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 flag-carrier 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.

Find out more about flying with a pet in the cabin in Europe, plus how to buy the best carrier bag for your dog

NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, many airlines have temporarily suspended or modified their pet transport options, although this has applied more so to animals travelling in the hold. Check directly with each airline for their current arrangements and be prepared for changes. 

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airBaltic (Latvia)

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Fly to and from Riga with AirBaltic

airBaltic permits pets to fly in the cabin, with fairly standard rules applying, including a weight limit of 8kg. (Larger animals are also permitted in the hold.) airBaltic operate flights to and from Riga, Lativa, plus within the other Baltic countries (Lithuania and Estonia). You need to inform airBaltic of your pet at the time of booking. The charge for a pet in the cabin is €60 per flight. Read their full Pet Policy.

Thumbs Up: We flew with airBaltic from Riga to Warsaw with our dog in the cabin and thoroughly enjoyed our flight.

Blue Air (Romania)

The main hub for Blue Air is in Bucharest, Romania, alongside a secondary hub in Turin. They also operate domestic flights within Romania. Blue Air accept dogs in the cabin, with a lower weight limit of 6kg – double check the weight of your pet and their carrier before booking! (Larger pets up to 32kg will be transported in the hold.)

This excludes flights to Great Britain, from London (Luton) and to/from Cologne, Germany. Make sure to mention your pet when booking, with a fee of €35 if paid online, or €50 at the airport. Read the full Pet Policy.

Blue Panorama Airlines (Italy)

Blue Panorama’s main hub is in Rome, Italy, servicing key destinations including Bologna, Milan and Tirana (Albania), along with a wide range of other destinations in Europe and worldwide, although they are mainly seasonal. The airline permits up to two dogs to fly in the cabin per flight, up to a weight of 10kg including carrier.

The charge for pets in the cabin is unusual: there is a charge of €10 per kg on low-cost “Blu-express” branded flights (in Italy and within Europe, Turkey and Russia) or €18 per kg on longer flights. Read their full Pet Policy (in Italian only).

Buta Airways (Azerbaijan)

Buta Airways is a great choice for fly with your small dog to and from Baku, Azerbaijan. Flights operate from Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Make sure to mention your pet when booking, with a small €25 charge per flight and an 8kg weight limit. Read their full Pet Policy.

Eurowings (Germany) & Eurowings Europe (Austria)

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Dog in the cabin in an approved bag

Eurowings and Eurowings Europe both allow dogs to fly in the cabin, on short-haul flights only, except for on flights to and from the UK and Ireland. The standard weight limit of 8kg applies, and there is a charge of €55 (or equivalent in booking currency).

Eurowings flies from Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, all in Germany, to a wide range of European destinations, plus a few destinations worldwide (probably not counted as short-haul, but double check). Eurowings Europe has bases in Vienna, Salzburg and Palma de Mallorca. Read the full Pet Policy.

FlyOne (Moldova)

FlyOne operate flights to and from Chișinău, Moldova, including from Italy, Russia, Portugal and Spain. Small pets are allowed to fly in the cabin, up to 8kg including their carrier, with a cost of €50 per flight. Make sure to mention your pet when booking, plus read their full Pet Policy.

French Bee (France)

Pet dogs and cats are permitted in the cabin on flights operated by French Bee, except for flights to and from Tahiti. There is a weight limit of 8kg including carrier, but they also accept larger pet dogs and cats in the hold.

This airline makes a number of long-haul flights from Paris to and from San Francisco, Dominican Republic and Reunion Island. The fee per pet is €50, and make sure to mention your pet at the time of booking, as quotas apply. Read the full Pet Policy.

Iberia Express (Spain)

Iberia Express is one of multiple budget airlines that can fly you to and from Spain along with your pet, operating from Madrid to a wide range of domestic, European and international destinations. They accept a wide range of pets both in the cabin (up to 8kg) and in the hold.

The cost for a pet in the cabin is €35 within Spain (excluding the Canary Islands), €50 for the Canary Islands, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and €150 on long-haul flights to and from America, Asia and South Africa. Read the full Pet Policy.

Norwegian (Norway)

Norwegian permits pet dogs and cats in the cabin (plus in the hold) on their domestic flights within Argentina and on flights within Schengen and/or the EU, excluding the UK and Ireland.

Note that they do not permit pets in the cabin on their flights between Europe and the USA – I wish that they did and double-checked this when last flying from Europe to the USA!

The fee for pets in the cabin ranges between £45 and £60 when paid online, or £55 to £75 at the airport. A standard weight limit of 8kg applies. Make sure you mention your pet when booking, and read their full Pet Policy.

