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Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) Tours

Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)
With its network of cable cars and cogwheel railways traversing the snow-clad slopes of the mighty Mount Pilatus, Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) provides the link between the lakeside resort of Lucerne and the 7,000-foot (2,133-meter) summit.

The Basics
Pilatus Bahnen operates three main routes up Mount Pilatus. A cogwheel railway—the steepest cogwheel railway in the world—runs from Alpnachstad up the south side of the mountain to the summit station of Pilatus Kulm. From Kreins, the Panorama Gondolas take off up the mountain to Fräkmüntegg station at 4,649 feet (1,417 meters). From here, an aerial cableway, known as the Dragon Ride, heads up to the summit.

A popular choice for summer visitors is the so-called Golden Round Trip from Lucerne, which includes a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne and a ride on the cogwheel railway to the top of the mountain, before descending by the aerial cableway and gondola.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Single, return, and combination tickets are available; children under 6 are free.
  • Total travel time is around 40 minutes by gondola and aerial cableway, and around 30 minutes by cogwheel railway.
  • Be sure to bring warm layers—it’s snowy and cold on the mountaintop, even in summer. Sunscreen is also essential throughout the year.
  • All of the routes are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get to There
Buses run from Lucerne train station to Kreins, which is where the gondolas and aerial cableway depart. Trains and boats run from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, the starting point for the cogwheel railway. Golden Round Trip tours typically include hotel pickup and all transfers.

When to Get There
Cable cars and gondolas operate year-round, with regular departures. Queues are common in high season (July to August) so opt for an early start to avoid a long wait. The cogwheel railway runs from May to October, so if you want to take the Golden Round Trip, plan a summer visit.

Things to Do on Mount Pilatus
As well as taking in the view from the observation deck, visitors to Mount Pilatus can walk a number of hiking trails, dine at the mountaintop restaurant, or spend a night at the summit hotel. Winter visitors have access activities such as sledding, bobsledding, and snowshoeing, while summer visitors can test their nerves at the Pilatus rope park, ride the Fräkigaudi mountain toboggan, or head to the PILU Land children’s playground.
Address: Brünigstrasse 2, Alpnach, 6053, Switzerland
Admission: Varies
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

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Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

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Visit Mount Pilatus and take a train ride on the world's steepest cogwheel railway on this self-guided tour from Lucerne. Ride on the new aerial cableway, the Dragon Ride, included, as well as a panoramic gondola ride. All transportation included; you are free to explore on your own once there.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.12
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Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour

Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour

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Ascend Mt. Pilatus in an alpine gondola during this trip from Lucerne. Board at the valley station in Kriens, marvel at the panoramic views over the pre-alpine landscape to Fräkmüntegg. Transfer to the 'Dragon Ride' aerial cableway for another short ride, ending up at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters) above sea level for epic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Descend via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, passing lush meadows, mountain streams and sheer rock faces on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

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Avoid the stress of being on overcrowded tours and enjoy a hassle-free small-group trip to Mt. Pilatus that’s limited to 14 travelers. Access spectacular panoramic views of Switzerland’s scenery, and the magnificent Lake Lucerne. It’ll be a stress-free day with all tickets and transport included, such as a cogwheel railway, a boat ride, and a gondola ride.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.53
Price varies by group size
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$270.53
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Self-Guided Mt Pilatus Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne

Self-Guided Mt Pilatus Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne

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Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by boat, cogwheel railway, and gondola. After a cruise around the lake, ride up the steepest—and most scenic—cogwheel railway lines in Europe. Stop at the peak of Mt. Pilatus where alpine vistas await. Your tour finishes outside Lucerne, but it’s a short and easy journey back to the city via public bus.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.63
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$118.63
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Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilot

Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Lucerne and Swiss Alps in the most unique way... from a private micro plane! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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  • 1 hour
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$175.39
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Mount-Pilatus Heritage & Beer Delight From Lucerne

Mount-Pilatus Heritage & Beer Delight From Lucerne

Towering over the city of Lucerne like a monument to the Swiss wilderness, Mount Pilatus is a must-visit for nature lovers. This stunning massif boasts several stunning peaks, set within a playground of soaring rock faces, lush rolling valleys, and a network of meandering emerald lakes. The tallest peak in the group, Mount Pilatus, reaches a heady 2,132 meters above sea level and is beloved by visitors for its sensational views over the region. Venez Discover takes you to the heart of the sights, with opportunities to explore the Pilatus summit, ride the famous aerial cable cars, and discover the iconic Brauwerkstatt Kriens Brewery, where traditional Lucerne beer is brewed. This adventure is perfect for nature lovers and beer aficionados alike, with options to adapt the itinerary to your needs.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$347.41
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich

5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich

This tour shows you simply a real mix of the best places to see in Central Switzerland. There is the perfect combination of cities, towns and villages such as Grindelwald, Luzern, Bern and Zurich and then a myriad of breath-taking natural places such as mountains, lakes, gorges, waterfalls to visit. Plus some typical Swiss food and drink experiences
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$7,256.87
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

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Frame Switzerland’s rugged mountain scenery through the lens of your camera on this 7-hour Mt Pilatus photography tour. Travel around the peaks and valleys of Mt Pilatus by boat, cable car, cog-wheel railway and gondola with a guide and enjoy panoramic views over the breathtaking scenery. Cruise on Lake Lucerne as your guide explains the best techniques to capture the views on camera, then climb to soaring peaks for aerial views over the surrounding landscape. Along the way, pick up handy tips to improve your photography skills.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$614.04
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$614.04
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Mount Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Photo Tour

Mount Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Photo Tour

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The lakeside city of Lucerne and mighty Mt. Pilatus are a photographer’s dream destinations, but knowing where to find the best vantage spots takes local knowledge. On this tour, travel from the peak of Mt. Pilatus to historic Lucerne, and capture beautiful images along the way—with helpful tips from your guide. With all cable-car tickets included, explore with ease and frame the best of the Swiss Alps’ scenery in your photography.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$881.99
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$881.99
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

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The "Golden Round Trip" — a popular route for tourists — involves taking a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne with your private tourguide.  Mount Pilatus is a mountain massiv with several peaks, overlooking Lucerne. The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.63
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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Delve deep into the Swiss countryside and admire the spectacular mountain scenery on this private Mt Pilatus tour from Lucerne. Hop aboard your boat on Lake Lucerne with a private guide and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the tranquil waters. Admire panoramic views over the shoreline and peaks on route to Alpnachstad. Then, take the steep cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at a dizzying 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level. After free time at the top, descend through Fräkmüntegg and Kriens then return to Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$333.82
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$333.82
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 11 Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) costs USD 95.12. Guided Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) tours start around USD 95.12 per person. See all 11 Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) tickets and tours on Viator.
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