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Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)
Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

Brünigstrasse 2, Alpnach, 6053

The Basics

Pilatus Bahnen operates three main routes up Mount Pilatus. A cogwheel railway—the steepest cogwheel railway in the world—runs from Alpnachstad up the south side of the mountain to the summit station of Pilatus Kulm. From Kreins, the Panorama Gondolas take off up the mountain to Fräkmüntegg station at 4,649 feet (1,417 meters). From here, an aerial cableway, known as the Dragon Ride, heads up to the summit.

A popular choice for summer visitors is the so-called Golden Round Trip from Lucerne, which includes a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne and a ride on the cogwheel railway to the top of the mountain, before descending by the aerial cableway and gondola.

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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$171.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
One of the best!
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.
Christiane_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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First timers
Mark_F, Jul 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Mount Pilatus coming and going....awesome views, cool clean air, see for miles....boat ride was just a nice relaxing apres adventure...
star-4
Good -- but ...
Bryan_F, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Hi, the tour/trip of the 3 stages of getting up/down Mt Pilatus was great. Unfortunately, the group was large (~45) and no opportunity for meaningful discussion/description of individual legs of the journey nor about the uniqueness of each travel mode. Beware to also ensure a good position in the cog-train (and elsewhere) -- little effort to keep family or small groups together. I got separated from my wife who needed help walking with a cane.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Janet_B, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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!!
star-5
Views to Remember
John_T, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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.
star-5
So much fun.
Kathryn_M, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Ralph was our tour guide and he was delightful. We really enjoyed our day! The trip to Pilatus was awe inspiring-and the cog railroad and boat ride were Big hits with my kids. Overall, a wonderful excursion.
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Memories for me and family
Roberto_P, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Beautiful place 100% recommended little step closer to heaven, unforgettable experience for me and my family
star-5
Great trip!
Judith_M, Jul 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Cruising on the lake was very relaxing. Wonderful scenery. The cogwheel train up the mountain was spectacular.
star-5
A Great Day
Karen_L, Jul 2022
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip incl. Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern
This was an excited trip up to Mt Pilates, it included a boat ride across the lake. Six in our group and we all had a great day. The weather was overcast but obviously nothing we could do about that. Our tour guide was beyond excellent. Besides helping us and giving us interesting side stories she also helped with other questions we had about Lucerne. In fact, she gave us excellent suggestions for the next day.
star-5
We all love the trip! A very long day, but worth it!!
Richard_K, Jul 2022
From Basel - Mt. Pilatus Heritage with a cruise on Lake of Lucerne Private Tour
Our guide was wonderful! She stayed with us all day and made sure everyone was happy and comfortable. She was very knowledgeable and fun to be with throughout the day.
star-5
Fantastic way to see Mt Pilates and experience various sources of transportation Lucerne has to offer.
Leslie_A, Aug 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
The leader was organized, easy to understand and communication was clear. She was pleasant, fun, full of energy and nice.
star-5
Mt Pilatus tour must do.
Phillip_R, Jun 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Wonderful ship ride over to base of mountain. Quite a long wait there until cog railway came back down for pickup. A great experience going up mountain. Nice hikes at top. Fun going down on arial trams great photos taken. Recommend trip for all.
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Breathtaking, Favorite
Ashley_P, Jul 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
This was a highlight of our trip and we’ll worth the time and money! The experience was amazing and incredibly beautiful! Highly recommend!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Single, return, and combination tickets are available; children under 6 are free.

  • Total travel time is around 40 minutes by gondola and aerial cableway, and around 30 minutes by cogwheel railway.

  • Be sure to bring warm layers—it’s snowy and cold on the mountaintop, even in summer. Sunscreen is also essential throughout the year.

  • All of the routes are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get to There

Buses run from Lucerne train station to Kreins, which is where the gondolas and aerial cableway depart. Trains and boats run from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, the starting point for the cogwheel railway. Golden Round Trip tours typically include hotel pickup and all transfers.

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When to Get There

Cable cars and gondolas operate year-round, with regular departures. Queues are common in high season (July to August) so opt for an early start to avoid a long wait. The cogwheel railway runs from May to October, so if you want to take the Golden Round Trip, plan a summer visit.

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Things to Do on Mount Pilatus

As well as taking in the view from the observation deck, visitors to Mount Pilatus can walk a number of hiking trails, dine at the mountaintop restaurant, or spend a night at the summit hotel. Winter visitors have access activities such as sledding, bobsledding, and snowshoeing, while summer visitors can test their nerves at the Pilatus rope park, ride the Fräkigaudi mountain toboggan, or head to the PILU Land children’s playground.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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