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 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!

By Michaela on March 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Hello, would I be able to fly with my cat in Cabin from the U.K. To Vancouver Canada?Many thanks

By on March 7, 2018 at 11:40 am

Hi Michaela! Yes, you can arrive in Canada with your cat in-cabin as long as the requirements for bringing a pet in-cabin on your airline are met (along with the pet import requirements for Canada). Please keep in mind that if you are returning to the UK all pets are required to arrive there as manifest cargo, so the same in-cabin scenario does not apply going the other way. Hope this helps!

By Andre on February 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Hi, I have a 24 pounds french bulldog and would like to bring her to Brazil from Indonesia. I already checked all the regulations and Brazil accepts dogs without quarantine. My question is: do lufthansa accept french bulldogs? Thank you. Andre.

By on February 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Hi Andre,

Thanks for your question! Yes, Lufthansa will accept French Bulldogs as long as the temperature is below 80-degrees Fahrenheit on the day of travel, so you will need to consider this when planning your move. Happy travels!

By Brigid Q Morgan on February 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

I am traveling from Algeria to Charlotte North Carolina in May, I would like to bring 2-4 cats...what is the maximum number I can bring? I would have the in the cargo hold.Thank you.Regards, Brigid

By on February 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Hi Brigid! The maximum number of cats you can book will depend on the airline. If you’re booking with Lufthansa, we recommend calling their cargo division for this information, as crate space can vary depending on the type of aircraft. If you would like professional assistance with this move, we are here to help and provide complimentary consultations! Please fill out this form and one of our relocation consultants will be in touch shortly.

By Qi Wu on February 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

I will be traveling with my dog to Germany in the cargo hold. What documents should be ready and where we check-in my dog. Thank you.

By on February 21, 2018 at 9:09 am

Thanks for your question, Qi! It depends which country you’re coming from. The general requirements for importing a dog to Germany can be found here. If you’re entering the EU from an unlisted country, you will need to allow additional time for a rabies antibody test. If you’re unsure whether or not your country is listed, you can check here (this is a country list for the UK, but would apply to Germany as well). As for further information regarding check-in, you will need to contact the airline directly.

If you would like assistance with this move, you can always fill out our Arrange a Move form and a relocation consultant will contact you!

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