Day Trip to Lucerne and Mount Stanserhorn Including CabriO Cable Car Ride

Zürich, Switzerland
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Ascend to the dizzying summit of Mt. Stanserhorn on a full-day coach tour of the Swiss Alps from Zurich. Travel through stunning Swiss countryside to the picturesque city of Lucerne. Take a traditional funicular railway car in Stans and summon your courage for an open-air gondola ride to the highest point of Mt. Stanserhorn. Absorb incredible Alpine panoramas and opt to enjoy a unique dining experience in a rotating restaurant (own expense).
  • Full-day tour of central Switzerland, including Stanserhorn, from Zurich
  • See Lake Lucerne and visit the Old Town landmarks of Lucerne
  • Ride an antique wooden rail car aboard the funicular railway in Stans
  • Take the CabriO—the first open-top aerial cable car in the world—up Mt Stanserhorn
  • Relax on a public train ride from Stans to Lucerne

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Travel the Swiss countryside, see Lucerne landmarks, and ride a vintage funicular railway on this relaxing day trip. The highlight is the ride on the open-top aerial cable car up Mt Stanserhorn

What's Included

  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Vintage funicular, CabriO cable car (unaccompanied)
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Public train from Stans to Lucerne
  • Hotel pick- up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Best of Switzerland Tours AG
    Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

    The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Coach Terminal, close to Zurich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to departure at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Greet your guide at a meeting point in central Zurich, and climb aboard an air-conditioned coach destined for Switzerland’s scenic countryside. Admire verdant panoramas as you travel parallel to the shore of Lake Lucerne, past crumbling limestone cliffs and flower-filled meadows.

On arrival in Lucerne, embark on a short panoramic drive with your knowledgeable guide; see impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument and gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich historical heritage.

Then take a scenic journey to Stans, home to a recently restored 19th-century funicular railway. Experience an enchanting ride through flowering meadows and swooping valleys and disembark at the train station to explore the region independently.

On your guide’s recommendation, conquer your fear and climb aboard the CabriO, an open-top aerial cable car that affords stunning views of the surrounding Alpine panorama. Ascend to the lofty summit of Mount Stanserhorn and relish staggering views as you climb to a height of 6,230 feet (1,900 meters).

Scour the horizon for 10 lakes and more than 62 miles (100 km) of Swiss Alps mountain range before taking a short hike to Marmot Park, an idyllic nature reserve in which animals thrive in their natural environment. Opt to enjoy a unique dining experience in the mountaintop’s rotating restaurant (own expense) and then return to Stans to meet your guide.

Take the train back to Lucerne and, after enjoying some additional free time in the charming city, board your return coach to Zurich.

Zurich (Pass By)

Lake Lucerne

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Old Town Lucerne

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stanserhorn-Bahn (Pass By)

CabriO Stanserhorn-Bahn

4 hours Admission Ticket Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Zurich (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • The tour is accompanied from Zurich to Stans and from Lucerne to Zurich. For the individual ascent and descent at Mt Stanserhorn and the train ride back to Lucerne, tickets and a written itinerary are provided.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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An excellent excursion by bus, funicular train, and cable car. Majestic views from the top of Stanserhorn hill. The weather was very nice in June. The tour guide was very informative and helpful. Absolutely recommended tour who want to experience the best of Switzerland.


