Transporting animals as excess baggage in the cargo hold

To make sure that your pet arrives safe and sound at your destination airport, on this page we provide you with all the essential information about transporting animals as excess baggage in special transport containers in the air-conditioned cargo hold.

Lufthansa strives to ensure the safety and welfare of all its passengers – and this also, of course, includes animals. For this reason, our guidelines are based on current animal protection regulations, on import and export provisions and on International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.

In addition, please note the general information on the carriage of animals on Lufthansa flights.



You can take your dog or cat with you on your Lufthansa flight as excess baggage in special carrying containers in the air-conditioned cargo hold. We’ll check the availability and make the booking for you no later than 72 hours before departure.

Specifications for the carrying container

To transport an animal in the cargo hold, you will require a carrying container compliant with current IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations; otherwise Lufthansa can refuse to carry the animal.

Please note: the transport container must be secured with screws. A plastic locking mechanism is not considered to be a secure enough method of fastening and will therefore not be accepted.

Different carrying containers are required according to the animal species being transported. You must bring the carrying container with you. It is not generally possible to purchase one at the airport. We recommend that you obtain the carrying container in plenty of time so that your pet can get used to it before the flight.

Below you will find the specifications for the containers for transporting dogs and cats in the air-conditioned cargo hold.


The price for the carriage of animals as excess baggage in the cargo hold depends both on the route and the size of the carrying container. The price applies per flight direction, so also with a Lufthansa connecting flight, and is charged only once (e.g. on a flight from Hamburg via Frankfurt to Madrid). The price is charged again for return flights and stop-overs (travel interrupted by more than 24 hours).

Payment for taking your pet with you should be made at the check-in counter or at the Lufthansa service counter at the airport. In addition to your pet and its carrying container, of course you can also take with you the free baggage allowance included with your ticket.

Please note: for  animals in the hold, a surcharge of EUR 150 / CHF 170 / USD 170 / CAD 220 is charged for transfers via Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich.

Baggage calculator

You can check your free baggage allowance in just a few steps with our baggage calculator - based on the route, travel class and fare. Here you can also find the prices for transporting your pet in the cargo hold or in the cabin.


To make your preparations easier, we have prepared a checklist with all the important points.