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  • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

Ride an open-top aerial cable car to the peak of Mt Stanserhorn and take in the spectacular views of the Swiss Alps! On this full-day coach tour from Zurich, you’ll see the gorgeous countryside and visit the charming city of Lucerne, including its Old Town. In Stans, hop on an oldtimer funicular railway car and then take the Stanserhorn ‘CabriO’ – an open-air gondola – the rest of the way up to the Rondorama rotating restaurant and Marmot Park. From Stans, enjoy a train ride back to Lucerne!


  • 9.5-hour tour of central Switzerland, including Stanserhorn, from Zurich
  • See Lake Lucerne and visit the Old Town landmarks of Lucerne
  • Ride an antique wooden rail car aboard the funicular railway in Stans
  • Take the CabriO – the first open-top aerial cable car in the world – up Mt Stanserhorn
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Rondorama restaurant and a peek at Marmot Park
  • Relax on a public train ride from Stans to Lucerne
  • Enjoy guided and non-guided elements of the tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Travel the Swiss countryside, see Lucerne landmarks and ride a vintage funicular railway on this relaxing day trip. For me, the highlight is the ride on the open-top aerial cable car up Mt Stanserhorn. The views are spellbinding!

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

Vintage Funicular Train

After having made your way to the meeting point in central Zurich or been picked-up at your hotel, depart with your knowledgeable guide aboard a comfortable coach through the scenic countryside of central Switzerland. Relax on the journey along the Albis – a chain of wooded hills – and pass the shores of Lake Lucerne. Admire the picturesque, 24-mile (39-km) lake positioned between steep limestone cliffs.

When you arrive in Lucerne, divided into two parts by the Reuss River and its beautiful Chapel Bridge, enjoy a short city tour with your guide. Visit the Lion of Lucerne monument, a tribute to Swiss guards who defended the Tuileries in Paris in 1792, and see other key landmarks.

With some free time, explore the Old Town at your leisure, and discover the quaint alleys, squares, churches and homes of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque design. See the 15th-century town hall and count the nine watchtowers atop the well-preserved 14th-century town walls.

Then, continue by coach to Stans, a town surrounded by orchards, and board the vintage funicular railway, built in 1893 and recently restored. You’ll delight in an unforgettable ride through flowering meadows to the valley, and disembark at the station.

Your guide will leave you here so that you can explore independently. Take the CabriO – the world’s first open-top aerial cable car – to the summit of Mt Stanserhorn, rising 6,230 feet (1,900 meters) above sea level. During the 25-minute ride, relish the remarkable view from the roofless upper deck of the gondola as you ascend. Take in the panorama from the mountaintop as you look down at more than 10 lakes and 62 miles (100 km) of the Swiss Alps mountain range.

Next, go on a short hike to Stanserhorn’s peak and visit the Marmot Park for a chance to watch the animals in their natural habitat. If you choose, dine on a typical Swiss meal (own expense) in the Rondorama, a revolving restaurant with fabulous views.

After returning to Stans, meet up with your guide again and take the public train back to Lucerne for some additional free time in the charming city. In the evening, your guide takes you back by coach to Zurich.

Customer Reviews

Pratima S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a wonderful experience. everyone should do it.

Lynette P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Magnifigenct views oohed and aaded all the way quite overwhelming , low cloud on the way up but what a surprise when the cloud lifted

Yi Ting Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The view was breathtaking! Our driver was more than helpful and very polite! worth every penny!

Graeme M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic tour. Very good commentary. Wonderful scenery. Aerial cable car amazing; the first time we've been on one with an open top. Incredible views. The map for rejoining the tour could have been a lot better.

Sophie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We had a great time. Our kids had tons of fun and they enjoyed the Funiculur Railway and the CABRIO CABLE car up to Stanserhorn. Overall it was good trip. Good to have for a day.

Lind G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was one of the highlights of our vacation. We ended our Rhine cruise with 2 additional nights in Zurich and opted to take this day trip to Lucerne and Stanserhorn. As it turned out, there were only 10 people on this tour this date and it was more like a private your. The guide was great, and because we weren't in a big bus, she spent extra time in Lucerne, which we all enjoyed and appreciated. The highlight of this tour, however, was the Cabrio. The view of the mountains, lakes and towns from on top of the cable car were outstanding, and there was ample time at the top of the mountain to appreciate it.

Nidale T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We were only 4 persons going on this tour and Robert (our guide) explained how the trip would be (In the same bus there was another group doing the Titlis tour) . He explained that a portion of the tour would be without him and for the Cabrio portion he gave us a paper with all the instructions including where to meet him in Lucerne after the ride down from the Cabrio Cable car. The tour started with some explanation about Zurich then we did a first stop to take pictures of the mountain. After that we headed to the Lion monument and did a picture pose there , of course along the trip we got information related to Lucerne. 3rd stop was in Lucerne where we had about 1 hour and 1/2 of free time - so we went to visit the Chapel bridge and had a bite. Next the Bus dropped us at the Stanserhorn Station where we took the funiclar to the Cabrio cable car . The whole thing from bottom to top takes around 40 minutes. Once we reached the summit the view was even more amazing and breathtaking . The paper we had indicated to 2 different times to go down and which train to take back to Lucerne (tickets included) . All the tour was very nice and Robert the tour guide was amazing; he even gave us his personal phone number just in case we had an emergency. Highly recommended !

David R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very enjoyable time going up Stanserhorn. The view is great as well as the Funicular Railway and Cable car were fun to ride. The tour of Lucerne allowed you to see all of the high points of Lucerne and some free time to explore on your own. We recommend this tour

Mary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent day and our tour guide Franz was very knowledgeable and informative. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get out of the city and see so much in one day!

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