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Nice time spent on Alps as family
Nisita_O, Jun 2023
This was a very nice trip. We liked it a lot as we had some personal free time in Alps.. we enjoyed hiking and weather was perfect.
Wonderful cable car drive
KinMan_C, May 2023
The ride of cable car to the mountain top is interesting. The stopover visit to Lucerne is very nice as there are many eye-catching sceneries there.
Awesome experience !
Bailey_S, Jul 2022
Easy trip with a great tour guide! Had everything organized for us and was the perfect amount of time to do everything we wanted to. Did the stanserhorn trip and the guide checked us in, told us what to do, and made it so incredibly easy. Super enjoyable!
Disappointing day trip
Pamela_M, Jul 2022
Viator merely provided transportation to the sites. I was dropped off at Mt Stanserhorn and was given a train ticket back to Lucerne, where I was picked up at a designated meeting point late in the afternoon. I could have done this day trip on my own. On other day trips I’ve signed up for in the past, there was an actual tour and a tour guide to the areas visited. Not on this one.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Pamela, Thank you very much for visiting Mount Stanserhorn with Best of Switzerland Tours and for sharing your experience. We are sorry to hear that the tour did not meet your expectations. As stated in the description, the tour is accompanied by a professional multilingual guide from Zurich to Stans and from Lucerne back to Zurich in the evening. In between, our guests individually explore Mout Stanserhorn with the help of a comprehensive information booklet including train schedules, recommendations of sights and activities as well as orientation maps. While Mount Stanserhorn can certainly also be visited individually by public transport, it involves many train changes and is ultimately more expensive. The historical information provided and the personal anecdotes shared by the tour guide combined with the liberty to explore a destination at one's own pace are the main reason why guests opt for our tour rather than an individual visit. We regret to hear that you felt that the tour was not worth your money and hope that you will give us a second chance to convince you of our high quality standards on a fully-guided tour during your next trip to Zurich. Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
Not A Good Day
Uppitylady, Oct 2019
Suppose to have a tour of Lucerne, took us to Willy’s Watch and Souvenir Shop, gave us a map, go on your own for 55 minutes and don’t forget to buy your souvenirs. We knew we were on our own for the mountain tour. The weather was bad but no directions to train station once you came off the mountain. Get off the train in Lucerne poor map to find where the bus was picking us up, locals helped us. It’s pouring down rain and they had a problem where 35 minutes late picking us up in pouring rain, no shelter. I called their office and was told their was a technical difficulty.. We like to explore on our own but we expected a guided tour in Lucern not be taken to the family souvenir shop.and handed a map to tour on our own for 55 minutes. Do not tour within company. The city and countryside are beautiful and that’s why it got 2 stars.
Average At Best
U8552CWdavec, Oct 2019
In hindsight, this trip could be easily be put together yourself if you are comfortable booking train travel. We were brought to a train station and then told what to do on our own anyway. Lucerne is a big disappointment after being in Zurich. Very touristy and the tour sends you into a watchmaker as their first stop.
European tour 2019
Journey710700, Oct 2019
Tour Guide Olga very knowledgeable/ nice. Enjoyed the whole trip. So excited /scared to ride the cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, unforgettable fun experience
Great day trip
Richard G, Oct 2019
Really enjoyed this trip. Got enough time to see what I wanted to see. Spectacular scenery! Well organized. Definitely recommend.
Unbelievable views
Kenneth_K, Oct 2019
The actual excursion was fantastic. However, two excursions were combined and the guide went with the other excursion. Our group was left on their own. Guide did try her best to give us instructions; however, in reality would have been nice to have a guide and since, I believe, it was listed as a guided tour.
mt stanserhorn
Lawrence K, Oct 2019
Excellent. So beautifulIt was even thing I had hoped for and more. Would recommend this trip to everyone.
Day to Lucerene
Carmen_W, Sep 2019
This experience exceeded my expectations! I traveled alone and loved being with a small group. We were given a perfect amount of time to explore Lucerne on our own and our travel guide did an excellent job of keeping the group moving along in a timely manner. The views from the top of the mountain were incredible.
Great experience
Anand_N, Sep 2019
Lovely ride up a funicular rail , followed by a unique cable car with a sun deck . What a view! A special mention about two lovely , friendly ladies operating these two modes! The rotating restaurant at the top serves great food. Our Guide was a nice and friendly man. Overall good.It snowed at the top “cherry on the cake” .
Head in the clouds
David_M, Sep 2019
Had a great day learning about Lucerne.. a beautiful city... and going up to Stanserhorn on the cable car ride was awesome... a terrific day..
Breath-taking views!
JulieAnn_D, Aug 2019
