Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich | La Vacanza Travel

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Zurich
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full-day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cogwheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.

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Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Start your tour at the Sihlquai Bus Station in Zurich. Set off for an exciting day traveling over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting city of Lucerne.

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Take in the views during a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or at the Lion Monument.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Old Town Lucerne, Altstadt, Lucerne 6002 Switzerland

Once arriving in Lucerne, enjoy a brief orientation drive, where your guide points out the main attractions of this charming town like the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church and the Culture and Congress Centre. Enjoy the following time at leisure to stroll through Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

Continuation to Kriens, where you take the panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy some time at leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cogwheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Your summer alpine adventure concludes with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne to Lucerne.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

After an enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zürich.

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cableway Dragon Ride (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from Jun 5 to Nov 19)
  • 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
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • From Oct 23 to Nov 10: ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • From Nov 11 to 19: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Boat ride available until Oct 22. From Oct 23 onwards a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

09:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


9 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


29 Sep, 2023

Anna was a very friendly and warm guide. She answered questions patiently, very energetic and easy to talk to. You


27 Sep, 2023

Excellent tour with so much to see! Monica did a great job keeping the large group of us together and where we were suppose to be, so everything went smoothly. The sites were absolutely stunning and should not be missed!


23 Sep, 2023

It’s an amazing, relaxing tour. Anna, our tour guide is friendly, organised and experienced. Got to experiences cable cars, cogwheel and lake cruise with breath taking view. Would highly recommend others to join this tour. ☺️


23 Sep, 2023

Great experience!!! Mount Pilatus and Lucerne were spectacular. Thankfully La Vacanza Travel has an unheard of “5 minute” wait rule before the bus leaves for the tour. We are usually never “those people” to be late but unfortunately our night jet train was over an hour late getting in. We ran to the tour desk (which is about 8 min from the train station) and made it!!! We are so happy that we did. The mountains were incredible. The tour gave us ample time to walk around the paths on the top of Mt Pilatus and get a bite to eat. We took the funicular up and the cogwheel down the mountain. Both were cool rides. Our time in Lucerne was quicker and just okay. It was definitely more of a business and industrial feel vs. a cute Switzerland town. Overall, it was a good time. We recommend it!


18 Sep, 2023

Misty and cloudy, could not see any view from top of mountain. Very disappointing. Tour Guide only present to give instructions and did not interact with group.

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Exceeded my expectations!


Mount Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Tour


Incredible day tour with Best of Switzerland Tours and operations team - amazing tour guides, check-in and drivers!




Wonderful day trip with beautiful views.


Mt Pilatus day trip from Zurich


Incredible !


Great way to spend a day in Switzerland


Mother and daughter vacation


View of the Alps was spectacular


Great day in Lucerne.


A really wonderful experience with beautiful views


Amazing Experience!!


Adventure and scenic beauty galore.


Exciting experience


Wow wow wow!!


Majestic Mount Pilatus Trip


Don’t think twice!




Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide


A must do!




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