Apr 12, 2018 - 11:56 PM
in reply to welshwizard
As rockoyster confirmed, bookings (i.e. reservations) aren't necessary on any of the trips you mentioned. To be precise, reservations aren't even possible. It's first come, first served.
In July it will definitely be crowded, so go early and be prepared to queue.
For your Rigi excursion, if going by boat to Vitznau, the first people off the boat will fill the waiting train. If it is too crowded, you can wait for the next train, and get on it just before the next boat arrives.
With your Tell-Pass, you will still need to go to the ticket window to get a (free) ticket with a magnetic strip to get you through the turnstiles for any cable cars and the Pilatus cogwheel train.
The queue at Alpnachstad for the Pilatus cogwheel train can get long, but you might also be able to get your (free) ticket at the Tourist Information in Lucerne, so I would try that first before heading out to Alpnachstad.
They tend to give you a round-trip ticket by default (up by cogwheel, down by cableway or vice versa). If you want to go both ways by cogwheel train, mention this. I didn't think to do so, and my ticket wouldn't get me through the turnstile at the top for the trip back in the cogwheel train. However, the attendants at the turnstile simply swapped my ticket for a (free) "Streckenwechsel" (change of route) ticket, which then got me through the turnstile to return in the cogwheel, the same way I had come up.
The Hammetschwand Lift is not inluded in your Tell-Pass. It will cost CHF 13.00 return or CHF 10.00 one way.