Lucerne and Mount Pilatus Day Tour from Zurich with World's Steepest Train Ride

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Go on a short city tour with the main sights of Lucerne, before heading to Mt. Pilatus to experience a winter paradise!

Description

From Zurich, we will take a scenic coach journey through Central Switzerland and along the Lake of the Four Cantons.

Upon arrival at Lucerne, we will take a short city tour with the city's main sights and enjoy some free time. We will continue to Kriens, where panoramic gondolas and an aerial cable car* will take you to the top of Mt. Pilatus into a mystical, white winter paradise.

According to legend, kind dragons used to inhabit this mountain! Discover the Dragon Path and enjoy the spectacular panorama. Warm up in one of the cozy summit restaurants with a menu of your choice.

Highlights

  • Lion Monument

  • Panoramic gondolas

  • Aerial cable car

  • Dragon Path

  • Lunch

Includes

  • Cable car to the summit of Mt. Pilatus

  • Cogwheel train ride and boat cruise in summer

  • Lunch in winter

  • English-speaking guide
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Lucerne and Mount Pilatus Day Tour from Zurich with World's Steepest Train Ride

Duration: 10 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Transport by a luxury air-conditioned coach / Cable car to the summit of Mt. Pilatus / Cogwheel train ride and boat cruise in summer / Lunch in winter / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:00

    Check-in at Silquai Bus Parking

  • 09:30

    Departure from Zurich to Lucerne

    Lovely coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the four Cantons to Lucerne. Enjoy a short city tour with the main sights of Lucerne and a visit to the Lion Monument. You will also have some free time to explore the charming old town.

  • 12:30

    Departure from Lucerne

  • 13:10

    Gondola and Cable Car from Kriens

    Take the panoramic gondolas from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg. Then hop aboard the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and enjoy the jaw-dropping views out of the panoramic windows, specially designed to give the feeling of flying.

  • 13:50

    Arrival at Mt. Pilatus

    Arrive at your final stop 7000ft (2132m) above the sea level and enjoy 1.5 of free time to admire the spectacular views of the Alps and the lakes or explore one of many hiking trails.

  • 15:45

    World's Steepest Train Ride

    Descent the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway (48% gradient) to Alpnachstad.

    Train descent available from early May to 19 November.

  • 16:25

    Boat Cruise from Alpnachstad

    Board the boat for a lovely 1-hour cruise on the beautiful Lake of the Four Cantons and enjoy the spectacular landscape from an entirely different angle.

    Boat cruise available from 6 May to 22 October.

    Outside of that period, you will enjoy lunch instead of the cruise (23 Oct to early May).

  • 17:45

    Departure from Lucerne to Zurich

  • 19:00

    Arrival back in Zurich

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PRIVATE Tour Upgrade: Lucerne and Mount Pilatus Day Tour from Zurich

Duration: 9 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Cable car to the summit of Mt. Pilatus / Transport in a private car / Cogwheel train ride and boat cruise in summer / Lunch in winter / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:30

    Pick-up from your hotel

  • Departure from Zurich to Lucerne

    Lovely coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the four Cantons to Lucerne. Enjoy a short city tour with the main sights of Lucerne and a visit to the Lion Monument. You will also have some free time to explore the charming old town.

  • 12:30

    Departure from Lucerne

  • 13:10

    Gondola and Cable Car from Kriens

    Take the panoramic gondolas from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg. Then hop aboard the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and enjoy the jaw-dropping views out of the panoramic windows, specially designed to give the feeling of flying.

  • 13:50

    Arrival at Mt. Pilatus

    Arrive at your final stop 7000ft (2132m) above the sea level and enjoy 1.5 of free time to admire the spectacular views of the Alps and the lakes or explore one of many hiking trails.

  • 15:45

    Train descent and boat cruise

    Descent the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway (48% gradient) to Alpnachstad.

    Train descent available from early May to 19 November.

  • 16:25

    Boat Cruise from Alpnachstad

    Board the boat for a lovely 1-hour cruise on the beautiful Lake of the Four Cantons and enjoy the spectacular landscape from an entirely different angle.

    Boat cruise available from 6 May to 22 October.

