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

Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

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1,148 Reviews
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 Lucerne
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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$144.88 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Stress free and enjoyable
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.
CinLouShe, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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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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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.
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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 .
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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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Not to be missed
Mary_D, Aug 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Great tour! Enjoyed the tram, cog train and boat ride tremendously. Timing for each was perfect. The best way to see Lucerne.
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Awesome Family Activity
Victoria_W, Oct 2020
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
This was so fun! I only wish they would have told us that if we choose the cogwheel train on the way down, we have to catch public transport back to the parking lot for a separate price. The views are breathtaking and my kids loved playing in the snow at the top. The cafe is quite nice and there are lots of activities that can done on the way up or down. Definitely the most memorable experience on our Lucerne 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.
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Great place to visit for a day trip from Zurich
r0semtz, Jan 2020
Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich
Great spanish and english day trip. The place and the views are awesome. The guide tour was very friendly and all the instructions were very clear.
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Very beautiful mountain!
lotlot226, Dec 2019
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
Our group had a very unforgettable memories in Mt. Pilatus! It was a breathtaking view! We wish someday we could ride the Conway train. Luzerne is a very beautiful city! This is a very recommended tour.
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Great trip!
jkbult1, Nov 2019
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel
Adrian was a great guide for our day to Pilatus. We had an excellent day and saw a lot on the tour. Fun taking so many modes of transportation. Switzerland is beautiful.
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Excellent trip
Kimberly, Aug 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Everything about this tour was perfect and on time. Our guide Yolonda was full of information and interacted with everyone! We really and truly enjoyed ourselves!

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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