How to get to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne

How to get to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne

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kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 6, 2016 - 4:10 PM

I'll be travelling to Lucerne end of April. I'm staying at the Ameron Flora Hotel. I'm planning to visit Mt Pilatus. What's the best way to travel to Mt Pilatus from my hotel? Are the cogwheel open end of April?

Thanks

Annika
Annika
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Apr 6, 2016 - 5:07 PM

Hi kenlee6!

Did you study the Pilatus page and the timetable that's been mentioned in your previous topics? If so, please let me know in case you can't find what you're looking for there.

SummitClym
SummitClym
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Apr 6, 2016 - 9:11 PM

The cheapest option we found was the city bus to the gondola which we took both ways.

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 7, 2016 - 3:26 AM in reply to SummitClym

Hi Annika

the cogwheel starts after mid May. It's closed for maintenance on the day I'm there. But there's a cable car tat operates whole year right ??

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 7, 2016 - 3:29 AM in reply to SummitClym

When did you guys go??is the gondola open all year round?? Where do u take the bus from??

SummitClym
SummitClym
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Apr 7, 2016 - 5:53 AM in reply to kenlee6

It was in July 2014 we got on bus no. 1 on the street outside the main Lucerne train station and rode it to Kriens stop. Then a short walk (well marked) to the gondola for the ride to the top. Returned the same way but got off the gondola half way down to ride the mountain toboggan then back on the gondola to Kriens and bus 1 back to the main station. It was very easy to do.

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 7, 2016 - 6:03 AM in reply to SummitClym

Is the gondola open in End of April??

how long was the whole trip up and down?? What did u guys do up there

SummitClym
SummitClym
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Apr 7, 2016 - 6:18 AM in reply to kenlee6

We just walked around the mountain top, had a coffee in the gift shop, walked up to the view platform for an incredible view. My son dropped the GoPro which tumbled down the mountain but luckily stopped on a small patch of grass and we retrieved it! It is really not much but a trip for great views.

According to the website the cableway (aka gondola) runs almost year round. From end of March to October, It runs daily from 08:30 to 17:00. The gondola (aka cableway) ride is about 15 minutes. With the bus ride maybe 45 minutes total from Lucerne Station to top of Mount Pilatus. Don't worry, it really is easy and you will have a fine visit! Plus the website also says the cog wheel train is open from mid May. You really should peruse the website, it is loaded with great information! www.pilatus.ch

Last modified on Apr 7, 2016 - 6:21 AM by SummitClym
kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 8, 2016 - 8:45 AM in reply to SummitClym

Thanks so much. So you guys check the weather one day before u went up??

Arno
Arno
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Apr 8, 2016 - 1:11 PM in reply to kenlee6

You can check the forecast the prior evening, and also the morning you actually want to go. There is live video from many mountain tops on Swiss TV in the early morning. That's helpful as well.

kenlee6
kenlee6
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Apr 8, 2016 - 7:07 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno. Will check it out

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