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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Delight in the frozen enchantment of Mount Rigi on a full-day tour of the ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ from Zurich. Enjoy a balanced combination of independent and guided exploration and experience an aerial cable car ride to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark. Take Europe’s first cogwheel train down the steep mountainside and soak up sweeping alpine vistas from a charming terrace above Lake Lucerne.
  • Winter day trip from Zurich to Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps
  • Guided coach tour includes rides in a cable car and on a cogwheel train
  • Boat ride to Lucerne
  • Two hours of free time to explore Old Town
  • Pickup and drop-off at the Sihlquai Bus Terminal

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is a great choice for independent travelers since most of the day is unguided, but you will receive all the information you need to make the most of your time. You'll see the fantastic views from Mt Rigi, ride a cogwheel train and cruise to lovely Lucerne.
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Boat ride on Lake Lucerne (1 hour)
Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Cable car ride
Cogwheel train ride - the first ever cogwheel train in Europe!
Local taxes
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Sledge ride rental (approx. CHF10 to be paid directly)
Best of Switzerland Tours AG , Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Bus Terminal, close to Zürich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled coach at a central Zurich pickup point and relax during the scenic journey to Weggis, a charming resort at the foot of Mount Rigi. Climb onto an aerial cable car and soar up a super-sleek cable to the mountain’s lofty summit.

Gasp as you rest your eyes on striking, snow-smothered panoramas of the Swiss Alps. Scour the scenery for thirteen lakes and inhale fresh mountain air during your leisurely free time at the highest point of Mount Rigi. Descend the steep mountainside by Europe’s first cogwheel train, and then climb aboard an awaiting boat for a tranquil ride to Lucerne.

On arrival, set out to see the city’s historical highlights independently, strolling through the Old Town and visiting an ambient café for coffee (own expense). Reconvene with your guide and group at a prearranged time and location, then relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.

Please see the Itinerary section for additional information regarding guided and self-guided tour elements.
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Departure point is the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Limmatstrasse 4, Zürich
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The journey starts with a lovely coach ride crossing the Albis Pass and along the beautiful Lake of the Four Cantons to Weggis, where your tour guide will drop you off. You tour guide will of course provide you with all the necessary information and schedules to enjoy your time at leisure to the fullest.
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Mt. Rigi
Board the aerial cable car to Rigi Kaltbad where you change to Europe's first ever mountain railway up to the summit Rigi-Kulm (1800m). The unsurpassed views from the top of this majestic mountain to the midland with its deep blue lakes and the snowcapped mountain range will overwhelm you! A variety of well-prepared hiking trails invite for a walk and cozy alpine restaurants offer a decent selection of typical, hearty meals all accompanied by the amazing alpine panorama. In winter, you might fancy renting a sledge and zoom down the valley.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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In the afternoon, descent by cogwheel train to Vitznau and board the public boat for a lovely one-hour cruise on the picturesque Lake of the Four Cantons towards Lucerne.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lucerne Station
Enjoy a stroll on the medieval streets of the charming Old Town and see the famous Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and the Town Hall. Further recommendations are a visit to the Swiss Museum of Transport, the biggest museum in Switzerland or for art lovers the Rosengart Museum with works of the famous artists Picasso and Paul Klee (entry fees may apply).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
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In the evening, meet your guide again for the coach journey back to Zürich.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • From 01 - 22 Apr 2022 and 21 Nov - 2 Dec 2022, the round-trip up and down Mt Rigi will be by cogwheel train due to cable car maintenance.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Great to travel by boat, cable car and cogwheel train." See review

