Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

From $140.10 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5.5 hours
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Spanish, English, German


  • 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 short 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. Avail 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 1-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).
  • Transportation to Kriens by comfortable coach
  • Fully guided tour by professional 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
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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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

    • Early May 2021: depending on snow conditions, the cogwheel train may be replaced by the aerial cable car
    • From October 18-24 and November 13-14: 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 25 to November 12: 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 382 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Awesome and well organized tour, a must do if your in Luzern. • Our guide was flexible, very polite, informative and always had a smile. Not like some other guides that talk too much about the history and make everyone fall asleep on the tour. • It was raining when we started the tour, then snowing on the top and I thought it would be a bad day. But its the most magical winter experience you will ever see. It was a spectacular feast for the eyes and everything appeared dazzling like it was carved out of swarovski crystals. • Pick up meeting point is hard to find unless you spot a group of people. A mention of next to McDonalds in the address can be a great help.

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    November 25, 2019

    We have had a great time from beginning to the end. The distance from Zurich to Luzern was not bad- around 1 hour, and in between we stopped in Bigi to use toilet was good. Knowing the tour guide Angelica had to send few people to each stop, she managed quite well and we could walk around. Walking in Luzern for 1 hour is a bit tight, but we made it. Suggest if you can provide a small bottle of water to each of us will be good.

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    October 20, 2019

    Breathtaking views and great guide!

    Rolf was a great guide and walked us through everything clearly. The cogwheel was a unique experience and the views from the top of Mt Pilatus were incredible. It looked like we would have too much fog for views but the clouds moved quickly and we were able to see everything! Recommend comfortable shoes if you plan on walking around the paths on top of the mountain, but otherwise you don't need to be in great shape for anything on this tour. The boat ride was also so beautiful- but bring a jacket for the top of the mountain (cold) and the boat (breezy)!

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    October 3, 2019

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