Day trip

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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From US$ 160.95 per person

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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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Live tour guide
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
Full description

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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Important information

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

4.7 /5

based on 346 reviews

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Had such a great time. Our guide Elizabeth was putting in WORK to make sure we were all accounted for and didn’t get lost amongst the different fun modes of transportation. Highly recommend this tour. Can easily see all of the overlooks with the allotted time. It’s not too long or short but just right. WEAR COMFY SHOES and pack some snacks unless you don’t mind paying for overpriced foods on top of the mountain.

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August 16, 2022

We had a fun day. Our guide Kristin was knowledgeable and friendly. What an action packed day: going by bus to Lucerne seeing the country, up the gondolas to Pilates, down the cog wheeled train and on the boat. Your choice of hiking level at the mountain. I recommend this tour.

August 15, 2022

We had a fantastic day. The guides are very experienced and the flow of timing was very well prepared. The tour is exactly as described and promised, the view from Mount Pilatus even better than expected. Be prepared to bring water and snacks however you can lunch at Mount Pilatus as there is a nice long break. The bus coach was air conditioned and very clean. The tour was held in English and Spanish, all very clear and understandable. Special Thanks to our Guide Valerie.

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August 9, 2022

Product ID: 11974