Swiss International Airlines

Fares. Hand luggage allowance. Checked baggage allowance. Excess baggage charges. Carriage of sports equipment. Carriage of musical instruments. Carriage of pets (dogs, cats, birds).

And other useful information about Swiss International Airlines. Last update 08.05.2019. Sources of information for this page: Swiss Airlines Carry-on Baggage, Swiss Airlines Checked Baggage, Swiss Airlines Excess Baggage Charges, Swiss Airlines Traveling with Pets, Swiss Airlines Carriage of Special Baggage (Sports Equipment, Firearms and Ammunition), Swiss Airlines Carriage of Musical Instruments. Airlines constantly change their policies, so please visit the relevant web page of the airline in question in order to obtain up-to-date information from the first-hand.

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Fare group Economy Business First
please read ! May 2019: Economy Class flight tickets sale. From New York: Athens (ATH) from $878 • Barcelona (BCN) from $616 • Bergen (BGO) from $624 • Budapest (BUD) from $568 • Moscow (DME) from $465 • Prague (PRG) from $1001 • Rome (FCO) from $625 • Rome (FCO) from $676 • Tel Aviv (TLV) from $1521 • Vienna (VIE) from $1256.

With Swiss Airlines, Infants (children up to 2 years of age) can travel on an adult’s lap at  a discount of up to 90% of the applicable fare.

Please also read the most commonly used baggage rules of European airlines.
Swiss International Airlines hand luggage allowance 1 piece of carry-on baggage with the sum of three dimensions 118 cm (55х40х23 cm) or 57x54x15 cm for foldable garment bag + small personal items (40x30x10 cm: umbrella, handbag, briefcase, walking stick/cane, books, laptop, camcorder, camera, bag with Duty Free purchases and so on)

* Passengers of First and Business class travelling to Italy and USA: 2nd piece of hand luggage has to be checked in
For passengers travelling to South Africa: the weight of hand luggage is up to 7 kg, dimensions 56x36x23 cm

For an infant (a child under 2 years) on Swiss Airlines flights, it's allowed to take a fully collapsible stroller / buggy free of charge (you can use it until boarding the plane). A baby car seat (approved for use on air transport) can be carried for a child with a separate seat. You can take baby food for the duration of flight (in bottles up to 100 ml).

Passengers with disabilities and special requirements, those needing assistance of the airline staff should contact the airline at the time of booking or not later than 72 hrs before departure.
Passengers with restricted mobility may carry one pair of crutches, arm or leg splints, other kinds of prostheses in the cabin free of charge. Collapsible manual wheelchairs can be used until the moment of boarding the plane. Carriage of powered wheelchairs and other electric mobility aids requires prior notification and consent of the airline, they'll be handled as an item of checked baggage, if needed, passengers are provided with free wheelchairs.
1x 8 kg 2x 8 kg
Swiss International Airlines checked baggae allowance A piece of hold baggage with the sum of three dimensions not larger than 158 cm

For a baby (children under 2 years), you can carry a collapsible stroller / buggy, as well as one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg free of charge (! except for the Light fare).

* no checked baggage for Economy Light
1х 23 kg* 2х 32 kg 3х 32 kg
Exceptions to baggage policy of Swiss Airlines:
1) Economy Light Fare (European routes) check in baggage allowance 0 kg,
2) Economy Class passengers on following routes have baggage allowance 2x 23 kg:
flights from USA/Canada to South Africa, East, West, Central Africa (without Mauritius),
worldwide from Southern Africa / Mauritius,
worldwide to/from East/West/Central Africa,
flights from Brazil, from Switzerland to Brazil,
flights between the USA and India,
between India and Canada,
between USA/Canada/Mexico and Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,
flights from Canada to Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Iraq, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
from/to Japan.
Swiss International Airlines excess baggage Prices in € at / at check-in / at the gate, for excess baggage

Standard piece of baggage 23 kg, heavy 24-32 kg, oversized more than 158 cm.

All items heavier than 32 kg will be transported only as cargo.

For passengers with Economy Light Fare on European routes: additional standard bag will cost you 25 / 40 / 60, for domestic flights (within Switzerland) — 15 / 30 /55.

More than 4 hold baggage items per passenger: prior notification is required.
additional bag heavy oversize
domestic flights (Switzerland)
56 / 70 40 80
64 / 80 50 100
Levant and North Africa: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkmenistan
80 / 100 75 150
Short-haul intercontinental: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, U.A.E., Kuwait, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cuba, Dominican Republic
120 / 150 100 200
Medium-haul intercontinental: USA East, Canada East, India, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Angola, Tanzania, Seychelles, Kenya, Maldives
160 / 200 120 240
Long-haul intercontinental: US West, Canada West, China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mauritius
200 / 250 150 300
!   Special baggage (more than 158 cm, more than 32 kg, fragile items etc.):  you must notify Swiss International Airlines not later than 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure, Swiss International Airlines customer service.
Swiss International Airlines pets Service animals accompanying persons with disabilities can travel in the cabin for free, this service requires prior notification and consent of the airline.

Prices in €
Switzerland Europe Levant and North Africa  Intercontinental
short-haul medium-haul long-haul
Pets (dogs and cats) carried in the aircraft cabin*. The size of the container must not exceed 118 cm in the sum of three dimensions: 55х40х23 cm, the weight of the container (with pet/pets) must not exceed 8 kg.
* Not allowed in in Business and First Class on the Airbus 330/340
50 60 80 90 100 110
kennel size Pets (dogs, cats, hares and rabbits) carried in the baggage compartment, the weight of the container (with pet/pets) exceeds 8 kg.
up to 60x45x40 cm / 4 kg 80 100 130 150 170 190
> 71x50x51 / 6 kg 160 200 260 300 340 380
Swiss International Airlines sports equipment According to the baggage rules of Swiss Airlines, sports equipment is included in the baggage allowance.

For sports equipment exceeding the free baggage allowance standard rates for excess baggage will be applied or you can pay for your sports equipment separately.

Type 1: bikes**, boogieboards, bodyboards, kite surfboards, inline skates, skateboards, surfboards, wakeboards, javelin, archery, fishing, golf, ice hockey, bowling, parachute, mountaineering, hillwalking and nordic walking, scuba diving, ski*, waterski, snowboard*, tennis, squash, badminton equipment, sporting and hunting firearms and ammunition**.

Type 2: windsurf, hang gliding, equestrian, pole vault** equipment, canoes / kayaks**, longboards, rubber dinghies, tandem bikes**.

* On flights operated by SWISS ski and snowboard equipment transported free of charge in addition to your baggage allowance (does not apply to Economy Light fare and to codeshare / combined flights to / from / via US).

** Require prior notification.

Some countries impose security charges for transporting hunting and sporting firearms (charged in addition to the rate for carrying sports equipment): Italy, Spain €60, South Africa $80, Switzerland:  Zurich CHF 55, Geneva CHF 200.
Flights  Switzerland Europe Levant and North Africa  intercontinental
short-haul medium-haul long-haul
type 1  70 80 100 150 200 250
type 2  110 130 175 250 320 400
Swiss International Airlines musical instruments Musical instruments are included in the baggage allowance and can be carried instead of carry-on or hold baggage pieces, but in this case the carrier is not liable for their damage.
When carried in the passenger's seat, the weight of the instrument usually must not exceed 80 kg, and its size must not exceed 135х50х30 cm (depends on the aircraft type). The service is not available on codeshare flights.
For more info see FAQs → Baggage  → 15: Can I take a musical instrument with me as hand baggage?
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