    Outside of that period, you will enjoy lunch instead of the cruise (23 Oct to early May).

  • 17:45

    Departure from Lucerne to Zurich

  • 18:30

    Drop-off

Loved the trip ......hope to do it again!! Scenes etched in memory forever

gurucharan

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  • (For Check-In) Silquai Bus Parking near Zurich Main Station (Sihlquai, 8005 Zurich ) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Silquai Bus Parking near Zurich Main Station (Sihlquai, 8005 Zurich ) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Silquai Bus Parking near Zurich Main Station (Sihlquai, 8005 Zurich ) Time: 09:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Silquai Bus Parking near Zurich Main Station (Sihlquai, 8005 Zurich ) Time: 19:00:00

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Notes

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  • Boat cruise operates from mid May to 22 October. When it does not operate, it will be compensated with lunch.

  • Cogwheel train operates from mid May until mid November (depending on the snow conditions, prior/post this date the tour is held according winter program). When it does not operate, it will be compensated with lunch.

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Reviews

Loved the trip ......hope to do it again!! Scenes etched in memory forever

gurucharan

My trip was excellent. Besides beatiful scenery, also the nicest guide of tour I've ever had.
Thank you very much for ...
the unforgatable trip more

Lusi

It was an excellent trip to Pilatus. The weather was kind of gloomy down below but when we were at the top it was sunny and even w...arm. I will take the tour again if given the chance. Highly recommended. A highlight to a visit in Switzerland. more

Leonard

Our guide 'Urs' was exceptionally informative and entertaining . The tour was very well organised . We loved the experi...ence and are looking forward to getting our family there. more

Yasmin

My husband and I had an amazing day exploring Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus! Our tour guide, Guillermo, was not only knowledgeable and i...nteresting but so sweet and helpful, too. This was certainly a highlight from our trip to Europe and one we highly recommend to others. more

Sara

We booked this tour online with no trouble at all. When we arrived in Zurich, we found out that the tour company can provide pick ...up from our hotel with no extra cost. It's a definitely advantage, saving us from looking for the meeting place early in the morning. We departed Zurich on time and headed towards Lucerne. We were given sufficient time to explore the area before heading to Mount Pilatus. Once we arrived at the bottom of Mount Pilatus. We were greeted by our local guide. He was very informative and guided us up the mountain and back down to Lucerne. It was an overcast day and we read some other review about similar tour. However, it was still amazing once we were above the cloud level. The scene was just magnificent. The cogwheel ride came down the mountain was also a very special experience. I highly recommend this tour if anyone visiting Switzerland . more

Annie Boreham

Action packed - very informative - worth the trip even though the Alps were completely socked in -

Patrick

I would suggest, if possible, checking the weather before booking this tour. Unfortunately, I had already paid for the tour before... I knew it would be rainy and cloudy that weekend, and in the end I could not see anything. Quite a disappointment. This is not really a fault of the tour company itself, though, and I am satisfied with how the tour was conducted. For example, I made a mistake with my reservation and had to call the office the day before the tour debarked, and the lady I spoke to (Mirja) was very nice/helpful/professional.

The tour itself seemed to be more popular among the senior folk, but as a younger solo traveller, I was still able to make some friends on the trip. The tour guide was nice and friendly, but she did not explain much or guide us around when we reached the top (we were to just explore on our own). There was also a bit of disorganization in the tour. The trip honestly was quite boring for me because of the weather, but I can imagine it would be great if you could actually see the views at the top of the mountain. I enjoyed the cogwheel train part of the tour the most.

For comparison, the tour basically follows the golden round trip, and the price for buying the tickets and going yourself is ~100CHF as of this review (Though my hostel sold it for 90CHF). Add to that the cost of transport to/from Lucerne (~30+ CHF if you buy the super saver train tickets online). Especially with a rebate offer from Veltra, it turned out that booking this tour ended up being a lot cheaper than buying the tickets and going alone, so it was a good deal for me! This is because the tour is able to take advantage of group rates and charter busses, saving everyone money in the end.
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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 08:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Within 48 hours before the tour start, amendments can be made against a handling fee of CHF 20.00 per booking. The client will pay this fee directly at the check-in, before starting the tour.

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