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

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

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icon4 to 6 hours  (Approx.)

Overview

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.
  • Half-day tour of Lake Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, and Fräkmüntegg
  • Start with a Lake Lucerne cruise, admiring the scenery from the water
  • Ride up the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus
  • Take a ride on the aerial Dragon Ride cable car
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Cruise ship (2nd class)
Cogwheel train ride (operating from middle May till November 14th 2021)
Panorama gondola ride (closed due to revision October 25th to November 5th 2021)
Aerial cableways ride (closed due to revision from October 25th to November 5th 2021)
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
8:30 AM

Ticket Redemption Points

Pilatus-Bahnen AG, Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland
Pilatus Railway, Brünigstrasse 2, 6053 Alpnach, Switzerland
Make your way to the Lucerne train station. The station overlooks the pier, so start by boarding your boat for your cruise around Lake Lucerne. 

Disembark at Alpnachstad, and head inside a welcoming chalet-style restaurant with a terrace. Use your time here to eat and drink at your own expense, then make your way to the cogwheel railway for a ride up the mountainside. 

The steep line is known as a scenic route; cast your gaze out of the window as you pass alongside mountain streams and pastures sprinkled with alpine flowers on your way to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. 

When you reach its 6,995-foot (2,132-meter) summit, you have some free time to soak up the views from the gallery, terrace, or restaurant. If you’re feeling more energetic, then take a short stroll to a nearby peak.

Descend back down the mountain via the Dragon Ride cable car, and hop out at Fräkmüntegg to enjoy a range of mountain activities. Test your agility climbing our rope park and get your adrenaline pumping (own expense), or treat the kids to a panoramic cable car ride to the children’s playground at Krienseregg. 

From Krienseregg, continue by gondola to Kriens, then take the public bus No.1 from Zentrum Pilatus to the Lucerne train station.

Please note: The order of this tour is flexible, and can be adapted if you wish. See the Itinerary for another suggested timetable. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pilatus Luzern
Take the panoramic cable car from Kriens, closed to Lucerne (bus no. 1 from Lucerne station, bus stop Zentrum Pilatus in Kriens, then a 10 minutes walk to the cable car station) and in 30 minutes you will reach the station Fräkmüntegg where you will find lots of attractions for the families like the biggist rope park in Central Switzerland, Dragon Glider, Top Tree Path and Restaurants. You will also change into the big cable car Dragon Ride there and in 3 minutes you will reach the top of Pilatus, the Dragon Mountain, where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, taste some local meal in one of the Restaurants or do a unforgettable hiking tour. Going back you can take the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the village of Alpnachstad, located directly at the lake (you need 30 minutes for the ascent and 40 minutes for the descent) and enjoy this ride with the unique cogwheel railway. Please note the operation time. Back to Lucerne by boat.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 October 25th to November 5th 2021 cable cars are not running due to revision.
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • It's not a guided tour, there is not a meeting point.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The world's steepest cogwheel railway is operating from middle May till November 14th 2021.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Pilatus Railways
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Note that the walk from the bus up to the gondola is slightly uphill and can be strenuous, but so worth it." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "It would be nice if there was a more central location in Lucerne to redeem the voucher or at an office that stays open past 5." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
A day full of majestic sights as far as the eye can see
Gladiatorrman
, Sep 2021
Better than expected. I went with option 2. Picked up tickets ay railway at 800am. First train up at 810am. Started at train ride up to Plitus. Gondula down into town. Downhill walk to bus stop. Bus ride back to Lucern Lake. Boat ride back to start. 5chf parked all day at train station. MUST print confirmation before picking up tickets at railway. Boat ride, 2nd class means first level seats. 1st class upper level. Some shaded seats with tables. Pay 14cfh more for first class once you're on board. You can get drinks and snacks, but check your wallet. It was almost $10small Coke Zero bottle. Make sure cameras have fresh batteries, and extra memory cards. You won't stop taking pictures. Worth every penny.😎
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great Tour / Wrong Departure Time On Voucher
wayne_h
, Sep 2021
The scenery was beautiful. The voucher showed a 8:30AM departure time when the ticket office opened at 9:00AM and boat left at 9:38AM. Hard sitting around that long and wondering the status.
star-5
Heaven on Earth
lynn
, Sep 2021
You can check on when the boat leaves. The boat leaves several times a day. Plan at least a half a day for the trip. Viator offers this trip at half price! It is a wonderful day trip!
star-5
Mr Pilatus, Cogwheel train, lake Lucerne
Paul_C
, Aug 2021
Fantastic! Many options on how to complete the excursion, very helpful personnel along the way! Great
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Golden Round Trip
Richard_H
, Nov 2019
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.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent all around.
barbara_b
, Oct 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great self-paced tour, redemption point too far away
Alissa_S
, Oct 2019
This tour is amazing and you can go at your own pace, stopping and spending time where you please. Breathtaking views, fun activities, food, etc. All exceptional. The redemption point for the ticket however, is a 15 minute drive from where the tour departs (or a 55 minute walk). We came in the night before and were unable to get there before we were supposed to depart. It would be nice if there was a more central location in Lucerne to redeem the voucher or at an office that stays open past 5. The tour operators were good about letting us go anyway, but it would have been nice to just take care of it ourselves.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
callieMichigan
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Golden trip
Jeremiah_C
, Oct 2019
Trip itself was great getting tickets with voucher was tough. We were staying in Lucerne but had to bring our voucher out to Mt.Pilatus the day before to leave from Lucerne the next day. Bus ride out to get tickets 3/4 hour each way. Why couldn't tickets have been printed out instead of voucher? TRIP ITSELF THE NEXT DAY WAS GREAT. Getting tickets them self a pain.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience - don't miss it.
Betty B
, Sep 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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