Pegasus Airlines (Turkey)

Exploring the sights of Istanbul

Pegasus Airlines flies to and from Turkey from a wide range of European destinations, mainly in western Europe, plus it operates domestic routes.

Pets are allowed in the cabin, with a weight limit of 8kg, except for on flights to the UK, UAE and Qatar. On domestic flights the charge is 60 TRY (about €9), with a charge of $45 USD for international destinations, including Turkish Cyprus. Read their full Pet Policy.

Pobeda (Russia)

Pobeda operates from bases in Vnukovo, Anapa and Sochi, all in Russia, to a range of domestic and international destinations. Pets are allowed in the cabin, with the standard weight limit of 8kg. There is a charge of 1999 (about €27) for bookings completed online or via the call-centre, with higher charges for payments at airports: 3000 rubles at Russian airports and €55 at foreign airports. Find out more here.

SmartWings (Czech Republic)

SmartWings flies to and from Prague to a number of destinations. Pet dogs and cats up to 8kg (including carrier) are allowed in the cabin (plus in the hold), but must be booked (and paid for) at least 48 hours in advance. There is a charge of €59 per flight for pets in the cabin. Read the full Pet Policy.

Transavia & Transavia France (Netherlands & France)

Transavia and Transavia France operate 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.

Pet dogs and cats are allowed in the cabin, with a higher than usual weight limit of 10kg, including carrier (plus pets up to 75kg in the hold). There is a charge of €45 per flight for pets in the cabin. Read their full Pet Policy.

Volotea (Spain)

Volotea operates flights from multiple bases in Spain, Italy and France to destinations across Europe, mainly seasonal. Pet cats and dogs up to 8kg (including carrier) are permitted in the cabin, except for on flights to/from the UK, Ireland and Malta.

It is possible to book for your pet as part of the online booking process. If the option is not available, the limit on the number of pets has been reached. There is a variable charge of €39 (online), €44 (via the call centre) or €60 (at the airport). Read the full Pet Policy.

Vueling (Spain)

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Arriving in Barcelona on a Vueling flight with my dog

Vueling mainly operates out of Barcelona, although they also have some handy flights from Paris (Orly) to a wide range of Spanish and European destinations. A range of pets are allowed in the cabin, with a weight limit of 8kg, except for flights to and from the UK and Ireland.

Pets are able to be added to your online booking – choose the Basic Fare option. There is a charge of €40 for domestic flights within Spain and €50 for international flights, including to the Canary Islands. Review the full Pet Policy.

Thumbs Up: We’ve flown multiple times with Vueling, including to the Canary Islands and from Paris (Orly) to Copenhagen. Read more about my experience flying Vueling with a dog.

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

The following European budget airlines unfortunately don’t allow pet dogs to fly in the cabin:

  • easyJet (UK)
  • easyJet Europe (Austria)
  • easyJet Switzerland (Switzerland)
  • Jet2.com (UK)
  • Laudamotion (subsidiary of Ryanair) (Austria)
  • Level (Spain)
  • Onur Air (Turkey)
  • Ryanair (Ireland)
  • Wizz Air (Hungary)

Note that this just applies to pets; all airlines generally accept service animals, and sometimes emotional support animals, in the cabin.

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 for everything you need to know.

These are a few 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 8kg, but it can vary between 6kg and 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 double check it again before flying.

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40 thoughts on “Which European Budget Airlines Allow Dogs in the Cabin?”

  1. 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).

    • 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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!

      • 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogfriendlytravelrtw/

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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

  5. 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

    • 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.

  6. I’m in the same position.. but travelling from Malta to the UK. I suffer with PTSD and already I am getting stressed and anxious about how my German Shepherd is going to be in the hold and how I will cope in the cabin. She is constantly with me and keeps me from getting freaked out.

    • It’s really tough that Emotional Support Animals aren’t really recognised in Europe, including on flights to/from the UK. I’ve had to put my pup in the hold a few times, it’s the only option on flights to and from Australia. They usually cope better than you expect, sometimes it seems more nerve-racking for us parents.

  7. I’m hoping to fly to Scotland from Wales with my pug ( so small dog ) … can you tell me what is required and which airline allow dogs to travel with me in the cabin

    • Jackie – unfortunately none of the UK airlines allow dogs in the cabin, except service dogs, due to the government regulations. I have found the Scottish Loganair allows pets as checked baggage. See my guide: http://www.travelnuity.com/pets-on-uk-airlines/

      Alternatively, look into the trains which are far more pet friendly. We’ve used them multiple times in the UK with our pup.

