Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Lucerne

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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Visiting Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, is a must-do when you're in the Lake Lucerne region. Start at the valley station in Kriens, and enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride over a pre-Alpine landscape to reach Fräkmüntegg, where you'll transfer to the aerial cableway known as the 'Dragon Ride.' After another five minutes, arrive at 7,000 feet above sea level (2,132 meters). Soak up the panoramic views over the lake and Alps, and then take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway down through rock faces, mountain streams, and lush meadows to reach Alpnachstad.

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


  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Multiple departure times and locations available

Start your Mt. Pilatus tour at the valley station in Kriens to hop aboard the panoramic gondola for the 30-minute ride to Fräkmüntegg. If you have kids, perhaps hop off the gondola halfway through the ride in Krienseregg, where a playground provides a chance for them to burn some energy before continuing the gondola ride. 

At Fräkmüntegg, you can participate in activities, if you wish, such as a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan or climbing through the rope park (own expense). When you're ready, board the 'Dragon Ride,' an aerial cableway with a spacious interior, cockpit-like design, and large windows that give you the impression of being in a helicopter—only the flying is even more exhilarating. Admire views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps when you reach the summit of the mountain, and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), or get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants (own expenses).

When you're ready to head back down, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (since 1889) for a trip past streams, steep rock faces, and fields of Alpine flowers. The railway brings you to Alpnachstad, marking the end of your Mt. Pilatus experience.

Ideal Itinerary:

9:00   Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg

9:45   Change to the cable car 'Dragon Ride'

9:50   Arrival at Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the view and stroll around

10:50 Departure by cogwheel train to Alpnachstad

11:30 Arrival in Alpnachstad

Click on the 'View additional info' link to see the departure timetable for both stations.

• The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 23 October to 10 November 2017; access from Alpnachstad only.
• The cogwheel train is closed from 20 November to around mid-May; access from Kriens only


  • Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
  • Cogwheel train ride (from mid May to November 17th)
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges

  • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley.
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Cableways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
  • Please note: You can start the tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
  • The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 21 October to 8 November 2019; access from Alpnachstad only.
  • The cogwheel train is closed from 18 November to mid-May; access from Kriens only
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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

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

Return Details

Kriens or Alpnachstad

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.


2 hours 15 minutes

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

User's Reviews

Image - 08 Oct 2019 -

Kevin L

We took the paved trail that starts beyond the Kulm Hotel. After a little while, we looked up the mountain and saw 2 Alpine Ibex sitting in the grass. A bit further, 5 more; then 5 more, all walking on the steep rock faces. in all we saw about 25 that day. It was cloudy and chilly, but a great day for Ibex! Cog Railway was fantastic too. Worthwhile visit.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -


You can´t miss this Tour not only for the exiting route in gondola and Aerial cableway but the beautiful views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne. There are other options for enjoying outdoor activities in a middle space called Frakmuntegg before riding the cableway. Top recommendation to this attraction.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Elizabeth R

Gorgeous views, and lots of fun overall! There’s a small shop at the top, but know the food (like everything in Switzerland) isn’t cheap! Be prepared to walk up a lot of paths/steps at the top for even better views. Athletic sandals were fine for me. In summer, I suggest wearing layers and sunscreen; we expected to be chilly, but it was still hot (especially while hiking around) and the sun can do damage at altitude. *Be aware this specific ticket does not include transport back to the starting point where the gondola is (a few miles away)- no problem if you want to just buy a train/bus pass at the station the cogwheel train lets you off at.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Wendy F

My girlfriend and I had to walk close to a mile from the bus to get to the tram - not too bad, but longer than we thought. There was a pretty long wait even for those of us that had tickets. The trams were fun - not scary at all, although I thought it would be. The weather was cold - but very tolerable. We had lunch in one of the hotel restaurants - okay - hotel, fast food. There was lots of snow (I'm from Atlanta GA and haven't seen that much in years!). In all - it was a very enjoyable afternoon until the walk back down to the bus - but even that was okay.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Julie R

If you like scenic landscapes, breath-taking views and adventurous shouldn't miss this trip. Was the highlight of our vacation.

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Carlos, Cristiano and Lucas, selfie at 7000 feet









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