Carry-on baggage on Lufthansa

The number of pieces of carry-on baggage* permitted is determined by the travel class booked.


Dimensions for carry-on baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm; for foldable garment bags: 57 x 54 x 15 cm.

Lufthansa will transport larger items of carry-on baggage in the hold as part of your free baggage allowance. If the permitted free baggage allowance is exceed in terms of number, dimensions and/or weight, the flat fee for excess baggage will be charged. Personal documents, medicines, valuables, mobile phones and laptops should be carried in cabin carry-on baggage.

The following items may only be carried in the cabin and not in the cargo hold: fuel cell systems and spare fuel cell cartridges, portable oxygen concentrators, safety matches and lighters as well as spare batteries (lithium metal, lithium ion) and electronic cigarettes.

Other carry-on baggage rules

Also allowed in the cabin: another item of carry-on baggage (max. 30 x 40 x 10 cm, e.g. handbag, laptop bag), one baby carrier per child or a child’s car seat or a foldable pushchair/buggy (may have to be transported in the cargo hold) and wheelchairs/orthopaedic aids (e.g. walking aids).

The following may not be taken into the cabin: weapons, potential weapons, imitation/replica weapons, pointed, sharp or blunt items (e.g. scissors, pocket knives, baseball bats) and all other dangerous goods.

To stow your carry-on baggage please also use the space under the seat in front of you. This does not apply to seats on the emergency exit rows.

Liquids in carry-on baggage


On flights within the EU and on connecting flights from the EU (as well as German domestic flights) consistent rules apply to the carrying of liquids in carry-on baggage.

Information about liquids in carry-on baggage

Which baggage regulations apply to carry-on baggage in the case of journeys operated by several airlines?


When booking a journey with several airlines the carry-on baggage regulations of the airline operating each respective flight apply.

Example: you have booked flights from Vienna to Johannesburg with a connection in Munich.

From Vienna to Munich with flight number OS 1152 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Lufthansa.

Continue from Munich to Johannesburg with flight number LH 9542 (LH = Lufthansa), operated by South African Airways.

In our example, the carry-on baggage provisions for the first flight from Vienna to Munich comply with Lufthansa’s carry-on baggage regulations, and for the second flight from Munich to Johannesburg with South African Airways’ carry-on baggage regulations.

Please check the carry-on baggage regulations on the internet sites of the respective airline before travelling, and comply with the most restrictive regulations of the airlines concerned.

*Differing regulations: on flights operated by a Lufthansa cooperation partner, the rules of the partner in question apply. On almost all flights with Lufthansa Regional, passengers can keep their carry-on baggage with them until they board and get it back immediately they disembark at the airport steps. In a few exceptional cases, passengers in First and Business Class must check in their second item of carry-on baggage: on flights with LH Regional or if country-specific variations arise (e.g. in Italy or the USA).

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