It was a good pick: Lucerne/Stasenhorn. We went around with the group until we were dropped off at the Stasenhorn funicular stn by the guide. The open-top cable car ride after the funicular was amazing! And the solo train ride going back to Lucerne to meet up with the group for the ride back home after several hours made the trip better. Great experiences.
Day trip from Zurich to Lucern & Stanserhorn
Sharon A, Jul 2019
OMG An absolutely breathtaking trip! Lucerne was beautiful. The snowy mountains and the rotating dining room at Mt Stanserhorn are the best!
Great view
linet_b, Jul 2019
Great tour, I felt in love with Switzerland. Cant wait to go back, the cabe car ride was good also but it was cloudy.
Stunning Views
Chris_B, Jul 2019
A lot to see in one day but worth it. You have to take a train by yourself when you are finished with Stanserhorn, but don't be intimidated by taking the train. It is easy and fun. And Lucerne is a pleasant walkable town.
Fantastic Trip by Best of Switzerland
nishan_l, Jun 2019
An excellent excursion by bus, funicular train, and cable car. Majestic views from the top of Stanserhorn hill. The weather was very nice in June. The tour guide was very informative and helpful. Absolutely recommended tour who want to experience the best of Switzerland.
must do!!!
Ketevan_Z, May 2019
It was totally worth it. LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!! cabrio cable car was the hilight of the trip. Stans is an amazing little town.
James_M, Oct 2018
This day, October 14, 2018 was my 75th Birthday. What a Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible day!!! This day trip without a doubt gets a 5 Star Rating from me!!!!! My son and I ended up the day by staying in Lucerne and having dinner at The Old Swiss House Restaurant and then catching our own train back to our stay in Sins, Switzerland. The Old Swiss House Restaurant ended surprising the hell of me with a lite sparkler, fruit, pastry, and Happy 75th Birthday wrote out in Swiss chocolate on a plate. And a little Swiss music box playing Happy Birthday. It had been 52 years since I had been through Switzerland. The scenery on this day trip was unbelievable SPECTACULAR!!!!! I LOVE SWITZERLANDS Splendor and Beauty! This is a must see trip for everyone!!!!! Lucerne is BEAUTIFUL!!!
What an amazing experience
mkr693, Oct 2018
The Alps up close with the most amazing open air ride to get there.I could do this tour over and over again.In one day you experience so much,the air at the top is strkingky pure and fresh and the view spectacular.You need to include this add on as it makes the tour 10/10
Was Amazing
Auday_A, Aug 2018
The drive to luzern with wonderful scenic views in a comfortable air conditioned coach , the comments were clear plus whole tickets were ready , they were on time , & please dont look over the trip in the web to enjoy the amazed day tour
Wonderful Lucerne and Stanserhorn
Edward_F, Aug 2018
One of the best tours we've been on. Tour guide provided local color on all the towns we went through...and our stay in Lucerne was not quite long enough but OK to get a feel of the old town. We were the only couple going to the Stanserhorn and had plenty of time to take in the wonderful sights on this mountain top. Although the weather was not "picture perfect" it was still yielding spectacular views. We would do it again. Since part of this was self guided (and OK with us) it was nice. Perhaps some more photo ops would be an additional plus...but all in all absolutely Excellent.
GHADIR_J, Aug 2018
The excursion was pleasent. It was partially unguided, which for me was a good thing. The whole trip was simply going to Stanserhorn and the remaining time just roaming around in Lucerne. I could have planned this trip myself and it would have cost me ALOT less! The price is too much for such a simple trip that only includes visiting Stanserhorn. I highly recommend visiting Stanserhorn-the view is spectacular. Our guide, her name is Valery, was sweet and respectful. I would not recommend this tour, however, I do recommend a visit to Stanserhorn & Lucerne BUT plan it on your own.
Scenery was amazing, bus ride was not!
Shawn B, Jul 2018
Great tour guide and views from the mountain. I was not at all impressed with the extremely over packed bus. As a matter of fact, we decided to take the train instead of riding the bus back to Zürich. It was well worth the extra money.
Jody G, Jul 2018
A wonderful trip. Organized very well would highly recommend. Value for money. The scenery was to die for amazing views for picture but it does get very cold when you reach the top on the cabrio.
Beautiful day. Lucerne was a great...
Gayle Y, Nov 2017
Beautiful day. Lucerne was a great surprise-What a beautiful city. Stanserhorn gave us the beautiful view being high up on top of the world. The ride up in the open top cable was breathtaking...A must do!!
We absolutely loved the Stanserhorn...
C E B, Nov 2017
We absolutely loved the Stanserhorn portion of this tour. Highly recommend! One note to travelers...if you go on a Saturday, the stores in Lucerne close at 4 pm, so shopping isn't an option when you return by train from Stanserhorn.
No fault of Viator, but our flight...
Fred T, Oct 2017
No fault of Viator, but our flight was delayed and we were unable to make it in time to go on our trip to Lucerne. Very disappointing....
This is was indeed a great trip and...
ManishKumar_A, Oct 2017
This is was indeed a great trip and well planned unlike Titlis and Rhinefalls. I would recommend this to other travellers.

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