Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland

From $188.94

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway before taking a short cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.
  • Summer day trip from Zurich to Mount Pilatus
  • Ride an aerial cable car gondola to the top of Mount Pilatus
  • Hike to the summit and descend on the world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • A boat ride across Lake Lucerne is included

What's Included

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cableway Dragon Ride (except during maintenance)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world (from Jun 5 to Nov 19)
  • Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (from 18 May - 22 Oct 2023)
  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Personal expenses

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

After pickup at a centrally located spot in Zurich, admire the picturesque scenery as you travel to Lucerne in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Disembark for a leisurely stroll around the historical highlights of the city, visiting monuments like Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge. Stop for a scenic photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne. Spend some relaxed free time exploring the city at your leisure, and then return to the coach to travel to your next destination.

Continue to Kriens and climb aboard a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car traveling to the 7,000-foot (2,132-meter) summit of Mount Pilatus. Appreciate breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-smothered spires and enjoy some relaxed free time to absorb the views.

Follow the Dragon’s Path to Mount Pilatus’ summit and then descend the mountain’s steep side on the cogwheel railway, which with its 48% gradient is the steepest railway in the world. Back at sea level, climb aboard an awaiting boat for a tranquil cruise across Lake Lucerne.

Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.

Please see the Itinerary section from seasonal service times of each transport method.

Zurich (Pass By)

Lake Lucerne

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Old Town Lucerne

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pilatus Luzern

1 hour 50 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Lake Lucerne

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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
  • From May 18 to Jun 4: ascent and descent by cable car, voucher for soft drink, boat ride included
  • From Oct 23 to Nov 10: ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • From Nov 11 to 19: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Boat ride available until Oct 22. From Oct 23 onwards a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • 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.

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Featured review
This was an absolutely fabulous experience. Our first stop was in Lucerne where we had enough time to walk around and see the town. A gondola ride took us to the top of the mountain and and the views from the top of the mountain were breathtaking. The steep cog wheel train descent was fun and the boat ride was beautiful and scenic. The tour was well organized with lots of information and enough free time to do things on our own. Highly recommend this tour !


