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.
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 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)
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 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 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)
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 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 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 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.
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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