Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.
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In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Seasonal
April to October
Daily
Highlights:
Fully narrated tour
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Join the tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Disembark for a highlight tour of the city of Lucerne, stopping for a scenic photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne.

Pass By: Lion Monument, Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006 Switzerland

Alternatively, the photo stop might be at the Lion Monument.

Pass By: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

From the bus, you'll see Chapel Bridge.

Pass By: Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Bahnhofstrasse 11A, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

And you'll pass by Jesuit Church.

Stop At: Old Town Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

You will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne before returning to Zurich where your tour ends.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zürich, Bus Station, Ausstellungsstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

After a enjoyable day, the guide will bring you back to Zürich.

The Golden Roundtrip (ascent by aerial cable car, descent by cogwheel train, return to Lucerne by boat) operates between early May and late October. Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. The boat on Lake Lucerne operates from early May until late October - if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation you will return to Lucerne by train and receive a complimentary lunch instead.

Duration: 10 minutes

Inclusions

  • Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
  • Short introduction city tour of Lucerne
  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world (from early May to mid November)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from May 4 to October 20,2019)
  • Meal voucher in case the boat ride does not operate
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Time at leisure in Lucerne
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Pilatus

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infants aged 0-5 travel free of charge but must be registered on your booking
  • Gondolas are in maintenance from October 22 to November 9, 2018

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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

