Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-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.

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Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

Meet your guide in central Lucerne (Frankenstrasse 2-4) in the early afternoon.

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, 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 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 a short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Alpnachstad, 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, Lucerne Switzerland

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

Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

At the end of the cruise, your tour ends back in Lucerne.

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cableway Dragon Ride (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from early May to early November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from 18 May - 22 Oct 2023)
  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Personal expenses
  • From October 23 to November 10: ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • From November 11 to 19: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Boat ride available until October 22. From October 23 onwards a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • 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
Departure Point

Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Pier 3, Landungsbrücke 3, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

Voucher info

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


5 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


27 Nov, 2022

On-time at meeting point, nice ride to mountain, Gondola ride up is the best, and the cog-wheel train ride down was cool. The best sights of the region for the peak. Would go again


14 Nov, 2022

Our trip to Mt. Pilatus was phenomenal The views were breathtaking, and our guide,Conrad, was exceptional. He kept us informed on everything we needed to know and gave us tips to make the most of our time on the mountain. I would recommend this excursion for everyone.


02 Nov, 2022

This was a fun excursion with fantastic scenery. Restaurant food was delicious. We had ample time to enjoy the sites.


30 Oct, 2022

Amazing and well managed trip. The tour guide Frank was special. Please do listen to his stories about the myth of Lucerne. Worth every penny!!!!


23 Oct, 2022

The views were spectacular ..the guide was very informative..the boat ride was great and the cog train was fun

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Mesmerizing Lucerne


One of the best experience


Favorite experience in Switzerland


Would highly recommend


Most enjoyable experience!


Pilatus adventure for all ages


A trip to Remember


Great value!


Highlight of Lucerne


Stress free way to see Mt Pilatus in a few hours.


Beautiful day!


Excellent experience


Beautiful and easy to get around. Lucerne is a beautiful, safe, clean city. It’s pricy but you get what you pay for.


Gondola ride to top with...


Just perfect


Amazing Excursion!


Fantastic Trip!!


Get in / out early!




Great views!


Pilatus and Lake Lucerne


Most Beautiful Day!


Highlight of our trip to Lucerne




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