I am flying to Japan in September (the flights are not organised by me so I don't know any specific details about them)

It goes like this (for Croatia-Japan)

  • Rijeka - Stuttgart 8.00-9.15 (Germanwings)
  • 1:25 layover time in Stuttgart
  • Stuttgart - Frankfurt 10.40-11.30 (Lufthansa)
  • Frankfurt - Osaka 13.20-07.40 (Lufthansa)

  • Osaka - Tokyo (Haneda) 21.35-22.45 (All Nippon Airways)
  • Tokyo - Frankfurt 00.50-06.00 (Lufthansa)
  • Frankfurt - Munich 08.15-09.10 (Lufthansa)
  • 1:05 layover time in Munich
  • Munich - Rijeka 10.15-11.25 (Croatia Airlines)

Is this going to be enough layover time in Munich and Stuttgart? In all other airports I have app. 2 hours give or take, but these ones are cutting it short. Also, do you know if I have to take luggage and check it again or what? (Btw, I can't ask anyone at the moment and it's kind of urgent)

  • Standard question: is this all booked as a single ticket or are these two or more tickets ?
    – Hilmar
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 12:30

2 Answers 2


That looks like a single Star Alliance itinerary. If it's all booked on a single ticket, you should be fine. Your bags will get checked through to your final destination and these are okay transit times, since you only need to get to the next gate. Munich is a little tight since it's a large airport and smaller flights often use buses and not a jet bridge. However, if you miss it, the airline will just put you on the next flight at no cost.

If this is on separate tickets, you are out of luck. You have to collect your bags, leave the secure area, check in at the counter, drop off your bags again, get back through security to the gate. You may be able to make the connection in Stuttgart, if you are really lucky, but the Munich one is almost impossible.

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    In my experience a connection of 1 hour in Frankfurt is insanely tight and terrifying and literally there isn't time to go to the bathroom before boarding, and a connection of 1 hour in Munich is luxurious and you will be sitting at the gate waiting for boarding to start. That said, your answer draws the correct conclusions. Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 13:55
  • Even if they were separate tickets, baggage is not an issue because those airlines can interline. Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 16:54
  • agreement with @KateGregory, but, I think the OP has about 2 hrs each time at Frankfurt?
    – Fattie
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 12:10

If the itinerary was booked through a halfway competent travel agent (or booked all at once, say, from Lufthansa's website), then it will be on a single ticket, and you shouldn't have any problems.

Your bags should be checked through all the way to Osaka, and you won't even see them during the layovers.

You will pass through Schengen passport control -- but not security -- in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Munich. If you have a Croatian passport, this should be painless.

The main risk would be that the flight from Stuttgart to Frankfurt gets significantly delayed (or you're delayed into Stuttgart). If you don't make the connecting flight, the airline will rebook you on a later flight at no cost. You might still lose a day of your vacation, of course, but no amount of slack in the itinerary can completely guard against that.

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