Sports baggage and special baggage
You can conveniently take your sports equipment with you on Lufthansa flights. You can find out more about our services and what you need to know here. Sports baggage that exceeds the free baggage allowance will be charged at a flat rate.
Make sure each item of baggage is labelled (inside and outside) with your name and your (mobile) phone number before you check it in at the airport. You can get free bag tags and stickers for items of baggage you wish to check in at the check-in counter. You are also welcome to use your own bag tags.
Please note: the maximum length for sports equipment is 315 cm and the maximum weight is 32 kg. Baggage charges for your travel class and airport can be found here.
As a general rule, we collect data in order to fulfil the contract of carriage you have agreed with us. This includes passenger and baggage data. So that your baggage can also be carried by other airlines and transferred at airports, we pass on data to the relevant airlines and airports. In addition, we support the German customs authorities in the fulfilment of their legal obligations by allowing limited access to selected data.
Large sports equipment is not counted as part of your free baggage allowance and must always be paid for separately.
There is only limited storage space available for sports equipment. We therefore recommend that you make a reservation as early as possible for your sports equipment through your travel agency or the Lufthansa Service Center. Reservations are only accepted up to 24 hours before departure, and it may be that our limited storage space for sports equipment is already booked up. Please quote your booking code when making your reservation.
Please settle any flat rate payments that may arise directly at a Lufthansa Service counter at the airport. Sports equipment can be counted as part of your free baggage provided that the number of items and the weight do not exceed the free baggage allowance for your travel class. This does not, however, apply to the Economy Class Light fare.
Sports equipment that exceeds the free baggage allowance and the weight limit of the respective travel class, but does not exceed the maximum weight of 32 kg, will be charged in accordance with the flat rates for sports equipment. If your sports equipment is not listed under the Rules for Sports Equipment, the carriage of your baggage will be charged in accordance with the flat rates for excess baggage.
Sports equipment that is heavier than 32 kg and longer than 315 cm will not be accepted as travel baggage. You can, however, send these items as air freight.
For information about sending air freight from Germany, you can also contact Lufthansa Cargo in Germany.
Information about sending air freight to other destinations and from other locations is available at the respective local Lufthansa Cargo offices.
Taking musical instruments with you
You have the option of taking your musical instrument with you into the cabin. Depending on the weight and size, you can carry it with you as carry-on baggage or you must book an extra ticket. Furthermore, you can also take your musical instrument with you as an additional item of baggage and check it in.
Musical instruments as carry-on baggage
You can take your musical instrument with you into the cabin free of charge as long as its dimensions do not exceed 55 x 40 x 23 cm (height x width x depth) and its weight does not exceed 8 kg. Please bear in mind that your musical instrument thereby replaces a permitted item of carry-on baggage and that, where applicable, you may not take any further item of carry-on baggage on board with you.
In exceptional cases, dependent on aircraft load factor and aircraft type, you may also take slightly larger instruments into the cabin with you as long as these fit in the overhead locker above your seat. However, please understand that we cannot guarantee this.
Musical instruments with their own ticket booking
If your musical instrument exceeds the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm, you must book an additional seat. This must be booked at the same time as you book your own ticket. To do this, please contact the Lufthansa Service Center. Prices for taking your musical instrument with you depend on the ticket prices available. Musical instruments that you wish to book to be taken with you into the cabin may not exceed the following dimension and weight specifications:
- 155 x 42 x 25 cm (height x width x depth) for musical instruments that stand in the cabin
- 110 x 42 x 50 cm (height x width x depth) for musical instruments strapped to the seat
- Maximum weight 75 kg
Musical instrument as an additional item of baggage
You can also check in your musical instrument as an additional item of baggage as long as it complies with the excess baggage dimensions. Information about the permitted dimensions and weight limits can be found on our corresponding section page.