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Travelling with Large and Special Luggage

10.12.2019

From skiing in the Alps to bicycle tours in France or golf holidays in Mallorca: Sometimes a suitcase or rucksack just isn’t enough for a flight. Alongside skis, bikes and golf bags there’s also child’s car seats, surfboards, musical instruments and prams that all count as oversized luggage, or as large and special luggage. Generally, this category includes all items of luggage which can’t be checked in normally due to their dimensions, weight or content. There are separate luggage conveyor belts for this kind of luggage at airports. At Tegel and Schönefeld, there are desks solely for the check-in of special luggage. 

Planning journeys and booking with large and special luggage

You should inform yourself as soon as possible about the particular regulations and registering of large luggage for the airline you are flying with, since each airline has different policies and prices for carrying bulky luggage. A few airlines for example will offer to carry sports equipment for free. Registration must take place earlier than 48 hours before departure. For prams and equipment for small children, this registration can be done at check in.

The following generally applies: the airline is responsible for transport allowance and any accruing costs. Policies for bulky luggage are set by airlines; it is only the capacity limit that is enforced at the airport based on the limits of its particular conveying system.

Which costs arise with bulky luggage?

Prams and wheelchairs can fly free of charge in most cases. For other bulky luggage, the costs depend on size, weight, airline, destination and booked class. It’s worth comparing airlines here, particularly for long-haul journeys, since the costs for large luggage can vary massively.

Transporting and packing bulky luggage

The packages for oversized luggage should be chosen carefully because just like a box protects a package you send from home, appropriate and robust packaging for bikes, skis and car seats will protect your luggage during the journey from airport to airport. Particularly for bikes, there are special transport boxes and guidelines. You can find detailed information and tips for bicycle flight transport here:

If bulky or checked-in luggage (e.g. electric bikes, electric wheelchairs) includes any hazardous goods such as batteries, you should find out from the airline beforehand if an item needs to be dismantled or carried as hand luggage. A list can be found here: 

Where do I take my bulky luggage to at Schönefeld and Tegel?

Passengers with bulky luggage proceed first to the normal check-in desk, where they receive a bag tag for their extra pieces of luggage to be checked in. It is also possible for example that sports bags or rucksacks without secured ties may not be checked in normally and need to be treated as bulky luggage – this is decided by the check-in agent at the desk. When prams are checked in, the Berlin airports offer rented prams for on the way to the airplane.

  • Passengers flying from Schönefeld will find bulky luggage desks at Terminals A, B and D. More info on checking in bulky luggage at SXF:
  • Passengers flying from Tegel and checking in at Terminal C will find the bulky luggage desk next to the check-in desks. For departure Terminals A, B and D, the desk for bulky luggage is found at Terminal E (otherwise the arrival terminal). More info on checking in bulky luggage at TXL:
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