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 Paola Li Puma on May 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Hi. I am planning to eventually move from Nicaragua to Germany with all my 7 pets. My pets have never been out of home and even riding a 10 min car ride is extremely stressful for them. I have 2 questions: two of my cats weigh 8 and 9 kilos, is there an exception to taking these stressful pals in the cabin? Question 2: if the cabin is not an option, can I take two or three in the same box in cargo? Thank you!

By on May 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Hi Paola! The first step to any successful move is to get your pets' acclimated to their travel kennels. Per airline regulations, each pet is required to travel in their own crate. Once you've stared the kennel acclimation process, the next step is to prepare them for move day! Also, every airline has different rules for pets traveling in-cabin. For DIY resources, feel free to check out our pet safe airline booking guide here. Hope this helps!

By Amaris Baltazar on May 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Hello we are in Germany and want to get our 3 year old English bulldog out here with us. Any help with this is appreciated

By on May 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

Hi Amaris! Thanks for reaching out to us. There are a few precautions we must take when relocating snub-nosed pups, check out some tips with relocating with an English Bulldog here. We provide a door-to-door service for pet owners and often work with caretakers when the pet owners have already relocated. We'd be happy to help with your pup's move! In order to connect you with a specialist who can walk you through the process, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By Sheyda on May 6, 2018 at 7:27 am

Hi, I am planning to fly to Tucson at the end of July, either from Turkey or Emirates (I live in Iran). I want to take my dog with me. She is a terrier and she wights about 8 kilograms (7.900). She is a bit spoiled, so she gets afraid and stressed very easily (her heart keeps beating fast). I need to be with her to comfort her. Can I bring her with me in the Cabin? Thanks, Sheyda

By on May 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Hi Sheyda! Every airline has their own regulations in regards to in-cabin travel. Only tiny pets (toy dogs, kittens, etc.) tend to meet this size requirement, so the majority of pets end up flying as cargo. That being said, flying as cargo is quite safe and comfortable for pets, as cargo holds on pet friendly airlines are pressurized and climate-controlled just like the cabin. Additionally, flying with a ensures that your pets will be handled by specialized professionals and will be loaded onto the plane last and taken off first. In order to reduce anxiety and stress, we suggest that pets get acclimated to their travel kennels. For DIY resources, feel free to check out our pet safe airline booking guide above. Hope this helps!

By Lilianna on May 2, 2018 at 6:26 pm

I am preparing to relocate from the US to Ukraine. Air travel makes me exceedingly uneasy but my cat+carrier is just slightly over the weight limit. The move and the air travel will be stressful enough for me. Being separated from my cat will just add to my stress. I am making the arrangements to minimize connecting flights. Can I pay an overage charge or purchase an additional seat for my cat?

By on May 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Hi Lilianna! Lufthansa airline restrictions limit the size and weight of a pet traveling in cabin to less than 8 kgs and your cat must be inside his travel crate and be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. If your kitty cannot fit under the seat in front you, he will likely have to travel in the cargo hold; which is perfectly safe as long as your pet is healthy. Feel free to check out this article about pets traveling in-cargo. However, you are welcome to check with Lufthansa about purchasing a seat for your cat in-cabin by calling their booking line here. If you are looking for assistance with your pet's travel, we'd be happy to help! Just fill out our Arrange A Move Form here and a consultant will contact you. Thanks!

By Pedro Augusto Freire de Faria Reis on May 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Hi, My name is Pedro and I have a Japanese Spitz who fits at medium size.I am moving to Tallinn (Estonia) from GRU (Brazil) and I would like to know about the charges.How much it will cost?Thanks,

By on May 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Hi Pedro! Check out Lufthansa's rates on their website here. If you are looking for a company like ours to assist with your pet's relocation full door-to-door relocation (including flight booking, paperwork, customs clearance, etc.), please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thanks!

By Emmanuelle on May 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm

I'm planning on going to Poland this summer from San Francisco and I wanted to bring my chihuahua/beagle with me on my flight. I feel like this will be complicated because I am and unaccompanied minor and will need special services. -Emmanuelle

By on May 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Hi Emmanuelle! The first step will be to familiarize yourself with the requirements for moving your pup to Poland. You'll see that you'll need full vaccinations, a microchip, an International Health Certificate and USDA endorsements of the paperwork. Once you arrive into Poland, you will be responsible for clearing customs for your pet with the correct paperwork. Also, dog of that size may not be able to fly in the cabin with you, but for a definitive answer it's best to contact the airline with which you'll be flying. If we can assist with arranging a door-to-door move for your pet, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Hope this helps!

By Maja on May 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

Hi, I would like to travel with my dog (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) from London to Oslo. Does Lufthansa allows dogs on hold between the UK and Norway? Thanks, Maja

By on May 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Hi Maja! Yes, Lufthansa allows dogs in the cargo hold on flights into Oslo. Please be aware that all of Lufthansa's flights will transit their pet hotel in Frankfurt, where you can arrange for a comfort stop for your pup. Here is where you can book a flight for your pup. Hope this helps!

By Kristina on April 26, 2018 at 1:15 am

I have 2 small rabbit ms I need to bring with me on a flight within Europe. Why do you not allow rabbits when they can be kept in a pet carrier in the cabin the same way as cats?Kind regards Kristina

By on May 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Hi Kristina! Unfortunately Lufthansa only allows cats & dogs smaller than 8 kg to travel in-cabin. If you have specific questions about their pet policies for pets traveling in-cabin, feel free to reach out to them directly here. Thanks!

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