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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway before taking a short cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.
  • Summer day trip from Zurich to Mount Pilatus
  • Ride an aerial cable car gondola to the top of Mount Pilatus
  • Hike to the summit and descend on the world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • A boat ride across Lake Lucerne is included
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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 cablecar (except during maintenance)
Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from early May to early November)
Boat ride on Lake Lucerne
Lunch voucher will be provided in case the boat ride does not operate
Air-conditioned vehicle
Time at leisure in Lucerne
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Best of Switzerland Tours AG , Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
After pickup at a centrally located spot in Zurich, admire the picturesque scenery as you travel to Lucerne in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Disembark for a leisurely stroll around the historical highlights of the city, visiting monuments like Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge. Stop for a scenic photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne. Spend some relaxed free time exploring the city at your leisure, and then return to the coach to travel to your next destination.

Continue to Kriens and climb aboard a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car traveling to the 7,000-foot (2,132-meter) summit of Mount Pilatus. Appreciate breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-smothered spires and enjoy some relaxed free time to absorb the views.

Follow the Dragon’s Path to Mount Pilatus’ summit and then descend the mountain’s steep side on the cogwheel railway, which with its 48% gradient is the steepest railway in the world. Back at sea level, climb aboard an awaiting boat for a tranquil cruise across Lake Lucerne.

Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.

Please see the Itinerary section from seasonal service times of each transport method.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Zurich
Start your tour at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Zürich. Set off for an exciting day traveling over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to the enchanting city of Lucerne. Take in the views during a short photo stop en route.
Pass By:  
Lucerne
Enjoy a brief orientation drive, where your guide points out the main attractions of this charming town like the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church and the Culture and Congress Centre.
Stop At:  
Old Town Lucerne
Enjoy the following time at leisure to stroll through Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pilatus Luzern
Continuation to Kriens, where you take the panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy some time at 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 cogwheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Lucerne
Your summer alpine adventure concludes with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne to Lucerne, where you board the coach for your ride back to Zurich.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zurich
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
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • From October 18-24 and November 6-14, the ascent will be made by cable car, the descent by cogwheel train and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • From October 25 to November 5, the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train due to revision of the cable car and no boat ride but a lunch voucher will be included.
  • In winter (until 25 May/from November 15), the tour runs under the name "Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zürich".
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
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.

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  • "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." See review

