Lucerne Transportation

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    Dragon Ride or Aerial Cableway or Rota Air

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    the Rota Air (they call them Aerial Cableway or Dragon Ride) is a relatively new addition to the cable car ride to Mount Pilatus. Before, they only use the old 40 seater gondola to go to the top and back from Kriens to Pilatus Kulm. But since April 1, 2015, they made this new Aerial Cableway available to take the riders from Frakmuntegg to Pilatus Kulm and Back in this cabin type tram which can accommodate 56 people and you can again take tons of pictures and videos and selfies of the panoramic view of lake Lucerne, the swiss alps, mount Pilatus and the countryside. the ride lasts for 4 minutes each way.

    The Pilatus Cable Car Station in Kriens is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm during spring and
    summer early autumn and from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm during winter and late autumn,

    Phone: +41 41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Cable Car from Kriens to Frakmuntegg

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    If you are going to Mount Pilatus via the Cable Car in Kriens which is available all year round except during maintainance days (unlike the cogwheel railway which is closed for late fall, winter and early spring. In the Kriens Cable Car Company, they use cable cars for the first three stations of the Pilatus Cable Car and then the larger rota air for the final station from frakmuntegg to Pilatus Kulm and Vice Versa. The cable car can sit up to 4 persons in a cable car (they call them Panoramic Gondola) of which the ride from Kriens to Frakmuntegg is about 25 to 30 minutes which have a stop at Krienseregg Station. you can take tons of pictures, selfied and videos while riding the cable car going to Pilatus and the views all around are breathtaking.

    The Pilatus Cable Car Station in Kriens is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm during spring and
    summer early autumn and from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm during winter and late autumn,

    Phone: +41 41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Lucerne SBB Train Station (Bahnhof Luzern)

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 12, 2015

    Since the City of Lucerne has no nearby airport as the nearest airport is at the City of Zurich which is 68 kilometers and more than 1 hour away. Many tourist going from other areas of Europe come and depart Lucerne via Trains going to and from the SBB Train Station in Zentralstrasse (unless you are in a multi country group tour package) which is the cheapest and fastest option of going to Lucerne than via Public Buses. The Train Station which opened in since 1856 and had undergone several renovations serves both domestic and international traffic on several rail lines on its 14 rail platforms and has several shops and restaurants inside the complex. the train station also faces lake Lucerne and beside it is the Banhofplatz Public Bus Station. The shops and restaurants and money exchange shops there are open all year round untill at least 9 pm; weekends & holidays till at least 8 pm. The Station is about a 500 meter walk south from Schwedenplatz in the Old Town.

    address: SBB Reiseb├╝ro, Zentralstrasse 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland

    Phone: +41 0900 300 300

    Website: https://www.sbb.ch/.../station.../railway-stations/lu

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    Tour Buses

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    Being one of the Favorite Tourist Areas of Switzerlan, Lucerne has it's share of tour bus companies that offers various City Tours and Day Trips outside of the city going to Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Mount Stanserhorn, Mount Titlis, Interlaken, Zurich, etc Many tour buses are also from the multi country tours like us who have stops at famous cities such as here in Lucerne.

    the large and comfortable tour buses of which most of them have free wifi for the tour guests and most even have reclining seats . Most of the Buses are made by reputable companies like the German Mercedes Benz and although they are fast and efficient, the ride is not bumpy as they here excellent tour bus drivers and most buses have a speed limiter of only 100 kilometers per hour hence they cannot over speed.

    Unfortunately, walking in Old Town means that No tour Bus are allowed as the roads here are narrow and the common Tour Bus Hop on and Hop off for tourists doing old town tours (except in Lion Monument where the streets are larger and there are bus parking) is along the roundabout in Schwanenplatz, facing the large Bucherer Department Store and Confisserie Bachmann Building.

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    Walking In Lucerne

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    Walking is the Best Thing To Do in this Charming Swiss City of Lucerne as the City is not large at all and the main sights around the Old Town Area and in the peripheries around it such as the Chapel Bridge, Jesuit Church, Reuss River, Lake Lucerne, Spruerbrucke Bridge, Rathaus, Schwanerplatz are fairly walkable areas nearby and the Lion Monument and Mount Pilatus are further away. Just be carefual as the roads here are a combination of quaint cobblestone streets (just be careful as the cobblestones are uneven and you might slip it the streets are wet) and paved concrete roads You only need a brisk walk going uphill if your are going to the hilly areas near Saint Leogeder Church. There are also big maps located as several areas to guide you on the different attractions around the city.

