Titlis, Pilatus or Rigi: A Day Trip From Lucerne

  • Post by Apoorva Shetty
  • Mar 05, 2020
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Titlis vs Pilatus vs Rigi : A Day Trip from Lucerne

The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, and stretch approximately 1,200 kilometres across eight countries. Alpine region of Switzerland, more commonly called the Swiss Alps are one of the main highlights of the country and they cover about 60% of the region. This explains the fact that there are multiple mountains spread across the country and each is unique in its own way.

Lucerne is one of the most visited towns in Switzerland and serves as the starting point for many such mountain excursions. If happen to be here / planning a visit soon, and are confused about which mountain to ascend for a day’s trip, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve drawn a fair comparison between 3 of the most popular ranges to go to from Lucerne and I hope it helps you in your final decision making!

Titlis Pilatus Rigi
Height 3,238 m 2,128 m 1,798 m
Cost 92 CHF 72 CHF 72 CHF
Time Required 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day
Distance from Lucerne (Approx) 43 kms 15 kms 28 kms
Snow Yes Probably Probably Not
Restaurant Yes Yes Yes
Transport Options ๐Ÿš„ ๐Ÿš  (360ยฐ rotating cable-car) ๐Ÿšข ๐Ÿšž ๐Ÿš  (dragon cable-car ride / multiple scenic route options) ๐Ÿšข ๐Ÿšž (multiple scenic route options)
Cliff Walk Yes - -
Glacier Cave Yes - -
Mountain Lake Trรผbsee - -
Additional Trรผbsee: Trรผbsee Adventure, Trรผbsee (winter) Snow Park Frรคkmรผntegg: (summer) Toboggan, Rope Park, Dragon Glider, Pilu Land, Wipfelpfad
Kid Friendly Yes Yes Yes
Swiss Pass Coverage 50% off 50% off 100% off
Eurail Pass Coverage 25% off 50% off 50% off
What to Expect? Snowy mountaintop with a great view and an amazing lake. Great views of Lucerne from a height of 2000 m Killer views of Lucerne and greenery all around

โš ๏ธ The Swiss Pass and Eurail Pass discount listed are considered from the mountain base (or nearby station) to the mountain top. The trains from Lucerne to the mountain base are generally free with both the passes. Please check before buying at their respective websites.

โš ๏ธ Please check for availability of transport to and from your location. Due to varying snow and track works, not all options may be available.

Verdict

  • If you want a fun time in the year round snow along with experiencing a whole lot of fun activities and some serene quality time by a breathtaking lake, high in the alpine mountains, Titlis would be your ideal choice.
  • Choose Pilatus if you want to go high up a mountain without losing sight of Lucerne and Lake Lucerne and want to take up a scenic round trip with some fun activities.
  • If you want an all rounder scenic experience with great hiking and green pastures with cows and cowbells, coupled with stunning views of Lucerne, choose Rigi. It is called the “Queen of Mountains” for a reason.

Since we were arriving in June, the chances of snow atop these mountains were a crucial factor in the decision making. And since we did not do the classic Jungfraujoch, we decided to go to Titlis, as it had the best combination of snow and fun. We wanted to head to Rigi as it provided killer views, but dropped it due to the lack of snow.

Our Titlis Experience

Titlis started off with a walk through the picturesque village of Engelberg at its bottom, a fun cable ride at a steep angle watching grazing cows, pristine lake Trubsee and the magical landscape on the way and then indulging in some fun activities like walking through a frozen cave, balancing on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, zooming on the Ice Flyer glacier chair lift, face off with a snow machine throwing snow balls at you and meeting Shahrukh Khan and Kajol at the top of the mountain. On our way down we stopped by the magical Trubsee lake and spent some quiet time staring at its calmness. Just before entering the lake there is a fun adventurous station with 2 super scary activities : jumping off from the second floor into an airbag (I still have nightmares of this jump since I am not a daredevil) and a trampoline jump, which again being an activity that I specifically excellently sucked at! Turns out kids were super good at this and I had to take a walk of shame and step down.


Travel Options

  • Titlis has a straightforward route: Lucerne ๐Ÿš„ Engelberg ๐Ÿš  Titlis ๐Ÿš  Engelberg ๐Ÿš„ Lucerne

  • The route to Pilatus can be done in many ways. The best combination is listed below.

    Golden Round Trip: Lucerne ๐Ÿšข Alpnachstad ๐Ÿš  Pilatus ๐Ÿš  Frรคkmรผntegg-Kriens ๐ŸšŒ Lucerne
    Silver Round Trip: Lucerne ๐Ÿš„ Alpnachstad ๐Ÿš  Pilatus ๐Ÿš  Frรคkmรผntegg-Kriens ๐ŸšŒ Lucerne

  • The route to Rigi can be done in many ways. The best combination is listed below.

    Majestic Round Trip: Lucerne ๐Ÿšข Vitznau ๐Ÿšž Rigi ๐Ÿšž Arth-Goldau ๐Ÿš„ Lucerne
    Classic Round Trip: Lucerne ๐Ÿšข Vitznau ๐Ÿšž Rigi ๐Ÿšž Weggis ๐Ÿš„ Lucerne


๐Ÿš„-Train ย  ย  ย  ๐Ÿš -Cable-car ย  ย  ย  ๐Ÿšข-Boat ย  ย  ย  ๐ŸšŒ-Bus ย  ย  ย  ๐Ÿšž-Cogwheel Railway


Map

๐Ÿ“Œ Use the below interactive map for directions:

โœ” Clicking the top right button opens the map in a new tab showing the different sections. Click on view map legend if browsing on phone
โœ” Save the map in your Google Maps for easy access later: Click the โญstar button beside the name of the map. You can access the map later from Google Maps > Saved > Maps


Live Video Feed

Here is the live feed from the webcams of all 3 mountains. Pick your favourite !
Click on the name to visit the official website

Titlis
Pilatus
Rigi

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