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From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Product ID: 11974
Enjoy a bus tour through beautiful countryside from Zurich to Lucerne for a short city tour. Travel up Mt. Pilatus by cable car, descend back down to Alpnachstad via funicular, and cruise back over the Lake of the Four Cantons by boat.
About this activity
Duration: 9.5 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a beautiful ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne
  • Visit Lucerne and take a short tour of the main sights
  • Discover the charming old town of Lucerne at your own pace
  • Scale Mount Pilatus on several cable cars
  • Conquer the summit of the "Dragon Mountain" and enjoy unique views over the Alps and lakes
  • Take a daring ride on the breathtaking funicular railway down to Alpnachstadt, the steepest funicular railway in the world*
  • Relax afterwards on an idyllic, 1-hour boat ride back to Lucerne
Full description
This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the the Lion Monument depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape.

Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterwards, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in comfortable coach
  • Panoramic gondolas and aerial cable car Dragon Ride
  • Cogwheel train
  • 1-hour boat cruise (summer option)
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF (autumn option)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenditure

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Sihlquai car park opposite Zürich Main Station. Follow platform 18 until the road bends off to the right. Follow the road for 50m. There you will be able to see the car park. Stop: Sihlquai, Streetcar: 4 or 13 Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure. Passports are essential

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks in the vehicle
Know before you go
• In winter, the tour runs under the name "Mount Pilatus – The Mystic Mountain".
• The funicular is in service from May to mid-November, and the boat ride on Lake Lucerne is available from May to October.
• During the winter tour, the itinerary is altered since the cable car routes are inaccessible. The funicular train and boat ride are discontinued in winter. During this time, lunch will be offered as a replacement.
• The gondola and cable car are not available at the beginning of November due to servicing.
• From October 21 to November 8, the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train.
• From November 9 to 17, the ascent will be made by cable car and the descent by cogwheel train.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 293 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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1. Magnificent views! 2. The weather is the factor. I was lucky the second day in a row, the weather was foggy in the morning only. Closer to noon, it was sunny - it's perfect for the end of October! 3. Two minuses at the end of October: cable road was not operated, no boat ride. But it was compensated by vouchers on 20 CHR for restaurants at the top :)

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26 October 2019

The tour was very well organized and amazing. Felt that we had a decent to good amount of time at each destination. The guide was friendly and helpful. We loved the whole experience, especially the cable cars and gondolas and the ride in the bus was very smooth. The only thing we’d add to the tour is better options for f&b — the voucher we got was for 1 Asian restaurant that we didn’t use in Lucerne, and the food in the cafeteria in mount Pilatus wasn’t great. But overall, amazing experience.

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30 August 2019

This is a great tour. You get a lot in one day. Our guide, Rebecca was lovely and very helpful. Just enough time in Lucern and on Mount Pilatus. I've travelled a lot. The walks on top of Mount Pilatus were great, but the cogwheel railroad trip down the mountain was completely spectacular!

16 August 2019

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Product ID: 11974