How to travel up to Rigi Kulm

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How to travel to the Rigi

There are several starting points for a trip to the Rigi. The most common ones are Lucerne and Arth-Goldau, which can both be reached by car and by train. The train is the most convenient way to get there. If you come by car, the parking lot next to motorway A4 in Goldau is a convenient option. "Goldau A4" is the name of the train stop there.

The main train and cable car routes are:

  • train from Lucerne to Arth-Goldau, cog train from Arth-Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Alternatively one can take the cable car from the train stop Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg,  and enjoy the beautiful yet easy panorama hiking trail to Rigi Kaltbad;
  • boat from Lucerne to Vitznau ( (or alternatively: train from Lucerne to Küssnacht and bus to Vitznau), cog train from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm;
  • boat from Lucerne to Weggis (or alternatively: train from Lucerne to Küssnacht and bus to Weggis), cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad. Note the 10-15 minute uphill walk between the Weggis boat dock and the cable car station. From Rigi Kaltbad, you can catch a cog train to Rigi Kulm.

The route

There are many different trips you can make in this area. Some suggestions can be found here. Also you can combine your visit with some hiking. For example, you can walk down from Rigi Kulm to the village of Rigi Kaltbad and continue by train from there, or walk from Rigi Staffelhöhe to Freibergen.

Dates of operation

The trains operate all year round. The cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad does not operate from 25 March to 18 April 2019 and from 4 to 15 November 2019. The cable car from Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg does not operate from 10 to 19 December 2019. Please check again later for further dates.

Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.


Check the timetables. The train stop at the top is called 'Rigi Kulm'.

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