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From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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Enjoy a bus trip through the countryside from Zurich to Lucerne. Take the cable car up Mount Pilatus, the funicular down to Alpnachstad and the boat back across Lake Lucerne.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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English, Spanish

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  • Enjoy a beautiful ride through the countryside along Lake 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 and gondolas
  • Relax on an idyllic 1-hour boat ride back to Lucerne
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the beautiful countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Take some photos at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne, where the tour will take a brief stop, traffic permitted. 

Continue to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then take one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad.

Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, the bus will take you back to Zurich.

  • Fully guided tour
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable coach
  • Panoramic gondolas and aerial cable car Dragon Ride
  • Cogwheel train May 26 - Nov 20, 2022
  • 1-hour boat cruise May 7 - Oct 16, 2022 (summer option)
  • Lunch voucher up to 20 CHF (autumn option)
  • Food and drinks

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • From October 17-23 and November 5-20, 2022: 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 24-November 4, 2022: 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 336 reviews

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This is a great tour. It is long and active, so be prepared. We brought water, snacks, an extra jacket and a battery to charge phones, and were happy for it all! (As a heads up, you can't leave anything on the bus, and you can't eat in the bus.)

May 28, 2022

The tour was amazing. The weather was perfect at Lucerne, the day we went. It was bit freezing at Mt. Pilatus. We were guided by Ms. Antje & Mr. Eduardo. Both of them guided us well. I would recommend Best of Switzerland Tours. I had booked 2 days tours back to back with them. Worth it.

November 8, 2021

The tour started on time and our guide was friendly and spoke both in English and Spanish. There was only one hour to spend in Lucerne so you couldn’t really do much except see the Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge. Make sure to check Mt Pilatus for when you’re going because during the time I went, the cable car was undergoing maintenance so we went up and down via the cogwheel train which was fun but it’s the same price regardless. The tour group did provide a 20 chf food voucher for lunch. The tour is really weather dependent - it was really nice on the day I went but wouldn’t be nice if it was rainy. Would recommend this tour for someone who’s travelling alone or don’t want to rent a car!

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November 3, 2021

Product ID: 11974