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Titlis Rotair Cable Car | Views from 3000m above sea

The Cable Car Rotair at Mount Titlis is an engineering marvel, located in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It holds the record for being the world's first rotating cable car, offering passengers a 360-degree view of the stunning Alpine scenery.

Since its inauguration in 1992, it has been a popular tourist attraction, providing access to the summit of Mount Titlis at an elevation of over 10,000 feet.

Mount Titlis cable car jouney at a glance

Titlis Cable Car

Altitude: 3,020 meters (9,908 feet) above sea level

Stops: Engelberg, Trubsee, Stand, Mount Titlis

Travel time: 25 min from Engelberg to Stand (cable car) and 5 min from Stand to Mount Titlis (Rotair)

What to expect from my cable car journey to Mount Titlis?

Mount Titlis Cable Car
  • You start your journey at the Engelberg Valley Station: Your trip begins at the Engelberg Valley station, where you'll board the cable car. Enjoy the views of the Engelberg valley as you ascend towards the mountains.
  • Trübsee as a midpoint: Trübsee serves as a midpoint in the journey, so make sure you don't get down there on your way up, and instead stay seated till Stand. However, you'll still have the chance to admire the picturesque Trübsee lake and the surrounding alpine landscape from the cable car on your way back from Mount Titlis.
  • Switching at Stand: The journey from Engelberg to Stand station takes approximately 25 minutes, and offers uninterrupted views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and rugged terrain. During the journey, you'll switch cable cars at Stand. For the next leg of your journey, you'll aboard the famous Titlis Rotair.
  • Rotair Trip to Titlis: The final leg of the journey involves the Rotair cable car, renowned for its unique rotating cabins. You'll hop on the Rotair at Stand, where the wait for the switch is usually just a few minutes. As you ascend to the summit of Titlis in 5 minutes, the rotating cabins offer 360-degree views, allowing you to marvel at the surrounding mountains from every angle.

The Rotair vs the cable car

Rotair - Mount Titlis Cable Car

The Rotair

The Rotair only takes 5 minutes to reach the top of Mount Titlis. Unlike traditional cable cars, the Rotair features a rotating cabin, offering passengers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Alps as they ascend to the summit of Mount Titlis. This innovative design ensures that every passenger gets to enjoy uninterrupted views of the scenery from all angles. Compared to a normal cable car, the Titlis Rotair offers a heightened level of adventure and immersion.

Mount Titlis Cable Car

The cable car

The cable car journey begins at Engelberg Valley station, serving as the initial leg of your ride. To experience the Rotair, you first need to reach Stand station using this cable car. Accommodating up to 80 passengers, the cable car from Engelberg not only transports you to Stand but also makes a stop at Trubsee. It's important to remain aboard during this journey, which typically takes a total of 25 minutes.

Mount Titlis cable car timetable

Mount Titlis Cable Car Operating Hours

Operating hours: 8.30 AM - 5 PM

Final ascent: 4 PM

Final descent: 5 PM

Maintenance

Titlis Rotair (Stand-Titlis cable car) is closed from 4-15 November 2024.




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Getting to Mount Titlis cable car station

Trains to Mount Titlis cable car station

By public transport

  • Best for: budget travel
  • Travel time: 45 minutes from Lucerne
  • Nearest stop: Engelberg station

From Lucerne to Engelberg: Begin your journey at Lucerne Main Train Station (Luzern Hauptbahnhof) and take the Luzern-Engelberg Express train, which runs every hour.

From Zurich to Engelberg: Depart from Zurich HB and take a train to Lucerne Main Train Station (Luzern Hauptbahnhof). Then, transfer to the train going to Engelberg.

From Interlaken to Engelberg: Start at Interlaken Ost Train Station and board any SBB train heading to Lucerne. When you reach Lucerne, switch to the train bound for Engelberg.

Once you're at Engelberg train station, follow signs to the Titlis valley station, just a short walk away. Buy tickets for the Titlis Rotair cable car at the valley station to go up to the summit of Mount Titlis.

