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Pilatus Private Guided Day Hike

Ride the steepest cogwheel train in the world and enjoy the stunning alpine and lake panoramas

Tour Overview

From $415 | Guided Private Day Hike | From June to October

Join us on a Mount Pilatus Private Guided Day Hike. This is a beautiful scenic hike combined with a full tour of the mountain. Besides walking you will use five different modes of transportation: postal bus, gondola, aerial trams, cogwheel train, and a lake steamer.

On this guided trip, you’ll enjoy the assistance of our local English-speaking guide, who will share fascinating insights about the history, fauna, best hikes, and insider tips. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and other peaks of Central Switzerland. This trip is private so that you can set the pace and length of the hike yourself, depending on your fitness level and the weather conditions.


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Pilatus Private Guided Day Hike Itinerary

This Pilatus Private Guided Day Hike has been designed to let you experience the best of the Lake Lucerne area. Ride the steepest cogwheel train in the world and discover a breathtaking panorama of Central Switzerland’s ten lakes and innumerable peaks. Eat lunch at an alpine restaurant and enjoy a trip back to Lucerne on a 100-year-old steamer.

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Pilatus Private Guided Day Hike
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Rigi and Pilatus Private Guided Day Trip

Your guide will pick you up at 8:30 am at your hotel. If you’re not staying in Lucerne, you will meet them at Lucerne Torbogen.

We depart at 9:10 am to Eigenthal Talboden. From here we will start a gentle hike to the foot of Mt. Pilatus. Here we will take a gondola to Frankmuentegg station, with cable car to the top of Pilatus. Once on the top, we will continue with a summit hike. There will be time to explore all the attraction the mountain has to offer.

After that we will descend Mt. Pilatus by steepest cogwheel train in the world to Alpnachstad. Here we will embark on a 100-year-old steamer bound to Lucerne. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on a calm lake. 


The highlight of the tour is at the top of Mt. Pilatus, viewing the incredible alpine panoramic scenery. Our challenge is to get you to the top so you have the view you have come to experience.

Because of Mt. Pilatus’s 7000 ft. height, this mountain attracts clouds and often the clouds appear in the afternoon and sometimes in the mornings. On the day of your tour we will share our schedule so you are on top at the right time to get the view.

This means we may flip flop the schedule to get you to the top as early as we can and then in the afternoon take the cable car and gondola down to do our hike through the forest and postal bus back to Lucerne.

We will be back in Lucerne around 5:00 pm.

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Details and pricing

Adult Standard: US $415 per person, based on 2 or more

Adult Standard: US $540 for one person

Adult with Half-Tax Card: Standard Rates less US $52 per person

Adult with Swiss/Tell-Pass/GA: Standard Rates less US $105 per person

Child (Standard ages 6 to 15): US $207 per child

Child with Half-Tax Card Swiss: Standard Child Rate less US $26 per child

Child with Swiss/Tell-Pass/GA: Standard Child Rate less US $52 per child

  • Private tour with experienced local English-speaking guide
  • All transportation from and return to Lucerne
  • Lunch
  • All items of a personal nature

See our Cancellation Policy for more details.

Visa, Maestro, and Mastercard are commonly accepted in Switzerland. American Express is not so popular and many businesses don’t accept it. The country is becoming more and more cashless with contactless and mobile payments (Google and Apple Pay). Still, it’s useful to have some cash on you while travelling. All banks provide currency exchange services at a favorable rate.

  • Refillable bottle of water
  • Comfortable footwear with sturdy soles that have a good grip; ankle-high boots are not essential but recommended
  • Warm layered windproof clothing
  • Sunhat and sunscreen

Click on the “Book Now” button on this tour page

  1. On the right hand side, select the Date you wish to take the tour in the Date Box
  2. Input the number of participants
  3. Go to the Tour Box and click on BOOK button – the payment form will open
  4. Review the final price – make sure it is correct
  5. Read our Cancellation Policy – check the Terms & Conditions Box
  6. Pay with either a PayPal account or debit/credit card

Once the payment has been processed, a written confirmation will be sent to your email address

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