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.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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 the short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.

Duration: 4 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.

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.

  • 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)
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • 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
  • 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 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
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 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


14 Jun, 2022

The views were amazing. I will have to say that I thought the ride back down by train, and the boat ride would make the experience extra fun by adding a different dimension to the round trip experience. In the end, I don't think it was necessary. We had a beautiful day with the weather, but could have gotten all out of the experience with just a ride to the top in the cable car and back. We even saw crazy mountain goats!


14 Jun, 2022

La Vacanza Travel made the trip easy by providing the bus transfer to the gondola. The guide, Isabela was nice and friendly but she was hard to hear. Personally I would Buy the golden ticket and go on your own that way you don’t have any time restrictions. Also if the weather is bad like ours was you can go another day.


10 Jun, 2022

Rolf was an excellent guide, courteous and helpful, providing useful information at each stop. He kept the group together and spoke good English.


07 Jun, 2022

The gondola ride up the mountain is breathtaking. Our party included a couple with limited mobility and the tour guide was most helpful & considerate. We all enjoyed lunch at the top and it was fun watching the birds frolic. The train ride down was unique and we enjoyed the views along Lake Lucerne.


05 Jun, 2022

We loved the tour! It included all of the highlights and our tour guide Rita was excellent! It was a wonderful day!

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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