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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

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wow, this was an amazing well organized tour, worth every penny. Marcel was a wonder guide. The gondola ride up the mountain was breathtaking. The views from the top were amazing. We enjoyed lunch not included at the nice restaurant in the hotel at the top of the mountain.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A marvelous outing - cable car ride into the clouds, a walk to the top of Mt. Pilatus followed by the cog railroad ride down through forests and meadows offering beautiful views of Lake Lucerne. Then topped off by a pleasant cruise across Lake Lucerne back to our hotel. Truly one of the highlights or our sojourn in Europe.

Mary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

very nice and easy to arrange


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip! Guide kept us well informed. Trip to the top of mountain was breathtaking as were views from the top. Cog train and boat ride revised great views.

Timothy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great day trip from Lucerne with fantastic views from cable car and cogwheel and plenty of time atop Mount Pilatus. Food is very expensive at the top so advice would be to pack your own lunch.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip. Monicka is fluent in English.

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was just as described and worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fun tour!

catherine l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great tour gudie was excelent

Terence R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Xenia Schwizer was excellent. Departure and return was on time. Even the weather was kind. The combination of coach, gondola ride, cable car, mountain railway and then boat is a great trip.
Met many interesting people from all over the world.

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