How to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich?

Are you ready for an amazing trip from Zurich to Mount Titlis? Famous for its snowy peaks and icy glaciers and of course the beautiful views!

It’s super closely located near Zurich, so you can explore this place without travelling too much. Let’s dive into how to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich and what to expect!

Mount Titlis

What are the ways to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich?

There are three main ways to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich. You can travel by car, by tour bus or by train to the valley station of Mount Titlis. From here, you can ascend the mountain to the summit of Mount Titlis. In this blog, we will tell you the best ways to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich and some tips!

How to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich by train?

The first way to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich is by hopping on the train. Start your journey by heading to Zurich Hauptbahnhof, the main train station in Zurich. From there, catch a train to Lucerne. Trains between Zurich and Lucerne run quite frequently, so that’s great.

The journey typically takes around 50-55 minutes. The views are stunning, charming alp villages, impressive views and pure relaxation.

Zurich Hauptbahnhof

When you arrive at Lucerne, you can walk to the Lucerne Bahnhofquai/Central bus terminal.

Lucerne itself is a picturesque city situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne. We took an hour or two to shortly explore Lucerne, we drank a nice coffee and planned the rest of the day.

If you left Zurich early in the morning too, you might have time to explore Lucerne a bit, view our blog about Lucerne here.

At the bus terminal station

At the bus terminal, you can hop on a local bus to Engelberg Bahnhof, the train station in Engelberg. Look for buses marked with Line 1 or Line 4, which will take you to Engelberg. The bus ride from Lucerne to Engelberg takes around 45 minutes. You can purchase the bus ticket at the station or use your Swiss Travel Pass if you have one. Read more about the Swiss travel pass here.

Once you reach Engelberg train station, we’re almost there! The valley station for the Titlis cable car is located nearby. This cable car will take you to the summit of Mount Titlis.

At the cable car Valley station

Before boarding the cable car, make sure to purchase your tickets at the Valley station, we almost forgot:) The ride to the summit of Mount Titlis consists of multiple sections, including a rotating gondola known as the Rotair.

This unique feature offers a 360-degree view of the stunning alpine scenery during the ascent. Also, we highly recommend leaving early in the morning from Zurich, to fully enjoy a day exploring Mount Titlis and as we mentioned, having the opportunity to shortly visit Lucerne and maybe have your morning coffee here. ☕️

Swiss train

As you ascend Mount Titlis, take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Once you reach the final stop, the summit station, a world of attractions awaits you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the famous Titlis Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge that provides awe-inspiring views. This is seriously an unforgettable experience. Read more about it here. You can also take a ride on the Ice Flyer chairlift or explore the fascinating Glacier Cave.

Tip #1 Check the timetables and weather

Remember to check the train and bus schedules in advance, as they may vary depending on the time of year. It’s also a good idea to monitor the weather conditions on Mount Titlis, as cable car operations can be affected by adverse weather.

So, pack some warmer clothes, as the temperature in the mountains is lower than in Zurich for example. With careful planning, you’ll have a high chance of having a memorable journey from Zurich to Mount Titlis, immersing yourself in Switzerland’s natural beauty along the way.

Via this link, you can view the opinions available for travelling by train to Mount Titlis from Zurich.

How to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich by car?

To reach Mount Titlis from Zurich by car, you can embark on a scenic journey through the heart of Switzerland. The road trip will take you through beautiful landscapes and charming Swiss towns. As you leave Zurich, you’ll head southeast, passing through beautiful countryside.

If you decide to travel by car, do not forget the Swiss Motorway Vignet

Read more about it in our blog here.

The first part of the drive will take you on the A4 and A14 highways towards Lucerne. Enjoy the views of lakes and green meadows as you approach this historic city. Lucerne is a great place to take a break and explore its charming Old Town, we stopped here for a quick morning coffee.

If you are early and have time, have a look at sights such as the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Via this link, you can view the route from Zurich to Mount Titlis by car.

Arrived in Lucerne, short pit stop and continue the road trip towards Stans

From Lucerne, continue your journey southward on the A2 highway towards the town of Stans. As you drive through this region, you’ll witness the stunning Swiss Alps gradually coming into view. The landscape becomes more impressive, with mountains and such green alpine valleys.

Once you reach Stans, you’ll take a turn onto the A8 highway and head east towards Engelberg. This part of the drive offers breathtaking views as you make your way closer to Mount Titlis. The road winds through green valleys, and you’ll catch glimpses of the snow-capped peaks in the distance.

Kummersweidweg 10 in Grindelwald

As you approach Engelberg, follow the signs directing you to Mount Titlis. Engelberg is a charming alpine village at the foot of the mountain and serves as a popular base for exploring the region. You can park your car at the Titlis Valley station. You pay per day and in winter it’s more expensive.

Parked your car, time to ascent the mountain towards the summit

The final leg of the journey involves taking the cable car to the summit of Mount Titlis. The cable car ride is so cool! The views were mind-blowing, we were lucky with sun and clear skies, so the views were great.

After we had spent some time on Mount Titlis, it was time to descend with the cable car and follow the same route back to our hotel in Zurich.

Overall, the journey from Zurich to Mount Titlis by car is seriously an adventure filled with natural beauty and wonderful landscapes. It provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning Swiss countryside and have the opportunity to stop and lakes or villages. Also, because you are travelling by car, you can stop at some places and drink a coffee or enjoy the surroundings.

How to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich by tour bus?

To reach Mount Titlis from Zurich by bus, you can hop on a scenic journey that will take you through the Swiss Alps towards the valley station of Mount Titlis. The journey begins in Zurich. From Zurich, you can board a bus that will take you on towards Lucerne.

As you leave Zurich behind, the bus will travel through the Swiss countryside. The journey provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the impressive Swiss scenery and witness the natural beauty that Switzerland is famous for.

After a couple of hours, you will arrive in Lucerne, a picturesque city nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Some tours offer some time here in the town to shortly explore or have lunch/coffee.

Chapel Brdige, Lucerne

From Lucerne, you will continue your journey towards Engelberg, a small alpine village located at the foot of Mount Titlis. The bus ride from Lucerne to Engelberg is relatively short and offers nice views of snow-capped peaks and green valleys.

Upon reaching Engelberg, you can take a cable car or a funicular railway to ascend to the summit of Mount Titlis. At the top, you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland, with stunning views, snow activities, and as mentioned earlier the famous Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest suspension bridge.

After an unforgettable time exploring Mount Titlis, you can retrace your steps back to Zurich by following the same route, savouring the amazing landscapes once again. One disadvantage is that by car you can stop whenever you want, with tour busses you need to follow vast schedules, so less flexibility.


In conclusion, travelling from Zurich to Mount Titlis is an exciting experience. Whether you’re travelling by car, tour bus or train, the views are stunning. All three options are great ways to reach Mount Titlis from Zurich.

At the summit of Mount Titlis, there is the famous Titlis Cliff Walk which is so cool and impressive. We recommend doing this activity. We hope you will have a wonderful time at Mount Titlis!


Sophie simply loves how peaceful Switzerland is and enjoys travelling through beautiful Switzerland. She loves to write about things she experienced and shares her experiences on this blog with all readers!

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