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Silver Round-Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

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Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG

Silver Round-Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG
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From US$ 86.17 per person

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Visit Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by a scenic train ride, steepest cogwheel railway in the world, aerail cableway "Dragon Ride" and panorama gondola.

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Duration 3 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a mountain experience at 2132 meters above sea level
  • Incredible view from Mount Pilatus over the Lake Lucerne and Swiss Alps
  • Take in a picturesque, scenic train ride between Lucerne and Alpnachstad
  • World's steepest cogwheel railway between Alpnachstad and Pilatus Kulm
  • See the mountains from the panorama gondola and aerial cableway "Dragon Ride"
Full description
Board the bus at Lucerne train station for the 15-minute ride to Kriens, where you will collect your tickets for the rest of the day. Make your way to the panoramic gondola for an amazing ride up the mountain to Krienseregg. Continue to Fräkmüntegg to take the thrilling Dragon Ride cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Marvel at the views from 2,000 meters above sea level and gaze over the glacial lake and snow-capped mountains. Use your free time to grab a bite to eat or walk around the beautiful area. Then, board the world's steepest cogwheel railway and ride down to Alpnachstad. Pass lush meadows of Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams, and fascinating rock formations. Arrive at the valley station to take the train back to Lucerne. You may also enjoy this trip reversing the order of events.
  • Public bus between Kriens and Lucerne
  • Panorama gondola between Kriens and Fräkmüntegg
  • Aerail cableway "Dragon Ride" between Fräkmüntegg and Pilatus Kulm
  • Steepest cogwheel railway in the world between Pilatus Kulm and Alpnachstad
  • Train ride between Alpnachstad and Lucerne (2nd class)
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals and snacks
  • Additional activities (rope park, toboggan run)
  • Other personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please note this is a self-guided tour, there is no guide waiting for you. Please check the timetable before your visit. Start your trip at the Lucerne train station. Show the voucher on bus no. 1 from Lucerne to the station "Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus". At the cash desk of the valley station in Kriens, you have to exchange your voucher for the mountain railway ticket. If you wish to take the trip in the other direction, get on the train S5 to Alpnachstad (train direction to Giswil) and show the voucher on the train. At the valley station in Alpnachstad, you have to exchange your voucher for the mountain railway ticket.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Check the timetable carefully
  • Round Trip can be taken in both directions
  • This is an unguided individual tour
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Infants participate for free (age 0 - 5 years)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

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Great trip. I was concerned about picking up the paper ticket though. You have to get the number 1 bus from the ‘meeting point’ but no one is there - it’s just the bus stop. You take the bus to Zentrum Pilatus (about 10 mins) and then walk up to the cable car station where you collect your physical ticket.

September 9, 2022

This was an excellent experience. A self guided tour allowed us to take as much or as little time as we wanted on the summit. The gondola, cable car, and cog train all added to the experience. Contrary to what the description says, the bus tickets from Luzerne to the start point where you exchange your vouchers for actual tickets, is not included. The ticket exchange went very smoothly. There was a well labeled sign showing what line to be in to do the exchange and the ticket agent knew exactly what to do.

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September 4, 2022

We got a bus from outside Lucerne train station to the cable car. This was in three stages up Mount Pilatus. We enjoyed a restaurant and saw cows with bells around their necks. Came back down by ste egg pest train in the world followed by 90 minute boat trip on Lake Lucerne where we enjoyed a meal back to Lucerne. Whole experience lasted five hours. View from the top of Mount Pilatus was tremendous although there was unfortunately no snow on top of the mountain.

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July 15, 2022

Product ID: 132831