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We had a picture perfect...
Rebecca_K, Jun 2023
We had a picture perfect day going up the mountain in the cable car. We saw the cows and her their cowbells that was a treat right there. When we got to the very top we could see for miles and miles and miles and I went through the tunnels. It was a great day.
Amazing Views
Edmund_T, May 2023
Our guide was great and provided us with a lot of information about area on the way to Lucerne. She showed us where the entrance the old city was . She made sure everyone got to see the great views at the top of the mountain.
Breathtaking Experience
Rachel_P, May 2023
We travelled with a 2 year old + Well organised Timely Packed full of activities Beautiful views of Lucerne from cable car - Would not recommend bringing a pram as difficult to fit in cable car (we use a baby carrier) The bus unfortunately broke down 10mins from the bus stop, but this was no issue for us, the tour guide and bus driver handled it very well
Exceeded expectations
Snengelhardt, May 2023
We have a multi generational group with experienced and inexperienced travelers, but we all agree this was the best part of our trip. Not only was the scenery glorious and ever-changing as happens in the mountains, but we also had little surprises, including a serenade by Alpine horns, and observing a couple of skydivers leap from the summit. I’m not sure if that is common or if we were lucky. The Lake Lucerne boat ride was the perfect ending. Our guide was especially good. She was friendly and knowledgeable and kept us right on schedule. Everything was very well organized and our guide was charming and knowledgeable and patient. I will recommend The Best of Switzerland to others as well as choosing them for my future tours.
Long day, but enjoyable
MAXENE_P, May 2023
Seeing the snow and going up the lookout. Admiring the mountains, perfect day. Coach driver was a careful driver. The guide spoke well, could have dressed a bit more professional.
The view and place was...
Benjamin_T, Nov 2022
The view and place was beautiful. Our tour guide didn’t seem that familiar with logistics. Ended up with several delays during the trip. Thus we didn’t have much time At Mount Pilatus itself. This was my 4th tour with the company.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Benjamin, Thank you very much for joining our tour to Mount Pilatus and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that the tour did not meet your expectations. Unfortunately, your departure from Zurich was delayed by 30 minutes due to a technical issue, which we would like to apologize for. Unfortunately, the driver’s window would not close anymore and with outdoor temperatures around 12 degrees Celsius, the bus would have cooled down in no time. In Lucerne, the tour was scheduled to depart from Lucerne at 12:30, but was postponed to 13:00 to ensure that you had a full hour to explore Lucerne. We sincerely regret that we could not offer you a longer stay on the summit of Mount Pilatus and hope that you will still keep your visit to Switzerland in fond memory! Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
Amazing Trip
Sourik_D, Nov 2022
The most memorable part of the trip was the cogwheel train ride to Mt. Pilatus. The view on top of the mountain was also extraordinary. The Alps range from the terrace was a lifetime experience for us.
Too much Lucerne
LauraS, Oct 2022
The tour is very nice. However, we had Pilatus and Titles schedule with the same group, and both tours had the same Lucerne morning stop, which is very repetitive. The description of one of them says the they would stop at the Lion Monument, but they never did. So we had extra time in Lucerne doing the same things. A bit disappointing. I wish they would pick a different area of Lucerne to stop or somewhere completely different on the way. Besides that, everything was nice.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Laura, Thank you very much for joining both our tours to Mount Pilatus and Mount Titlis and for sharing your experience with us. Since most of our guests only choose one day trip to Central Switzerland, we have included a stop in Lucerne in both tours. Depending on the traffic situation, we offer a photo stop en route at Lake Lucerne or at the Lion Monument. From our meeting point at Frankenstrasse 2-4 it is only a 15-minute walk to the Lion Monument, so you could have easily visited the monument during your second visit to Lucerne using the city map provided. We are sorry that you were not aware of this possibility and hope that you will still keep the tours in good memory! Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
Amazing Experience!!
Kimberly_V, Oct 2022
This tour was amazing! The views were one of a kind and the weather was fantastic! Our guide Eduardo was so nice and was great at communicating the meeting points and fun facts of the trip! The views at the top are incredible and the gondolas and cog wheel train are a must have experience for any bucket list! I would highly recommend this tour!
Definitely exceeded our expectations
Michael_W, Oct 2022
We were looking for an alpine experience, and this fit that and was more than we expected. Good to experience the different modes of traveling up and down the mountain, and in the order we did it. Luckily it was a sunny day in October, so we did not need more than a jacket. Good shoes are required for the hikes around the top area, but one can also eat and just enjoy the views.
Incredible Tour with Views
Ash_S, Oct 2022
This was an absolutely fabulous experience. Our first stop was in Lucerne where we had enough time to walk around and see the town. A gondola ride took us to the top of the mountain and and the views from the top of the mountain were breathtaking. The steep cog wheel train descent was fun and the boat ride was beautiful and scenic. The tour was well organized with lots of information and enough free time to do things on our own. Highly recommend this tour !
Day tour on the monuntain
Sima_B, Oct 2022
The tour was good but the weather condition was not good. It was raining and very cold on the mountain. It was poor visibility. It would have been a great tour had it been a sunny day.
Swiss delights