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    Pilatus Cable Car in Kriens

    by machomikemd Written Nov 11, 2015

    since we arrived at Mount Pilatus in Late April, the Cogwheel Railway was still closed and was not due to open for 10 more days as there are still blankets of snow near the summit of Pilatus. We instead rode the Pilatus Cable Car to the top as it is available all year round (except during maintainance days). The Pilatus Cable Car is located in the town of Kriens, which is a suburb of Lucerne and the cable car base camp in Kriens is about 5.8 kilometers west of downtown Lucerne.

    There are two modes of transporation going to the top of the famed Mount Pilatus, the first is the Pilatus Cable Car (Pilatus-Bahnen AG) which is available all year round and the base camp is located here in Kriens and the Cogwheel Railway (available only during May to Novenber). The Cable car opened in 24 December 1954 and since then is a popular activity for tourist going to Mount Pilatus. The Cable Car has three stations of which the base station is at Kriens, the second stations is at Krienserreg, the third station is located at Frakmuntegg of which you can either see around the area or then transfer to the larger Rotair for the final climb to the top of Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm) at the Fourth and Final Station. the cable car/rotair ride last for 30 minutes in total.

    The Pilatus Cable Car Station in Kriens is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm during spring and
    summer early autumn and from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm during winter and late autumn,

    Ticket Prices:

    Kriens to Kriensereg to Frakmuntegg to Pilatus Kulm and vice versa

    one way: 36 Swis Francs for adults 18 Swiss Francs Children
    round trip 72 swiss francs for adults and 18 Swiss Francs for Children

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland

    Phone: +41 41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Lake Lucerne Boats

    by machomikemd Written Nov 11, 2015

    they have a variety of boats they use to do a lake Lucerne cruise along the Mathias-Luchsinger Platz beside the shoreline of Lake Lucerne and a variety of boat companies that does the various Boat Tours and cruises along Lake Lucerne and some even have ferry schedules to other towns located in the different cantons sharing lake Lucerne as well. a lake cruise on lake Lucerne of which an average lake cruise lasts for 1 hour and up to a half day if you want to cruise along the other sides of the cross shapen lake Lucerne to the other towns on the three separate cantons sharing lake lucerne. some also do the lake cruise as part of the Golden Round Trip of Pilatus (Bus to bus journey to Kriens then hop the cable car to the top of Pilatus Kulm, then down via Cogwheel Railway to Alpnachstad then lake Lucerne boat cruise OR VICE VERSA). there are several boat companies along the cocnrete shoreline in Lucerne along Mathias-Luchsinger Platz that offers various Lucerne lake cruise packages which the standard is a 1 hour cruise with of without meals and half day cruises and private cruise as well.

    average price of a 1 hour cruise is 25 to 30 Swiss Francs per person including drinks and snacks

    Address: Mathias-Luchsinger Platz, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Website: http://www.lakelucerne.ch

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    CAR PARKING

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    We arrived in Lucerne by Car, and straight away started looking for a car park. We found one, but it was only a 20min park, so that was not long enough.
    BEWARE if you do use these parks, do not overstay your time, as we saw plenty of Parking Officer's and car's with ticket's in windscreens.

    We found the Kesselturm Parking Station which is only a short walk to the main part of Lucerne and the Old Town.

    It is open 24 hours a day and there are 350 parking spaces. You can pay with either swiss francs or Euro's.
    There are security camera's located around the building and regular patrols.

    We found this the best bet for parking in Lucerne

    Rates in 2014 are.......
    0.5 hrs. CHF 1.50 8.0 hr. CHF 13:40
    1.0 hr. CHF 3.00 9.0 hr. CHF 14:40
    2.0 hr. CHF 4.90 10.0 hrs. CHF 15:40
    3.0 hr. CHF 6:40 11.0 hrs. CHF 16:40
    4.0 hr. CHF 7.90 12.0 hrs. CHF 17:40
    5.0 hr. CHF 9:40 24.0 hrs. CHF 25.40
    6.0 hr. CHF 10.90 48.0 hrs. CHF 50.00
    7.0 hr. CHF 12:40 72.0 hrs. CHF 75.00

    The parking garage is Kesselturm 200 meters from the highway exit away, "Luzern-Zentrum".
    The pedestrian area of ​​Old Town is easily reached within 2 minutes walking distance.

    Website: http://www.parking-luzern.ch/index.php?page=1179

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    By train, of course!

    by leics Updated Aug 24, 2014

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    The Swiss railway system has an extensive network. Its trains (some of which have an upstairs and a downstairs) are efficiently run, clean, comfortable and safe.