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star-5
One of the best!
Christiane_M
, Aug 2022
Antje, our guide, is very informative! She's magnifico! Most of all, she made sure everyone's taken care of and learns something about the history/culture. We also arrived back in Zurich on time.
star-5
Views to Remember
John_T
, Aug 2022
Our guide had extensive knowledge of the sights on route to Lucerne and thus was able to provide an interesting commentary. He was well organised and obviously enjoyed what he was doing. The tour itself was full of wonderful experiences which included cablecar, cograil and ferry. The views from the top of Mt Pilatus were spectacular.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Janet_B
, Aug 2022
This was an incredible experience! We were traveling as a family of 5 - two adults and three teenagers. Everyone loved this tour!! It made us wish we had more time in the area!!
star-5
Breathtaking, Favorite
Ashley_P
, Jul 2022
This was a highlight of our trip and we’ll worth the time and money! The experience was amazing and incredibly beautiful! Highly recommend!!
star-5
Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide
Gabriel_H
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was amazing. Spoke different languages and was very patient with us for running tardy on one of the stops. Thank you
star-5
Must go
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2022
Very nice experience. Had a good tour guide. Would recommend if you want a chill, slow day. Amazing views
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful scenic view.
Arlita_M
, Jul 2022
Love the place. The beauty is beyond my expectation. Lake Lucerne is very nice addition, too. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
excellent tour our family...
CARLOS_U
, Jul 2022
excellent tour our family enjoy and the great services the we have from our tour guide was excellent we love pilots
star-5
Maude was an excellent tour guide.
madeleinekohler
, Jul 2022
Maude was our guide and she did an excellent job. She kept us on-time while giving us plenty of time to see everything. She spoke fluently in Spanish and English to meet everyone’s needs. She is so pleasant and a joy to spend time with! Thank you
star-5
Mount Pilatus Trip
Maryam_K
, Jul 2022
That was my best experience ever and the tour was awesome and I really recommend ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Also I will plan to come back with my kids 🙏🏻
star-5
Terrific
Faisal_M
, Jul 2022
Great trip and guide. Love to recommend this trip to people who stayed in Zurich and wanted to see all activities in Lucerne and Mount Pilatus.!
star-4
Legit a 9.5 hr tour
jamel_j
, Jul 2022
This is a 9.5 hr tour start to finish. Meeting spot is at the train station, if you can take public trans there do it. The parking is limited and the parking garage cost 45 CHFs. Starts with a 1 hr drive through Zurich to one of the other mountain tours (something with an R), you stop there for like 10 minutes. Next stop is Lucerne for like an hour, enough time to grab something to eat, and see the chapel bridge...no eating on the bus...before finally getting to the mountain. There, you take a gondola to the top and your up there for like 3 hours and change. To get down, you take a clog train which is about 50 minutes and the views are nice if you get the right seat. At the bottom, you take a boat back to Lucerne before getting back on the bus for an 1-1.5 hr ride back to the train station. It is literally an all day thing with no lunch provided, but you can buy food at the top and it is expensive. I enjoyed it, and it really felt like I got to see Switzerland.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best tour we had in a long time
MUKULESH_S
, Jul 2022
The tour guide. She was so nice and always with us guiding us all the way. She is the best. The best tour we had in a long time. Thanks
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear MUKULESH_S Thank you very much for joining our tour to Mt. Pilatus from Zurich a couple of days ago. We are excited to read that you had a good time and have gladly passed your heartwarming comment on to our tour guide Antje. She has been working for us since 15 years and tour guiding is her passion. We hope you have enjoyed your stay in Switzerland and look forward to welcoming you back on our tours on your next trip to our beautiful country. Kind regards Best of Switzerland Tours
star-5
Must do. A really fun outing.
Carol_P
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing day. 2 gondolas, a cog rail and a boat. The mountain was beautiful with our heads in the clouds. Our guide, Rebecca, was the best. Kept everyone informed and we had a great time. Highly recommend.
star-5
Beautiful Views
Riley_D
, Jun 2022
It was so beautiful all the views. Started at a landmark to see the lion. We then got dropped at the start of our mountain journey we’re we took a scary gondola ride up. The view was pretty but if you are scared of heights you might not love it. The cogwheel was so much fun to go down the mountain. It was my favorite then the boat ride took us around the lake. Looking at all the building while drinking some wine 👌🏻
star-5
The views are incredible...
Sandeep_P
, Jun 2022
The views are incredible on a sunny day. Our tour guide Marlise was incredible! Couldn’t recommend more.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The tour was very well...
John_M
, Jun 2022
The tour was very well organised and highly enjoyable. Pedro was an entertaining and funny tour guide.
star-5
Amazing
Ines_T
, Jun 2022
Very well planned, amazing landscapes, amazing guide Pedro Lipp. Very complete tour with cable car, boat and old train all in 1day!
star-5
Totally worth it! No regrets
Ally_F
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Lars was wonderful. Amazing Switzerland scenery by coach bus, air, land, and boat. Definitely worth it, Viator via Switzerland Best Tours is organized and efficient.
star-1
Terrible Guide - Katrin
Asma_K
, Jun 2022
Katrin was a terrible guide! She rushed us from the start. Barely any time to see a scenic view, rushed Lucerne stop over, running from the poliwog to the boat. It seemed like a military exercise. On top of it, I got lost in Lucerne because I had to take my daughter to the bathroom and was 5 minutes late and she literally yelled at me and my daughter in front of all the group! The lady next to me was shocked and said Katrin must be having personal issues. And then we came back to Zurich at 6:40 pm and estimated time was 7 pm so we didn't have to be rushed and running from point to point. Please use another guide. Katrin again is rude.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Asma, Thank you very much for joining our tour to Mt Pilatus and for sharing your experience with us. We are truly sorry to hear you felt offended by your tour guide Katrin and will follow up on your feedback with her to avoid similar incidents in the future. All guests can contribute to the success of our tours by respecting the schedule and their fellow co-travelers by arriving on time. Unfortunately, we are faced with late arrivals every single day and still need to guarantee that we return to the meeting point on time despite eventualities like heavy traffic. Therefore, our tour guides are instructed to wait for a maximum of 5 minutes after the scheduled departure time. Luckily you made it back to the bus just in time for the return journey to Zurich. Nevertheless, we understand that she could have handled the situation with more care and would like to apologize on her behalf for making you feel exposed in front of other travelers. We hope that you will still keep your visit to Switzerland in fond memory and are always happy to help in case of any questions. Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours

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