How to Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Lufthansa PlaneIf you plan to travel with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircrafts, depending on the pet's weight and size. 

Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo. Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.

Accompanied Pets

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin. Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft. If you have a dog or cat, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 4.

2) You may take a dog or cat into the cabin if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. If your pet and their carrier exceed these weight limits, go to step 4.  

Travel Carrier for In-Cabin Pets:  Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight.

3) Call to Book Your Flight:  To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's Lufthansa Reservations Office.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in cabin. While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets traveling in cabin. “Several countries only allow specific types of pets,” says Martin Riecken, Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa.  “Passengers will be informed about this during the reservation process.”

4)  If your pet cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, or if you have a pet other than a dog or a cat, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold. 

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. Lufthansa also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with a water dish. We recommend attaching your pet's water dish to the inside of the crate door (learn more about measuring your pet and choosing the right pet travel crate).

5) Call to Book Your Flight: To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's Lufthansa Reservations Office.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in the cargo hold.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.

Lufthansa German Airlines Pricing Structure for Accompanied Pets

As for pricing, the fare for pets is calculated based on the size concept listed below. For more information take a look at Lufthansa's website

lufthansa pricing

Unaccompanied Pets

There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, which is primarily how PetRelocation books pets on Lufthansa for international flights. A cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight. 

If your pet will be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to set up a pet transport consultation with us. We'd be happy to assist! 


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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By Carlo on July 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

Dear Sir/Madam,I just want to check if i can carry a pet dog from Frankfurt to Bangalore through Lufthansa via cabin mode. Please give me your comments accordingly i need to plan my booking, thanks and appreciate your support.

By on July 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

Hi Carlo! India does allow pets to arrive in-cabin - here are the requirements for import. However, it is up to Lufthansa whether they will allow pets in-cabin so you'd want to check with the reservation office when you call to book your own flight. Hope this helps!

By Linda on July 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

Hello, I will be travelling to Canada in December. I have booked and informed them I will be taking 2 cats. They didnt mention that if it was too cold they couldn't take a cat in the cargo. I am now worried and do not know what to do. I am sure the temperature in Canada in going to be below 45F.

By on July 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

Hi Linda! As far as we are aware, Lufthansa does not have cold temperature restrictions for pets traveling in-cargo. If you are concerned, it would be best to follow up with the Lufthansa reservation desk on any potential embargoes. If we can be of any assistance planning your cats' move to Canada, please fill out our Arrange a Move form. Hope this helps!

By Sonali C on July 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

Hello! I am traveling from India to Canada on 4th October 2018. I have already booked a flight with Lufthansa. How do I notify the airline regarding my cat who will be accompanying me on board? She is a small doll faced persian cat.

By on July 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Hi Sonali! You will need to call the Lufthansa reservations office listed above to add your cat onto your booking. Good luck on your big trip!

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By Thalia Agroti on July 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Hello,I plan to fly with my cat (5kg max) from London to Berlin and I'd like to have him with me in the cabin. Is a fabric container allowed as long as it meets the size restrictions? Also is a passport etc needed as with most cases? Thank you!

By on July 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Hi Thalia! When moving from the UK to the EU, a pet passport is typically the best way to complete your pet's paperwork. Check out the requirements for moving your pets to Germany here. According to Lufthansa, the in-cabin travel kennel must be escape-proof, leak-proof and bite-proof. The inside of the container must be lined with absorbent material. We recommend a blanket or old clothing. Newspaper, cardboard and straw are not permitted. Feel free to reference their site here. Hope this helps!

By Ewa Pawlikowski on July 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Me and my husband want travel from South Africa to Warsaw with our two jackrussels. Soon with Lufthansa. How much we will pay more or less for our dogs? I will be so glad to know? Thank you in advance.Ewa Pawlikowski.

By on July 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Hi Ewa! You will need to contact Lufthansa directly for their airfreight rates as costs will depend on how they are traveling (in-cabin, excess baggage or manifest cargo). Good luck to you guys and let us know if you are interested in hiring a company like ours to assist!

By Lreyes on July 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Hi. We're flying from Frankfurt to Denver in a month. We have a large dog, 75 lbs, but wondering if his crate is too big. Are there size restrictions? Also anything I need to know about bringing him back stateside? Thanks.

By on July 16, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hi - thanks for reaching out! In our experience, most flights on Lufthansa are extremely large and can accommodate most any size dog crate as "manifest cargo". However, there might be size restrictions on pets traveling as "excess baggage" so you'd want to check with Lufthansa when you book your pet's flight. Here are the some quick tips on moving your pup to the US. If we can be of assistance planning your pet's move, please let us know!

By Alex Brinker on July 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

It looks like Lufthansa does not allow pets as excess baggage anymore. I am wondering if anyone knows why this is happening?

By on July 16, 2018 at 10:08 am

Hi Alex! This is the first we've heard of Lufthansa not allowing excess baggage. It likely is dependent upon the destination airport and if they are equipped to handle pets arriving as excess baggage. If we can be of any assistance booking your pet as "manifest cargo" - please let us know!

By Patrick on July 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm

I'm not booking my flight through Lufthansa directly, but the online travel service has informed me that the return flight will be on Lufthansa. How do I notify Lufthansa I will have a dog on that flight?

By on July 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Hi Patrick,You should contact Lufthansa reservations directly to notify them of this and see what you need to do to make sure your pet can fly on this flight. Their contact information is listed in the post above. Happy travels!

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