Tour code: 3885SW304BS
Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and take a tranquil cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.


  • Summer day trip from Zurich to Mount Pilatus
  • Ride an aerial cable car gondola to the top of Mount Pilatus
  • Hike to the summit and descend on the world's steepest cog-wheel railway
  • A boat ride across Lake Lucerne is included
  • Hotel pickup from selected Zurich hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

After arriving in Lucerne, you'll have some free time in Old Town, so make sure to walk over the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Once you get to to the top of Mt Pilatus, have your camera ready. On a clear day, you can't beat the panoramic views of central Switzerland and the Alps from the summit.

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What You Can Expect

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Ride on the world's steepest cog-wheel railway

After pickup at a centrally located spot in Zurich, admire the picturesque scenery as you travel to Lucerne in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Disembark for a leisurely stroll around the historical highlights of the city, visiting monuments like Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Spend some relaxed free time exploring the city at your leisure, and then return to the coach to travel to your next destination.
Continue to Kriens and climb aboard a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car travelling to the 7000-foot (2,132-meter) summit of Mount Pilatus. Appreciate breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-smothered spires and enjoy some relaxed free time to absorb the views.
Follow the Dragon’s Path to Mount Pilatus’ summit and then descend the mountain’s steep side on the cogwheel railway, which with its 48% gradient is the steepest railway in the world. Back at sea level, climb aboard an awaiting boat for a tranquil cruise across Lake Lucerne.
Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Please see the Itinerary section from seasonal service times of each transport method.

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The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Customer Reviews

Sheetal B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour, money well spent! Our guide was great and had a wealth of knowledge.

Liza G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Lovely day out, our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend, especially if you only have a limited amount of time to spend in Switzerland and want to fit in the alps :

Lindsay R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Worth EVERY FREAKIN penny! Not only were we able to see the countryside on our comfortable bus ride to the mountain, but we enjoyed majestic views from the ride up via gondola to the ride down via world's steepest cog-wheel train. We enjoyed lunch at the top of the mountain while listening to alp-horns. Best experience of our European vacation!

Dan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a stand out tour we had an amazing time the views from the top of Mt Pilatus are spectacular the ride up in the Gondola's are superb we had a great lunch and then went down in the steep decline train 50 degrees amazing then on to lake Lucerne what can you say highly recommended

Carrie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was very nice and well paced. When we were able to walk around Lucerne the tour guide was very helpful in explaining the points of interest and to walk around the old town section. I met a wonderful Indian couple on the trip and we enjoyed the gondola ride up the mountain. Mount Pilatus had a few trails to take that were very nice and some places to eat lunch or for a quick snack. The cog train ride down the mountain was exciting since it is the steepest cog railroad. The boat ride to Lucerne was wonderful as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. He even went out of his way to make certain that we found the correct train to depart after the tour. We would certainly recommend this tour !!!

Jeffrey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very nice day out, guide was informative and helpful and overall a great experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The weather was kind to us so the trip was too good, should be a must for every tourist to Swittzerland, guide was good. The climb is great, the scene from top is great, the descent too is good. The boat ride back to Lucerne was again something great.

Steven H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic views!

Rich S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

What a great experience! If you have a day to spare, this is a great way to see some great sights. The bus got off the main highway for the trip down to see some of the countryside, we had a short stay in Lucerne but enough time to walk around the old town and the trip to Pilatus was just stunning. Got lucky with a fairly clear day. You have a lot of time to see the sights and get some lunch on the mountaintop. You'll never forget the gondola ride up nor the cogwheel train ride down. An hour on the boat back to Lucerne was a pleasant end to the day. The highlight of the trip, though, was our tour guide Daniel. He was the perfect guide -- knowledgeable, friendly and had the perfect touch to keep us together and on time. Thanks for a memory of a lifetime!

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