BobGritti, Oct 2022
The breathtaking scenery. The informative commentary. The cogwheel train. Everything worked well. We thoroughly enjoyed it all
Day trip to mt Pilatus.
MilesA_J, Sep 2022
Views from my Pilatus. Excellent caring guide Vladimir. Scenic drive through swiss countryside. Boat ride on lake Lucerne.
Amazing day - fabulous views
Rachelle_S, Sep 2022
The day started with a drive over the Albis pass with views over Zurich. We stopped at the edge of the Lake at Astrid's chapel for photo and comfort stop. We had an hour and a half free time in Lucerne -enough time to get photos of the bridge and wander round the old town. The bus parked a few minutes walk from the chapel bridge (some guests joined in Lucerne and some opted for 6 hrs in Lucerne). We met again at 12.30pm and then we travelled to Kriens for a 20-30mins ride in a 4-person cable car. At Frakmuntegg we transferred to a 40-person gondola for the 5-10min trip to the summit of Pilatus. If you are scared of heights this might not be for you. The views from the summit are amazing - a view across the Lake from 2070m and views to the Alps. You can walk up steps to two observation points (wear sensible shoes - the steps are not always level) but the view from the terrace is also stunning. The dragon's walk is cut through the rock providing "windows" to look out. There is a shop and three restaurants - take out; self service and served; with seats inside and out. We had just over 2 hours here. The weather was great so this worked well; I'm not sure how it would have been if the weather was bad. We then took the cog wheel train down to Alpnachstad which took 30-40mins (it goes 9km/hr). We then caught the boat back to Lucern - the boat had a bar selling snacks, and toilets on board with seating inside and out. It was comfortable and relaxing and took about an hour with a couple of stops, getting back to Lucern at 5.45pm. Our guide Katrin was excellent - very knowledgeable and informative. I found "Best of Switzerland" to be very well organised on this day - very punctual. The ticket kiosk was obvious if you get to the bus station (it's opposite starbucks)- getting out of the railway station can be disorientating as there are many exits and construction work at the moment; so do allow enough time. An excellent well organised day with amazing views.
My husband and I went on...
alicia_h, Sep 2022
My husband and I went on our honeymoon and it was the most amazing tour we booked. Views were breathtaking. Our tour gal was informative about areas we drove pass. It was a gray day spent in Switzerland!
Long day but worth every minute
Craig_K, Aug 2022
The Gondola & Arial tram were amazing. The views are incredible! And the cogswheel train fascinating. The time at the top is adequate and the eateries are plenty. The boat on lake Lucern was very nice. A long day but it didn’t feel rushed. Only negative was the guide on the way to Lucern never stopped talking and repeated everything in 3 languages. It was extremely loud coming out of the speakers and was very annoying. After Lucern it was much less frequent.
One of the most beautiful areas in Europe.
Monika_W, Aug 2022
This tour was amazing. We loved Lake Lucerne area and Mount Pilatus. On the Cog railway coming down we even had Swiss Alp’s cows with their bells. It truly was one of our best tours on a five week vacation.
Don’t think twice!
Karina_M, Aug 2022
This was an amazing day trip! Enjoyed every second even though it rained on our boat ride. Everything leading up to it was excellent! The views were phenomenal and we had an awesome tour guide. He kept the group together during the whole trip. I believe it was worth our money! 5/5!! Mount Pilatus was definitely breathtaking!
Thoroughly enjoyable day
Andrea_L, Aug 2022
Enjoyed the whole experience and our guide (Cristina?) was fantastic. The rides up and down the mountain are awesome and the view from the top is amazing. Also loved the boat ride on Lake Lucerne. It’s a beautiful part of the world. Our perfect weather probably helped.
One of the best!
Christiane_M, Aug 2022
Antje, our guide, is very informative! She's magnifico! Most of all, she made sure everyone's taken care of and learns something about the history/culture. We also arrived back in Zurich on time.
Views to Remember
John_T, Aug 2022
Our guide had extensive knowledge of the sights on route to Lucerne and thus was able to provide an interesting commentary. He was well organised and obviously enjoyed what he was doing. The tour itself was full of wonderful experiences which included cablecar, cograil and ferry. The views from the top of Mt Pilatus were spectacular.
Fantastic experience!
Janet_B, Aug 2022
This was an incredible experience! We were traveling as a family of 5 - two adults and three teenagers. Everyone loved this tour!! It made us wish we had more time in the area!!
Breathtaking, Favorite
Ashley_P, Jul 2022
This was a highlight of our trip and we’ll worth the time and money! The experience was amazing and incredibly beautiful! Highly recommend!!
Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide
Gabriel_H, Jul 2022
Tour guide was amazing. Spoke different languages and was very patient with us for running tardy on one of the stops. Thank you
Must go
Elizabeth_M, Jul 2022
Very nice experience. Had a good tour guide. Would recommend if you want a chill, slow day. Amazing views
Beautiful scenic view.
Arlita_M, Jul 2022
Love the place. The beauty is beyond my expectation. Lake Lucerne is very nice addition, too. Highly recommended.
excellent tour our family...
CARLOS_U, Jul 2022
excellent tour our family enjoy and the great services the we have from our tour guide was excellent we love pilots
Maude was an excellent tour guide.
madeleinekohler, Jul 2022
Maude was our guide and she did an excellent job. She kept us on-time while giving us plenty of time to see everything. She spoke fluently in Spanish and English to meet everyone’s needs. She is so pleasant and a joy to spend time with! Thank you
Mount Pilatus Trip
Maryam_K, Jul 2022
That was my best experience ever and the tour was awesome and I really recommend ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Also I will plan to come back with my kids 🙏🏻

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