rides after a short bus ride from Lucerne.The first a 4 passenger sit down tram and the second a 51 passenger stand up tram. The views were amazing. Views from the top were amazing. The return was via the cog railway from the top then a boat ride on Lake Lucerne back to the city. While the destination was great I felt the guides were not very good. There was no commentary on the bus ride about what we were passing. The boat ride was beautiful but again no commentary on the sights we were passing on our way back.

June S

14 Oct, 2019

Amazing tour! We were fortunate to have good weather so the views from the mountain were fantastic. Our tour guide, Yolanda, did a great job of explaining the different steps of the tour and was always available for questions. The boat ride back to Lucerne was a lovely way to end the day.


19 Sep, 2019

This La Vacanza Travel excursion offered everything we wanted for our first day on vacation in Lucerne, Switzerland!

Laura T

12 Sep, 2019

We last minute booked this and we LOVED it! We did MT Titlis the following day and while they were both awesome, we preferred the MT Pilatus tour for the spectacular views you get of Lake Lucerne. You also get to experience and see more of amazing Switzerland on this tour with the Cogwheel train and the Lake Lucerne cruise on the way back, whereas the MT Titlis tour is mainly about snow activities. 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.

User's Picture Gallery







cable car takes you above the clouds



mountains and lakes epitomises Switzerland


lake cruise is a perfect way to relax after hiking up some trails


summertime but you can see snow across some mountain tops





View from the tippy top of the mountain. Great view of lake Lucerne and area


View from the top of the Dragon Path of the facility


View of Mt. Pilatus from the boat on Lake Lucerne

View of Mt. Pilatus from the boat on Lake Lucerne


Mt. Pilatus vista

View of the valley from the cog railroad.


Mount Pilatus

At the top


From the top of Mt. Pilatus

So neat - you can see the cloud bank on one side and the sun on the other side. The air is so clean!


Alpine Scenery

A beautiful panorama from the gondola.


Lake Lucerne from the Gondola

Splendid view of Lake Lucerne


Gondola Going Up

This is the first of 2 gondola rides to get to the top of Pilatus.





My son at Mt.Pilatus

Mount Pilatus with Hotel Kulm at the background


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