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Mount Pilatus Summer Full-Day Tour from Zurich

Freienbach, Switzerland
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9 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


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
After pickup at a centrally located spot in Zurich, admire the picturesque scenery as you travel to Lucerne in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Disembark for a leisurely stroll around the historical highlights of the city, visiting monuments like Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge. Stop for a scenic photo stop en route either at Lake Lucerne or 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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Not recommended- day way too long!
Lauren G
, Jul 2019
Because it was so foggy and there was no visibility the tour was uncomfortably long. We had to stay at the top for two hours even though there was no view and it was cold out. I understand there was a schedule to keep but it just didn’t work for me.
Mount Pilatus - Mature Couple
, Jul 2019
Very well organized itinerary. Tour guide could have been a bit more informative about places we visited. Minimal information was given. Tour itinerary was excellent, we've enjoyed every minute of it. Comfortable bus, enough time in Lucerne to walk around city the center and have a beer or a fast meal. Enjoyed wonderful view from mt. Pilatus of the city and lake Lucerne. Boat ride on the lake was also wonderful. Wesley and Ela - Australia
Worth every penny
James S
, Jul 2019
This trip was amazing. Bus through the countryside to Lucerne. Time to walk around that beautiful place. Then a rider up Mount Pilatus and time at the top. Then a beautiful railroad down the mountain to a ferry on Lake Lucerne. It was so incredibly well run. Our guide, Maude, was informed, funny, sweet, and made the day great. 10 out of 10 would do it again. It's worth every penny.
Worth it.
, Jul 2019
Satisfying. It was a wonderful experience.I was amazed by the Lucerne lake.The ride uphill was dreamlike in dragon ride.Ropeway was long enough to shoot video capturing aerial view.45 mins of time in Lucerne was enough if we had our breakfast or if we were allowed to eat in the couch some snacks. Lake Lucerne boat ride was even better and fulfilling.It was an hour long sail and gave me a good time to shoot and chill out. The commentator Marshellow was clear audible and easy to understand. Great trip.Thanks Viotar.
Beautiful sights and great guide!
, Jun 2019
What a great way to see Switzerland! Our guide Lars was informative, friendly, and organized. We felt that we had a good amount of free time to explore Mt. Pilatus and enjoyed taking all the different types of transportation up and down the mountain, especially the cogwheel train down and the boat ride on the lake. It might have been nice to spend a little more time in the city of Lucerne but I was glad that the focus was on spending so much time in the beautiful outdoors. Would definitely recommend.
Great Scenic tour
, Jun 2019
Everything about the tour was great. It was definitely worth the money and I’d definitely do it again!
excelent activities, not a good guide
Sabrina R
, Jun 2019
I liked all the activities included, but the guide was not so good. Also, the weather wasnt the best, so you cloud give more time in lucern and less time in pilatus when the day is cloudy/rainy
This tour was amazing. Not only do you...
, Oct 2018
This tour was amazing. Not only do you go to the top of Mt. Pilatus, which has amazing views, on your way there you stop at Lucerne for a brief tour and around 46 minutes of free time. Then you make your way to Mt. Pliatus. We took the cable car up and the steep train down. It was unreal.Then we took about an hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. It was an amazing tour worth every penny. The highlight of my trip and something I would do a second time.
Absolutely Incredible
, Sep 2018
This day was the best day out of my entire Europe vacation. The tour guide was exceptional! Would do this Excursion again the next time I am in Zurich.
Best tour ever
, Sep 2018
Omg!! This was the best tour ever!!! A little bit of everything in this tour. We left this one for the last day and was great because it was very little walking!!! Mt pilatus is beautiful and the experience of riding up and the down on the incline train is great. Then finally a ferry ride down the lake was breathtaking. I would recommend tgis tour 100%

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