Did you know many airports in Germany offer check-in with luggage the night before departure?

Lufthansa check-in area at Munich terminal 2
Lufthansa check-in area at Munich terminal 2, Photo: FMG/Lufthansa

Late night check-in means that you can check in already the evening before, and not just receive your boarding passes (which you can usually get as long as check-in for your flight is open) but also drop off your checked luggage, usually at a manned desk.

This may be useful if you have an early morning flight and you stay at a nearby airport hotel. You get rid of your checked luggage and can proceed directly to the departure gate in the morning. You can sleep a few more minutes and save the hassle of having to wait in a check-in line in the morning.

Late night check-in is available at most major German airports. Not all airports offer this and not all airlines are included, but here are some details regarding Lufthansa and the Lufthansa Group.

The information is from November 2019. If you plan on using the service, do verify the information with the airline or the airport as the details may change.

Lufthansa Late Night Check-in (info from November 2019)

Berlin Tegel: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 18.00 until 21.00 for flights with Lufthansa and Swiss at check-in desks B26-B29.

Bremen: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 18.00 until 20.00 for all Lufthansa flights the following day departing before 11.00.

Cologne Bonn: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 18.00 until 20.30 (different times on Saturdays) for all flights departing before 11.00 the next day at check-in counters B23-B25.

Dresden: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 18.00 until 20.00 (different times on Saturdays) for all flights departing before 09.30 the following day.

Düsseldorf: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 18.00 until 20.15 for all Lufthansa flights the following day.

Frankfurt: Check-in is available anytime between 05.00 and 21.00 the day before departure starting 23 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight.

Hamburg: Late night check-in with luggage is available from 19.00 until 21.00 in terminal 2 at row 7.

Hannover: Late night check-in is offered between 19.00 and 20.00.

Hof: Late night check-in is offered Monday-Friday between 17.00 and 18.00. No service on Saturdays and Sundays.

Leipzig Halle: Late night check-in with luggage is offered between 18.00 and 20.00 (between 18.00 and 19.00 on Saturdays).

Munich: Check-in is available anytime between 04.15 and 21.00 the day before departure starting 23 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight.

Münster: Late night check-in is offered between 18.00 and 20.00.

Nuremberg: Late night check-in is offered between 18.00 and 19.45 for all flights departing before 19.30 the following day.

Paderborn: Late night check-in with luggage is offered between 18.00 and 20.00.

Rostock: Late night check-in is offered between 18.00 and 20.00 Monday-Friday. No late night check-in on Saturdays and Sundays.

Stuttgart: Late night check-in is offered between 18.00 and 20.00 for flight departing before 11.00 the next day.

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