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

For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.


  • 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

Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne. Disembark for a highlight tour of the city, including the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church. Afterwards you will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

This tour operates between May and October, however If you are traveling in late October, the aerial cable car could be canceled due to poor or unsafe weather conditions. If this is the case, you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. If traveling when the boat is no longer in operation (approximately October 18), you will return to Lucerne by train and enjoy lunch (included).

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The views from Mount Pilatus were extraordinary!!! This tour is very worth while.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great day trip, packs a lot in but worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful guidance by the tour operator and superb habitability.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

overall, the tour experience is very good. I hope next time we can stay in Lucern for a little bit longer. to do that, maybe we can short the time on the top of the Pilatus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Andreas, our guide and driver did an excellent job and was very informative. Didn't get to do the Cog Wheel Train or Boat because it was too early in the season, but lunch on top of the mountain was a real treat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was absolutely breathtaking. Rita and Robert were amazing throughout the whole thing. Everything was very organized and fun. The views from the mountain was exquisite, was definitely worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This trip was a highlight of our time in Switzerland ! The weather on our day-trip wasn't perfect some very high cloud but it did clear at times to give us beautiful views. The bus trip and our guide Rosemary were awesome !, we had a good amount of time in Lucerne before taking the cable cars to the summit then a nice lunch.
The trip down the mountain on the 'cog wheel railway' is not to be missed - excellent views. Then finally the boat ride across the lake topped off a beautiful day.. DO not miss this tour it is lovely and good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Well organized trip. Everyone enjoyed the day. The scenery was outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was fantastic! I wish that instead of an hour in Lucerne, they will have given us an hour and half. My only disappointment was that when I booked this tour, I selected the Swissotel to be picked up following the instructions of the booking and found by the operator that they did not pick at this hotel. I was not staying in that hotel, but it didn't specify that you needed to stay in that hotel. Luckyly enough, the operator site was not far from my hotel and we were able to take the subwayto the main train station.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Liked it very much!

The host repeated everything too many times though.

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