Transporting animals as additional carry-on baggage in the cabin

Lufthansa cares for the safety and well-being of all its passengers – and this also, of course, includes animals.

For this reason, our guidelines respect current animal welfare provisions, import and export regulations and the regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). To make sure that your pet arrives safe and sound at your destination, on this page you will find all the important information about transporting animals as excess baggage in the air-conditioned cargo hold in special transport containers.

For the transport of animals as additional carry-on baggage in the cabin the

Requirements for transporting animals as additional carry-on baggage in the cabin

Specifications for the transport container

A soft-sided carrier that can be securely fastened is required for the transport of small dogs and cats in the cabin. You must bring this with you. It is not, as a general rule, possible to purchase one at the airport.

Hard-shell boxes are only accepted if the ticket was issued before 15 April 2019 and you are already travelling with a hard-sided carrier and you are on the return trip or in transit.

Prices for transporting animals in the cabin

With Lufthansa, taking your pet with you into the cabin is subject to a charge. The price depends upon the route and is charged only once per flight direction, i.e. also on Lufthansa connecting flights (e.g. on a direct flight from Hamburg via Frankfurt to Madrid). It must be paid again for return flights and stopovers (2).

You can pay to transport your pet at check-in or at the Lufthansa service counter at the airport. In addition to your pet and its transport container, you can, of course, also use the free baggage allowance included in your ticket.

Prices for transporting animals as additional carry-on baggage in the cabin (3)

Maximum size and maximum weight Maximum container size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm / 22 x 16 x 9 inches

Maximum overall weight (= container + animal): 8 kg
Domestic routes (Germany) (4)   EUR 50
USD 57
Routes within Europe (4) EUR 60
USD 69
North Africa, Central Asia and countries on the eastern Mediterranean coast (4) EUR 80
USD 92
Short intercontinental routes (4) EUR 90
USD 103
Medium intercontinental routes (4) EUR 100
USD 115
CAD 150
Long intercontinental routes (4)         
EUR 110
USD 126
CAD 165
Routes to/from Japan EUR 70
USD 100
CAD 100


(2) = A stopover is defined as a break of more than 24 hours in a journey.
(3) = Varying prices apply for shipping an animal as air freight (for example with Lufthansa Cargo). Please enquire with the carrier entrusted with the transport.
(4) = More detailed information about destinations and price zones can be found here.

Checklist for transporting animals in the cabin

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