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

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

On this full-day alpine excursion, escape Zurich and spend a glorious day in the Lake Lucerne area, exploring Mount Rigi, known as the ‘Queen of the Mountains,’ and the picturesque lakeside town of Lucerne. This tour is mostly made up of free time and self-guided activities – your guide will be with you from Zurich to Weggis, at the foot of the mountain, and then you’re free to explore the mountain and Lucerne at your leisure. Ride an aerial cable car and a cog-wheel train; take in stunning views over the Swiss Alps; enjoy a boat ride on Lake Lucerne – it’s a full day of gorgeous scenery and mountain delights.


  • Full-day tour from Zurich to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne
  • Ride an aerial cable car and a cog-wheel train
  • On Mount Rigi, go for a walk or hike, enjoy a meal and admire the views of the Swiss Alps
  • Paddle-steamer ride on Lake Lucerne to the town of Lucerne
  • Free time to explore Lucerne at your leisure
  • Perfect day trip for the independent traveler!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get a lot of free time to explore the lovely Lucerne area. Hike on Mt Rigi with its top-notch views of the Alps before taking a relaxing boat ride to Lucerne, a picturesque town where you can sightsee, shop or just have a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars along the lake.

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What You Can Expect

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Ride a traditional cog-wheel train and admire the scenery on your day trip from Zurich

Your full-day tour from Zurich to Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne starts with a panoramic drive over Albis Pass and then takes you to Weggis, a charming summer resort town on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Your guide will turn you loose in Weggis, where the self-guided part of your day trip begins. Take the aerial cable car for an approximate 15-minute ride up the mountain, offering you stunning views over Lake Lucerne.

You’ll reach a middle station at an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), where you’ll change to the cog-wheel train (the first in Europe) that will take you on another 10- to 15-minute ride almost to the summit of the mountain.

Your itinerary on Mount Rigi is flexible – you can spend one to 2.5 hours exploring at your own pace, using the itinerary sheets and timetables your guide will give you. There are beautiful walking and hiking trails, spectacular panoramic views over the Swiss Alps, restaurants where you can relax and have a bite to eat, and more.

You’ll then take a cog-wheel train down the mountain to the lakeside village of Vitznau, where you’ll board a paddle-steamer for the approximate 45-minute boat ride to Lucerne. In Lucerne, you’ll have free time to explore; walk along the lake, visit the Old Town and admire the Chapel Bridge. Your guide will meet you at the end of the day in Lucerne and escort you by coach back to Zurich.

Between April 11 and May 4 the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Rigi by cogwheel train.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great value for money. We got to see some amazing parts of Switzerland and the staff were fantastic. I would highly recommend.

Tiffani B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Beautiful! The weather made for a pretty foggy day. So try and pick a clear skies kinda day, and pack a light jacket, its chilly up there! I really like everything about sLOVEnia!!

Patricia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a beautiful trip. We loved Lucerne and Mount Rigi had beautiful vistas from every direction

Wolfgang G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The view was unbelievable.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome. Everything went well as planned.

Rosemary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Had a great day, weather not kind but did not spoil our fun!! Mt Rigi covered in cloud, extreme wind and rain!! Loved cable car and cog train. Well organised with clear directions for self guided part. Loved Lurcerne and boat ride on lake, plenty of time to shop and grab a coffee. We travelled from Basel to join this tour and it was easy to do by train, a very long day, thoroughly enjoyed!!

Heather S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic. Efficient friendly staff. Everything went like clockwork. We were advised to take the tour by friends who went last year and loved it. We were certainly not disappointed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A great day very informative wonderful scenery and plenty of free time to look about at your own pace.

Anthony L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This day trip was amazing. Slight issue with the complimentary hotel pick up, however that did not ruin the rest of the trip. The top of Mount rigi was beautiful and definitely something not to miss.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Best day, well organized day you get to see a lot and the views were stunning

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