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From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From US$ 166.71 per person

Enjoy a bus tour through beautiful countryside from Zurich to Lucerne for a short city tour. Travel up Mt. Pilatus by cable car, descend back down to Alpnachstad via funicular, and cruise back over the Lake of the Four Cantons by boat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9.5 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Spanish

What customers loved


  • Enjoy a beautiful ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne
  • Visit Lucerne and take a short tour of the main sights
  • Discover the charming old town of Lucerne at your own pace
  • Scale Mount Pilatus on several cable cars
  • Conquer the summit of the "Dragon Mountain" and enjoy unique views over the Alps and lakes
  • Take a daring ride on the breathtaking funicular railway down to Alpnachstadt, the steepest funicular railway in the world*
  • Relax afterwards on an idyllic, 1-hour boat ride back to Lucerne
Full description
This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the the Lion Monument depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape. Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterwards, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in comfortable coach
  • Panoramic gondolas and aerial cable car Dragon Ride
  • Cogwheel train
  • 1-hour boat cruise (summer option)
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF (autumn option)
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenditure
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • The gondola and cable car are not available at the beginning of November due to servicing.
  • Early May 2021: depending on snow conditions, the coghweel train may be replaced by the aerial cable car
  • From October 18-24 and November 6-14: the ascent will be made by cable car, the descent will be by cogwheel train (no boat ride) but a lunch voucher will be included
  • From October 25-November 5: the ascent and descent will be made by cogwheel train, due to revision of the cable car (no boat ride) but a lunch voucher will be included
  • In winter (from November 15): the tour runs under the name "Mount Pilatus - The Mystic Mountain"
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 306 reviews

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Special Thanks to Elizabeth (our tour guide from Zurich-Lucerne) and Michelle (Amazing tour guide to Mt. Pilatus). They were both very informative and professional. Michelle gave us a wonderful tour of Mt. Pilatus and was very friendly and helpful to everyone. I highly recommend this tour and these tour guides. Thank you & all the best!

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October 10, 2021

1. Magnificent views! 2. The weather is the factor. I was lucky the second day in a row, the weather was foggy in the morning only. Closer to noon, it was sunny - it's perfect for the end of October! 3. Two minuses at the end of October: cable road was not operated, no boat ride. But it was compensated by vouchers on 20 CHR for restaurants at the top :)

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October 26, 2019

The tour was very well organized and amazing. Felt that we had a decent to good amount of time at each destination. The guide was friendly and helpful. We loved the whole experience, especially the cable cars and gondolas and the ride in the bus was very smooth. The only thing we’d add to the tour is better options for f&b — the voucher we got was for 1 Asian restaurant that we didn’t use in Lucerne, and the food in the cafeteria in mount Pilatus wasn’t great. But overall, amazing experience.

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August 30, 2019

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