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Great day trip
, Nov 2021
Alps, train, boat ride and a beer in old medieval town! Got to experience everything at your own pace. A great day trip!
Nice Experience
, Dec 2020
The tour was good. Guide was very helpful. Very nicely explained everything and shown to us. a worth trip.
Don't Recommend
, Aug 2020
Not worth the charges. Very disorganized, they allocated our cable car coupons to somebody else by mistake and then refused to help. Luckily when the other passenger came to take one more coupon, they realized the coupon wasn't theirs, and was given to them by mistake. Cable car was filled like animal transportation, no space to view outside. Cog train was also very crowded, no space to even stand. The ferry back was the same story, with no view because of the crowding, meaning there was no point going.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Manoj Kumar, Thank you very much for having joined our tour to Mt. Rigi in December 2019. We are truly sorry to hear that you were anything but happy with your experience. Unfortunately, eight months later it is nearly impossible for us to reconstruct exactly what happened on your tour. Usually, the tour is partly-guided, but as we had more than 30 guests travelling to Mt. Rigi with us on that day, we had provided an additional tour guide to stay with the group throughout the tour. While it is not possible to reserve seats on the boat, we had seats reserved both for the cable car and the cogwheel train. We normally order the exact amount of transferable tickets at the group counter and hand them over to our guests. If it was our tour guide that handed out your cable car tickets, we would sincerely like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by the confusion. To avoid similar incidents in the future, it is very important for us to get your feedback as soon as possible after the tour. We would have been very happy to follow up your feedback with your tour guide and our destination partner and to offer you compensation in case of mistakes on our part. We hope that you were still able to enjoy a wonderful stay in Switzerland and would be very happy to welcome you back on our tours on your next visit! Best regards, Best of Switzerland Tours
A great day trip for sure!
, Jan 2020
The guide did a great job except perhaps he could be a little more clear on where and when to catch all the trams/bus/train, ets. Perhaps reviewing things 2X before leaving everyone one their own. This tour is one which is very much intended for the free spirited, independent type person. But all in all, a wonderful day and experience. Beautiful surroundings everywhere as well.
Rigi excursion from Zurich
, Dec 2019
Dress warm and wear proper boots for snow and possible icy walking. Loved the cable car up and the cogwheel train down
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What a treat!
, Mar 2019
This trip exceeded our high expectations! The weather was windy and one of the cable cars was closed for safety. No problem, there was a wonderful Plan B! A well prepared organization and outstanding natural resources!
Amazing day out at Rigi and Lucerne
, Jan 2019
Fantastic trip, great to have partial guide to allow for freedom to explore. Great to travel by boat, cable car and cogwheel train. Had enough time to do what we wanted in mountain and in Lucerne. A long day but recommended.
Terrific tour
Judith B
, Dec 2018
TheMt.Rigi tour was wonderful. The Train rude was fun and comfortable. It started to snow when we were on theMountain, overall a nice treat!
Mt. Rigi had the most amazing views...
, Jul 2018
Mt. Rigi had the most amazing views. We were lucky to see these as the fog/mist rolled in on the day that we were there. Well worth the visit. Wouldn't matter what time of the year you go, the views are sensational.
We went there for a panorama view...
, Apr 2018
We went there for a panorama view, but its snowy and all you can see is fog. To make it worst, the tour guide cut the time we spent on top from 2 hours to 1 hour. My kids wasnt able to play on the snow as they want us to go down asap. It's just bad. I do hope they have at least a partial refund of the payment as we did not get the real value of what we paid for. We live in UAE and the additional time playing on snow is a great fun for my kids. The trip is a winter day trip, and they didnt even give us time to play on the snow.
This tour is very organised and...
, Apr 2018
This tour is very organised and cover lots of experience during one day. I highly recommend this tour for short term stay
Exactly as described. Well organized...
John R
, Mar 2018
Exactly as described. Well organized and worth it. Price was great.
amazing experience and...
, Mar 2018
amazing experience and views. highly recommend try for a clear day so you can see when at the very top, but you will definitely have a good view on the descent
Awesome trip!! Worth every penny...
, Mar 2018
Awesome trip!! Worth every penny!!! Lots of snow when we went and had a awesome time with our toddler!!
Great budget friendly trip for those...
, Jan 2018
Great budget friendly trip for those who do not have cars or ability to rent a car here. Provided everything you need for the day trip except food, and views were great! I would do this again, but beware that most of the tour is not guided.
A godd day,. Be prepared when...
Tracey G
, Jan 2018
A godd day,. Be prepared when visiting in winter with appropriate foot ware and clothing. The tarp gave time to oneself to explore. Pick up inLucerne was late.
The day was terrible. The weather...
, Jan 2018
The day was terrible. The weather was very bad and the company didn't advise me. The company didn't offer any support, just left me on the montain, gave me the tickets and i did all by my self. I'm a tourist i dont know what is the best day to make this kind of visit, was one obligation that company advise me about the wheater and that it was impossible see anything on the mountain that day. If was a serious company they would refunded my money or advise me to go up to mountain another day. In resume, i dont indicat this company to anyone.
The tour is actually guide less...
Noor Adzlin A
, Dec 2017
The tour is actually guide less which was fine because it gave me ample time to explore on my own. The view of the Swiss Alps were magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful. Good snow anti-slip boots are highly recommended. After exploring Mt Rigi, the ride down on the cogwheel tram was another awesome experience. Then a boat ride to Lucerne and another unguided free time to explore until the tour bus pick-up back to Zurich. Overall, I'm satisfied and happy with the tour by Best of Switzerland Tours.
The weather white-out whipping...
Timothy A
, Dec 2017
The weather white-out whipping winds! didn't make for a great time at the top of Mount Rigi and I have to admit some nervousness in the aerial cable car due to the high winds we were one of the last trips up the mountain before they had to shut the car down for the day because of the winds! but the train ride down the mountain and the Lake Lucerne ferry excursion by itself was worth it. Enjoyed my unguided walking tour of Lucerne. While the entire day could have been managed without buying the tour, there was significant value in buying the tour and not having to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B on your own. I enjoyed the convenience of having all of the transportation pre-booked for me and really enjoyed the sights, even with less than optimal weather. The guide for the bus portion of the tour was both knowledgeable and friendly. You shouldn't have any regrets booking this trip!
Cant put into words how beautiful...
Robert D
, Dec 2017
Cant put into words how beautiful the views at the top of mount rigi were I would definitely recommend this trip

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