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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

Davis C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It is spectacular. Great views, fun transportation: first a typical tour bus, then a small ski lift, to a large gondola to the top of the mountain, then cog wheel train, then finally a paddle boat. Lots of paths and different areas to explore on top of Pilatus. One day may come back and walk up.

Dan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Breathtaking! The bus, gondola, tram, cogwheel train and boat trip was the high point of our time in Lucerne. Fortunately, the overcast cleared so the views from the mountain top were great. We climbed some of the paths at the top to get better views below. We marveled at some of the people opting to climb up or down the mountain. This trip should not be missed!

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice ride up the mountain in the gondola. Great views of the surrounding mountains as the clouds clear. The cogwheel train provides nice views of the valley and the boat ride on Lake Lucerne was a relaxing way to end the tour. A must do tour when in Lucerne.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour that was worth the extra money for a guide. Weather was poor on the way up to Pilatus and remained so until 30 minutes before departure. But it cleared a bit and afforded us very nice scenery for the descent and for the Lake Lucerne cruise.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A perfect day. All aspects were more than we expected. Punctual, centrally located and efficient organisation Wonderful!!

Janne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was an amazing trip wiht breath taking views.

Jeff L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very well done.....on time and interesting


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip is amazing


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic tour, Lucerne is an absolutely gorgeous city and the entire experience of going up and down the mountain was fantastic. Make sure that you check the weather, as this can change your experience. When we went it was cloudy, so while cool, the full views were blocked off. Overall I highly recommend, just ensure you get good weather.

Ming-Yang H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

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