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Lufthansa cabin baggage explained and how to maximize your hand luggage allowance

What size of a carry-on bag can I take, and how heavy can it? How much does Lufthansa charge for checking your bags? Here's everything you need to know about Lufthansa cabin baggage rules and restrictions

Lufthansa cabin baggage allowance: weight, size, and fees:

Lufthansa cabin bag size Weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage


foldable garment bag

8kg (17.6lbs)

1+personal item 40x30x10cm (15.7″x11.8″x3.9″) $90 (₪311) at check-in

Lufthansa Hold Luggage allowance: weight, size, and fees:

Lufthansa hold baggage size Weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Lufthansa hold luggage
158 cm length + width + height (63″) 23kg (50lbs)
Max with excess 32 kg (70lbs)
up to 3
First bag free (Light Economy Fares exluded)

Additional bags depends on the route: $86 (₪297) on European routes/North/Central American routes

$173 (₪598) on all other routes

* Lufthansa currency used on flights departing from Israel is USD ($). If you are booking a flight departing from Europe, the currency is EUR (€). 

** Information correct as of January 2020.

*** USD to ILS conversion rate as of 25 January 2020.

What is the carry on baggage allowance on Lufthansa flights?

The maximum size of carry-on luggage is 55x40x23cm (or 57x54x15 foldable garment bag), no more than 8kg. Economy and Premium Class passengers can board with one piece of luggage while Business and First Class travelers may bring two pieces. Also, each passenger may bring a personal item with maximum dimensions of 40x30x10 cm

How much does it cost to check baggage with Lufthansa?

Most Lufthansa flights departing from Tel Aviv include one piece of checked luggage up to 23 kg. In some cases, Light Economy Fares are offered. If you want to add baggage to a Light fare, there’s a $70 charge per flight ($140 round-trip). It might be cheaper to book a classic ticket in some cases. 

Are babies allowed to carry hand luggage as well?

Babies 0-2 years old have no cabin baggage allowance, but you may bring a car seat or a foldable pushchair/buggy, or a baby basket free of charge. The checked baggage allowance includes one item of up to 23 kg. 

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How do I get the most out of my hand luggage allowance on Lufthansa flights?

Follow these tips to make sure your cabin bags won’t incur high fees:

1. Buy a new, cabin-approved bag

Buying a new bag means a one-time investment for all your next flights. When you buy a cabin-approved one, it means that you can be sure that you won’t need to hold your breath when the check-in crew asks you to put it in the cage and test its size. Note that the maximum size allowed on Lufthansa cabin baggage is 1x5x2 cm smaller than easyJet‘s. So if your trolley was approved on their flights, it might be rejected by Lufthansa. Think of replacing the trolley with a backpack – it has more room, no wasted space for wheels and handles, you can push everything in, and there is a bigger chance that you won’t be asked to measure it. 

Lufthansa Cabin Baggage

2. Pack lightly (and smartly)

Most flights from Ben Gurion Airport operated by Lufthansa include one piece of hold baggage, up to 23 kg. The light-fares with hand luggage only are offered by the airline on some of its flights from Ben Gurion Airport TLV. If you go only for a weekend trip, do you really need a large suitcase? Are all those jeans and dresses really a must? Think of how much time you could save on waiting for your luggage if you travel only with a carry-on bag. You will use less than half of what you packed, so leave half of what you are planning to pack at home. 

3. Wear your luggage

For Israelis, it might look like a weird suggestion, but in Europe, where most flights are low-cost, you see it more and more. It’s efficient, especially during the winter when you can wear those large jackets with many pockets. It’s very simple: what you wear cannot be sent into the hold, and will not incur annoying fees. Stuff your pockets with socks, underwear, maybe the cables for your smartphone and laptop, and you will have much more space in your carry-on baggage. You still play by the rules of Lufthansa cabin baggage. 

4. Buy the extra baggage allowance in advance

If you have booked a Light Fare and you need the additional allowance, or you need to purchase an extra bag for whatever reason, it’s cheaper to do so in advance. If you do so at the airport, it’ll cost €30/$35 more. 

Lufthansa baggage allowance

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5. Upgrade to Business or become a Star Alliance Gold Member

Lufthansa cabin baggage allowance in Economy is one piece of up to 8 kg. But if you travel in Business Class, you get an allowance of two items up to 8 kg each. Also, you will get a hold baggage allowance of two 32 kg bags. That’s 64 kg + 16 kg (80 kg in total!) included in your ticket. If you are a Star Alliance Gold Member, you will receive a free allowance of two bags x 23 kg – that’s 46 kg + 8 kg. That can be cheaper than sending your stuff as cargo. It’s less relevant for your weekend getaway but can save a lot of money if you move to another country with your belongings and memories. 

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6. Compare prices with other airlines if you want to go carry-on only

Lufthansa cabin baggage allowance is not the greatest. It’s only 8 kg stuffed into a not-so-big trolley. You should compare Lufthansa’s flights with other airlines. For example, easyJet doesn’t have any weight restriction. Ryanair‘s priority boarding allowance is 10 kg + a second smaller item. KLM and Air France let you carry up to 12 kg into the cabin. Check exactly what you need to take and compare offers from different airlines. 

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FAQ about Lufthansa luggage restrictions

What is the Economy Light fare?

Luggage is not included in this fare. You can book extra allowance online when you book the flight or later, or you can do it at the airport for an additional fee. This fare is not available on all flights to or from Tel Aviv. 

Can I take sports equipment onboard Lufthansa flights in Economy?

Yes. If you have a ticket with a baggage allowance, you are permitted to take one piece of ski equipment, so long as it is within the weight limits of the ticket. So if you fly in Economy with 23 kg free allowance, your gear must be within the 23 kg limit. 

You can take your sports equipment
You can take your sports equipment

What do I need to do if I want to take sports equipment?

You cannot just show up with your equipment at the airport. You must register it with Lufthansa at least 24 hours before departure. Contact customer service by phone and have your booking number ready.