Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich information and booking

9 hours 30 minutes
Departs from
Silquai Bus Terminal Hotel pickup is available if you are staying in a selected Zurich hotel (these are noted on the voucher).
Returns to
Returns to original departure point (Sihlquai Bus Terminal) at approximately 7pm
Time of departure
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Tour description provided by Viator

For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided tour includes a gondola and aerial cable car ride, the world's steepest cog-wheel railway and a cruise on Lake Lucerne.

Travel over Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne until arriving in Lucerne. Disembark for a highlight tour of the city, including the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church. Afterwards you will have approximately one hour at your leisure to stroll Lucerne's beautiful Old Town.

You'll then continue to Kriens and board a panoramic gondola and aerial cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus at 7000 feet (2132 meters). Enjoy an hour and a half at your leisure admiring breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Venture down the Dragon's Path and make the short hike to the summit before descending Mount Pilatus to Alpnachstad by cog-wheel railway. At a gradient of 48% it is the world's steepest!

Your summer alpine adventures conclude with a picturesque boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne.

This tour operates between April and October, however If you are traveling in late October, the aerial cable car could be canceled due to poor or unsafe weather conditions. If this is the case, you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train. If traveling when boat is no longer in operation (approximately October 23), you will return to Lucerne by train.

What's included

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable-car
  • Steepest cog-wheel railway in the world
  • Boat ride on lake lucerne (until october 23)
  • Transport by minibus or air-conditioned coach
  • Time at leisure in lucerne
  • Hotel pick up (selected hotels only)

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified