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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 15 European budget airlines that allow dogs in the cabin, along with their charges and general rules. Flying with one of these airlines will make it quick and cheap to travel around Europe with your dog.

European Budget Airlines that Allow Pets in the 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: Lower weight limit of 6kg in cabin. 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)

Buta Airways (Azerbaijan)

  • Flights mainly to and from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine
  • Cost: €25 per flight
  • Rules: Mention when booking, read the full Pet Policy

Eurowings (Germany) & Eurowings Europe (Austria)

  • Eurowings flies from Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, all in Germany, to a wide range of European destinations plus a few destinations worldwide. Eurowings Europe has bases in Vienna, Salzburg and Palma de Mallorca.
  • Cost: €55 per flight
  • 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

French Bee (France)

  • Flights from Paris to Dominican Republic, Reunion Island and San Francisco. Pets are not permitted on flights to and from Tahiti.
  • Cost: €50 per flight
  • Rules: Mention when booking, read the full Pet Policy
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Dog in the cabin in an approved bag

Iberia Express (Spain)

  • Operates from a base of Madrid, to a wide range of domestic and European destinations
  • Cost: €25 within Spain, €50 for European destinations
  • Rules: 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: €43-63 (online), €54-75 (at airport)
  • Rules: Mention when booking. Limited to domestic flights in Norway (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: 60 TRY (about €9) 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: 1999 rubles (approx. €26) (online or call-centre), 3000 rubles (at Russian airport), €55 or £50 (at foreign airports)
  • Rules: Find out more here.

SmartWings (Czech Republic)

  • Flights to and from Prague
  • Cost: €59 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: €40 domestic in Spain, €50 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)
  • (UK)
  • Laudamotion (subsidiary of Ryanair) (Austria)
  • Level (Spain)
  • Onur Air (Turkey)
  • Ryanair (Ireland)
  • Wizz Air (Hungary)

NOTE: This just applies to pets; all airlines generally accept service animals, and sometimes emotional support animals, in the cabin.

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

Before flying with your dog for the first time, check out my complete guide to flying with a pet in the cabin in Europe. Plus keep in mind the following general rules:

  • Dogs are not allowed to fly in the cabin when entering the UK 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, most commonly 8kg.)
  • 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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  • Reply
    October 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for this. I have found it frustrating flying with my dachshund within Europe. Easyjet has the most flights out of Nice (where I live) but I end up having to get connecting flights, even though my dog is an ESA (which is not accepted within Europe).

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      October 23, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      It would be awesome if both Easyjet and Ryanair started allowing dogs in the cabin, at least on their flights outside of the UK and Ireland. Although I think with the upcoming Brexit they’ll be busy with other matters. I’ve heard some reports of ESAs being accepted on some European flights, maybe Air France or KLM? Although I think it partially comes down to who you speak to in customer service.

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    October 26, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for this! We moved from South Africa to Belgium last December with our 2 Pomeranians and all 4 of us love traveling. 🙂
    Def. will be using your comprehensive guide!

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      October 26, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Genevieve, That’s great to hear! Hope you have lots of fun adventures in Europe. – Shandos

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      April 8, 2019 at 4:08 am

      Hi. I am desperately trying to find out if our dogs can travel OUT of South Africa as excess baggage and “in-cabin” for our tiny one….(to the U.S. via Frankfurt on Lufthansa). Of course, they had to travel INTO South Africa via “manifest cargo”, but I am unsure about return trip. Animal shippers have been conflicting and the cost difference is huge! Thanks for any help!

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        April 8, 2019 at 8:46 am

        I’m sorry but I’m not sure about the rules for South Africa. I would check with a few airlines, what they say on their website and if necessary call up, and see if they will take the dogs as excess baggage and in the cabin. Check with Lufthansa and KLM, who would be likeliest to do it, if anyone does. For instance, with the UK, dogs have to travel as cargo entering the country, but don’t need to when leaving the country – except only a couple of airlines offer that option. Alternatively, I’m sure someone in my Facebook group has the answer:

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    November 14, 2018 at 6:59 am

    British Airways don t allow pets to fly in the cabin, apart from assistance dogs, which can travel with the owner free of charge. All other animals must travel in the hold of the plane and fees depend on the size of the animal, so you should get in touch with the airline before you fly.

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      November 14, 2018 at 7:17 am

      Very true!

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    December 8, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, I’m so glad I came across your blog! My family and I will be travelling at the end of next year FT and we have a miniature poodle. I didn’t think flying was a possibility. Just gutted the UK is so strict as I won’t consider flying unless our dog can be in the cabin with us, she gets so anxious and just wouldn’t be fair on her. Love your blog.

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      December 9, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Hi Catherine, thanks so much, that’s great to hear! Being able to fly with your dog at your feet in the cabin is so great, even if your dog isn’t that anxious. If you want answers to more questions or share your trip once you set off, feel free to share our FB group (see the link on the homepage). All the best, Shandos

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    February 14, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I am leaving Malta for Montpellier and I’m not sure which Airlines would accept my German Pointer? If I took RyanAir, would I be able to send my dog on a different airline which would accept to fly pets? Thanks

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      February 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Faro – Sorry, but I’m not sure which airlines fly from Malta to Montpellier. You might need to take 2 flights, such as Air Malta and Air France. A German Pointer would be too large to fit in the cabin, but I believe both of these airlines allow dogs as check-in luggage in a crate. It’s better to fly on the same flight with your dog, as otherwise most airlines only accept a dog as cargo, perhaps through an animal transport company, and the costs are usually higher.

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