  8. Hello, thanks for posting valuable information! I am planning to visit Europe with my golden retriever next summer. But I am quite confused what is it mean “hold” for large dogs in airline?? Do they acceptable in cabin or not?

    • Yeri – Unfortunately, only dogs up to around 8kg are allowed in the cabin in Europe. Larger dogs go in the hold beneath the aircraft, a section similar to the where you check-in luggage goes, but it should be temperature and pressure controlled. I haven’t written as much about this, as because my dog is small, I don’t have as much experience, except for on flights to and from Australia.

    • The easiest way would be if your pet is a dog or cat small enough to fly in the cabin (under 8kg including their carrier bag). As I’ve listed, many airlines accept pets in the cabin. (Also see my list of flag-carrier airlines.)

      Unfortunately, most airlines in Europe don’t recognise emotional support pets, except on flights to and from Europe. I’ve heard of some instances of airlines in Europe allowing emotional support pets, like in the USA, but I don’t have a list. Maybe try Air France for starters?

      The other alternative would be to take a train, if you can’t find an airline that will fly an emotional support pet in the cabin and you would prefer to not check in your pet to the hold. Check out this website for details: https://www.seat61.com/Hungary.htm. All the relevant trains allow at least dogs and cats to travel, including the ÖBB sleeper trains allowing pets in the sleeping compartments, if you book the entire compartment.

  9. Do you know how I would bring my little dog from Dublin to Copenhagen? Is it possible to bring her in the the cabin with me on this short flight?

    • Rachel – Hopefully you can bring her in the cabin. There are some airlines that don’t allow dogs in the cabin to and from Ireland, similar to to and from the UK, even though the Irish government is okay with dogs in the cabin. With other airlines, I would double check by calling their customer centres before progressing – it’s not clear which ones actually allow it.

  10. Sadly Transavia does not fly from Eindhoven to Porto, with or without pets, i have to go far away to Amsterdam 🙁

    • So if we live in the UK we cant take our small dof with us on board because… it is the UK? People can breed here with first cousin and spit on policeman but we are not allowed to take a dog on board?

  11. Hi I’m trying travel from Turkey to UK with my rescue kitten, I m just waiting for her passport to be ready, any tips from previous travellers on what should be get ready for? I know the only airlines who allow pets in the cabin are the Turkish, Pegasus and Sunexpress.
    Thanks for any info

    • I recommend looking into the option for travelling with pets to the UK. As pets can’t fly into the UK in the cabin (only as cargo), many people fly to either Amsterdam or Paris. See this post: http://www.travelnuity.com/travel-with-dog-to-uk/. It’s also great to get a travel carrier for your cat in advance and introduce her to it, so she’s more relaxed for the flight.

  12. We are proposing to travel from London to Corfu in Greece with our family Shih Tzu dog. Any suggestions which airline to use please? Thank you Susan

    • Susan – I’ve flown with my dog on Aegean Airlines and found them to be great, but I’m not sure if they fly dogs out of London. Only a limited number of airlines take dogs in the cabin on flights out of London (and none on flights returning to London). I recommend looking at my articles on taking a dog between the UK and the continent – especially when returning to the UK it might be necessary to take one of the ferries back.

