Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour
from USD $119.09
Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a boat on Lake Lucerne – an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Taking the cruise lake ship right in front of the train station of Lucerne the Golden Round Trip starts. After a 1 hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne, a spectacular ride on world’s steepest cogwheel railway brings you to Mount Pilatus. On 2132 meters altitude (7000 feet’s) panoramic views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps awaits you. Enjoy the exhilarating 5-minutes ride by the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Afterwards you change into the panorama gondolas which take you down to the Valley Station Kriens. A 5-minute walk and a 10-minutes bus ride takes you back to Lucerne.

This is no guided tour and it's why that there is no meeting point.

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In Brief

Lucerne, Switzerland
4 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
Taking the cruise ship right in front of the train station of Lucerne the Golden Round Trip starts. After a 1-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne you arrive at the Valley Station in Alpnachstad. There the cosy Chalet Restaurant serves traditional food on its terrace (own expenses). The world’s steepest cogwheel railway (since 1889) brings you through fascinating rock faces, sparkling mountain streams and lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers to the top of Mount Pilatus.

Encounter yourself in an Alpine environment at 2132 meter altitude (7000 feet’s). Enjoy the panoramic views over the lake of Lucerne and the Alps on the summit and decide yourself if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes) or enjoy a meal in our restaurants (own expenses). 

Enjoy the exhilarating 5-minutes ride by the new aerial cableway “Dragon Ride” down to Fräkmüntegg. Thanks to its spacious interior, cockpit-like design and large windows the “Dragon Ride” gives you the impression of being in a helicopter - only flying is more exhilarating.

If you are up to some activities Fräkmüntegg is the place to be. Test your agility climbing our rope park and get your adrenaline pumping (own expense). Go on by taking the panorama gondolas. A 15-minute ride brings you down to Krienseregg. In Krienseregg the “Pilu Land”, a playground for children awaits you. Sitting on the terrace of the Restaurant Krienseregg (own expenses) you can relax and enjoy your time while the children are playing. Continue by panorama gondola which brings you down to Kriens in 15-minutes.

After a 5-minute walk you reach the bus station (Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus). Take bus number 1 and in 10-minutes you arrive at the railway station in Lucerne.

Please kindly check below in the itineraray to see the departure timetable.


  • Cruise ship (2nd class)
  • Cogwheel train ride (operating from middle May till 15 November 2020)
  • Panorama gondola ride (closed due to revision 19 October to 6 November 2020)
  • Aerial cableways ride (closed due to revision 19 October to 6 November 2020)
  • Bus ride from Kriens-Lucerne main station (or vice versa)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


  • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch


Suggested timetable:

08:30 Departure by bus (next to the train station BUS NO 1)

08:41 Arrival at Kriens, Pilatus and short walk to the valley station in Kriens (get tickets at valley station)

08:50 Departure by panorama gondola (stay on until the final station Fräkmüntegg)

09:30 Departure by cable car "Dragon Ride"

09:35 Arrival at Mt. Pilatus, enjoy the view and stroll around

10:10 Departure by cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad (next departure with connecting cruise - 11:30)

10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad

11:00 Departure by cruise boat to Lucerne

12:18 Arrival in Lucerne (in front of train station)

