<<"Due to time constraint (I will need to be back home by 8 Feb), it will be only short visit: arrive at Zurich on 4 Feb around 9am and leave for Zurich on 6 Feb. I have booked hotel for one night in Lucerne (4 Feb) and 1 night in Zurich (5 Feb). I want to visit one mountain (Pilatus or Rigi?) and sight seeings. I can hike but not too much because of leg problem, so shorter distance would be preferred.">>
With any luck, in early February skiers will be happy to have lots of snow on the Rigi. I do hear some complaints about not so much snow from friends, but I'd not count on having paths free of snow. Some may be cleared. Pilatus does not really have any hikes, just a short walk circling the mountain top.
A really good way to find out a lot more is to talk to the tourist info office by track #1 in the Luzern main station. They are reallly knowledgeable and helpful.
There is frequent train service from Zürich airport to Luzern. Two trins evry hor. The direct train get there in just under an hour. Th eone with a chang e of trains at Zürich main station taks about 70 minutes.
I'd catch one of those and head right to Luzern...that will give you most of two days there before you return to Zürich on th eafternoon or evening of the 5th.
If you are traveling light, you should consider taking the train back to the asirport from Zürich on AM 6th. Up to 8 trains per hour.
A cab is minimum 55 CHF and not unusually about 65 CHF. Above that , the ridiculaously expensive ride turns into a rip off.
The rides are usually on the meter. Some hotels have fixed fare arrangements. if you take the "BEN Bus" for around 25 or so CHF, counton a scenic tour of a few other hotels before you get to the airport.
This forum also has recommended hotels at the airport.
i always stay downtown...greater variety, etc. But, I know the transit system very well.
Luzern is a great idea for your quick trip.