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


Cats, Dogs




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By Emmanuelle on May 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm

I'm planning on going to Poland this summer from San Francisco and I wanted to bring my chihuahua/beagle with me on my flight. I feel like this will be complicated because I am and unaccompanied minor and will need special services. -Emmanuelle

By on May 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Hi Emmanuelle! The first step will be to familiarize yourself with the requirements for moving your pup to Poland. You'll see that you'll need full vaccinations, a microchip, an International Health Certificate and USDA endorsements of the paperwork. Once you arrive into Poland, you will be responsible for clearing customs for your pet with the correct paperwork. Also, dog of that size may not be able to fly in the cabin with you, but for a definitive answer it's best to contact the airline with which you'll be flying. If we can assist with arranging a door-to-door move for your pet, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Hope this helps!

By Maja on May 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

Hi, I would like to travel with my dog (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) from London to Oslo. Does Lufthansa allows dogs on hold between the UK and Norway? Thanks, Maja

By on May 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Hi Maja! Yes, Lufthansa allows dogs in the cargo hold on flights into Oslo. Please be aware that all of Lufthansa's flights will transit their pet hotel in Frankfurt, where you can arrange for a comfort stop for your pup. Here is where you can book a flight for your pup. Hope this helps!

By Kristina on April 26, 2018 at 1:15 am

I have 2 small rabbit ms I need to bring with me on a flight within Europe. Why do you not allow rabbits when they can be kept in a pet carrier in the cabin the same way as cats?Kind regards Kristina

By on May 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Hi Kristina! Unfortunately Lufthansa only allows cats & dogs smaller than 8 kg to travel in-cabin. If you have specific questions about their pet policies for pets traveling in-cabin, feel free to reach out to them directly here. Thanks!

By Kirk Baldwin on April 25, 2018 at 1:48 pm

My wife and I will be traveling from Dulles to Frankfurt late May. We have 3 small dogs we want to travel in cabin with us. Are there any restrictions on how many pets per ticketed passenger? Thank you

By on April 26, 2018 at 11:10 am

Hi Kirk,

Thanks for your question! Per Lufthansa's website, each passenger is permitted to bring up to two pets in an approved carrier.

By Manou on April 25, 2018 at 7:02 am

Hi, I'm planing to relocate end of August with my dog on the same flight, (about 19 / 20kg, dog & carrier 70X70x90 ) from Durban, South Africa to Malta Europe. I am informed about the needed vet procedure)1 It looks only the connection with LH from Durban - Johannesburg - Frankfurt - Malta is possible?2. costs for dog transport: 300$ international flight. Is this fare from Durban to Malta?3. Who is taking care for my dog at the stops in Johannesburg and Frankfurt? What must I do to ensure the safety of my dog? thank you Manou

By on April 26, 2018 at 11:05 am

Hi Manou!

For specific questions regarding airline fees and routing, it would be best to contact Lufthansa directly. If your dog is traveling as manifest cargo, he will be in the care of trained handlers at each layover at a Lufthansa cargo facility. In Frankfurt, the airline has a very nice animal lounge for pets traveling through this airport where your dog can get a bathroom break, water, and an individual kennel to rest in while he waits for his next flight.

By Singapore Saki on April 19, 2018 at 7:28 pm

HI, We are planning to move from Singapore to Houston and have been looking for options to bring our beagle along. So far it seems Lufthansa is the only airline with which I can check my dog on as excess baggage into Houston Intercontinental airport. Do you have any other options or suggestions for helping us make the appropriate plans and reservations?Thanks Saki

By on April 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Hi Singapore Saki! Thanks for reaching out to us. We only specialize for pets travel as “manifest cargo” or “unaccompanied” the in cargo hold. This also allows us to be in control of all the paperwork, customs clearance, etc. since our company is in charge of their flight booking. If you are looking to DIY with your pup flying as excess baggage, check out our “all encompassing” DIY booking post that includes all airline guide links for one easy reference. Hope this helps!

By Lynne on April 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm

My husband will be flighting with our dog to Frankfurt and getting another flight (different airline and different booking)to Rome,will he have to go through customs?

By on April 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hi Lynne, thanks for your question! Typically in all travel (human & pet!) if you are changing airlines, you will need to clear customs. If your dog is traveling in-cabin with your husband or as excess baggage, he will need to clear customs for your pet and re-check him on the next flight. Here are the requirements for moving your pup to Italy. Hope this helps! If we can make this simpler for you and your family by handling your dog's door-to-door move, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thank you!

By Weena Jones on April 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

Hi, I would like to take my dog (border collie) to parent in law in country Durham Uk from Munich, what kind of crate requirement?

By on April 19, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Hi Weena! You'll need to buy an airline-approved crate that's the right size for your dog.Check out our site to find out more about pet travel crates, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services filling our our Arrange A Move Form here.  Hope this helps!

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