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 Victoria on April 11, 2017 at 8:32 am

Wanting to bring an 12kg. dog (medium size) from Bucharest to Toronto. Need to choose the correct aircraft with the shortest layover along the way. Can you advise me of how to book this and what it involves for the dog? Thank you.

By on April 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

Hi Victoria, thanks for your question. First, we generally advising choosing the most pet friendly airline rather than looking for the shortest layover, as these carriers will often offer a comfort stop for pets, which makes the experience a little less stressful for them. KLM offers a comfort stop in Amsterdam, for example, which might be a great choice for your dog. Beyond that, we advise reading over the Canada import requirements carefully ( and working to crate train your dog before travel. You're welcome to continue exploring our blog for more tips, and if you'd like to hire some assistance with your move, you can set up a consultation here: Hope this helps!

By Liz on April 12, 2017 at 4:30 am

If I am flying internationally the same time as my cat, is she still considered to be flying unaccompanied? I would prefer she is accompanied. Thanks.

By on April 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

Hi Liz, thank you for your question! If your cat is flying via cargo, technically she is flying unaccompanied (even if you're on the same flight). This just means her ticket is not attached to yours. Pets flying in the cabin or as excess baggage must be attached to a person's ticket. If you have more questions about cargo travel, here is a great resource to review: Hope this helps! Just let us know if you have more questions or if you need some help arranging your move and good luck with everything.

By Lisa jendrick on April 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Hi could you give me any idea on the cost of bringing back my adopted 6 month old pup from Mauritius on one of your flights to Frankfurt unaccompanied for me to pick up from the airport. Kind regards, Lisa

By on April 17, 2017 at 9:51 am

Hi Lisa, Since it's tough to offer a precise estimate without speaking to you first to learn more about your move, we'd suggest giving us a call (1-877-PET-MOVE) or filling out our online consultation form if you'd like to discuss your options with one of our Specialists: Thanks and we hope to hear from you soon!

By Danielle Nollette on April 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

I am relocating from KSA to USA. I have 2 medium size cats, I travel from ksa to germany, connect a flight from germany to seattle washington then from seattle washington to medford oregon on Alaska airlines.Can i check my cats in at ksa international then pick them up in medford oregon , like checking my luggage through to medford.????

By on April 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

Hi Danielle, We'd be happy to discuss your options with you! If you're interested in our services you're welcome to get in touch here: In terms of advice, we recommend that your cats fly as cargo rather than excess baggage (and that is something we'd help you arrange, even if you end up switching airlines at some point). Hope this helps to get you started, just let us know if you have more questions!

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