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Mount Pilatus Day Trip

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The tour was really good. English and Spanish. Elizabeth and Dulce are wonderful :)
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
US$ 160.50
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Explore the spectacular Swiss Alps on this day trip to Mount Pilatus from Zurich. Hike to the peak, travel on the world's steepest cogwheel train and ride a panoramic cable car for unparalleled views over the mountains.

Explore the spectacular Swiss Alps on this day trip to Mount Pilatus from Zurich. Hike to the peak, travel on the world's steepest cogwheel train and ride a panoramic cable car for unparalleled views over the mountains.

Mount Pilatus Day Trip

We'll leave the Sihlquai Bus Terminal parking at 9:30 am. You'll set off in the direction of Lucerne by bus, crossing over the Albis Pass and drive alongside the banks of the Lake of the Four Cantons. During the journey, you'll make a stop to take photos of the stunning Alpine landscapes, before reaching the city itself. Here your guide will take the opportunity to tell you all about its most important places of interest, like the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church. You'll then have free time in Lucerne to explore its beautiful Old Town at your own pace.

After visiting Lucerne, you'll hop back on the bus and continue on your journey to Kriens, where you'll take a cable car ride. From your gondola, you'll have spectacular views over the mystical forests of Krienseregg as you travel up the mountainside to Fräkmüntegg. There, you'll climb aboard the Dragon Ride, an aerial cableway whose panoramic windows will give you the breath-taking feeling that you're flying over the Swiss Alps.

Once you've reached the top of Mount Pilatus, at almost 7,000 feet in height (2,131 metres), you'll have the choice between walking down the mysterious Dragon Trail or enjoying the short hike to the summit. Don't forget your camera to take photos of the incomparable views of the lakes and mountains around you! You'll also have free time to eat lunch at one of the restaurants on Mount Pilatus.

Having explored Mount Pilatus to your heart's content, it'll be time to head back down the mountain. You'll descend to Alpnachstad on the steepest cogwheel train the world, before putting the finishing touch on an unforgettable day enjoying a boat cruise on the Lake of the Four Cantons to see the Swiss Alps from a new perspective.

Finally, you'll return to your original meeting point in Zurich at around 7 pm.

Operating dates

During the year 2022, the activities included in this excursion are only operational on the following dates:

  • Dragon Ride Cable Car: throughout the year, except between 24th October and 4th November 2022 (maintenance period).
  • Cogwheel train: between 26th May and 20th November, 2022.
  • Boat trip: between 26th May and 16th October 2022.
  • Food Ticket (20 Fr (US$ 20.80) per adult and 10 Fr (US$ 10.40) per child): between 17th October 2022 and 31st March 2023.
  • Guide in English and Spanish: between 7th May and 20th November 2022.
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Adults Children between 6 and 15 years old Children under 5 years old
US$ 160.50
US$ 80.20
  • Adults

    US$ 160.50
  • Children between 6 and 15 years old

    US$ 80.20
  • Children under 5 years old


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Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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9 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.


English speaking guide.

Transport by bus.

Panoramic gondolas.

Dragon Ride cable car.

Cogwheel train.

Boat trip.

Not included

Food and drinks.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Accessible only for folding chairs. An accompanying person is required. This must be indicated in the reservation.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The activity helps the conservation of biodiversity.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How much free time will we have in Lucerna? Enough to explore the old town?

    A - You will have between 50 and 60 minutes in Lucerna, depending on when the tour arrives in the city. This should be enough time to explore the old town.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
US$ 160.50

Meeting point

Sihlquai bus terminal.

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