European budget airlines that allow dogs in the cabin

Which European Budget Airlines Allow Dogs in the Cabin?

In Europe it’s both quick and cheap to jump around thanks to the use of budget airlines. However, if you’re travelling with a dog, it’s not always so cheap. The two largest budget airlines, Ryanair and Easyjet, don’t allow dogs. Compare this to the major full-fare airlines that virtually all allow dogs in the cabin. However, there are some options available. Below I’ve listed all 14 European budget airlines that allow dogs in the cabin (excluding long-haul only budget airlines), along with their charges and general rules.

European Budget Airlines that Allow Dogs in the Cabin

Plane Cabin

AirBaltic (Latvia)

  • Flights to and from Riga, Latvia
  • Cost: €60 per flight
  • Rules: Must be informed at time of booking, read the full Pet Policy

Blue Air (Romania)

  • Main hub in Bucharest, Romania, along with a secondary hub in Turin. Also operates domestic flights within Romania.
  • Cost: €35 (online), €50 (at airport)
  • Rules: Mention when booking, read the full Pet Policy

Blue Panorama Airlines (Italy)

  • Main hub in Rome, Italy, with key destinations of Bologna, Milan and Tirana (Albania), along with a wide range of other destinations in Europe and worldwide, many seasonal
  • Cost: €10 per kg on low-cost “Blu-express” branded flights (in Italy and within Europe, Turkey and Russia), €18 per kg on longer flights
  • Rules: Max 2 animals per flight, read the full Pet Policy (Italian only)

Eurowings (Germany)

  • Flights from Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, all in Germany, to a wide range of European destinations plus a few destinations worldwide.
  • Cost: €55
  • Rules: Short-haul only, read the full Pet Policy


FlyOne (Moldova)

  • Flights to and from Chișinău, Moldova, including to Italy, Russia, Portugal and Spain
  • Cost: €50 per flight
  • Rules: Mention when booking, read the full Pet Policy

Iberia Express (Spain)

  • Operates from a base of Madrid, to a wide range of domestic and European destinations
  • Cost: €25
  • Rules: Read the full Pet Policy

Niki (Austria)

  • Flights from multiple cities within Austria
  • Cost: €40-70 for short/medium haul flights
  • Rules: Must be registered 4+ hours prior to departure, read the full Pet Policy

Norwegian (Norway)

  • Operates domestic services within Scandinavia, as well as to business destinations, such as London, and holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands
  • Cost: €48-70 (online), €60-84 (at airport)
  • Rules: Mention when booking. Limited to domestic Norwegian flights (excluding Svalbard), Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain. Read the full Pet Policy.

Pegasus Airlines (Turkey)

  • Flights from Turkey to a wide range of European destinations, mainly in western Europe, plus domestic routes.
  • Cost: 50 TRY (about €15) domestic, $45 USD international (including Turkish Cyprus)
  • Rules: Read the full Pet Policy.

Pobeda (Russia)

  • Operates from bases in Vnukovo, Anapa and Sochi, all in Russia, to domestic and international destinations
  • Cost: 2000 rubles (approx. €30)
  • Rules: Find out more here.

SmartWings (Czech Republic)

  • Flights to and from Prague
  • Cost: €60 per flight
  • Rules: Must be purchased 48+ hours in advance. Read the full Pet Policy.

Transavia & Transavia France (Netherlands & France)

  • Flights from Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague, Eindhoven and Paris (Orly) to a wide range of destinations in Western and Central Europe, Africa and the Middle East, many seasonal
  • Cost: €40 per flight
  • Rules: Read the full Pet Policy.

Volotea (Spain)

  • Flights from bases in Spain, Italy and France to destinations across Europe, mainly seasonal
  • Cost: €39 (online or call-centre), €60 (at airport)
  • Rules: Read the full Pet Policy.

Vueling (Spain)

  • Mainly operates out of Barcelona, to a wide range of Spanish and European destinations.
  • Cost: €25 domestic in Spain, €40 international (including Canary Islands)
  • Rules: Read the full Pet Policy.
  • Read about my experience flying Vueling with a dog

European Budget Airlines that Don’t Allow Dogs in the Cabin

  • easyJet (UK)
  • easyJet Europe (Austria)
  • easyJet Switzerland (Switzerland)
  • Flybe (UK)
  • Jet2.com (UK)
  • Ryanair (Ireland)
  • Wizz Air (Hungary)
  • WOW Air (Iceland)

General Rules for Flying with Your Dog in the Cabin in Europe

If you’re flying with your dog in the cabin within Europe, keep in mind the following general rules:

  • Dogs are not allowed to fly in the cabin when entering the UK, Ireland and Iceland, no matter which airline you’re flying. (Check out my recommendations for ferries to and from the UK.)
  • Double check size and weight restrictions as they differ slightly between pet-friendly airlines. (Generally the maximum weight is 6-10kg.)
  • You don’t always have to pre-book or notify the airline, depending on the airline. However, as there’s usually a maximum number of dogs per flight, it’s a good idea to do so.
  • It’s generally cheaper to pre-book your dog’s ticket online (or via a call centre), rather than buy it at the airport (if that option is available).
  • Always review the airline’s own pet policy before booking, plus again before flying.

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