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From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Golden Round Trip

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG
Other experience

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Golden Round Trip

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG

From US$ 119.80 per person

Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day trip 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
Full description

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 hop 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
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food

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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 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 is an unguided activity
  • This trip operates in almost all weather conditions, but please dress appropriately
  • Children under the age of 6 participate for free
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4.7 /5

based on 328 reviews

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Was attempting to book the Golden Round Trip to Mt Pilatus but this one popped up instead when I clicked my wishlist item. Seems to be the very same trip under a different name. This excursion was well worth it. The views during the Gondola ride, train ride and boat ride were exceptional! Would definitely do again if I ever visit Switzerland again. Only recommendation is pay attention to schedules of boats because the full schedule if boat rides was not accurate on the day we were there.

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April 2, 2023

Would recommend starting with the boat trip! rest of the trip was fantastic despite cloud on the top of the mountain! (it was mid October!) easy to follow routes & links to the various modes of transport. Cog railway was absolutely awesome! worth the money.

April 2, 2023

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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April 2, 2023

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