Excess baggage

If your suitcase is too small

Simply not enough room in your suitcase? It happens. We will be pleased to transport any baggage items that are too heavy or too big, or in addition to your baggage allowance, for an additional charge per route.

Excess baggage

We have defined precisely how big and how heavy an item of baggage may be in order for it to be included in your baggage allowance. Your baggage will be classified as excess baggage if it exceeds the permitted weight and/or dimensions. If this happens, there will be an additional charge.

Rates

The excess baggage rates apply for one route. Connecting flights within 24 hours will be considered as one route. Return flights must be paid for in the local currencyat the departure airport.

The amounts in the table are for reference purposes: in CHF for Switzerland, in Euros for all European countries without Switzerland, in USD for all countries outside Europe, in CAD for Canada.

SWISS Economy

Variation baggage item Within Europe Intercontinental
Variation baggage item
Bigger than baggage allowance (circumference1 more than 158 cm)
Within Europe
CHF 120
EUR 100
Intercontinental
CHF 240
EUR 200
USD 300
CAD 300
Variation baggage item
Heavier than baggage allowance (24 - 32 kg)
Within Europe
CHF 60
EUR 50
Intercontinental
CHF 120
EUR 100
USD 150
CAD 150
Variation baggage item
Bigger and heavier than baggage allowance (circumference1 more than 158 cm and 24 - 32 kg)
Within Europe
CHF 180
EUR 150
Intercontinental
CHF 360
EUR 300
USD 450
CAD 450

SWISS Business and SWISS First

Variation baggage item Within Europe Intercontinental
Variation baggage item
Bigger than baggage allowance (circumference1 more than 158 cm)
Within Europe
CHF 70
EUR 50
Intercontinental
CHF 240
EUR 200
USD 300
CAD 300

Transporting baggage as cargo

Any items of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will not be processed at the desk, but need to be checked in separately as cargo. Financially, it makes sense to transport excess baggage with Swiss WorldCargo. However, these items will not necessarily travel on the same aircraft as their owners.

Important: Private people (unknown shippers) in the USA do not have the permit to forward freight. The order has to be carried out by a shipper (known shipper).

Swiss WorldCargo

  1. Circumference = length + width + height of baggage item

Additional items of baggage

We will transport a precisely defined amount of free baggage for you on each route. If you wish to check in any additional items of baggage, there will be a charge for doing so. The rate for this additional baggage will vary according to the size, weight and destination.

Rates

The rates for additional items of baggage apply for one route. Return flights must be paid for in the local currency at the departure airport. Connecting flights within 24 hours will be considered as one route.

The amounts in the table are for reference purposes: in CHF for Switzerland, in Euros for all European countries without Switzerland, in USD for all countries outside Europe, in CAD for Canada.

Additional baggage item Within Europe Intercontinental
Additional baggage item
Standard (max. 23 kg, circumference1 less than 158 cm)
Within Europe
CHF 90
EUR 75
Intercontinental
CHF 180
EUR 150
USD 200
CAD 200
JPY 150003
Additional baggage item
Oversize (circumference1 more than 158 cm)
Within Europe
CHF 210
EUR 175
Intercontinental
CHF 420
EUR 350
USD 500
CAD 500
Additional baggage item
Very heavy (24 - 32 kg)
Within Europe
CHF 150
EUR 125
Intercontinental
CHF 300
EUR 250
USD 350
CAD 350
Additional baggage item
Very heavy and oversize (24 - 32 kg, circumference1 more than 158 cm)
Within Europe
CHF 270
EUR 225
Intercontinental
CHF 540
EUR 450
USD 650
CAD 650

Note: Any items of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will not be processed at the desk, but need to be checked in separately as bulky cargo.

Lower rates

On some routes, SWISS Economy gives you the added benefits of lower rates on a second item of baggage (23 kg, circumference 158 cm). You can take advantage of this offer when you book your flight online, or later through Your profile.

Miles & More members with the status Frequent Traveller and higher and STAR Gold members can enjoy the benefit of an increased baggage allowance. In such a case, the reduced rate is obsolete and the normal SWISS excess baggage rate applies for any additionally checked bag.

Routes Lower rate
Routes
Between Europe2, Egypt, Oman or Israel and Canada, Mexico or to the USA
Lower rate
CHF 90
EUR 75
USD 100
CAD 100
Routes
Between the United Kingdom and Canada
Lower rate
EUR 50
CAD 70
Routes
To / from Japan3
Lower rate
CHF 90
EUR 75
USD 100
CAD 100
JPY 9000

Advance booking with large quantity of additional baggage

If you need to check in a large amount of additional baggage, you must notify us in advance. In SWISS Economy and SWISS Business, you can check in a total of 4 items of baggage per per booking reference without advance notification, and 5 items of baggage in SWISS First. If you exceed these amounts, then please contact our Service Center in advance.

  1. Circumference = length + width + height of baggage item
  2. Except Turkey
  3. Valid for tickets issued on/after 1st of october 2013. JPY9000.00 only valid for baggage check-in in Japan. For baggage exceeding the max. weight/extent, the reduced rate for the second item is not valid and the normal LX excess baggage rates apply. Charges may differ for itineraries to/from USA.