Tour code: 3885SW304BSL
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.


  • 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

Vernon J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Definitely a trip to take while in Lucerne. Weather always a big unknown though.

Dana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour! The weather was a little iffy when we started the day and we thought we were going to get to the top of Mt. Pilotus and see nothing. As we took the cable car to the top it was completely fogged in. BUT, when we got on top the clouds kept coming in and out giving us breathtaking views and then complete cloud covering. It was a little eerie, yet serene. We had more than enough time at the top to capture it all. Plus the food at the restaurants was surprisingly delicious! The ride up and down is just stunning, with gorgeous meadows, filled with cows and fantastic views of Lake Lucerne.
Finishing it off on the boat tour was a great way to see the scope of this wonderful area.

Wilma P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. The mountain was beautiful even in the rain. Especially enjoyed the cog railroad going down.

Clifford V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything about it was excellent! Beautiful scenery on the gondola ride, snow at the top and it started snowing while we were there. The cogtrain ride was great and the boat ride on Lake Lucerne was excellent!

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Trip was fine. Rather annoying detour from Lucern station to collect another party so in effect, an hour of our time was 'lost'.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous guide and a lovely country. I loved having the chance to go out on the lake. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Debra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Even though the weather was rainy and the views were limited, the varied transportation was fun. We heard Alphorns on top of the mountain, and it was relaxing to watch the changing view as the clouds moved around the peak. Our guide, Rolf, was very pleasant.

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful host who was lovely and informative, took the time to speak to each person in the group. Cable car, gondola and boat ride were all enjoyable. The views are stunning would do again.

Kelley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was amazing and well worth the price. The guide was knowledgable and professional. Events were timely and ran exactly as planned. The cable car ride offered a speculative view as did the cog wheel train. The day was clear and offered spectacular photo opportunities. Book it!

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was well worth it. Even with a somewhat raining day it was an
awesome experience. Our tour guide was very good. It was so simple to
book the tour on your website.

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