Lufthansa hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowance
What size cabin bag can you take on a Lufthansa flight? How heavy can your luggage be and how much does checking your bags cost? Here's everything you need to know about Lufthansa hand luggage allowance and restrictions, plus their rules on hold luggage. Oh, and we've got top tips for avoiding those annoying baggage fees.
Lufthansa hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees
|Lufthansa cabin bag size||Lufthansa hand luggage weight allowance||Number of bags allowed onboard||Cost to check in oversized hand luggage|
|55x40x23cm including handles and wheels
57x54x15cm for foldable garment bags
|8kg weight restriction||One hand luggage bag and one extra laptop/handbag measuring max. 30x40x10cm||€15 in advance
€30 at check-in
€45 at the boarding gate
Lufthansa hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees
|Lufthansa hold baggage size||Lufthansa hold luggage weight allowance||Number of hold bags allowed||Cost of Lufthansa hold luggage|
|Total size of all bags must be under 158cm. Add the length, width and height of bag to calculate this||Each bag max weight 23kg
Max weight of any bag, with excess, 32kg
|Up to 3 items of hold luggage per passenger||First bag free
Second bag depends on the route: €75 on European routes/North/Central American routes
€150 on all other routes
FAQ about Lufthansa luggage restrictions
Can you take sports equipment on board Lufthansa flights in economy?
Yes. Passengers in economy are permitted to take 1 piece of ski equipment, so long as it is within the weight limits of their ticket (so, if you are in economy your hold luggage and ski equipment must be within 23kg).
What is the Economy Light fare?
Luggage is not included in the economy light fare. You can book it online in advance, or at the airport, for a fee.
What if I want to take sports equipment?
You must register your sports equipment with Lufthansa at least 24 hours before departure.
How to save money on your baggage with Lufthansa
1. Upgrade to Business or become a Star Alliance Gold Member
Even if you are travelling in Economy, if you are a Star Alliance Gold Member you'll receive a free luggage allowance of 2 bags x 23kg. If you are travelling in Premium Economy and you are a Gold Member, you'll receive 3 bags for free.
Those travelling in Business Class can take 2 bags, each weighing up to 32kg, and those in First Class can take 3 bags, each weighing up to 32kg. That's 96kg of free luggage - it could work out cheaper than putting your items into cargo. Our best tips for getting upgraded for free might help you snag that seat in the first few rows.
2. Buy a new, cabin-approved bag
If you've been lugging around your old duffel bag and crossing your fingers that it gets approved, it might be time for you to invest in a new cabin-approved bag. We've collected and reviewed some of our favourites here. The CabinMax 44l fits Lufthansa's hand baggage policy, and most airlines usually recognise the logo - so they're less likely to make you test out whether your bag actually fits into the cage. It's also the one to go for if you don't want to check bags anymore, as you can usually fit all you'll need into one.
3. Wear your luggage
Whilst it might be an odd suggestion, wearing your luggage will give you an extra space to put your laptop, cables, the kids toys and the kitchen sink (almost). The Rufus Roo will buy you an extra 10kg of luggage if you wear it at the airport. Read our full guide to wearable luggage here.
4. Buy the extra baggage in advance
It might seem counter-intuitive (especially after reading the reviews on wearable luggage), but if you know you'll need the extra luggage, buy it in advance. There's a €30 difference on buying your luggage online versus waiting till the gate. It will cost you €15 to add a bag to your booking if you are on Economy Light.
5. Check out the other airlines if you want to go carry-on only
With only 8kg as luggage allowance, Lufthansa doesn't have the greatest hand luggage weight allowance. Easyjet do not have a weight restriction on luggage at all, and British Airways will give you 23kg in hand luggage as part of their standard ticket. Compare the restrictions for all airlines with our comparison chart here.
6. Pack lightly (and smartly)
It's possible to go hand luggage only, just think about what you're really going to need (7 pairs of jeans for a weekend break?) and avoid packing for all occasions. Remember, there will be shops at your destination and you'll probably only end up using about 30% of what you pack anyway. Our tips for packing light will help you squeeze everything into that cabin bag.
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*Published March 2017. All prices are lowest estimated prices only and are subject to change. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information.