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Lucerne railway station

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley
  • Please note tour is unguided
  • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cable ways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • Starting direction 1: Take the cruise ship at the railway station in Lucerne (Quai 2 in front of the train station)
  • Starting direction 2: Take bus number 1 at the railway station in Lucerne to Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus
  • IMPORTANT: From 19 October to 6 November 2020 cable cars are not running due to revision.
  • From 19 October to 6 November 2020 only two cruise ships courses are available (departures from Lucerne: 9:14 and 13:38).
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • It's not a guided tour, there is not a meeting point.
  • The world's steepest cogwheel railway is operating from middle May till 15 November 2020.
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The actual trip was awesome. The boat cruise, cog wheel train and cable car were all unbelievable. The only hiccup was getting an email from Viator at 4:30 PM the day before, telling us we could not pick up our tickets at the ferry dock and that we had a 3 mile walk or bus ride to pick them up. This was WRONG. The paper work provided by Viator on line was all we needed.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
This company might want to clarify some of the instructions for taking this tour. The starting time was off as well as what was needed to begin the tour.
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
The best trip. Kinda hard with no guide to say how to get bus but we figured it out.the most beautiful trip I have ever taken.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
I did the tour in reverse, which means I started with the bus trip to Kriens, then obtained my ticket at the gondola. I did not have to wait at all to start my trip. This is the only way to go!!! When I came down the cogwheel train, there was a massive line waiting to get on. The views at the top are amazing. There were several different musical things going on which were very enjoyable. Note that the walk from the bus up to the gondola is slightly uphill and can be strenuous, but so worth it.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
Amazing attraction really enjoyed this and has been highlight of our trip. Even with limited mobility I still managed to get up the sloping path to cable car. Very busy day so if attending on the weekend expect ques with locals and tourists going up the mountain. Worth the wait though.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Started Golden Round Trip with Lake cruise at 8:38 (supposedly start at 8:30) contrary to previous reviews saying 9:30. Very smooth and wonderful ride. Ride up to the Pilatus was exciting but unfortunately it was cloudy day so not much was visible to look down. If you stay in Lucern for a few days, I'd recommend take this trip on a clear day even if you have to cancel and change the date. Viator ticket I purchased in USA before the trip was smart decision and saved a lots of time and headache.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
Rain and clouds made for a different kind of day, but for the adventurous, it was still fun. Viator sent us to get on the boat 8:30 AM, however a person on the boat saw us waiting and came over to us, and about 6 others booked in error by Viator or its parent company, Tripadvsor. The ship does not sail at 8:30 AM, but more than an hour later. Together some of us decided to not wait for the later sailing and decided to go the route backwards, which did let us start closer to on time but it was abackward version of trip we anticpated.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We had an incredible time and the ticket setup with Viator was perfect. We'd definitely Book through them again cheers Ricky and Mandy Stewart
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I strongly recommend this trip. Nice cruise on a beautiful lake. We took the trip with the cruise first. The cog wheel up was amazing and the view and hikes we're spectacular. Just do it!
• Submitted 15 Oct 2018
I had the best experience on this trip. What a great way to book!The only problem we had was that the ticket said 8:30 am, but it did not start until 9:30 a.m Not a huge deal, but would be helpful to have the right time for planning. Luckily, Luzern is so easy to get around so we found things to do in the spare time.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2018
I would recommend to booked this trip unguided tour so there is no rush and you take your time. It was an amazing experiences and adventures.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2018
This is a great way to experience the water, the cogwheel, the gondola, and cable cars. The country is beautiful!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
What a fun loop that brings you to Mt. Pilatus! You get to see beautiful Swiss scenery on the boat ride. The cog railway is a fun way up to the peak. Great views from the top and several restaurants to choose from. The tram brings you about half way down and offers amazing scenery. You can do a mountain coaster at this point if you like. After that you switch to smaller gondolas that glide just above tree tops. The last leg is catching the bus back to Lucerne. This was the only negative-there is not clear signage where to get the bus. No obvious bus stop. Thats not the tours fault. Just might need to flag down bus. Swiss Alps do not disappoint!!!
• Submitted 30 Jul 2018
This is not to be missed...boat ride, cogwheel train going straight up a mountain dropping you at the most magnificent views of the Alps. Traditional Alpenhorn players, plenty of food and viewing options followed by 2 different gondola/cable car decents to a bus that will take you back where you started! You go at your own pace which allows you to do everything you might want to do. We loved the entire day!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
A must to trip. The lake cruise was beautiful. The cog rail train to the top was a thrilling ride over amazing landscape. The time at the top of Mount Pilatus was incredible and the view constantly changing as a clouds would roll over the mountain side. The Gondola ride down was breathtaking. One of my all time favorite tours and a must do!!!
• Submitted 15 Jun 2018
Great trip
• Submitted 16 Dec 2017
The lake cruise, railway and cable car/gondola combination was a wonderful way to spend the day. The weather was great at the top of Mt Pilatus and I enjoyed every minute of this experience. It was fantastic. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
A total all-round experience. We would highly recommend this trip to everyone who is contemplating visiting Lucerne.....this is a must.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2017
MUST DO! MUST SEE! What an amazing experience!
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
I would say if you are in the Lucerne area you should take a day to do this trip. Instead, I would say that if you're visiting Switzerland at all you should plan this into your itinerary. There are plenty of reviews and photos posted online for you to read- all I would add is that it's difficult to describe how much better the tour is than most people's ability to express it, including me. It is spectacular!
• Submitted 27 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Perfect organized , lovely ship, up there the view is amazing, the facility looks like a 5 star hotel, worth every dollar paid,
• Submitted 06 Oct 2017
One of the highlights of our trip. We felt like we were on top of the world. Exceptionally scenic!
• Submitted 25 Sep 2017
Great trip, being able to self manage time at top of mountain was awesome
• Submitted 15 Sep 2017

In Brief

Lucerne, Switzerland
4 hours 30 minutes

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