Day trip

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Luzern

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Swiss Travel Guide
Day trip

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Luzern

Activity provider: Swiss Travel Guide

From US$ 286.18 per person

Enjoy a scenic roundtrip journey from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus by train, lake boat, cogwheel train, and aerial cableway.

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Duration 6 hours
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German, English


  • Take a lake cruise to Alpnachstad
  • Ride on the steepest cogwheel train in the world to Mount Pilatus
  • Soak up the views from an aerial cableway car
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Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people.

Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November.

Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

  • Environmentally-friendly travel by train
  • All tickets, taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Round-trip circuit by lake boat, cogwheel train, cable car (June-October)
  • Round-trip circuit by local bus and cable car, with lake cruise in Lucerne after returning (November-May)
  • Swiss tour guide
  • Travel to the meeting point in Lucerne
  • Food and drinks
  • Fräkmüntegg, dragon glider, toboggan run, or other attractions not mentioned

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the red info-point at the Lucerne train station on the ground level, opposite train track number 14.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Pilatus Railway only operates from May to November due to snow
  • Cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake board are closed from November to May. During this time you will reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Lucerne instead
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Prior to this wonderful all-day excursion, we were kept informed about date, time and meeting place to ensure an on-time departure. True to plans, our guide Abraham met us at the assigned destination along with the other guests - a mother and her very well-behaved children ranging in age from 7-18 who all added to the enjoyment of the day. We saw incredible sights we saw as we alighted from the city onward to the top of the mountain, changing from a small gondola to a larger tram type structure approximate 3/4 of the way up - not even an issue for my husband who is not keen on heights. The summit was breathtaking with plenty of time afforded to enjoy from every direction and have lunch. Our day concluded with a perfect, relaxing 1 hr catamaran cruise around Lake Lucerne; such beautiful scenery! Abraham was an excellent guide - mindful and unobtrusive, allowing us the opportunity to enjoy this adventure to the fullest. Future guides have much to learn from his approach!

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May 5, 2022

We were very lucky, as Mount Pilatus was full of clouds, however, when we reached the top, the clouds gave us a break. Wonderful tour and very friendly guide. It's a shame we don't have time to explore the mountain more. But this tour is well worth it.

September 23, 2022

September 21, 2022

Product ID: 407525