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Mount Pilatus Excursion from Lucerne

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Tue, Fri & Sun: 01 May - 31 Oct

  • Duration

    Approx. 5.5 hours

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Frankenstrasse 2-4, 6003, Lucerne. This is centrally located in a side street next to Lucerne train station. 

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early

  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at hotel Waldstaetterhof, Lucerne

Key Highlights

  • Take a cable-car ride to the mystical Mount Pilatus
  • Enjoy a typical Swiss food at a summit restaurant ( meal voucher from 21 Oct 19 to 17 Nov 19)


Enjoy the beauty of the  landscape of Switzerland with a trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne only during summer, most of the times there is no snow.

After reaching the top, take in the breathtaking scenery of the snow-capped Alps blending with the clear blue sky.


  • You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach and taken to Kriens, accompanied by a  guide speaking (English, Spanish and German). Kriens is a municipality in the district of Lucerne, at the foot of Mount Pilatus. From Kriens, take a panorama gondola and cable-car ride (about 40 minutes) to the summit of Mount Pilatus, at an altitude of 2132 metres. From the top, enjoy magnificent views of the Alps, the surrounding mountains and lakes. Take the Dragon Path, an easy stroll through the rock gallery on Mount Pilatus.  You are at leisure for about 1½ hours on Mount Pilatus to enjoy the scenery and take up short hikes.  From Alpnachstad, board your coach for a return journey to Lucerne. The tour ends at Waldstaetterhof.


  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach  guide (English, Spanish and German)
  • Panoramic gondola + aerial cable car "Dragon Ride" (except during revision: 25 Oct - 12 Nov )
  • World’s steepest cogwheel railway (early May  to 21 Nov )
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (01 May to 17 Oct ) Lunch* instead of boat ride (18 Oct to 21 Nov )


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of the tour

During winters if a mountain has to close the cable cars/ cogwheel trains because of bad weather, there are two possible situations:

If the news is received BEFORE the coach has left for the tour, you have below options:

Postponing the tour to another day

Changing the booking to another mountain (generally no refund because the tour is fully guided)

Not taking any tour and get full refund

If the news is received AFTER the coach has left, you have below option:

Changing the booking where you will be taken to another mountain (no refund, because the tour is fully guided)

The Cogwheel train and boat operate from early May until 21 November (depending on the snow conditions, prior/post this date the tour is held according winter program). The boat operates until late October.

Service Information: (25 Oct to 12 Nov ) : Panoramic gondola + aerial cable car "Dragon Ride" (except during maintenance)

(01 May to 17 Oct ) : Boat ride on Lake Lucerne

18 Oct  to 21 Nov  : Lunch voucher (CHF 20.00 per adult / CHF 10.00 per child) as compensation for boat ride, exchangeable at Pilatus self-service restaurant. 

Voucher Information : Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this ). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. 

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