    So why, if one is travelling to Lucerne (or any other Swiss settlement with a railway) would one wish to do anything other than use the train? Very reasonable fares, no parking hassle, no driving stress and no worry about where/how to buy fuel..... :-)

    The Swiss railway website in English is extremely easy to use and, if you are not used to railway travel, you'll find stations easy to use as well. There are large displays at station entrances which tell you which trains are going where, at what time and from which platform. And each platform also has its own small electronic displays telling you what train is standing there or expected, where it is going and where it stops. You would have to try very hard indeed to get on the wrong train!

    Ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options. They accept cash and give change and I'm sure they accept chipped cards as well. I can't speak for unchipped cards, because they are no longer the norm in Europe, but ticket office staff are efficient, courteous and will have at least adequate English.

    I went to Lucerne by train from Zurich. There are lots of trains each way throughout the day and into the evening, so it is easy to make a good daytrip. And it was a very comfortable and relaxing journey which allowed me to see some of the Swiss countryside.

    Website: http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

    Lucerne railway station Inside a train (upstairs) Ticket machines Double-decker train Example of large departure board
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    Train from the aiport

    by Maryimelda Written Jun 25, 2013

    Getting to Lucerne from the airport in Zurich is quite simple if you choose to go by train. The trains are quite frequent (at least one per hour, sometimes more) and there are even quite a few which go directly to Lucerne with no need to change at the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich. Duration of the journey is a little over one hour. No fuss or bother whatsoever.

    Just buy your ticket at the booth at the Airport Station.

    Lucerne Hauptbahnhof looking out.
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    The steepest in the world

    by Maryimelda Written Feb 23, 2012

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    I really feel that the cog wheel railway to Mt Pilatus from Apnachstad deserves a mention all of its own as it is a fascinating means of transport.

    Cog wheel railways were adopted by the Swiss many many years ago when they saw how well they worked in the US. They are also known as rack railways and simply put, run on sharp teeth rather than smooth wheels. The Pilatus train climbs the mountain at a gradient of 48 degrees which believe me, is very steep indeed. I have a fear of heights normally and thought that I would have to close my eyes all the way to the top, but once the train moved off, I was so taken by the breathtaking scenery that was all around that I forgot about being scared and finally realised that I wasn't scared anyway.

    I would recommend this form of transport to anyone not only when travelling up Mt Pilatus but anywhere else that you find one as well. It's a magnificent experience.

    Waiting to pick up passengers at Alpnachstad Going and coming. Alpnachstad station
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    Blue and White train

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 9, 2011

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    As usual I took advantage of the short but informative tour on the little train/bus thingy that I am always talking about. This one is particularly appealing and it sports a wonderful audio system in several different languages. It leaves from in front of the Schweizerhof Hotel at very regular intervals. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend it as a great way to get an overview of Lucerne before you start exploring in depth.

    All aboard! Audio control
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    Transport to Verkehrshaus

    by iammon Updated Nov 10, 2010

    From the train station it takes 8 minutes with the train (S3 or Voralpenexpress) Stop is called "Luzern Verkehrshaus"
    Schedule www.sbb.ch

    Or 10 minutes by Bus Nr. 6, 8 or 24 til stop "Verkehrshaus"
    Schedule www.vbl.ch

    Or 10 minutes by ship (only March - October)
    Schedule: www.lakelucerne.ch

    Or on a nice day walk along the lake (approx. 30 minutes)

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    TRAVEL BY TRAINS

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 14, 2009

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    With one of the best train systems in the world, travelling by train around the country is a real pleasure as depending on your location you will get a chance to travel in a real variety of them as we did. Intercity fast speed trains, narrow gauge toy like trains etc., etc., We even got a chance to travel on a German ICE (Inter city express) train on one of trips. Travelling by train is reasonably cheap and lets you enjoy the scenery better than travelling by car, for example. The trains are very frequent. The information regarding any doubt that can arise can be solved at the travel offices at any station which in turn are extremely organized and the people are trained for making the traveler really comfortable and well attended, a great experience indeed.

    colourful toy like trains the train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen ICE - Inter city express the double decker intercity train
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    BAGGAGE LOCKERS

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 14, 2009

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    At practically any railway station in ( for not mentioning at all, because I have not been to all of them ) I did see baggage lockers at one of the platforms. They are bright blue in color and clearly visible. The cost around 6 swiss francs and are very practical in case you are in transit and want to have a look around any town or for keeping your bags for a longer period of time. During our stop in Lucerne en route to Interlaken, we did use them and were able to visit the city free of any luggage, ideal of course.

    bright blue louggage lockers

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