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Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

From $112.08 per person

Take the Panorama Gondola up Mount Pilatus and then ride the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Board a ship for the return trip to Lucerne.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the views as you ride the Panorama Gondola
  • Feel the thrill of the Dragon Ride on the way to the summit of Mount Pilatus
  • Experience the descent of world's steepest cogwheel railway en route to Alpnachstad
Full description
Your 4.5-hour tour begins at the train station in Lucerne, where you’ll board a bus for a 15-minute ride to Kriens. In Kriens you’ll pick up your ticket for the rest of the tour. Head to the 4-seat Panorama Gondola to ascend to the mid-way station at Krienseregg. In another 15 minutes you’ll reach Fräkmüntegg. Finish the journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus on a thrilling 5-minute aerial cable car ride, known as the Dragon Ride. At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you’ll have spectacular views over the Lake Lucerne region and the Alps. You’ll also have some free time for a bite to eat or a walk around the area. Then you’ll board the world's steepest cogwheel railway for the ride down to Alpnachstad, passing lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. In about a half hour you’ll arrive at the valley station, where a ship will take you back to Lucerne. Sample Itinerary 08:30 Departure from Lucerne by bus 08:40 Arrival in Kriens, station Zentrum Pilatus; walk to the valley station to pick up your tickets 09:00 Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg 09:30 Change to the Dragon Ride cable car 09:35 Arrival on Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the panoramic view and a walk around the area and/or a delicious meal 10:10 Departure by world's steepest cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad 10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad 11:00 Departure by ship 12:18 Arrival in Lucerne
Includes
  • Public bus (Lucerne-Kriens, station Zentrum Pilatus or vice versa)
  • Cable car ride from Kriens to Mt. Pilatus (or vice versa)
  • Ride with the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Mt. Pilatus (or vice versa)
  • Second-class ship ticket (Alpnachstad-Lucerne or vice versa)
  • Food and beverages
  • Rope Park entrance fee
  • Parking fee (CHF 5)
  • Overnight on the summit
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Begin your self-guided tour at Lucerne bus station to get bus number 1 in the direction of Obernau.

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  • This is an unguided individual tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 133 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.6/5

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The trip was excellent and smooth with my 3 year old son. I took the cruise first from pier 2 near Lucerne Bahnhof, followed by cog wheel ride upwards. At Alpachstad we had to exchange our print out tickets at the counter in order to get the passes for the remaining trip. We were able to spend sometime at the top of Mt Pilatus and descended by dragon ride and gondola, caught the bus number 1 and back to Lucerne Bahnof. The weather was also perfect!

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September 11, 2021

I suggest doing the tour backwards than suggested by Get Your Guide. Start with the lake cruise portion (Luzern to Alpnachstad) since there are only a few sailings, then take the cogwheel train/funicular up and go down via cable car to Kriens and bus back to Lucerne (many bus times). Don't worry, there are plenty of signs to mark your journey, Breathtaking views even if the top of the mountain is obscured in clouds. See cows and hikers below. Starting instructions that were given were a bit confusing (telling you to go to bus office when none existed) but information center at the Lucerne railway was very helpful and they told us what pier the ship would leave from and the possible times. If you have kids or teens, there is a fun activity park (you must pay) where you change cable cars half way down the descent (Frakmuntegg).

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September 2, 2021

This was a fabulous excursion for me at 78 years old and for my granddaughter at 19 years old. The ride up in the gondolas provided extraordinarily beautiful views – absolutely stunning. We ate lunch at the hotel. The food was excellent. We noticed that many folks brought picnic lunches which looked like a fun option. Going down the other side of the mountain on the cog railway was an equally beautiful experience. The final leg on the boat to go back to Lucerne was a relaxing and beautiful trip. This is truly an adventure for all age groups.

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August 3, 2021

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