Self-guided panoramic ride to Mount Pilatus
Aerial tramway tours

Self-guided panoramic ride to Mount Pilatus

Availability: Everyday
Duration: up to 4 hours
Printed ticket only
Do this because
  • Enjoy mountain experience at 2132 meters above sea level
  • Enjoy breathtaking 360° view over the Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps
  • Enjoy a local meal in the restaurant Bellevue or Pilatus Kulm
What to expect

Mount Pilatus is located near Lucerne and can be reached by a panoramic cable car from Kriens or by the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad (operating only from May till November). Enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the panoramic cable car from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, where you can raise your adrenaline during the visit of the biggest rope park of Central Switzerland (suitable for visitors from 4 years old). In winter there are sledding routes and snowshoe trails going from the station Fräkmüntegg down to Krienseregg, the rental station is at the station Krienseregg.

At Fräkmüntegg you will change into the new cableway Dragon Ride and reach in 4 minutes the Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level. At the top of the Lucerne home mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view over the Swiss mountains and the Lake Lucerne. In few minutes you can also reach one of the three peaks at Pilatus Kulm (Esel, Oberhaupt or Tomlishorn) and enjoy your walk in the Swiss mountains or on Dragon Gallery route. Pilatus is also called Dragon mountain because of the legends about a dragon living there.

You can choose to begin your journey from Alpnachstad, and travel by the world's steepest cogwheel railway for 30-40 minutes. You can also experience the cogwheel railway on your way down, even if you started your journey from Kriens.

At Krienseregg (at the middle station of the panoramic cable car), at Fräkmüntegg and at Pilatus Kulm you can try some specialties in one of the restaurants. Even Queen Victoria stayed at the Pilatus mountain and one of the restaurants at Pilatus Kulm is named after her.

For exact timetables please click HERE

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What's included
  • Cable car between Kriens and Fräkmüntegg
  • Cableway between Fräkmütegg and Pilatus Kulm
  • Journey by the world's steepest cogwheel railway between Alpnachstad and Pilatus Kulm
What's not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport from Lucerne to Kriens
  • Rope park entry or sledding rental
Reduced price
  • Children aged (6-15): reduced
Where

Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland

Meeting point:

Please note this is a self-guided tour, there is no guide waiting for you at bus stops.

You can redeem your voucher at the cable car station in Kriens (Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens) or at the cogwheel railway station (Brünigstrasse 2, 6053 Alpnachstad) in Alpnachstad (from May till November). After that, you can board the cable car at Pilatus-Bahnen station in Kriens or the cogwheel train in Alpnachstad.

What to remember
  • Maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Please note that this is a self-guided tour
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Your ticket is valid for a round trip from Kriens or Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm and back
  • You can choose to start your journey in Kriens or from 15 May until 15 November in Alpnachstad
  • You can choose to go up and down on the same side or finish the journey on a different side of the mountain
  • Travel from Kriens to Pilatus Kulm includes 30 minutes on the panoramic gondola and 4 minutes on the new cableway Dragon Ride
  • Journey from Alpnachstad ascent by cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad takes 30 minutes (the descent to Alpnachstad 40 minutes)
  • During the winter season, there are only the cable cars from and to Kriens as well as the Dragon Ride to Pilatus open
  • From 19 October to 6 November the cable cars and Dragon Ride are closed for maintenance, so there is only the ride by the world’s steepest cogwheel railway from and to Alpnachstad available
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When
  • Available daily
  • You can see the timetable here
  • Make sure you don't miss the last ride down!
  • During the winter season, there are only the cable cars from and to Kriens as well as the Dragon Ride to Pilatus open
  • From 19 October to 6 November, the cable cars and Dragon Ride are closed for maintenance, so there is only the ride by the world’s steepest cogwheel railway from and to Alpnachstad available
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Provider
PILATUS-BAHNEN AG
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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