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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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$138.75 per adult
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What an amazing tour! Best part of our week long vacation. Just breathtaking views. Highly recommend doing it!!!!
Allison_H, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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The best tour we had in a long time
MUKULESH_S, Jul 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
The tour guide. She was so nice and always with us guiding us all the way. She is the best. The best tour we had in a long time. Thanks
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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Tour operator communication
William_R, Jun 2022
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
We were happy with Viator but could not get a response back from the tour operator regarding the location of the tram in Lucerne. We sent multiple E-mails and no response!
star-5
A memorable day in Switzerland!
James_D, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip incl. Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Basel
The whole trip was well planned, and everything went very smoothly. There was a variety of experiences and they all were memorable. The scenery was beautiful! The personal attention given by the guide was also appreciated and enhanced the tour. We are very glad that we went on this tour.
star-4
Cogwheel train great views!
Terry_K, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Very poor visibility. Cogwheel train was great to finally see through the clouds on the way down! Rolf a good tour guide but could have kept his views on no masking to himself.
star-5
Must do. A really fun outing.
Carol_P, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
This was an amazing day. 2 gondolas, a cog rail and a boat. The mountain was beautiful with our heads in the clouds. Our guide, Rebecca, was the best. Kept everyone informed and we had a great time. Highly recommend.
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Thank you, Lina!
Nick_M, Jun 2022
From Basel - Mt. Pilatus Heritage with a cruise on Lake of Lucerne Private Tour
Our favorite part of our trip was our tour guide, Lina! Not only did we learn a lot of the history, we also learned about what it’s like to live in Switzerland. We not only had an excellent tour guide, we also made a friend. It was truly wonderful.
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A Must Do Excursion
Carolyn_R, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
What a spectacular trip!! The best excursion we have been on in all our travels. We truly enjoyed the cable car, gondola and the spectacular views from the cogwheel train. We had plenty of time for lunch and drinks at the top of Mt. Pilatus and even braved hiking up some of the steepest peaks. The boat ride across beautiful Lake Lucerne was the perfect wrap up of this amazing day!
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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.
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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.
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Beautiful Views
Riley_D, Jun 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
It was so beautiful all the views. Started at a landmark to see the lion. We then got dropped at the start of our mountain journey we’re we took a scary gondola ride up. The view was pretty but if you are scared of heights you might not love it. The cogwheel was so much fun to go down the mountain. It was my favorite then the boat ride took us around the lake. Looking at all the building while drinking some wine 👌🏻
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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.
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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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