Day trip

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours

From US$ 173.36 per person

Enjoy a bus trip through the countryside from Zurich to Lucerne. Take the cable car up Mount Pilatus, the funicular down to Alpnachstad and the boat back across Lake Lucerne.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a beautiful ride through the countryside along Lake Lucerne
  • Visit Lucerne and take a short tour of the main sights
  • Discover the charming old town of Lucerne at your own pace
  • Scale Mount Pilatus on several cable cars and gondolas
  • Relax on an idyllic 1-hour boat ride back to Lucerne
Full description

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne.

Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Make a stop at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne (traffic permitting). 

Continue to Kriens and take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad.

Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

Includes
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable bus
  • Panoramic gondolas and aerial cable car Dragon Ride
  • Cogwheel train May 26 - Nov 20, 2022
  • 1-hour boat cruise May 7 - Oct 16, 2022 (summer option)
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF (autumn option)
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

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-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

4.8 /5

based on 412 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Fue una experiencia muy agradable y la pudimos disfrutar mejor al haber tenido un día despejado. El teleférico y el tren fueron experiencias increíbles. El servicio de autobús también muy bien y nuestro guía brindó un excelente servicio, con mucha atención y disposición en todo momento. It is an excellent tour that we recommend to all.

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October 4, 2022

We are global travelers and this was one of the best tours we have ever taken. Bus, gondolas, funicular, boat — all excellent modes of transportation in such beautiful places. The only major downside of this excursion for me — and one that will render this tour unforgettable for me in a negative way — was that another member of our tour group (a complete stranger to me) vomited all over me as the second, 40-passenger gondola was reaching the station at the top of Mount Pilatus (which we consequently renamed Mount Pukatus). The tour guides, who were otherwise great at their jobs, did zero to help me in these circumstances. I had to purchase expensive new clothes in the Mount Pilatus gift shop to get through the remaining 5-1/2 hours of the tour.

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September 14, 2022

Had such a great time. Our guide Elizabeth was putting in WORK to make sure we were all accounted for and didn’t get lost amongst the different fun modes of transportation. Highly recommend this tour. Can easily see all of the overlooks with the allotted time. It’s not too long or short but just right. WEAR COMFY SHOES and pack some snacks unless you don’t mind paying for overpriced foods on top of the mountain.

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August 16, 2022

Product ID: 11974