Mt. Pilatus Cogwheel Railway Experience

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Visiting Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, is a must-do when you're in the Lake Lucerne region. Start at the valley station in Kriens, and (...)

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Overview Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Start your Mt. Pilatus tour at the valley station in Kriens to hop aboard the panoramic gondola for the 30-minute ride to Fräkmüntegg. If you have kids, perhaps hop off the gondola halfway through the ride in Krienseregg, where a playground provides a chance for them to burn some energy before continuing the gondola ride. 

At Fräkmüntegg, you can participate in activities, if you wish, such as a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan or climbing through the rope park (own expense). When you're ready, board the 'Dragon Ride,' an aerial cableway with a spacious interior, cockpit-like design, and large windows that give you the impression of being in a helicopter—only the flying is even more exhilarating. Admire views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps when you reach the summit of the mountain, and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), or get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants (own expenses).

When you're ready to head back down, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (since 1889) for a trip past streams, steep rock faces, and fields of Alpine flowers. The railway brings you to Alpnachstad, marking the end of your Mt. Pilatus experience.

Ideal Itinerary:

9:00   Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg

9:45   Change to the cable car 'Dragon Ride'

9:50   Arrival at Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the view and stroll around

10:50 Departure by cogwheel train to Alpnachstad

11:30 Arrival in Alpnachstad

Click on the 'View additional info' link to see the departure timetable for both stations.

• The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 23 October to 10 November 2017; access from Alpnachstad only.
• The cogwheel train is closed from 20 November to around mid-May; access from Kriens only

  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
What you can expect Visiting Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, is a must-do when you're in the Lake Lucerne region. Start at the valley station in Kriens, and enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride over a pre-Alpine landscape to reach Fräkmüntegg, where you'll transfer to the aerial cableway known as the 'Dragon Ride.' After another five minutes, arrive at 7,000 feet above sea level (2,132 meters). Soak up the panoramic views over the lake and Alps, and then take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway down through rock faces, mountain streams, and lush meadows to reach Alpnachstad (from beginning or middle May till 15th November 2020, otherwise the panoramic cable car is operating).

This is a no guided tour and it's why that there is no meeting point.

Practical information

What's inside

  • Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
  • Cogwheel train ride (from mid May to November 15th)
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges

What's NOT inside

  • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional info

  • Refundable up to 4 business days prior to the travel date minus a 7% administrative fee.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley.
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Cableways are not in operation in the case of storms
  • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
  • Please note: You can start the tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
  • The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 19 October to 6 November 2020; access from Alpnachstad only.
  • The cogwheel train is closed from 16 November to mid-May; access from Kriens only
  • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Departure point:

Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland


2 hours 15 minutes



Departure time:

4/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Return details:

Kriens or Alpnachstad

Reviews & ratings

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2019/10/08
    "We took the paved trail that starts beyond the Kulm Hotel. After a little while, we looked up the mountain and saw 2 Alpine Ibex sitting in the grass. A bit further, (...) "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/11/13
    "Incredible views! Took close to an hour to get all the way up top, but it was completely worth it. Very windy atmosphere and lots of birds, so be careful. Definitely (...) "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/06/19
    "We loved the tour, each level had something different to offer. The bottom level had a great playground that is perfect families. The middle level had restaurants, (...) "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/06/25
    "Totally breathtaking! The scenery and views are not to be missed! I would highly recommend this tour "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/06/26
    "Another great event! The process was easy and the views were out of this world. Taking the gondola up, the train back down and a boat ride back to Lucerne made for a (...) "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/07/15
    "For starters we had an almost perfect day with weather. It wasn't sunny, but the cloud was quite high so it didn't obscure the view. We caught a ferry from Lucerne (...) "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/07/17
    "This tour was amazing! "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/07/23
    "Highlight of our trip. It is a must see. "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/08/28
    "Trip was awesome. Definitely take the cog wheel train up — it was worth the wait in line. "

  • Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour | . | 2017/10/09
    "Most amazing place, we actually booked for the wrong day by mistake but when we got to the cable car there were no problems whatsoever not even making us feel bad, (...) "

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