How to get from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus

How to get from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus

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malraj
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Mar 24, 2018 - 12:24 PM

How can one go from Lucerne town to Mount Pilatus and return back.

Lucas
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Mar 24, 2018 - 2:13 PM in reply to malraj

Hi malraj and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Are you looking to do this on a tour or on your own?

You can read about how to get there on our Mt. Pilatus "getting there" page
& use the Swiss railways timetable to plan the trip on your date of travel.

If you are looking to join a tour, look here.

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Mar 25, 2018 - 1:07 AM in reply to malraj

>> How can one go from Lucerne town to Mount Pilatus and return back.

The options will differ according to the time of the year.

Sometimes you can go up by cogwheel train from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, and down via cableway to Kriens, from where you catch a bus to Luzern railway station. You can also do that trip in reverse.

However, at various times of the year, the cableway or cogwheel train will be closed, either for maintenance, or because of the weather:

  • Cableway Kriens-Pilatus Kulm: closed for maintenance 22 Oct–9 Nov 2018
  • Cogwheel train Alpnachstad-Pilatus Kulm: operates only between the beginning or middle of May (depending on weather) until 18 Nov 2018. From 19 November 2018 until early/mid-May 2019 it will be closed for the winter.

Whenever you ask questions about travelling in Swizterland, providing travel dates will assist us to provide information that is relevant to the time of year at which you are travelling.

Alpenrose

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aptuae
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Mar 25, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Hi

I am planning to take this trip on

28 March to Mt pilatus

so what will be the route

thnks

Last modified on Mar 25, 2018 - 5:41 PM by aptuae
Lucas
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Mar 25, 2018 - 6:52 PM in reply to aptuae

Hi aptuae,

You can find all details on this route on my first reply to malraj above.

Cheers!

aptuae
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Mar 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM in reply to Lucas

Yes

That means cogwheel train will not be available.

I will have to go thru Kriens only and not Alpenstaad.

Regards

Lucas
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Mar 25, 2018 - 7:06 PM in reply to aptuae

Yes, exactly. The cable car from Kriens is the only option before mid-May. :)

You can use the Swiss railways timetable to plan the trip - it'll give you the available options on your travel date.

malraj
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Mar 26, 2018 - 2:52 PM in reply to Removed user

Thanx Alpenrose. But from where do we start from Lucerne. From the station or there is a bus stop from where take a bus or some spot on the Lucerne lake from where one takes a boat.

Chantal
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Mar 26, 2018 - 5:04 PM in reply to malraj

You can start from the rail station of Lucerne. Please read also the earlier post from Lucas where he refers to the timetable and more information on our website.

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Mar 27, 2018 - 1:45 AM in reply to malraj

>> But from where do we start from Lucerne. From the station or there is a bus stop from where take a bus or some spot on the Lucerne lake from where one takes a boat.

You haven't told us when you plan to do this trip, but if you are doing it when the cogwheel train from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm will be operating, you can get to Alpnachstad by boat or train from Luzern. The boat pier is just outside Luzern railway station.

At Alpnachstad, the boat pier and railway station are adjacent to the cogwheel railway station.

You can look everything up on Google Maps, and see how close the stations and piers are.

If you come down on the cableway, you have a short, well-signposted walk (about 6 minutes slightly downhill) to the Zentrum Pilatus bus stop, from where you can get a bus back to Luzern railway station. There might be more than one bus that goes back to Luzern station from there, but Bus #1 definitely does (direction: Luzern Maihof). I have attached a map showing the route from the cableway valley station in Kriens to the bus stop Zentrum Pilatus.

If you have any more questions, please tell us your travel dates to ensure you receive advice appropriate to the time of year you are travelling :-)

Alpenrose

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malraj
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Mar 27, 2018 - 8:45 AM in reply to Removed user

Thanx. I shall be in Lucerne around 1 or 14 May

malraj
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Mar 27, 2018 - 8:46 AM

13thor 14th May

sangi119
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Mar 27, 2018 - 10:14 PM

What is the fastest way to do this trip - is the bus/train faster than the boat? Any idea of the travel times? I am looking for July so the cogwheel should be running? Thanks.

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Mar 27, 2018 - 10:45 PM in reply to malraj

>> 13thor 14th May

There's a pretty good chance the cogwheel train will be operating by then, but to save yourself a wasted trip to Alpnachstad, I would recommend checking operational status online before heading out to Alpnachstad:

www.pilatus.ch/en/nc/l ive/

Alpenrose

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Mar 27, 2018 - 10:58 PM in reply to sangi119

>> What is the fastest way to do this trip - is the bus/train faster than the boat?

Taking a boat to Alpnachstad instead of a train usually takes about an hour longer.

>> Any idea of the travel times?

You can find out travel times by using the Swiss Timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Routes to and from Pilatus are described here:

www.myswissalps.com/pi latus/gettingthere

The Swiss Timetable automatically provides the fastest connections. If boat connections don't come up, you will need to search for the boat sector separately - by using advanced search and limiting the Transport type to Ship. Ships are indicated in the timetable by BAT (ship) or BAV (steamship).

>> I am looking for July so the cogwheel should be running?

Yes. Queues at Alpnachstad can get very long in peak season. You might prefer to buy your tickets at the Tourist Information centre at Lucerne railway station beforehand (but not until you know the weather will be clear).

Alpenrose

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