4) You cannot view sunrise at the mountain top if you do not stay at Mount Pilatus. There are two hotels at mountain top – Pilatus Kulm and Bellevue and you must pre-book them if you plan to spend a night.
5) Plan your transportation very carefully. Different modes of transportation will leave at very different end points which are not near to each other.
6) Most importantly if you plan to visit several sights in Switzerland by public transportation , invest in Swiss travel pass. I think you can get 50% off on the tickets for Mount Pilatus with Swiss travel pass.
7) If you plan to use public transportation to reach to Kriens or Alpnachstad be on time. Trains and buses run on very exact schedules, so it is critical to be on time.
How to Reach :
There are several options to get to the top of Mt. Pilatus – By hiking and by combining different modes of transportation : cableway, cogwheel railway, boat and train :)
1) By Cableway:
From Lucerne drive to Krienes. There is a small paid parking area near the ticket station and if you arrive early , you can easly find parking. Leave your car here and head straight to the ticket window to get the tickets for cableway ride to Mt. Pilatus. From Kriens, you will be riding a series of two panoramic gondolas and a cableway to get to the top of Mt. Pilatus. You can opt for return ticket to come the same way or you could take cogwheel rail on your way back. Just keep in mind that cogwheel will drop you at Alpnachstad which is about 45 mins away from Kriens. So it will be a bit of ride to come back to your car at Kriens.