Add dates
Lucerne

Rail tours

Our most recommended Lucerne Rail Tours

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

1. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

2. From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic bus journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, from where the bus takes you back to Zurich.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

3. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne. Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Make a stop at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne (traffic permitting).  Continue to Kriens and take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

4. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Grindelwald and Interlaken

5. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Grindelwald and Interlaken

Depart Lucerne and journey to the magnificent mountains of the Bernese Oberland by coach. Marvel at the splendid countryside as you drive to the beautiful resort town of Interlaken in the Jungfrau region.  After an orientation stop in Interlaken, continue to the village of Grindelwald, more than 1,000 meters above sea level. Get stunning views of the surroundings, including the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.  Use your leisure time to ride the funicular to the terrace of Grindelwald First (optional, not included). Go for a walk or rent a Trotti bike (a scooter-like bike without a seat) and experience the dramatic scenery from a different perspective. Then, take a scenic - unescorted - train ride back to Interlaken, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Browse the shops or go to the Harder Kulm viewpoint by cable car for stunning views of the surrounding area (optional, not included).  Breathe in the fresh mountain air before meeting your guide again for the return journey to Lucerne and the end of the tour.

From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

6. From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

Enjoy a blissful day trip to Mt Rigi and Lake Lucerne. Sail across Lake Lucerne, see a beautiful panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, travel on Europe's first mountain railway, visit Rigi Kaltbad, and ride in a cable car. Start your day trip with a relaxing cruise on the picturesque Lake Lucerne. Once you deboard at Vitznau, change onto Europe’s oldest mountain railway dating from 1871 and ride straight to the top of Mt. Rigi. From the peak of Mt. Rigi, let your gaze wander over the Swiss Midlands with 13 shimmering lakes and 620 snow-capped Alpine peaks. Enjoy some free time at the top to explore one of the many hiking trails, take in a moment of silence at the Rigi Kulm mountain chapel, or enjoy a meal at a restaurant. Take a cogwheel train to the car-free village of Rigi Kaltbad. Stroll across the quaint village square to find the Mineralbad and Spa designed by the renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. If you like, follow an easy hiking trail to the Känzeli viewing platform and admire the impressive Alpine ranges from a different perspective. Descend by aerial cable car and enjoy a stunning view of the pristine Lake Lucerne. Take a short walk downhill to the pier of Weggis and capture the breathtaking view from the Lucerne Riviera with your camera. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise back to Lucerne.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

7. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

8. From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

Discover a paradise of snow and ice in the amazing Bernese Oberland. Ride the cable car and cogwheel train to the top of Europe, and spend the night in your choice of Interlaken or Grindelwald. Day 1: Zurich or Lucerne - Bernese Oberland Relax on the scenic coach journey from Zurich or Lucerne and travel through one of Switzerland's most attractive Alpine destinations. Head to the magnificent Jungfrau region and spend the afternoon and night in Interlaken or Grindelwald on arrival. Option 1: Interlaken: Located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is the region's shopping paradise. Use your free time to go on a cruise, ride the funicular to Harder Kulm or let off some steam at the Jungfrau Park theme park. Option 2: Grindelwald: Nestled in an impressive Alpine landscape, Grindelwald is a paradise for nature lovers. Hike the well-prepared trails and enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Savor authentic local food and folk music in the evening. Day 2: Bernese Oberland - Zurich Board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. From there, exchange to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Arrive at the summit and immerse yourself in a wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace for panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and Europe’s longest glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Make your way back to Zurich or Lucerne via peaceful resorts such as Wengen.

From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

9. From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

Starting from Zurich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the shores of the Lake of the Four Cantons, making your way to the charming town of Lucerne. Enjoy a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument where you can capture the beautiful views on camera. On the way into the Old Town of Lucerne, your guide will point out the most famous landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Concert & Congress Hall on a brief introductory tour. Once you have arrived in the Old Town, use your free time to wander around the city and explore its sights. In the afternoon, the newly designed Bürgenstock shuttle boat takes you on a scenic cruise to Kehrsiten, before you board the legendary Bürgenstock funicular railway. Then, get a glimpse of the world of luxury at the Bürgenstock resort, which first opened its doors to the public back in 1827. Stroll along the paths where the rich and famous resided back in the day. Not only shopping or restaurant opportunities at the resort will await you at 500 meters above the lake, but also hiking paths and astonishing views over Lucerne and its surrounding landscapes. All active or thrill-seekers can take an alpine hike to the Hammetschwand Lift, the world’s highest exterior elevator (optional).

Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

10. Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and together you’ll make your way into central Lucerne. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city center across the Reuss river, and admire the surrounding mountains. Continue towards the wooden Chapel Bridge, a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing, and learn the history of this beautifully painted bridge.   Discover the car-free inner city circle and the old town, filled with 16th-century buildings. Walk across the Spreuer Bridge and take a coffee break along the Reuss river. After the break, continue along the city wall, built for defensive reasons in the 14th century. End your city tour by the Lion Monument, a rock relief commemorating the massacres of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.   Your tour guide will then lead you to the boat station, where you’ll board a panoramic yacht and sail out on to Lake Lucerne. Listen to the audio headset commentary during the cruise, or ask your guide about the mountains, houses, and other sights along the shore. After the 1-hour boat tour, you’ll return to Lucerne, where your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

  • Guided tours
  • Private tours
  • Day trips
  • Multi-day trips
  • Adventures
26 activities found
Sort by:
1 - 16 / 26

Other Sightseeing Options in Lucerne

Want to discover all there is to do in Lucerne? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Lucerne

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We are global travelers and this was one of the best tours we have ever taken. Bus, gondolas, funicular, boat — all excellent modes of transportation in such beautiful places. The only major downside of this excursion for me — and one that will render this tour unforgettable for me in a negative way — was that another member of our tour group (a complete stranger to me) vomited all over me as the second, 40-passenger gondola was reaching the station at the top of Mount Pilatus (which we consequently renamed Mount Pukatus). The tour guides, who were otherwise great at their jobs, did zero to help me in these circumstances. I had to purchase expensive new clothes in the Mount Pilatus gift shop to get through the remaining 5-1/2 hours of the tour.

It was a very pleasant day. Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable. He did not find the need to talk nonstop. We never felt rushed and did what we wanted to do. Thankyou for this great experience

There are some Sihquai. Pls make sure you find the correct Sihquai coach packing. You make call them in advance to make sure about the meeting point.

It was a great experience even though the weather was not so good. Our tour guide Monika was really good.

Great day out. Would definitely recommend this tour. Guide was good and on time. Bus driver good