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 Victor sit on May 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Can I travel a dog as extra large baggage not in cargo charge,it is a very big dog #700 crate not fit for him,can I make a wooden crate ,is it allowed. From HK to Dessdolf by Lufansa

By on May 11, 2017 at 8:45 am

Hi Victor, thank you for your question. We recommend cargo travel for pets rather than excess baggage, as this is generally safer and easier for them. As for the size of the crate, it is commonplace for very large dogs to fly in custom crates, you'll just need to check with the airline about their particular rules, routes, and how much space is available on the plane. In short, we recommend calling Lufthansa to find out more or hiring an agent who can handle this on your behalf. You're welcome to contact us here ( or you can use to find a local agent. Hope this helps!

By Savita on May 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

I need assassinate from you for my daughter's dogs whom she wants to take from Canada to India.My daughter has 2 pet dogs a Shih-zu and a Maltese, aged 1.5 and 3 years. She wants to bring her pets to India. She is an Indian Citizen with Canadian PR. She has not visited India since last 5 years. We are booked in Air Canada fight from Toronto to Delhi and our dogs are travelling with us in the cabin. They are already booked to travel in cabin with Air Canada. Since only one dog is allowed in the cabin per person so in flight one dog each is booked against mine and her ticket so I hope that will not be any problem. I am in Canada on tourist visa and went there in Sept 2016. My daughter is holding Canadian PR so I am not sure in which category she will be treated - Indian or Foreign. She is just coming to India on vacation for 2 months and the dogs will stay back with me in India as it is not possible for her to manage them in Canada alone. I am anxious to know - WHAT DOCUMENTS OR RULES APPLY IN INDIA AFTER LANDING, as Air Canada does not require any documents for flying them as such..Though both the dogs belong to my daughter who has Canadian PR, but as per air Canada rules, only 1 pet can be booked in the cabin, so we both are travelling together on same date, same flight, and we have booked one pet each on our names, so one pet is booked on my daughter's ticket and one pet is booked on my ticket. . I am on tourist visa, I read somewhere that a person on tourist visa cannot get a pet so what happens in our case?Can we still get the NOC for both the dogs.The ownership certificate of both dogs is under her name but due to airline restrictions we cannot book both in cabin on her name, hence one on my name.I checked with Air Canada and they will not book both under her name and also they will not permit her dogs into baggage compartment due to het restrictions.Please advise.

By on May 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Hello Savita, thank you for your question. India is quite complicated when it comes to rules and regulations for how pets can be imported ( In your case, it is especially tricky since you are on a tourist visa and your daughter is not "transferring residence" to India (only visiting). It may not be possible to obtain the NOC for your daughter's dogs because of this. However, it might be best to use to find a local agent in India to receive further clarification. Hope this helps!

By Marina on May 12, 2017 at 6:43 am

I'm traveling to Dublin from Rome with my cats in a couple of months, they have an EU passport and all vaccinations done. I had no problem on bringing them on board with me when we left Ireland but I know that it is almost impossible to fly them back in cabin. Even though the Agricolture Department of Ireland now allows the transport of pets in cabin with any air company that are willing to do it. Will Lufthansa take them on board? Thank you

By on May 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

Hello Marina, thank you for coming to us with your question. Lufthansa does accept pets in cabin, however it is best to reach out directly to them to determine if this option is available for your route ( Hope this helps! Best of luck to you.

By Jasleen on May 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm

I have a one year old German shepherd, weighing 25kgs. I have booked my travel ticket from Delhi-Toronto for the 30th of May (stop over at Frankfurt airport) and also did his reservation for the same flight. I would like to get the information about all the documentation which is required for him and also can I take him as a baggage or do I need to get him via cargo? Please revert asap. Regards Jasleen

By on May 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Hi Jasleen, you can find Canadian import requirements for dogs coming from India on the CFIA website ( If you have already reserved your dog's ticket while you were booking your own, it sounds as though he is booked as excess baggage, which would still have him travel in the cargo hold (versus in cabin). However, it is best to reach out directly to the airline to confirm this. Let us know if we can be of further assistance and good luck with your move.

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