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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
  • Hotel pickup from selected Zurich hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

After arriving in Lucerne, you'll have some free time in Old Town, so make sure to walk over the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. Once you get to to the top of Mt Pilatus, have your camera ready. On a clear day, you can't beat the panoramic views of central Switzerland and the Alps from the summit.

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What You Can Expect

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Ride on the world's steepest cog-wheel railway

After pickup at a centrally located spot in Zurich, admire the picturesque scenery as you travel to Lucerne in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Disembark for a leisurely stroll around the historical highlights of the city, visiting monuments like Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge and 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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The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Customer Reviews

Jamie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was awesome! I will say that we got very lucky with the weather and had a gorgeous could be a different experience if the weather was bad, but that wouldn't be the fault of the tour. It was organized very well. On the way there the tour guide provided some history and fun facts about Switzerland and the villages we were driving through, then once we got to Lucerne we had a little bit of time to explore before heading up the gondolas to the top of Mt Pilatus. The views were so breathtaking. We had a good couple of hours to roam freely to different peaks and down different hiking paths, and there was food and drink up there as well. Afterwards we took the cogwheel railway down which was unique, followed by an hour long boat ride across Lake Lucerne with a quick trip home. It was very well run, you got to see a lot and on a beautiful day this simply can't be beat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great adventure and the tour guide had everything very organized. She even made sure the weather was perfect - sunny and warm. The only disappointment was on the boat where they wanted to charge extra to sit up on the top deck.

Isma Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome! The guide and trip both were great!

Abdul Samad Oman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was excellent. The tour guide was excellent and very helpful. She was able to explain every activity in detail. This was a well organized tour and we all enjoyed a lot. The time allocation for everything was appropriate and good. Overall this was a good excursion.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was awesome. The views were amazing and it was a great day!

Mónica G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Stunning. Great guide!!!
I wish we have had some more time in the recreation areas.
You should tell tourist that you have no time for the slide, for example.
Thank you!

Gary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour! Beautiful scenery! Great tour guide!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great day, tour was amazing. Sad the bus driver was so rude to everyone

Frederick F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was well organized. It was a long day but we were able to enjoy every single minute of the trip. Our tour guide, Stephanie was amazing very helpful and made sure everyone in the tour had a great experience. Highly recommended!!!

Steven F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was the most amazing experience! We would recommend this excursion to anyone!

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