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Half day lucerne or zurich?

Hi,

On our last day of Switzerland tour we will be checking out murren and going to zurich to catch flight to Amsterdam which is scheduled at 9 pm, which means we have to be at airport by atleast 7pm. We will be leaving murren by train through lucerne. We were exploring following options:

Option 1: titlis or pilatus from lucerne.

Option 2 : lucerne town explore.

Option 3: rheine falls from zurich.

Option 4: zurich city explore.

What would be best option?

Posted by
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My vote: Option 1 Titlis
If the weather is cloudy do option 2 Luzern town.

Forget the other two, Rhine falls are too far past Zürich and not easy to reach. Unless you are looking for top end and very expensive shopping, Luzern is nicer than Zürich.

Posted by
7209 posts

Definitely #1 or #2. With only a very few hours to spend I would opt for just staying in Lucerne. You have been in Murren so most likley you have already had the mountain-top experience.

Posted by
8889 posts

There are three "local" mountains you could do as day trips from Luzern: Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis.
Titlis is the highest, and the only one with a permanent snow cap at the top (a small glacier). Rigi and Pilatus are nearer to Luzern and lower.
Pilatus is often done as a circular trip, boat on the lake to the far side of Pilatus, cog wheel railway to the top, followed by a cable car down the other side and bus back to Luzern. Details here: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/railway-cableways/golden-round-trip/

It is your choice, you could do any of these mountains. But, if it is a cloudy day, it isn't worth going up if the top is in cloud. In that case, spend the time in Luzern and/or a short boat trip on the lake.

Posted by
76 posts

If we arrive to Lucerne by 10.30 am, is it possible to complete mt. Pilatus and return to lucerne station by 4.30 pm ?

Posted by
32228 posts

Yes, it should be possible to visit Mt. Pilatus and be back in Lucerne by 16:30, but be sure to monitor your time at Pilatus so you're not late. I'd suggest using the circular route that Chris described......

  • Boat from Lucerne to Alphnachstad
  • Cogwheel Railway to Mt. Pilatus
  • Cable Cars (there are two, a larger one from the top and then a smaller one to Kriens)
  • Bus from Kriens back to Lucerne (the trip is only about 15 minutes - you'll have to walk downhill from the Kriens cable car station to the main street to connect with the bus, which should take 10-15 minutes).

Swiss transportation is precise, but you'll still have to contend with waiting times.

Posted by
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If you are short of time, there is a quicker variant (and cheaper) which involves a train to Alpnachstad, instead of the boat: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/railway-cableways/silver-round-trip/
You would have to investigate the times. Click on "timetable" on that website. One option is:

Train: Luzern 11:12, Alpnachstad 11:29
Cog railway: Alpnachstad 11:35, Pilatus summit 12:05

Posted by
32228 posts

One other point to mention......

When you arrive at Alpnachstad, either by boat or train, be sure to include some waiting time for the cog wheel Funicular. If there are a lot of people waiting, it could take 30 minutes or so to get a seat on the Funicular.

Posted by
76 posts

If we get lucky with weather and manage to see plenty of mountain in Bernese Oberland, then we would skip Pilatus in Lucerne, instead would like to see Rhein falls near Zurich.

On the other hand, if we weather plays spoilsport in BO, and if we cant cover enough of mountains then we will plan for Pilatus.

Any idea on how to reach to Rhine falls from Zurich through public transport ?

Posted by
877 posts

I agree with Tim......we loved walking Lucerne's streets and seeing the lion statue and crossing the beautiful old bridge......Mt. Pilatus was great too.