Near Lucerne and easily accessible by public transport, the Pilatus (2073 m a.s.l.) is the ideal adventure mountain for the whole family.

The world’s steepest cog railway starts its climb at Alpnachstad and tackles a maximum gradient of 48 percent, thereby passing forests, meadows and rock faces. On the north side, a gondola cableway and an aerial cableway connect Kriens to Pilatus Kulm.
With the new aerial cableway Dragon Ride, guests are practically flying up to Pilatus. It takes the cableway a mere 3.5 minutes to reach Pilatus (2073 m a.s.l.) from the intermediate station Fräkmüntegg (1416 m a.s.l.). Thanks to spacious seating, a cockpit-like structure and large windows, the cableway offers a unique view of Lucerne and its lake.
And the best thing is: Pilatus is now fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.


Altitude: 2073 m a.s.l.
Arrival: Gondola from Kriens (Lucerne) via Krienseregg to Fräkmuntegg, aerial cableway to Pilatus Kulm or cog railway (only during summer) from Alpnachstad (boat or railway from Lucerne) to Pilatus Kulm
Timetable: Operates year-round (cog railway only during the summer season)
Travel duration to summit: app. 40 mins
Attractions: Rock trail and secure tracks to Oberhaupt, Esel and Tomlishorn; rope park and summer toboggan run Fräkmüntegg
Food & beverage: Evening summit rendezvous in summer (from Alpnachstad), Restaurant Krienseregg and Restaurant Chalet, Hotel Pilatus-Kulm
Specials: Fully included in the Swiss Travel Pass; the world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus (48 % gradient), spectacular passage “Eselwand”


Open 7/7

12 November 2016 to 31 March 2017: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
1 April to 22 October 2017: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm



Located in the heart of Switzerland, Mount Pilatus has excellent transport connections. The valley stations in Alpnachstad and Kriens/Lucerne are easily accessible with direct motorway access. And travelling to the foot of the mountain by rail, ship or bus is just as quick and convenient.

Getting to Kriens/Lucerne

By Car/Coach
A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take ‘Luzern Süd/Kriens’ exit.

Public transport
Train to Lucerne, then bus no. 1 (Kriens) to the ‘Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus’ stop (approx. 15 minutes), then 5-minute walk to the Kriens base terminus.

  • Address bottom station Kriens

    Schlossweg 1
    6010 Kriens/Lucerne

  • Phone

    Phone : +41 (0)41 329 11 11

Getting to Alpnachstad and the world’s steepest cog railway

By Car/Coach
A8 motorway following signs for Sarnen/Interlaken; take ‘Alpnachstad’ exit.

Public transport
Train to Lucerne then on to Alpnachstad station. Alternatively, take the boat from Lucerne (landing stage no. 2) to Alpnachstad (50 – 90 minutes).

  • Address bottom station Alpnachstad

    Brünigstrasse 2
    6053 Alpnachstad

  • Phone

    Phone : +41 (0)41 329 13 13