  13. I’m sharing my awful experience with Transavia – It’s a long post, but it might be useful to anyone planning to travel with this airline, especially those planning to travel with a pet in the cabin.
    On 7/7/21, I traveled from Amsterdam to Verona with Transavia. I was carrying my dog, which is small enough to be carried in the cabin. I would like to mention that I had already traveled with Transavia in the previous months with the same dog, in the same pet carrier, leaving from the same airport, and that we never had any problems. He weighs 8 kg and he travels in an official pet carrier which has the maximum dimensions allowed by most airlines, including Transavia. We bought the biggest carrier we could find for him to be comfortable in and to still comply with the airline’s regulations. At check-in, a supervisor told me “You have to buy a bigger bag so that your dog is more comfortable”. When I told her that a bigger bag would not comply with Transavia’s regulations anymore and that we had already traveled without any problems with the same carrier and the same dog on Transavia flights in the past, she said “We prefer the bag to be a little bigger, you need just half a size extra, so that the dog is more comfortable”. At that point, I rushed to the luggage shop to buy a bigger bag, but the shop was closed, so I went back to the check-in area, let the supervisor know and asked her to go through Transavia requirements together to see which requirement I was not complying with. She was insisting that the dog should be able to stand up: my dog can stand up and the bag can be closed when he’s standing, only his head pops out if he’s standing out (but not when he’s laying down), which we thought was not a problem, since it’s more comfortable for the dog to be able to have his head out and because on previous Transavia flights we saw people carrying their dog on normal bags that could not even be closed fully and where the only option was for the dog to have his head out the whole time. On the Transavia website there is no mention of the pet being able to stand up, just to move around comfortably, which is what our dog can do in his carrier. The carrier is also fully closable. Eventually, the supervisor talked to a second supervisor, and they said “You can take your dog with you but it’s your responsibility”. Obviously, my dog is my responsibility, I want the best for my dog, and I know what my dog is comfortable with. He’s used to being in that carrier and he’s comfortable enough, so much that he actually always sleeps during the whole flight. Moreover, I know that napping for an hour and a half in a carrier during a flight is the best option for him: being left at home with strangers is not, and I’m sure whoever has a dog or a cat would agree with me.
    After more than an hour of flight, during which my dog had been sleeping in his carrier below my seat without letting out a single bark or moan, a flight attendant stopped by and told me to close the bag. The zip on the top of the carrier was open so that I could see my dog while he was sleeping. I closed the zip as much as possible but not completely, so that his head, which was resting on the edge of the carrier while sleeping, could still be in the same position and I did not have to wake him up. When I asked if it was fine like that, the flight attendant insisted that I had to close it completely, and when I asked why exactly (since the dog was sleeping and had not caused any trouble), her answer was “Because if the bag is open then the dog runs off and we have to chase him”. When I pointed out that the dog was sleeping and that he would not run off anywhere because he was leashed to the bag (all appropriate pet carriers have an internal leash to make sure the dog does not jump out at any moment), the flight attendant kept insisting. Since the dog by that moment had woken up and was alert because of what was going on, I tried to pet him so that he would sit down and I could close the bag completely without stressing him out unnecessarily. While I was doing this, I asked the flight attendant if any of Transavia’s policy regarding flying with pets had changed, since we never had any problems with Transavia before and we had seen people carrying their dog in a simply should bag before, that could not even be closed completely. When I asked this (always politely), she snapped back saying “Are you going to close the bag or not?”. At which point I answered (again, politely, unlike she had just been) “I’m sharing my previous experience with you and I expect you to be polite with me”. She did not answer, walked away, and never came back. After the extremely rude and unprofessional attitude of the flight attendant and since the dog was not causing any trouble or discomfort to anybody, I left the end of the zip slightly open so that his head could rest as it was before and he could keep on sleeping comfortably.
    On the 9th of September, I received a letter from Transavia saying that I have been placed on the Transavia watchlist since I have been (quoting) “found guilty of not adhering crew instructions regarding pet” and that “these are very serious facts and Transavia has therefore decided to put you on the watchlist. Consequences of placement on watchlist is that you must report to the check-in counter on flights operated by Transavia for a period of 3 years. After reporting you can be checked for your behavior. The check will take place through a questionnaire with you before departure of the flight. As a result of the conversation, Transavia can still refuse you for the flight for reasons of order and / or safety. In case of refusal, you are not entitled to a refund”.
    Needless to say, I was not planning to fly with Transavia ever again in my life after such a bad experience, with or without any pets, but I find it shocking to see how objective regulations can be interpreted so differently by different employees and how Transavia allows them to do so. Again, I would like to stress that we were allowed to fly with Transavia without any problems before and with exactly the same conditions, and that we saw other people traveling in such a way with Transavia before too. In fact, this time we had chosen to travel with Transavia again solely based on the positive previous experience we had when traveling with our pet. I strongly suggest Transavia to reconsider their requirements for flying with a pet, because there is no dog or pet who will be able to move freely and stand up like their employees wished to in a carrier with the maximum measurements they indicate, except from small cats and chihuahuas. And, in that case, there won’t be any cat or chihuahua weighting more than 4 kg, so a limit of 8 kg is only misleading. Transavia may also consider providing their employees with a visual reference of a carrier that is approved to fly, because in previous flights simple shoulder bags were allowed in, which can be also misleading.
    Moreover, placing passengers on a watchlist because of a polite exchange with a very rude employee is also quite an interesting strategy for an airline, in my humble opinion. What Transavia should consider instead maybe is instructing their employees to be polite at all times, and not to walk away without saying anything, especially when in their head they’re planning to request to place the passenger on a watchlist. Shouldn’t the passenger be warned, if a situation is so bad (which was not the case this time, of course) to require such a measure? The passenger sitting next to me (whom I do not know personally) also expressed his surprise at the rude attitude of the flight attendant and wondered why they were being so difficult with a dog that was sleeping and not bothering anyone.

    • Irene – Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Transavia, it’s unfortunate that you had such a bad experience. Based on my own and other people’s experience, flying with a dog can be quite variable, even with the same airline, so it’s great to hear about other people’s experiences.


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