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    Musical instruments - How to transport them

    Musical instruments

    Are you and your musical instrument inseparable? Take it with you wherever you go.

    Take music with you

    Check the conditions for transporting musical instruments in the cabin and in the cargo hold according to their size.

    Arrive at your destination and add a soundtrack to your adventure.

    In the cabin

    To travel with a musical instrument at your side in the aircraft cabin, you should book an extra seat that will accommodate the instrument.

    The maximum weight allowed for transporting an instrument in the cabin is 75 kg/165 lbs. 

    In certain situations, if the musical instrument is large, you may need to book more than one extra seat. For safety reasons, the airline will decide what is required. 

    See more information about booking an extra seat.

    In the hold

    You can also transport your musical instrument in the hold.

    See our recommendations:

    • The passenger must properly pack the musical instrument for the trip.
    • When transporting it as checked baggage, it must be packed in a rigid container specifically designed for shipping this type of baggage.
    • Musical instruments can be included in the free baggage allowance if they fall within the allowed weight and size limits.
    • The packed instrument must not weigh more than 45 kg/99 lbs.
    • If the flight destination is the USA, Hungary, France, United Kingdom or the Netherlands, or if the trip involves a stopover one of the these countries, the weight limit is 32 kg/70 lbs.
    • The maximum dimensions are 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm (75 in x 30 in x 26 in).
    • If your musical instrument exceeds these dimensions and/or weight, it must be transported as cargo.
    We recommend that you check the weight and measurement limits for transport in the hold when you make your reservation or at least 24 hours before the flight.

    You can do this at a TAP counter, through your travel agent, or by calling the Contact Center.


    This service charge applies only to flights operated by TAP. On code-share* flights not operated by TAP, the policies of the airline operating the flight apply.

    Weight Up to 23 kg / 50 lbs 23 kg / 50 lbs to 32 kg / 70 lbs 32 kg / 70 lbs to 45 kg / 99 lbs
    Domestic flights, flights to Europe, Morocco and Algeria € 50 € 100 € 200
    Intercontinental Flights € 150 € 200 € 300
    This service charge is only applicable on flights operated by TAP. On code-share* flights not operated by TAP, the policies of the airline operating the flight apply.