Guided tour

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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Ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus by aerial cable car to take part in easy hikes through the Alpine scenery. Descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway, and then cruise back to Lucerne by boat.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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  • Get jaw-dropping views on the cable car ride up Mt. Pilatus
  • Brave the world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • Cruise back to Lucerne by boat (during summer)
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Swiss Alps
Full description

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows.

Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages.

Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world.

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

  • Round-trip bus transporation
  • Fully guided tour
  • Multilingual guide
  • Dragon Ride cable car up Mt. Pilatus
  • Descent by cogwheel train
  • 1-hour boat cruise with summer option
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF with autumn option
  • Additional food or drink
  • Personal expenses

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Meeting point

Your tour departs from Frankenstrasse 2-4 in a side street next to Lucerne train station. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure and wait on the sidewalk with your confirmation details and valid ID ready.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • From October 17-23 and November 5-20 2022: the ascent will be made by cable car, the descent will be by cogwheel train (no boat ride) but a lunch voucher will be included
  • From October 24 to November 4 2022: the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train, due to revision of the cable car (no boat ride) but a lunch voucher will be included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 563 reviews

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Loved everything about this trip! Mount Pilates views were spectacular! Gondola ride up was amazing, the mountains top climbs were good, not a crazy challenge, the cogwheel train ride down was incredible and the boat cruise back to Lucerne was a nice way to wrap up the tour. The lake views were gorgeous! We ate at the restaurant, food and entertainment was great! My only wish was to have more free time up on the mountain -- 2 hours was not enough to sit, have lunch and walk the mountain tops. It was very well organized and Rita our tour guide was very friendly and told us stories.

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August 18, 2022

A great action packed tour of Mt Pilates! Starting with a walk by the train station, a bus, a 4 person gondola, and then a large tram up to the top of Mt Pilates. Plenty of time to explore the trails, enjoy the views, and grab a bite to eat. Then a clog train back to the lake and a delightful boat cruise back to the rail station. Beautiful views, great photos, and a grand opportunity to meet and chat with fellow travelers. All in all a great 6 1/2 hr touring experience! I’d highly recommend this tour for the value and experiences. Plus, really enjoyed our guide Rolf. He was fun, low key and able to herd cats with charm and grace. Thank you Rolf for a memorable afternoon!

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August 18, 2022

The tour was exactly as stated in the description and just as beautiful as other travelers have noted. It was really organized and so much fun! If you only have a short time in Lucerne, I recommend doing this tour to see Mt. Pilatus and get a chance to cruise the river. Stunning views and good hiking!

August 13, 2022

Product ID: 123611