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Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.


  • Independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne
  • Create your own sightseeing schedule to experience the Swiss Alps at a pace that suits you
  • Enjoy a round-trip Lake Lucerne cruise from Lucerne to your mountain destinations
  • Take the cogwheel train up Rigi Kulm for panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau
  • Ride an aerial cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to the beautiful town of Weggis
  • Includes pre-booked tickets and detailed timetables for easy planning
  • Choose a half-day or full-day tour for more time at the Mount Rigi summit

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What You Can Expect

Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take the cogwheel train up to Mount Rigi during your day trip

Board your boat at Pier 1 for independent transport across Lake Lucerne in the morning or afternoon, and start your unguided Swiss Alps tour to Mt Rigi with splendid views along one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes. 

With several departure times available for the cogwheel train and aerial cable car at Mt Rigi, simply use the timetables provided to plan out your itinerary according to your preferences.

Disembarking at Vitznau, climb aboard the cogwheel train for a ride up to Rigi Kulm, aka ‘Queen of the Mountains.’ Topping the Rigi mountain range at 5,899 feet (1,798 meters) in elevation, the summit boasts unbeatable views of the Swiss Plateau with the Bernese Alps, Vosges mountains, Black Forest and Glarus Alps beyond.

If you selected the half-day tour, spend two hours of free time here; the full-day option allows for five hours at your leisure. You can rent snowshoes or a sled, embark on a hiking trail, or grab lunch in one of the cozy restaurants (activities and food are your own expense).

When it’s time, the cogwheel train transports you down to the mountain resort of Rigi Kaltbad. From an altitude of 4,701 feet (1,433 meters), it’s the perfect vantage point over Lake Lucerne. Board the aerial cable car from here and drift down to the pretty lakeside town of Weggis. 

Meander around at your own pace before making your way to the shore where your boat awaits for a return ride across Lake Lucerne, bringing you back to the pier in the evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The departure time for the boat from Luzern to Vitznau had changed ... I was lucky to be early otherwise I had missed the boat!

FatemaAlzahraa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip is fantastic. We took the half day option and it was more than enough. You just have to know the steps and the time table exactly before you start your tour as thee won't be a tour guide but people there are helpful. I do recommend it for all visitors of Switzerland. Amuzing.

Diana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a lovely half-day excursion. We enjoyed the opportunity to go into the alps and see the wonderful views from Mt. Rigi at our own pace.

RAY S S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016


Wen Pein C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The trip was very smooth as all of the officers were known to our printed Viator vouchers. The boat trip was excellent and we enjoyed the beautiful very much along the Luzern Lake. There was snowing heavily when we were going up to Rigi. The snowing view thru out the train window was absolutely enjoyable in another way! At the Rigi Kulm, there was still snowing and we could not view the stunning paronama view of the beautiful Luzern lake. But, we were still enjoying the snow flakes while doing the snow-hiking around the mountain peak! There was unfortunate that we could not make the cable car trip down due to the cable car service was under maintenance. Anyhow, we made the return train back and re-boarding the boat back to Lucerne jetty. Absolutely recommended and worthy to join!

Odd Arne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A very nice trip.Both the boat trip and the cogwheel trip was nice.A beautiful view at the top of Rigi.

hanadi m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

excellent trip, 5 hours is more than enough. But more details about the trip is preferred, like the boat departure point and the time of all scheduled time for coming back.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

Dinusha D Sri Lanka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

it was a fantastic tour, we enjoyed allot. However, we were hoping to meet someone from viator to hand us over our schedules and passes as mentioned. Since no one was there, we had to go to the ticket counter and ask showing our paid voucher. we were then told that our voucher was our ticket and gave us additional information for the tour. So, my suggestion is either you mention this on the voucher or have someone there to give you all details. It was also a bit award to show a printed paper instead of a ticket to all the locations as most officers was not too familiar with it. Anyway, everything went smoothly and we would highly recommend to all who are interested.


4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

We took this tour last Thursday and it would have been much more enjoyable if it had been a better day weatherwise. Did not stay at the top of Mt Rigi at all because it was fogged in so don't know what there would have been to see. Did enjoy the cog train ride and cable car ride. Ride across the Lake was cold and foggy but much nicer on our return. Would not hesitate to book with Viator again and would definitely recommend to others if the situation should arise. Viator cannot control the weather.

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