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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 Lucerne
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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$138.93 per adult
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Breathtaking scenery! The coordination of logistics went seamlessly. I would recommend the trip to others.
Michelle_L, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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The tour was very well...
John_M, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
The tour was very well organised and highly enjoyable. Pedro was an entertaining and funny tour guide.
star-5
Amazing
Ines_T, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
Very well planned, amazing landscapes, amazing guide Pedro Lipp. Very complete tour with cable car, boat and old train all in 1day!
star-5
Amazing experience and well worth every penny!
Sara_B, Jun 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Brilliant trip!!! Would highly recommend to everyone. The scenery is spectacular and is an experience we will never forget!
star-5
A pleasant adventure!!
Stan_S, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
The gondola ride up the mountain is breathtaking. Our party included a couple with limited mobility and the tour guide was most helpful & considerate. We all enjoyed lunch at the top and it was fun watching the birds frolic. The train ride down was unique and we enjoyed the views along Lake Lucerne.
star-5
My friend and I traveled...
Madison_A, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
My friend and I traveled to Lucerne for vacation and did this excursion, which was so awesome and so worth it!! I definitely recommend this trip and booking through Viator. Our tour guide Rita was so knowledgeable and welcoming. It ended with a beautiful lake tour as well. 10/10 experience and I definitely would recommend!
star-5
Fantastic tour
Richard_C, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip incl. Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern
What a fantastic day! Terrific guide and magnificence scenic views from the Lake Lucerne cruise, cogwheel railway and gondola ride.
star-5
Totally worth it! No regrets
Ally_F, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
Our tour guide Lars was wonderful. Amazing Switzerland scenery by coach bus, air, land, and boat. Definitely worth it, Viator via Switzerland Best Tours is organized and efficient.
star-4
Beautiful scenery but confusing instructions
James_R, Jun 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Would have given this 5 stars except that the instructions for redemption of voucher were woefully inadequate. Viator, you need to be much more detailed on where to find the dock for the ferry and provide much more information about the times for the ferry. Views were fabulous and the cog railway was my favorite.
star-5
Amazing Day
Heather_A, May 2022
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern
What a great day! The gondola ride, the tram in the sky, the steps to the peak where we actually got snowed on, and then back down on the cogwheel train was all amazing. Plus our guide Adrian was wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly and fun to be with. Highly recommend.
star-5
beautiful scenery to take in!
Kathleen_K, May 2022
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip incl. Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern
Ullie (sp?) was a great guide. The narrow gauge train wasn't in service yet so we didn't experience that. But the cable cars were enjoyable. There were a fair amount of clouds that came in and out which made for some beautiful pictures. Unfortunately, we couldn't see the lake from up top but the mountains were beautiful. The boat ride on the lake was nice to see scenery and more good pics. Having Ullie guide us made for an easy day to see everything and not worry about logistics.
star-5
Well worth the visit
Lawrence_K, May 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
Beautiful scenery, excellent experience. The weather was cloudy but eventually the sky came through showing the beauty of the Swiss alps.
star-5
Upgraded to My titlis...
Soumya_K, Apr 2022
Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Day Trip from Zurich
Upgraded to My titlis which I had done years ago thanks to Pedro’s recommendation. Loved every second of it. Surreal views of the alps. The iceflyer was absolutely amazing
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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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