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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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$175.82 per adult
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Breathtaking Experience!!!
From beginning to end the trip was wonderful!! I do prefer the smaller bus experience, although this one worked out perfectly well.
sydrach123, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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MIdwest gratitude
Mary_M, Oct 2021
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel
Adrian was our personal guide and he did a fantastic job in taking care of us. He made sure we had the best experience. He did a lot of planning to make sure we had low wait times for traveling and the traveling modes were fun and unique !! He was accommodating in every way. He is a very good historian and we had a perfect day. Thank you Adrian !!
star-5
Would recommend to everyone!
Fatime_H, Oct 2021
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
Absolutely fantastic tour, it was a money well spent! Breathtaking view, authentic music was played by some locals on the top of the mountain. The cable car took us to the top from Kriens and the railway took us back to the valley to Alpnschstad. From here we rode the train and a bus to get back to our car. The parking fee was only payable by cash, it was a bit of difficulty as we got used to be able to pay with card everywhere in Switzerland.
star-5
An Excellent Tour
James_L, Oct 2021
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel
This was an excellent tour. It included several kinds of transportation - train, ship, cog railway, gondola from the top of Mt. Pilatus, and bus. Our guide Adrian was great and extremely helpful. The views from the top of Mt. Pilatus were amazing and riding in the oldest/longest cog railway in the world was very interesting. The tour includes a lot of venues in a single day but got us back in Basel for dinner.
star-5
Peaceful and beautiful
Bjarne_G, Oct 2021
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
The silence at the top of the mountain. The cablecars, the train down with 48 degree. Absolutely peaceful experience.
star-5
Amazing, fun and educational!
Deborah_S, Sep 2021
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern
The whole trip was absolutely fabulous, one of the best excursions I’ve ever had. Our guide was amazing, Euli was friendly, kind, fun and extremely knowledgeable. The excursion was a bit pricey but worth every cent. My only negative comment would be, why don’t you share the phone number of the guest with the guide, it sure would make it easier to meet up!
star-5
Stress free and enjoyable
CinLouShe, Sep 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
A wonderful time had by all, a nice combination of tour guide assistance and information as well as time alone to wander. On time and very stress free. Robert was our guide and we enjoyed and trusted his wisdom.
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Mt Pilates
dwhitfield1214, Sep 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Great scenery and stunning views coupled with a varied travel experience - cable cars , cog wheel railway and then lake trip - fantastic.
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Beautiful Views from Mt Pilatus
Alan_D, Sep 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
The cable car trip up to Mt. Pilatus was fun. We got to see gorgeous sights, take a lot of pictures and have a nice lunch up on top. We also enjoyed the cogwheel train ride down the mountain. The twelve hour day with a lot of time on the bus which made for a very long day, but it's the best way to get to go up the mountain.
star-4
Great Tour / Wrong Departure Time On Voucher
wayne_h, Sep 2021
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
The scenery was beautiful. The voucher showed a 8:30AM departure time when the ticket office opened at 9:00AM and boat left at 9:38AM. Hard sitting around that long and wondering the status.
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Fun tour
youssef, Sep 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
A little expensive but very fun tour. You get to ride a gondola , a train and a boat on lake Lucerne . I just wish we had an additional hour to spend in Lucerne .
star-5
Heaven on Earth
lynn, Sep 2021
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
You can check on when the boat leaves. The boat leaves several times a day. Plan at least a half a day for the trip. Viator offers this trip at half price! It is a wonderful day trip!
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patricksaunders44, Feb 2020
Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich
I loved the Mountain View’s from the top of Mt. Pilatus. Also the historic buildings and views of the alps from Lucerne were incredible.

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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