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. Public transport 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, then the cog train from Arth-Goldau to Rigi Kulm. The cogwheel train stops at Goldau A4 (parking lot), Kräbel (a cable car to Rigi Scheidegg departs from here), Fruttli, Rigi Klösterli, Rigi Wölfertschen-First and Rigi Staffel. These stops are useful as a start or end point of a hike, but for general sightseeing they are not worth it to get off the train;
- boat from Lucerne to Vitznau (or alternatively: train from Lucerne to Küssnacht and bus to Vitznau), then the cog train from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The cogwheel train stops at Mittlerschwanden, Grubisbalm, Freibergen, Romiti Felsentor, Rigi Kaltbad-First, Rigi Staffelhöhe and Rigi Staffel. Only Rigi Kaltbad-First is in a village and worth it for general sightseeing. The other stops are rather isolated and mostly useful for hikers only;
- boat from Lucerne to Weggis (or alternatively: train from Lucerne to Küssnacht and bus to Weggis), cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad-First. Note the 10-15 minute uphill walk between the Weggis boat dock and the cable car station. From Rigi Kaltbad, you can catch a train to Rigi Kulm.
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 during November 4-15 2019, and March 9-April 9 2020. The cable car from Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg does not operate during November 25-December 5 2019, and April 14-24 2020. Please check again later for further dates.
Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.