Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

Zürich, Switzerland

From $68.28

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


Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
  • Half-day tour of Zurich highlights and the surrounding areas
  • See Zurich sights including the Swiss National Museum, Bahnofstrasse and Fraumunster Church
  • Take a cable car up to Felsenegg and delight in phenomenal views of the Alps and mountain towns
  • Admire the affluent Goldcoast area on the eastern shore of Lake Zurich on a coach tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Explore Zurich’s highlights from three different perspectives: cable car, ferry boat, and luxury coach.

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Aerial cable car ride up to Felsenegg (replaced by Dolder cogwheel train during maintenance)
  • Ferry ride across Lake Zurich
  • Guided Old Town walk
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • 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

01:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach in central Zurich and embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. Receive a historical introduction to Zurich from your guide and direct your attention to landmarks such as the Swiss National Museum and the Zurich Opera House. Look out at Lake Zurich during a brief interlude, and then cruise past monuments like the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich’s art museum.

Disembark for a leisurely stroll around Zurich’s charming Old Town (Altstadt), and admire quaint houses and grand political centers. Capture photographs of the world’s largest clock face on St Peter’s Church, and gaze at the prismatic stained glass windows that decorate Fraumünster Church. 

Reboard your coach for the short and scenic journey to Meilen, where a sightseeing ferry awaits. Enjoy a tranquil crossing of the lake, and then board a cable car on arrival in Adliswil. Ascend to a dizzying height of 2,630 feet (800 meters) and absorb sweeping vistas of the snow-capped spires that surround.

When your tour comes to a conclusion, return to your original Zurich departure point in a comfortable coach.

Zurich (Pass By)

Board a comfortable coach in central Zurich (Sihlquai Coach Terminal) to begin your city tour.

Bahnhofstrasse (Pass By)

Your guide will talk about the city's history and point out landmarks including the castle-like Swiss National Museum, the luxurious shopping street Bahnhofstrasse, and the renowned financial district.

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
  • 06.03. – 06.04.2023 I 03.-31.03.2024: Felsenegg cable car replaced by Dolder cogwheel train due to revision.
  • Routing may have to be amended due to construction work or public events without prior notice.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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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Traveler Tips

