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).

Registration of sports baggage: up to 24 hours before departure via the Lufthansa Service Center
quoting 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 Center.

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
USD/CAD
Within Europe /
between third countries
52 kg200 cm x 75 cm200300
Intercontinental52 kg200 cm x 75 cm300400


*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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