Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.

Highlights

  • Half-day summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne, led by a professional guide
  • Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus
  • Hop aboard the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters)
  • Soak up amazing views over the Swiss Alps
  • Make the most of free time on the peak to relax or explore independently
  • Descend from the summit via the world's steepest cogwheel train
  • Cruise out onto Lake Lucerne during a 1-hour boat ride

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What You Can Expect

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Enjoy the beautiful views from Mount Pilatus on your day trip from Lucerne

Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.

Customer Reviews

Trev

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Don't miss out on doing this trip. Our guide was fabulous but the views and the scenery were out of this world. We still haven't gotten tired of talking about this part of our trip to our friends. This is a must do trip.

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour was excellent, a highlight of our 2-day stay in Lucerne following a Rhine River Cruise.
However, we weren't happy initially with the lady guide who met us at the Information Centre. We sat, along with others on the same tour, where she indicated, but we hadn't noticed that she went off to the coach without calling us. Had it not been for another young man tourist who ran after her, we might have missed the tour.

Vivien T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

All went well. We were taken by bus to the gondola ride and our guide was very efficient in making sure we all knew what we had to do. Once up on the mountain we were given information about how to fill in our time and when to be back at the meeting point for the train trip down the mountain. Everything went smoothly. Our boat trip back to Lucerne was really enjoyable as well. Despite the weather not being kind to us, we had a very enjoyable day.

Amanda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent, really enjoyed every aspect of the trip. It was expensive but well worth the money. Even though we went in October the weather was warm and visibility was good. The scenery from the top of the mountain was breathtaking.

S M MIDDLEMASS M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow ! what a superb day out, fully recommend this day trip, it was just amazing.

Timothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good tour. Monica, our guide, was very informative! Beautiful day above the clouds on Mt. Pilatus via a cog railway! Nice restaurant with German style buffet! Good food, great chance to hike with beaut
I full camera shots of snow covered Alps! Highly recommend!

Arthur S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a fun trip. The tour guide was fantastic and a lot of fun to talk to. Unfortunately he could not do anything about the big cloud of rain that covered the mountain that day.

Magda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Beautiful view

August F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Even with fog obstructing our view, we still had a great time. Our guide Monica was excellent! And the sit down restaurant in the Hotel Klum had fantastic food and great service.

dgoose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great time! even though it was REALLY foggy, the trip was a blast. Worth the money, bus ride, tram to top, then cogwheel train back. Then boat ride for 1 hour to Lucerne! Grab this tour if your in Lucerne/Zurich

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