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.

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Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

Start your tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Set off for an exciting day traveling over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting city of Lucerne. Take in the views during a short photo stop en route.

Pass By: Lucerne, 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.

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

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, where you board the coach for your ride back to Zurich.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zurich, Zurich

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 cablecar (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from early May to early November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne
  • Lunch voucher will be provided in case the boat ride does not operate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern

  • 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
  • Early/mid May 2021: Depending on snow conditions, the coghweel train may be replaced by the aerial cable car.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • From October 18-24 and November 13-14, the ascent will be made by cable car, the descent by cogwheel train and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • From October 25 to November 12, the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train due to revision of the cable car and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • In winter (from November 15), the tour runs under the name "Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zürich".
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Approved Health & Safety Concept COVID-19 under the "Clean & Safe" campaign supported by Switzerland Tourism. Face masks and disinfectant wipes will be provided free of charge.
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 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


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


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.

Samuel O

01 Oct, 2019

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.


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.

Richard L

17 Sep, 2019

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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