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 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!

By Pernille on July 4, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Hi. I am planning on taking my dog from Copenhagen airport to Chennai with Lufthansa. There will be a few hours of layover in Frankfurt. My dog + transport carrier is less than 8 kilos, so I´m planning to bring him in the cabin.Can you please advise whether there is anything I need to be aware of with this destination?Thanks

By on July 6, 2018 at 5:11 am

Hi Pernille! India has stricter requirements than other countries when it comes to importing pets. You may have to provide proof of residency if bringing a dog there. We advise checking with the ministry of agriculture before you take your trip. Hope this helps!

By Lena on July 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

Hi, I heard of restrictions for cats flying in cabin from South Africa to Europe, could you confirm if this is possible or if must go on cargo?

By Marius rus on June 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

Hi! I’m traveling from Romania to USA in July and I have a little puppy. I would like to know if it is possible to take it me in the cabin it if we can do cargo? I would also like to know the fees for both options. Here are the flight information:Return Mon, Jul 23 United 8927 operated by AIR DOLOMITI DBA LUFTHANSA Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) 2:10pm flight to Munich (MUC) 2:55pm Terminal: 2 Cabin: Economy / Coach (S) 1h 45m duration 1h 5m stop Munich (MUC) United 8902 operated by LUFTHANSA Munich (MUC) 4:00pm Terminal: 2 flight to Boston (BOS) 6:25pm Terminal: E Cabin: EcI tinerary # 7354425451874 Confirmation CG6B0Y (United) RPYS2N (Lufthansa) Ticket # 0167114933383 (Marius Rus) Booking ID RPYS2Nonomy / Coach (S)In case u cannot give me more info please let me know what number can I call. Thank you! Marius Rus

By MountainMan on July 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

Marius, let me know if you still need help. I booked a flight for my girlfriend from Romania to USA and is traveling with pet. Make certain your carrier (cage) meets Lufthansa requirements!

By Carmen on July 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Hi, MountainManMy mother will be traveling with a cat from Romania next year. Her Air Canada flight is operated by Lufthansa. We wouln't like to microchip the cat because the US does not have such requirements.What crate did your girlfriend use and is her pet microchipped? Thank you!

By on July 2, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Hi Marius! When you call to book your flight on Lufthansa, make sure you mention to the representative that you'd like to include a pet in your booking and Lufthansa will be able to advise on fees. Here is a list of Lufthansa's phone numbers to aide you in your search. Hope this helps!

By Amy Lyall on June 27, 2018 at 2:30 am

Hi,I am taking a rescued street dog from Bangkok to Toronto in just over 2 weeks which is an insanely long journey for a 4 month old pup. I am really nervous about it and really hoped to book a flight where he could get out of the crate on the layover. I really wanted to fly via Frankfurt with Lufthansa so he could have a comfort break, but I cannot find any flights via Frankfurt still available. Are you able to recommend any airlines or airports which provide a comfort break for pets?Thanks for your help.Amy

By on July 2, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Hi Amy! When preparing for your pup's move, make sure you review the import requirements for moving pets to Canada. Also, here is a list of our preferred pet safe airlines and how to book with them. Hope this is helpful!

By Simar on June 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hi, I have to get my two pets (Lhasa Apso and Pug) from Delhi(India ) to Toronto (Canada). Can you please give us insight how our pets can be transported. We are thinking to take Lufthansa, but do they provide food or water on the halt they have for two hours in Frankfurt. Or do we have to get our pets transferred from one flight to another, And Also I was reading about Micro Chips inserted in our pets. Is that necessary thing, as I could not get information online. Please let me know . Any information will help.Thanks in Advance! Simar

By on July 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hi Simar! Here are the requirements for importing your pets into Canada. You can provide water for your pups on the flight, but we typically do not suggest feeding at least 4 hours prior to departure in case they get sick. In order to get a "comfort stop" at the pet hotel in Frankfurt, you will need to arrange for at least a 4 hour transit time. Routing and services like transferring from one flight to another will depend if they are traveling as excess baggage or manifest cargo. You can reach out to Lufthansa's phone number above to confirm. If we can assist in any way, please let us know. Hope this helps!

By jasleen kaur on June 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm

hi ! i want to take my pet (pug dog) from punjab to texas . can i take him with me in cabin i would travel in lufthansa and there wll be stay in frankfurt for 2 hrs is dog passport is necessary?

By on July 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Hi Jasleen! As long as you are not clearing customs while transiting Frankfurt, your pup will not need to meet import requirements for Germany. According to Lufthansa, in order for your pet to be allowed in-cabin, it must meet the in-cabin rules above (be smaller than 8 kgs and fit in a crate no larger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm.) Since pugs vary in shapes & sizes, you'd want to check with Lufthansa on their in-cabin requirements. Hope this helps!

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