• Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.


  • Half-day summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne, led by a professional guide
  • Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus
  • Hop aboard the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters)
  • Soak up amazing views over the Swiss Alps
  • Make the most of free time on the peak to relax or explore independently
  • Descend from the summit via the world's steepest cogwheel train
  • Cruise out onto Lake Lucerne during a 1-hour boat ride (May to October)

What You Can Expect

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Enjoy the beautiful views from Mount Pilatus on your day trip from Lucerne

Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.

Customer Reviews

lee-anne w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

great day and a great experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A great day. Stunning views.

Celia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was the most beautiful experience that i had had. Amazing

Leon W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Wonderful trip, with many adventures on one tour. Going up the mountain on the gondola and descending by incline rail was a perfect way to experience the thrill of the mountain. The boat ride back to Lucerne was the perfect ending to a spectacular day.

Victoria F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I booked this trip because we were told to be sure and see Mt Pilatus and Lucerne lake. This put both sites into one trip. The meeting place was very easy to locate and our guide ran everything with Swiss efficiency. We didnt feel rushed and enjoyed being able to experience all the modes of transportation available to see the Mt. A quick bus trip took us to the base of the gondola. This 4 person gondola took us about 2/3 of the way up the mountain. The view was spectacular and we were fortunate to have a beautiful clear day. We then took a larger high speed gondola that shuttle a larger group of folks. We arrived at the top where there were several options for eating, views and hiking. Our guide gave us sufficient time to experience the top of the mountain. There is a cafeteria but our guide mentioned going to the hotel restaurant for a nicer meal. We checked out both places and felt the hotel restaurant was a better meal for the price. We then descended the mountain on the cog railroad. What was really nice is that the guide got us VIP priotiy to skip the line. Once we got off the cog railroad train, which was a great experience, we then boarded a boat to cruise the Lucerne lake. We thought this was a great day well spent seeing Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne in one great package. We definitely would recommend.

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great experience. Hope for a clear day!

Vince C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A most enjoyable afternoon - we joined the tour at Lucerne. Our guide was very organised and informative, arranging the various interesting modes of transport very smoothly, despite the large group. A very relaxing and pleasant way to experience the wonderful views from the mountain. Highly recommended !

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Nice ride to the mountain, great trip up the mountain in the 2 gondolas, specactular views, good restaurant. An engineering and construction marvel in the building of the 2 sites on top of the mountain. Then a beautiful boat ride back to Luzerne. Well worth the money paid.

Pamela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour guide could have been friendlier. Barked orders and dressed liked she just rolled out of bed. Non informative of the area.

Chelsey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing! It gives you 3 different types of transportation. The aerial cart, cogwheel train, and then a gorgeous boat ride back to Luzern. Definitely worth the money!

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