Transporting animals in the aircraft

Travelling with your pets in the aircraft. You can look up all the info on this topic and the various transport options here. Lufthansa will transport animals either in the passenger cabin or in the aircraft’s cargo hold, depending on the animal’s weight and size.

Timely registration is necessary

Before you book your flight with an animal, please find out about the import and export regulations for animals and the animal welfare provisions that must be met in the country to which you intend to travel. You can obtain this information from the relevant country’s consulate, for example. Notwithstanding these provisions, there may be other restrictions imposed by Lufthansa. Please check on these before booking.

If you are transporting an animal in the cargo hold, you are strongly advised to arrive at the airport in plenty of time. In Frankfurt passengers should arrive at the airport with their animals at least 90 minutes and not earlier than 3 hours before scheduled departure.

To register animals on Lufthansa flights and for further information: call +49 (0)69 - 86 799 799 or contact the Lufthansa Airport Ticket team in person (when booking/no later than 24 hours before departure date).

Transportation of animals

Small dogs and cats

A dog or cat may be transported in the cabin in your own carrier box (maximum dimensions: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, watertight, bite proof). Maximum weight of animal + box: 8 kg. Only cats and dogs may be transported in the cabin; you cannot take other animals with you on board.

Further information on transporting animals in the cabin

Larger animals in the cargo hold

Animals that cannot be transported inside the cabin will be transported by Lufthansa in appropriate, animal-friendly containers in an air-conditioned area of the cargo hold. You must provide your own container for your animal.

Further information on transporting animals in the cargo hold

Breeds of fighting dog (dangerous dogs)

Special requirements (e.g. a special crate or container) apply to the transportation of breeds of dog classified as fighting dogs. Further information is available from the Lufthansa Reservation Office.

Information and requirements for the transportation of breeds of fighting dog

Assistance and Service dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other comparable service dogs are carried in the cabin free of charge on all Lufthansa flights. Such dogs must be registered in good time before the flight.

Accessible travel with an assistance dog

Charges for transporting animals

Animals are not included in the free baggage allowance; the level of the charge is based on the size of the container or crate (excess baggage). The charge is collected per direction.

SizeWithin Europe and
third countries
Animals in the cabin,
max. 8 kg
EUR 50,
EUR 70,
Animals in the cargo hold: container
Dimensions 1: 60 x 45 x 40 cm
EUR 100,
EUR 150,
Animals in the cargo hold: container
Dimensions 2 - 4: max. 125 x 75 x 85 cm
EUR 200,
EUR 300,

Unaccompanied animals

Unaccompanied animals can be checked in with Lufthansa Cargo. For more information about this, please call Lufthansa Cargo (in Germany: +49 - 1806 747 100*) or visit Lufthansa Cargo’s website.

* €0.20 per call from a German landline; the cost of mobile phone calls may vary.
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