Flying with Musical Instruments


It´s said that music knows no borders, but for musicians who travel it´s essential to know how to transport their instruments safely and without complications. At Iberia, we understand the importance of taking your passion with you wherever you go. Therefore, we have prepared this guide on how to transport musical instruments on our flights.

Carry-on Luggage

Do you have an instrument which doesn´t exceed the dimensions of 30 by 120 by 38 centimetres (12 x 47 x 15 inches)? Brilliant! You can take it with you in the cabin as your only piece of hand  luggage as well as your personal accessory. This allows you to keep your instrument close by during the flight.

Booking a Second Seat

If an instrument exceeds the dimensions allowed for carry-ons – say, a viola or a tuba – we offer the option of transporting it in an additional seat, usually alongside its owner. Simply contact our reservations centre, which will provide you with information on the maximum measurements allowed for your flight and confirm the availability to transport your instrument in an extra seat.

Checked Luggage

If your musical instrument is so large it must be checked in, make sure it meets the maximum permitted measurements of 190 x 75 x 65cm (74 x 30 x 26 in.) and a maximum weight of 23 kilograms (51 pounds). Remember that if it exceeds these measurements or weight, it will be considered bulky luggage and will be subject to specific regulations.

How Much Does It Cost?

Consult our special baggage price chart, and remember that you can reserve and pay the amount through our website (except in the case of overweight, which must be carried out exclusively at the airport).

Other Regulations

Keep in mind that our associated carriers Air Nostrum and Vueling have their own rules regarding the transportation of musical instruments; be sure to review them before your trip.


At Iberia, we´re completely committed to making your travel experience as pleasant as possible, and that includes when it comes to transporting your precious musical instruments. We hope this guide has been useful to you in planning your next flight with us.