Jun 1, 2011 - 3:18 PM
Hi Anna. The trip to Mt. Pilatus takes about half a day from Lucerne, depending on the route you choose and how much time you like to spend up there. The quickest way is to get up and down by cable car from Kriens (near Lucerne). However, you can make a wonderful round trip as well. This is referred to as the 'golden roundtrip', which is one ticket allowing you to travel by boat from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, by cog rail from Alpnachstad to Pilatus, and by cable car from Pilatus to Kriens and by bus back to Lucerne - or the other way around of course. Prices, timetables and further specifications can be found at the Pilatus website
Lucerne is a great town with lovely scenery. You can easily spend days there, exploring the town itself and the lake. This topic
lists some other ideas for a stay in or near Lucerne. It may help you decide how many nights to book there.