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Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG

Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG

From US$ 106.15 per person

Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour which takes you on multiple modes of transportation. Take in the views from a boat, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway, and gondola.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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  • Take in the views from 2,132 meters above sea level
  • See Mount Pilatus towering over Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps
  • Hold on tight on your way up the world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • Experience Lucerne from atop the mountains and on the lake
  • Feel like you're in a helicopter in the cockpit-like Dragon Ride
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See the Lake Lucerne area from the clear, blue waters of the lake and from the famous mountains above. Cruise the lake, ride along the world’s oldest cogwheel railway, an aerial cableway, and a gondola at your own pace. 

Start your roundtrip excursion on the number 1 bus in Lucerne in the direction of Kriens/Obernau. Get off at the Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus stop and reach the gondola station in Kriens after a short walk. Enjoy a 15-minute ride to the Krienseregg station.

Get back on the gondola and hope off at Fräkmüntegg. Board the aerial cableway, the Dragon Ride, and reach the top of Pilatus Kulmafter after an exhilarating 5-minute ride. With its spacious interior, cockpit-like design, and large windows the Dragon Ride feels just like a helicopter.

From the top you can enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. Take your time and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks, or enjoy a local specialty in one of the nearby restaurants.

The world's steepest cogwheel railway, built in 1889, will bring you from Pilatus Kulm past jagged rock faces, sparkling mountain streams, and lush fields of alpine flowers down to Alpnachstad. From there, take a breathtaking one-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne and arrive where you started.

  • Public bus between Kriens and Lucerne
  • Panoramic gondola ride between Kriens and Fräkmüntegg
  • Aerial cableway between Fräkmüntegg and Pilatus Kulm
  • Cogwheel railway between Pilatus Kulm and Alpnachstad
  • Second class lake cruise from Alpnachstad to Lucerne on Lake Lucerne
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please check the timetable before your visit. Start your trip at the Lucerne train station. Show your voucher on the bus number 1 from Lucerne to the stop called Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus. Exchange your voucher for the mountain railway ticket at the cash desk of the valley station in Kriens. If you wish to take the trip in the other direction, get on the boat to Alpnachstad from pier number 2 and show the voucher on the boat. At the valley station in Alpnachstad you will have to exchange your voucher for the mountain railway ticket.

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Know before you go

  • Please check the timetable carefully, especially for the boat connections (there are 2 - 5 boat departures per day)
  • The trip can be taken in both directions for a roundtrip journey
  • This tour operates in almost all weather conditions, but please dress appropriately
  • Infants and children up to 5 years old participate for free
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 305 reviews

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The trip was amazing! You can arrive at any time, the get your guide voucher only gets you the tickets! The transportation was somewhat confusing to figure out at first, you DO NOT need a ticket for the bus though! Once you chance the voucher to a physical ticket it isn’t confusing though! Warning, the ropes course and alpine slide were not open in late September on a colder day! The experience was overall amazing though and it was so worth it! The price is about the same as buying it at the ticket office. Amazing experience though with breath taking views! Highly recommend the self guided one to go at your own pace!

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September 26, 2022

The directions just to get to the gondola were very confusing. If you can find the bus, good on you! Then, if you can figure out the right place to get off of the bus, because there are duplicate names, then really good on you. Be very clear before you go, or you will get lost.

September 25, 2022

Self guided tour gave us the time to do what we wanted with no time limit and just enjoy on our own time. Left around 9am took the bus exchanged our voucher to actual tickets at the ticket office. Boat ride back was relaxing with amazing views. Overall this experience was awesome.

September 17, 2022

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