Drive to Mount Titlis cable car station

By car

  • Best for: comfortable travel 
  • Travel time: 36 minutes from Lucerne to Engelberg

To get to Engelberg from Lucerne, just follow the A2 highway towards the Gotthard Pass. When you reach Stans-Sud, take exit 33, which is about 20 kilometers from Engelberg. Follow the signs from there to the resort. Once you're in town, keep an eye out for signs directing you to the Titlis Valley cable car station.

Parking

There are parking spots near the valley station where you can leave your car. From there, you can either walk or take the cable car up to Mount Titlis.

Things to do after your cable car journey to Mount Titlis

Titlis Cliff Walk
Glacier Cave at Titlis
Snow Tubing at Titlis

Snow Tubing

Enjoy snow tubing down specially prepared slopes, which is a fun activity for both children and adults.

Skiing and snowboarding at Titlis
Hiking at Mount Titlis

Hiking

During the warmer months, explore the numerous hiking trails around Mount Titlis. The trails offer stunning views of the Alps and the opportunity to encounter alpine flora and fauna.

Engelberg at Mount Titlis

Visit Engelberg

Engelberg, at the base of Mount Titlis, offers its own attractions, including historic buildings, a monastery, and opportunities for shopping and dining.

Frequently asked questions about Mount Titlis cable car

Where can I purchase my cable car tickets?

While tickets for the cable car ride to Mount Titlis can be purchased at the valley station in Engelberg, we recommend buying them online. This allows you to skip the queues at the ticket counters, saving you valuable time, especially during peak tourist seasons when lines can be long.

Does the cable car stop anywhere along the way?

Yes, the cable car makes stops along the route. It pauses at Trübsee and then at Stand. At Stand, you transfer to the Rotair, a rotating cable car, for a brief 5-minute journey to Mount Titlis.

Will I get a discount on my cable car ride if I have the Swiss Travel Pass?

If you've got the Swiss Travel Pass, you can avail a 50% off on tickets from Engelberg to the mountain peak. It's a great deal to make your journey even more enjoyable!

Is there a time slot for my cable car journey? How early should I arrive for my timeslot?

Feel free to arrive at any time; there are no designated time slots. Keep in mind that coming early in the morning is a good choice to beat the crowds and make the most of your experience.

How frequently does the cable car operate?

The cable cars from Engelberg to Titlis run continuously from 8:30 am to 5 pm, with departures occurring approximately every 30 minutes. This is usually during peak seasons like summer and winter, owing to the increased number of visitors. It can be less frequent during low season.

When do I get to board the famous Titlis Rotair?

You can board the Rotair from Stand station. First, hop on the 80-passenger cable car from Engelberg to Stand. Then, switch to the Rotair, which fits 20 to 30 people, for the final ride to the summit.

What if I have a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)?

If you're worried about feeling claustrophobic in the Mount Titlis Cable Car, rest assured that the cabins are spacious with large windows offering expansive views. To ease any anxiety, opt for a seat near the windows, practice deep breathing, and consider bringing a supportive companion. The stunning scenery and thrilling experience of ascending to Mount Titlis often overshadow any initial worries, making the journey enjoyable for most passengers.

Are there any facilities for individuals with mobility issues?

Yes, the Mount Titlis Cable Car is accessible to individuals with mobility issues. Special cabins are available upon request, and the staff is trained to assist passengers with specific needs.

Are there any restrooms available during the cable car journey?

Unfortunately, there are no restrooms available inside the cable car cabins. However, there are facilities available at both the valley and mountain stations.

Is the cable car safe?

Yes, the cable car at Mount Titlis is renowned for its safety measures and stringent maintenance standards, ensuring a secure and reliable transportation experience for visitors. The cable car system undergoes regular inspections and adheres to strict safety protocols, so there’s absolutely no need to worry.

Will bad weather affect my cable car ride?

The cable car system is designed to withstand a range of weather conditions, including light rain and moderate wind. So rarely is it suspended in cases of heavy snowfall, lightning storms or other severe weather events. But it's best to pick a clear day for your ride, or else you might miss out on the awesome views due to bad weather.

Is photography allowed inside the cable car?

Yes, photography is allowed inside the cable car. Remember to be mindful of other passengers and avoid obstructing any safety signage or emergency equipment while taking photos. Enjoy capturing the beautiful scenery during your Mount Titlis cable car ride!