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


Air Travel, Airlines


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By Michael on April 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

I would like to transport a Bichon puppy (approximately 12 weeks old, weighing about 4kg) from London to Dallas (via Frankfurt). I would like to confirm that we can carry her on (we don’t want to put her in cargo) as long as the dog and her carrier meets requirements and appropriate notice is given. Also, is the $100 charge per flight or for the entire journey?Thank you.

By on April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Hi Michael, thanks for your note! We specialize in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket on Lufthansa. If you need specific information about your pup traveling in-cabin on Lufthansa, we suggest speaking with a ticketing agent when you are booking your own travels. Hope this helps!

By Lenka Cechova on April 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Hi, I will travel from USA to Czechia with two my cats. They are grown up together. I want to put them together in one cage of medium size by hold in cargo. Do I have call to your office and make sure their flight with me before I booking the flight or after that ? Where and how I will pay it for the cage? Thank you for your help answers...

By on April 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Hi Lenka,

Thanks for your question! Pets are required to travel in separate travel kennels. However, in our experience, since they are traveling on the same airway bill, the airline staff will put them on a flight where they are facing each other so they can see, smell & hear each other throughout the flight.

Our goal is to closely manage each leg of the relocation and make sure all requirements are met and provide the best possible routing for our animals. Safety is our number one concern, and we want your relocation to go seamlessly from the beginning. We specialize in full service, door-to-door relocations which means you would be hiring us to book the flight & manage all the details. If you'd like a consultation with a sales person, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

By Maria Nyström on April 5, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Hi, I need to ship my cat to Australia,Melbourne from Sweden, Stockholm is this possible??

By on April 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Hi Maria,

Thanks for your question! Yes, it is possible to move your cat from Sweden to Melbourne. Feel free to review Australia's Import Requirements here. If you'd like a quote for our services, please fill out our . Arrange A Move form here. Hope this helps!

By alicja on April 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm

I have disabled daughter she have parrot eclectus as a service animal ( emotional support animal ) we flying with Lufthansa every year from Boston to Poland Lufthansa refused take our parrot what can I do to take him this year ?

By on April 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Hi Alicja, Thanks for your question. Every airline has different policies about which pets they allow in-cabin and it is up to their discretion. You might try reaching out to United or American Airlines to see if they will allow birds in-cabin. In the meantime, feel free to check out this link about moving a bird internationally. Maybe that is a good option for your daughter? Here is some information about. moving birds internationally . After reading the link, we can arrange for your bird to travel as "unaccompanied" and if you'd like to consultation about this, feel free to fill out our . Arrrange A Move Thanks!

By Kyle on April 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm

I was just told that I can't fly my dog from Ukraine to Canada VIA Munich. Was told I can't transit animals in cargo through Munich. There is an embargo which has been in place for a year. I couldn't find any information on it, nor on Lufthansa website, Munich airport website or anywhere else. Can you tell me what's that about? Sounds to me they just want me to rebook my flight and pay $800 extra.

By on April 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Hi Kyle

We typically arrange for all of our pets to transit Frankfurt as there is not a pet hotel in Munich, so the best & only option we are aware of for pets transiting pets on Lufthansa is through their hub at the. Frankfurt Animal Lounge . Hope this helps!

By Rahul on March 27, 2018 at 6:20 am

Hi, I like travel with my dog (Jack Russel) from Mumbai to Dubau to Rome. his weight is 8.5kg . can you guide for documents and other formalities we need to fulfill ?thanks Rahul

By on April 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Hi Rahul,

Thanks for your question!

Since India is an unlisted country under EU requirements, you may find this post on how to transport pets to the EU from unlisted countries helpful. If you are transiting through Dubai on the same airline and will have a layover of under 24 hours, you will only need to meet the requirements for Italy. Otherwise, you will need to meet the requirements for the UAE as well. Hope this helps!

By Michaela Pierce on March 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Hello there, we are relocating to Germany with our 80 pound lab . We would fly out of Lax , Ca. to Munich, Germany. We know he has to fly in Cargo. We are military and found a great deal online for Tickets. My question: can we book that flight and book our dog on that flight? Any help is very much appreciated.

By Tracy on April 24, 2018 at 11:06 am

Is there a response to this? Would love to hear the answer.

By on April 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Hi Michaela & Tracy, thanks for your comments! Yes, pets are allowed on the flight from LAX to MUC on Lufthansa. If you are booking your pet as "excess baggage" you can call Lufthansa Reservation's Office to book your pet on your flight. If you are wanting your pet to travel as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket, Lufthansa will likely require you to have an authorized pet shipping company book the flight for you. Hope this helps!

By Gael on March 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Hello, I want to travel with two cats, one very senior (20 years). Can I take them both in the cabin? I will be travelling from Montreal to France. The senior cat weighs about 9 pds, and the other one weighs about 11.5 pounds. I am working with my vet to update their vaccines and rabies shots. As well, sedate them before the trip. Would you recommend purchasing a seat for them both?

By on March 15, 2018 at 8:59 am

Hi Gael,

Thanks for reaching out! To start, please review the requirements for moving pets to France here. . We definitely do not recommend sedating your cats and crate training is always the best way to acclimate them to the idea of travel.

If you need assistance about in-cabin travel, it would be best to reach out the airlines directly. If you would like a consultation with a representative, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here.

Good luck and please let us know how we can help!

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