Have bird eyes view of Mount Pilatus. The tour is so good to have different kinds of transportation up/down to mountain. The tour also includes the ferry... so good
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Right from the start our trip met or exceeded our (group of 16) expectations. Once out of the city we traveled through gorgeous countryside and small Swiss Villages. Our guide shared interesting information along the way and we stopped for photo opportunities also. Once we arrived at Mt Pilatus the experience and views became breathtaking. The gondola and tram rides up were exciting for some in my group who have never ridden on a gondola/tram and on this particular day we broke through a cloud cover as we took the tram to the top of Mt Pilatus, a photographer’s paradise. Many of us climbed the trail to the very top while others stayed at the restaurant/top station. The facilities allowed everyone to have a wonderful experience. The cog train down was fun and just added to everyone’s enjoyment. Added to an already great experience was the boat ride on lake Lucerne which in itself was a beautiful experience. The whole trip was well worth the cost. Our group later in the week took a Viking Cruise and had a great experience, but most put Mt Pilatus as one of their favorite days on our vacation.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
This trip was wonderful. The company operated like clock work. The whole day was relaxing and wonderful. The weather was a bonus - perfectly sunny and cast a warm glow on everything. I would highly recommend this for everyone.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
It was our last day in Switzerland and one of the best. The itinerary was excellent with a nice variety of activities included. The bus trip was comfortable and our guide Denise provided excellent commentary of places we passed through. We really loved Mount Pilatus and the team, gondola and cog wheel rides! Wish we had time to do the alpine slide but biking around the peak was also fantastic.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
My wife pushed me to do this on the last day of a business trip, and I am very glad she did. This is a great way to get out of Zurich and see some countryside and pack in a couple of different activities into a single day. Guide describes many interesting details of the scenery and the cantons while the bus drives on hilly roads through the countryside to Rigi Mountain to drop off people on that trip. Then short drive to Lucerne. Decent amount of time to walk around the old town in Lucerne. Can eat, shop, or just admire the scenery and architecture. Many good photo op spots for urban pictures but with features that are unmistakably European. Then short ride to the first gondola. Four person "ski lift" enclosed cabin. You can see the people hiking and hear the cow bells of the cows grazing underneath. Then into the 55 person big gondola for the ascent to the summit. Quite crowded to get 55 in, but tolerable. Then you reach the summit of Mt Pilatus, and if the sun in shining it is glorious. can see several 3000 meter peaks as well as Lake Lucerne below. Three different short paths to walk to get view from different angles / sides. Each takes 10 -20 minutes so in your 90 minutes on the summit you have time to do all 3. Or grab a bit to eat and drink, there are several options in the 2 hotels on the summit or on the large outdoor space. Then cog wheel train down very steep route. Quite an exhilarating experience. More great views. More cow with cowbells. Then quick hop through tunnel under the road and get onto high speed boat on lake Lucerne. In good weather the breeze feels great and there is nice scenery. Then bus takes fast motorway back to Zurich. Fabulous day in Switzerland.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2019
Mt. Pilatus was beautiful! We were able to visit this wonderful area of Switzerland on a very sunny clear day. The tour guide was hard to understand. She spoke very good English however the noise of the group and the bus made it difficult to understand the things she was talking about.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Awesome place to visit. Tour guide coordinated very well though sometimes felt little pushed (may be our bus was crowded or rather full). Bus, awesome train rides and river cruise to end. What a way to see this beautiful place. Host was good; no complaints. Probably need some time to have some lunch but quite a few people got some 'take away' to eat in leisure time. Worth every dollar for the ride to Pilatus !!!!
• Submitted 07 Aug 2019
Whether it be strolling the streets, taking a ride in the cable cart, cog wheel train or relaxing in the boat this tour offers amazing views from start to finish. Christina’s knowledge of the history and key features of lecrune and mt Pilatus provides you with great insights throughout your journey. Conquer your fears of heights and book!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Very well organized itinerary. Tour guide could have been a bit more informative about places we visited. Minimal information was given. Tour itinerary was excellent, we've enjoyed every minute of it. Comfortable bus, enough time in Lucerne to walk around city the center and have a beer or a fast meal. Enjoyed wonderful view from mt. Pilatus of the city and lake Lucerne. Boat ride on the lake was also wonderful. Wesley and Ela - Australia
• Submitted 09 Jul 2019
This trip was amazing. Bus through the countryside to Lucerne. Time to walk around that beautiful place. Then a rider up Mount Pilatus and time at the top. Then a beautiful railroad down the mountain to a ferry on Lake Lucerne. It was so incredibly well run. Our guide, Maude, was informed, funny, sweet, and made the day great. 10 out of 10 would do it again. It's worth every penny.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2019
Satisfying. It was a wonderful experience.I was amazed by the Lucerne lake.The ride uphill was dreamlike in dragon ride.Ropeway was long enough to shoot video capturing aerial view.45 mins of time in Lucerne was enough if we had our breakfast or if we were allowed to eat in the couch some snacks. Lake Lucerne boat ride was even better and fulfilling.It was an hour long sail and gave me a good time to shoot and chill out. The commentator Marshellow was clear audible and easy to understand. Great trip.Thanks Viotar.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2019
What a great way to see Switzerland! Our guide Lars was informative, friendly, and organized. We felt that we had a good amount of free time to explore Mt. Pilatus and enjoyed taking all the different types of transportation up and down the mountain, especially the cogwheel train down and the boat ride on the lake. It might have been nice to spend a little more time in the city of Lucerne but I was glad that the focus was on spending so much time in the beautiful outdoors. Would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This tour was amazing. Not only do you go to the top of Mt. Pilatus, which has amazing views, on your way there you stop at Lucerne for a brief tour and around 46 minutes of free time. Then you make your way to Mt. Pliatus. We took the cable car up and the steep train down. It was unreal.Then we took about an hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. It was an amazing tour worth every penny. The highlight of my trip and something I would do a second time.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2018
Omg!! This was the best tour ever!!! A little bit of everything in this tour. We left this one for the last day and was great because it was very little walking!!! Mt pilatus is beautiful and the experience of riding up and the down on the incline train is great. Then finally a ferry ride down the lake was breathtaking. I would recommend tgis tour 100%
• Submitted 10 Sep 2018
Somehow we did everything on my bucket list in one day! The staff is was personable and very professional
• Submitted 14 Aug 2018
This was a great tour. The experience was definitely worth every cent. The tour guide was knowledgeable everything was explained clearly and every expectation was met and beyond. Would highly recommend this tour as not only do you get to see some great scenery the cable car and train ride was amazing and to finish off with a ferry ride was just the sugar on the top.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
We recomend this travel, due the fantastic service and beautiful places. Zurich and Lucern are extraordinary citis, however the cost for everything is too high.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2018
Our guide gave us great information throughout the entire bus ride. Enjoyed the day trip, however would have appreciated more time at Lucerne, because I felt rushed. Trip to Mount Pilatus was extraordinary. At first it was very cloudy but it cleared up and the views from up there were amazing. Enough time to go through the caves, have a quick bite to eat, stay on the panorama deck and even walk up higher through the stairs. Would highly recommend it. Also, the boat ride on Lake Lucerne was extraordinary. The trip down from Mount Pilatus to Lake Lucerne with the cogwheel train was magnificent.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
In Switzerland, any mountain with elevation above 3000 meters will be covered by snow year around. Pilatus's elevation is about 2000 meters, it is not too code at the top of the mountain. The view is fabulous. Tour is great. we took cable cars on the way up to the mountain and took train back to the bottom and then took cruise back to Lucern.
• Submitted 13 Jun 2018
It was so amazing! We got to visit the main attraction places from Lucerne to Mt. Pilatus.... and even visited Swiss Chocolate Shop..plenty of time shopping.... We got to ride the AERIAL GONDOLA, WORLD STEEPEST CABLE RIDE and BOAT RIDE across Lake Lucerne. I love this trip. Being on top of Mt. Pilatus is something I've only dreamt of doing and it became reality.
• Submitted 30 May 2018
This tour was awesome! Very well organized and ran on time. I would have preferred a bit more free time during the city time and a bit less time at the top of the mountain. The cog train was fascinating and the boat ride beautiful!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
Absolutely fabulous day trip to Lucerne. The gondola ride up and cog wheel train down the mountain were spectacular, as well as the boat ride on Lake Lucerne back to the city. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Rose Marie (spelling?), our tour guide for the day trip to Mt. Pilatus, was cheerful and knowledgeable. The trip, with transfers among multiple conveyances (bus, gondola, cableway, cogwheel rail, and boat) required Rose Marie to herd her charges (that would be us) in a timely manner without losing anyone. The little flag she waived above her head really helped. The weather we had that day was spectacularly clear—old hat for desert rats like us from the American southwest—but unusual for Europe, making for excellent viewing and photography of this spectacular mountain landscape. The bus ride through the Swiss countryside with its neat farms and picturesque villages was an unexpected plus. Thanks again to Rose Marie, we could not have had a better guide!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
Great way to see the countryside and the Alps. Really enjoyed the fact that this tour combined gondolas, hiking, a train ride, and a boat cruise all into one day. Even the drive to and from the mountain was filled with information and stories from the guide about everything we passed by. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017

In Brief

Location:
Zürich, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
9 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Seasonal
April to October
Daily
Highlights:
Fully narrated tour
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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