Half Day Trip to Mount Pilatus

Tour Number

Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is very kid friendly! If you want to add some adventure to the trip we can spend some time at the longest summer toboggan ride in Switzerland or at the largest rope course in the Lucerne Region. Both of these are also good for adults seeking a little bit of adrenalin :-)

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (conversational)

Boats, cog trains, cable cars & panoramic views...this trip has a little bit of everything

Experience Lucerne's house mountain via boat, cog train, aerial cable car, gondola and the modern trolleybus. From dragons with healing powers to the ghost of Pontius Pilate, Mount Pilatus has many legends. Whether or not you choose to believe these legends or not, one thing is certain: Mt Pilatus has breath-taking panoramic views that don't disappoint.

This trip has many options which can be catered to suit your interests. Instead of taking the Cog Train we can take a vigorous hike up Pilatus and wave to the passengers as the Cog train passes. You have the choice of several hikes, including a hike to a picturesque alpine church built in the mid-1800's (see photo gallery) once on top of Mt Pilatus. Also on Pilatus is the longest summer Toboggan ride and the largest rope parks in the Lucerne region.

For more information about hiking options, summer toboggan ride, and ropes course please contact me so I can customize the trip for you.


We start the morning off in Lucerne and board a boat for a scenic ride to the steepest cog train in the world (with pitches up to 48%). Once on top of Mt Pilatus you will have 360° views of Switzerland with a stunning view of the Alps. While on top you will have the opportunity to explore up top with 2 short walkways or you can stop for a coffee and a bite to eat while taking in the views. We will then descend back down the other side of the mountain via the "Dragon Ride" aerial Cable Car and then a gondola ride into Kriens. A short walk and a short bus ride will return us back to Lucerne.

This trip can easily be extended to be a full day tour. If you want to hike, take advantage of activities on the mountain (summer toboggan, ropes park) or have a BBQ on the mountainside contact me and I will plan the perfect day for you.

**NOTE - The cog train is open May - October. If you plan on being here Nov - April we will get up the mountain another way. . . we always have options :-) **

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Lucerne train station

End location: Lucerne train station

Duration: 5 hours


Boat, train, cable car, gondola and bus

What’s Included

My time and services as your private guide for the duration of the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 CHF - If you want to buy lunch while on Pilatus.

What’s Extra

The price of the combo ticket (boat, cog train, cable car, gondola & bus)
- with Tell Pass = free
- with Swiss Rail Pass - 40 CHF
- with no reductions - 106 CHF

Extra Activities
- For ropes course between 35 - 60 CHF extra.
- For the toboggan ride 6 - 8 CHF per ride

I am more than happy to help you choose which travel pass is best to purchase for your stay in Switzerland.


My car is a 5 person car. It comfortably seats 3 adult passengers (1 in front & 2 in back). A 4th passenger can be added if you are willing to sit 3 people in the back. For larger groups I have access to a larger vehicles. Please contact me for a quote.

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