The car park was poorly organised and people and buses were everywhere, so take care and keep an eye on children.
770 reviews
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Great tour
Anand_P, Mar 2023
Loved the walking tour of Old Town and the ferry across the lake. A truly tremendous program, with a great tour guide.
great tour and wonderful...
taleb_d, Jan 2023
great tour and wonderful tour guide she was so friendly and so helpful with plenty of information to give
Great way to fill afternoon.
Lynne_D, Jan 2023
Perfect length. Lovely coach trip around Zurich and then the cable car was great fun. Helped it was so snowy at top of mountain. Well run tour and kept to time.
Waste of time and money
Chakell_C, Jan 2023
This tour was a waste of time and money, you can take the local train and see more. There even wasn't a stop to buy souvenirs or chocolate. The tour was only 4hrs not as advertised.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Chakell, Thank you very much for participating in our Zurich & Surroundings City tour and sharing your experience with us. We are very sorry to hear that our tour didn’t meet your expectations and that you found the attractions visited insufficient. This tour is an excellent choice to see the highlights of Zurich and its surroundings in a seamless way and in just 4 hours. This wouldn't be possible by train and without a guide, that’s why guests choose to join our tour. While the official tour duration is 4 ¼, the return ride to the meeting point can be influenced by the traffic situation. If favourable traffic conditions apply, the tour may finish earlier than expected. Yet, we can guarantee you that the time spent in the attractions remains unaffected. Most of our guests highly appreciate not having a souvenir shop as part of the tour because it doesn’t add any value. Also, the limited amount of time wouldn’t allow it, but this can be done before or after the tour. In Viator's tour description we try to explain the procedure as clear as possible, and if something is unclear, guests can always contact us. We regret not having heard from you, because we’d have gladly recommended you joining our Zurich, Cruise & Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum tour where our guests have the chance to buy sweet souvenirs at the museum shop. We regret 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 great price-performance ratio on your next trip to Zurich. Best regards, Ambika from Best of Switzerland Tours
Great tour and the guide was excellent
Kevin_K, Jan 2023
Great way of seeing the sites and hearing the history behind same. We had a young guide called Lars who was excellent and interesting. The ferry ride and cable car up the hill is also very enjoyable.
Super beautiful day in Zurich and environs
Maria_M, Jan 2023
The guide was excellent! Loved the ferry ride and the cable car ride to the view is f the lake and the city. Very comfortable motorcoach and pleasant stroll in the old city!
Highly recommended Tour.
Debadatta_S, Dec 2022
Rudolf was excellent and made our tour fun as he had a great sense of humor. He shared information on the Swiss way of life.
A great way to see Zurich
Tracy_D, Dec 2022
A great way to see Zurich! My husband and I enjoyed this adventure. The bus tour, ferry ride and cable car were all excellent and the guide was great. A beautiful place to see and this was exactly what we expected.
Worth it
Thilak_J, Dec 2022
The cable car and the restaurant on top were fabulous. The guide Lars was knowledgeable and friendly.
Good tour, wrong time
Peet_G, Dec 2022
The walking tour is a waste of time. All the site could have been indicated from the bus. It was very cold and no plan B. The ferry and cable car is good although there was very little visibility. Should have been given a choice to cancel with compensation.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Peter, Thank you very much for joining our Zurich & Surroundings City Tour and sharing your experience with us. The aim of our tour is to show our guests the highlights and surroundings of the city in 4 ¼ hours. The little streets of the old town are one of the most picturesque places in Zurich but they cannot be strolled by bus, only on foot. This is something highly appreciated by our guests. By bus it would be impossible to see the beautiful corners this city has to offer. We are sorry to hear that the sites your tour guide showed you didn’t meet your expectations. Unfortunately, the weather condition is not something we can control. Especially now during winter, cold temperatures, as well as snowy and rainy days, are to be expected in the cities. As stated in Viator, this tour includes a short walking tour in the old town, for which our guests need to be prepared. If the temperature was too cold, we would have appreciated it if you would have communicated with your tour guide to consider the option to stay in the bus during the walking tour. Additionally, we provide our guests the flexibility to cancel/modify any booking free of charge until 24h prior to departure. Checking the local weather report 1-2 days before the tour is always helpful to modify the booking if necessary. Still, we are very sorry to hear that the weather hindered you from enjoying the views and the walking tour. We hope you take a positive memory of your stay in Switzerland and look forward to welcoming you on tour again (maybe on a sunny and warm day). Best regards, Ambika from Best of Switzerland Tours
Great way to see Zurich in a few hours
LadySpinQueen, Dec 2022
First time and only one day to see it all. Look no further. Comfortable coach, very knowledgeable tour guide and the amount of stops for bathroom breaks was appreciated. Really enjoyed the cable car ride and the walk up the hill to the cafe. Learned a lot about Zurich and Switzerland in general. Will recommend to friends who come
Not the best tour of Zurich
Dwayne_L, Dec 2022
Not the best tour to see Zurich. Audrey, our guide, was very knowledgeable but way too talkative. The sites she took us to did little to provide an overview of Zurich in a way I felt it should have included.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Dwayne, Thank you very much for joining our Zurich & Surroundings City tour and sharing your experience with us. We are very sorry to hear that the services provided by your tour guide didn’t meet your expectations. Our guests usually come from other countries and have never been to Zurich. They choose to join a guided tour to obtain a deeper insight into the local history, culture, and life. Our tour guides are trained with extensive but interesting information about our country to deliver a high-quality service. Many of them are Swiss, with long work experience in the field and are proud to transmit their knowledge and anecdotes to the guests. This is a great asset because most of the guests are keen to know more and our tour guides have the answer. While we focus on group tours and need to deliver a certain level of service, we understand it can be hard to match the expectations of every guest. For guests looking for a personal experience, we recommend joining a private tour or discovering the city at their own pace. The program of this tour is designed in such a way that our guests can see more than the typical highlights in the city, hence the “surroundings” mentioned in the description of the tour. We hope you could still take a positive memory of Zurich with you and look forward to welcoming you in Switzerland soon again. Best regards, Ambika - Best of Switzerland Tours
Great tour
Paulette_P, Nov 2022
The tour guide was refreshing and knowledgeable. A really super experience! Zurich is a postcard within itself, had only a little it of time. Wish candy factory tour (brief) was part of trip.
Rushed but great views
Camille_G, Nov 2022
Magnificent mountain views. The first stop could be eliminated. The cable car experience felt a little rushed but overall it was a wonderful excursion.
Felecia, November 22, 2022
Felecia_S, Nov 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the places we visited were magnificent! Would definitely recommend to everyone.
Wonderful tour
LISA_S, Nov 2022
Our guide Lars was the best! So informative and knowledge! The tour was just the right amount of time and we learned so much about the city! Seeing the different areas gives us a great about where we would like to visit next time we come to Zurich!
Great way to see the city.
Armando_A, Nov 2022
Good way to get a sense and history of the city. Lars, our guide, was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
Good tour
John_K, Nov 2022
See a lot in one sunny afternoon when time is limited. If you have time, you can participate lomger tour.
Georgnell_A, Nov 2022
It was really nice very enjoyable a lot of sight seeing and informative. Well worth seeing and price is good.
Pass on the Experience
Hayley_S, Oct 2022
Not impressed with the tour. Very rushed, the boat ride was a joke, and barely could hear the driver. Not worth the time or money.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Hayley, Thank you very much for joining our extended city tour of Zurich and for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry to hear that the tour did not meet your expectations. The main aim of the tour is to give our guests the possibility to get a good overview of Zurich and its surroundings in just over four hours. While the ferry ride only takes 8 minutes to cross Lake Zurich, many guests appreciate the short break from the bus ride to get some fresh air or take some pictures of the city from a different perspective. It is a pity that you had difficulties understanding your tour guide. We would have very much appreciated if you had addressed your concerns with her directly to find a solution during the tour rather than after it. Nevertheless, we hope that you enjoyed your stay in Zurich and that you will give us a second chance to convince you of the high quality of our tours during your next visit! Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours