Excess and special baggage

Flat fees are charged for excess and special baggage. This also applies to sports baggage that exceeds the free baggage allowances.

Excess baggage regulations and flat fees (download)

For Lufthansa guests fees* apply if their checked baggage meets the allowed pieces but possibly exceeds in weight and/or dimension. Please note that if you have a piece of baggage that is too heavy and too large, charges for an additional piece of baggage may be incurred.

Flat fees for excess baggage as a PDF

Maximum weight per item of baggage

For all tickets a maximum travel weight of 32 kg per item of baggage applies, irrespective of service class.

Items of baggage which exceed these weights will not be accepted as travel baggage. They can be sent by air cargo at air cargo rates.

Note on Economy Class Light fare

Please note that you may incur the following fees with later booking or checking of baggage with the Economy Class Light fare on European flights:

  • When booking on LH.com, at the Service Center or a travel agency: 15 EUR / 19 CHF / 17 USD
  • When booking at the Lufthansa ticket counter in the airport: 30 EUR / 35 CHF / 35 USD
  • When booking at the departure gate and in the Service Centre at the airport: 45 EUR / 55 CHF / 50 USD

Sports baggage

Basic rules

Sports baggage is carried free of charge** under the free baggage regulations (number/weight of bags).

Registering sports baggage: up to 24 hours before departure via the reservation hotline (+49 (0)69 - 86 799 799). Please specify your booking code.

Exception rules for sports baggage

  • The sports baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance but not the maximum weight: Rules and prices for sports baggage to download
  • The sports baggage isn’t listed in the sports baggage regulations: Excess baggage charges apply (see above)
  • The sports baggage exceeds the maximum weight of 32 kg: The charges for cargo transport apply

Special baggage and bulky items of baggage

Special tariffs and conditions apply to the transportation of bulky items of baggage and other special baggage such as musical instruments, for example. Further information about these can be obtained from the Lufthansa Service Team.

Musical instruments*** which weigh more than 32 kg may only be taken on Lufthansa flights after registration and approval:

Regulation and tariffs for musical instruments

RouteMaximum weight****Maximum dimensionsEUR
Within Europe /
between third countries
52 kg200 cm x 75 cm200300
Intercontinental52 kg200 cm x 75 cm300400

Which baggage regulations apply to checked baggage in the case of journeys operated by several airlines?*

When booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route (usually the longest route geographically) and under whose flight number this route has been booked apply. For these purposes it is irrelevant which airline actually operates the flight.

The baggage regulations apply in each case up until the moment you break the journey for more than 24 hours (make a stopover).

You have booked a return flight from Vienna to Johannesburg with connections in Munich and Frankfurt.

Your outbound flight:
From Vienna to Munich with flight number OS 115 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Austrian Airlines.

Continue without stopover from Munich to Johannesburg with flight number LH 9542 (LH = Lufthansa), operated by South African Airways.

The baggage provisions for your outbound flight therefore comply with Lufthansa’s baggage regulations.

Your return flight:
From Johannesburg to Frankfurt with flight number SA 7573 (SA = South African Airways), operated by Lufthansa.
Continue without stopover from Frankfurt to Vienna with flight number OS 7260 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Lufthansa.

The baggage provisions for your return flight therefore comply with South African Airways’ baggage regulations.

* In the case of tickets issued before 01.04.2015 the following regulation applies: when booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route of the journey (usually the longest route geographically) and which actually operates the flight apply.

Specific rules apply to US and Canadian flights:

Special regulations USA and Canada

*Please note that in a number of countries a service charge may be incurred, in addition to the flat fee, for checking in excess baggage.

**Where applicable, country-specific surcharges will be levied for sports baggage.
***e.g. any type of bass instrument (double-bass, violone, viola da Gamba) or heavy/large percussion instruments (such as timpani or the like).
****Consisting of musical instrument and case/packaging.
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