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
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  • 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 cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Join the tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Disembark for a highlight tour of the city of Lucerne, stopping for a scenic photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne.

Pass By: Lion Monument, Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006 Switzerland

Alternatively, the photo stop might be at the Lion Monument.

Pass By: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

From the bus, you'll see Chapel Bridge.

Pass By: Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Bahnhofstrasse 11A, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

And you'll pass by Jesuit Church.

Stop At: Old Town Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

You will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

Duration: 50 minutes

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

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your 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 cog-wheel 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 adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

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

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: 10 minutes

  • Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
  • Short introduction city tour of Lucerne
  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world (from early May to mid November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from May 4 to October 20,2019)
  • Meal voucher in case the boat ride does not operate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
  • Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking
  • Gondolas are in maintenance from October 22 to November 9, 2018
Departure Point

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

Departure Time

9:30 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

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

User's Reviews

Image - 14 Nov 2019 -


Have bird eyes view of Mount Pilatus. The tour is so good to have different kinds of transportation up/down to mountain. The tour also includes the ferry... so good

Image - 29 Oct 2019 -


Right from the start our trip met or exceeded our (group of 16) expectations. Once out of the city we traveled through gorgeous countryside and small Swiss Villages. Our guide shared interesting information along the way and we stopped for photo opportunities also. Once we arrived at Mt Pilatus the experience and views became breathtaking. The gondola and tram rides up were exciting for some in my group who have never ridden on a gondola/tram and on this particular day we broke through a cloud cover as we took the tram to the top of Mt Pilatus, a photographer’s paradise. Many of us climbed the trail to the very top while others stayed at the restaurant/top station. The facilities allowed everyone to have a wonderful experience. The cog train down was fun and just added to everyone’s enjoyment. Added to an already great experience was the boat ride on lake Lucerne which in itself was a beautiful experience. The whole trip was well worth the cost. Our group later in the week took a Viking Cruise and had a great experience, but most put Mt Pilatus as one of their favorite days on our vacation.

Image - 01 Oct 2019 -

Samuel O

This trip was wonderful. The company operated like clock work. The whole day was relaxing and wonderful. The weather was a bonus - perfectly sunny and cast a warm glow on everything. I would highly recommend this for everyone.

Image - 30 Sep 2019 -


It was our last day in Switzerland and one of the best. The itinerary was excellent with a nice variety of activities included. The bus trip was comfortable and our guide Denise provided excellent commentary of places we passed through. We really loved Mount Pilatus and the team, gondola and cog wheel rides! Wish we had time to do the alpine slide but biking around the peak was also fantastic.

Image - 17 Sep 2019 -

Richard L

My wife pushed me to do this on the last day of a business trip, and I am very glad she did. This is a great way to get out of Zurich and see some countryside and pack in a couple of different activities into a single day. Guide describes many interesting details of the scenery and the cantons while the bus drives on hilly roads through the countryside to Rigi Mountain to drop off people on that trip. Then short drive to Lucerne. Decent amount of time to walk around the old town in Lucerne. Can eat, shop, or just admire the scenery and architecture. Many good photo op spots for urban pictures but with features that are unmistakably European. Then short ride to the first gondola. Four person "ski lift" enclosed cabin. You can see the people hiking and hear the cow bells of the cows grazing underneath. Then into the 55 person big gondola for the ascent to the summit. Quite crowded to get 55 in, but tolerable. Then you reach the summit of Mt Pilatus, and if the sun in shining it is glorious. can see several 3000 meter peaks as well as Lake Lucerne below. Three different short paths to walk to get view from different angles / sides. Each takes 10 -20 minutes so in your 90 minutes on the summit you have time to do all 3. Or grab a bit to eat and drink, there are several options in the 2 hotels on the summit or on the large outdoor space. Then cog wheel train down very steep route. Quite an exhilarating experience. More great views. More cow with cowbells. Then quick hop through tunnel under the road and get onto high speed boat on lake Lucerne. In good weather the breeze feels great and there is nice scenery. Then bus takes fast motorway back to Zurich. Fabulous day in Switzerland.

User's Picture Gallery


Pilatus Toboggan Ride

Doing the optional toboggan ride, at the Frakmuntegg cable car stop on Mount Pilatus


Top of Pilatus

View from the top of Pilatus, showing the main buildings


Mt Rigis

Romantic moment


Enjoy the lake of Luzern



Stroll on the cruise

An unforgettable experience for the kids.


The Lion Monument

Kids will absolutely love it












Kapellbrücke Chapel Bridge across the Reuss in Lucerne


Walking along the top of Mt. Pilatus


View from Mt. Pilatius


On the boat also


The cog wheel train was great


On the boat also


On the boat on the lake going toward Luzern


Cog Wheel Train

The cog-wheel train ahead of ours on the decent. Look at the Alps!


Views from the Top

This is the gondola that you ride up to the peak of Mount Pilatus. This is only a slight view of all that you can see from the top.


Monte Pilatus

Los Alpes desde el Monte Pilatus


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