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
  • Boat ride available until Oct 22. From Oct 23 onwards a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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


05 Jun, 2023

Going to the top of Mount Pilatus by cable car with views of the Alps was awesome and we finished with a paddle boat ride on Lake Lucerne so we saw the Alps from a different perspective. Best of Switzerland Tours did a great job.


04 Jun, 2023

The scenic drive from Zurich to Lucerne and then to Mount Pilatus was breathtaking. Mount Pilatus was beautiful and we loved the Dragons Den. Highly recommend this tour.


04 Jun, 2023

1. Difficult to hear guide on the bus. Asked him to speak up. Maybe he thought he did, but basically, with the AC running full blast I couldn’t hear him so missed all the commentary while on the bus. 2. We sat on the bus waiting for quite some time while loading passengers and it was like a sauna …. Extremely hot. 3. Felt the directions given for when to meet and where to meet were not clear.


02 Jun, 2023

Ana was a great guide. Highly informative throughout the course of our bus ride. Lovely walk around Lucerne, bucket list trip up Mt Pilatus and an extremely relaxing boat ride to conclude the tour. Very convenient and well-organized. Cheers!


01 Jun, 2023

We had a picture perfect day going up the mountain in the cable car. We saw the cows and her their cowbells that was a treat right there. When we got to the very top we could see for miles and miles and miles and I went through the tunnels. It was a great day.

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