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Ryanair hand luggage allowance and how to avoid the fees

Tired of being stung with baggage charges when flying with Ryanair? It's time to spend your hard-earned cash on fun in the sun, not on your bags. Read on for our a full breakdown of Ryanair's baggage allowances, fees, plus tips on how to maximise your hand luggage and minimise those pesky payments.

Ryanair hand luggage allowance:
From the 1st November 2018, cabin baggage allowance on all Ryanair flights will be changing. Only priority boarding passengers will be allowed one small bag (40x20x25cm), plus a larger cabin bag (55x40x20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10kg into the cabin. Passengers who do not have priority boarding will only be able to bring one small cabin bag on board free of charge. Find out more from Jen below 👇

Ryanair hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Ryanair cabin bag size Ryanair hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x40x20cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

35x20x20cm maximum size for additional small bag

10kg maximum weight One hand luggage bag per passenger, plus one small bag Free if your cabin bag meets Ryanair regulations and flight is full

Excess hand luggage is €50 per item

Ryanair hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Ryanair hold baggage size Ryanair hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Ryanair hold luggage
81x119x119cm maximum dimensions 32kg maximum weight: not including mobility equipment

15kg-20kg maximum weight for checked bags

Ryanair baggage allowance can be pooled between passengers on the same Ryanair flight booking

Up to 3 items of hold luggage per passenger Online €12-€46

At the airport €28 – €57

These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying

With simplified baggage allowance categories, Ryanair have made it easier for customers to decide on whether to check-in bags or travel light. Don’t spend the equivalent of another week in the sun on hold luggage. Just take a look at our handy tips for maximising your hand luggage, ensuring you spend your hard-earned wages on holiday fun rather than on your bags!

Additional Items

Small sports equipment such as footballs can be taken on board free of charge, as long as they are deflated prior to travel. Larger items such as bikes, skis, snowboards and golf clubs will all incur additional fees. The same goes for musical instruments and children’s buggies and prams. Essential medical equipment including dialysis machines may be checked-in free of charge.

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How to maximise Ryanair’s hand baggage allowance

Follow our tips to get the most out of your hand luggage allowance on board your next Ryanair flight:

1. Choose the right bag

The kind of bag you take on board is the first essential to think about. Where better to start than Cabin Max, a great website where you can select luggage based on the requirements of specific airlines, giving you the biggest bag for their cabin. Guaranteed to give you the maximum space allowed. With carry-on luggage so remarkably varied these days, this site makes it easy to find the best bag for the job. Alternatively, you can check baggage sizes for a specific airline and go on your own high-street hunt for the perfect bag.

2. Be more specific

There are now many stockists selling official Ryanair ‘cabin approved’ luggage ensuring there can be no arguments when you get to the gate. Ryanair has a range of approved bags to choose from, all made by sturdy Samsonite, so there’s no need to sacrifice style for space! For more choice, you can check out our handy review of some of the best cabin bags to suit every budget personally used and rated by our intrepid team of travellers.

3. Arrive early

Whilst hanging around an airport might not be most people’s idea of fun, being one of the first at the gate can greatly minimise your risk of having to lose one of your bags to the hold. This is especially important if you have a tight flight connection and need a speedy airport exit. For domestic and short-haul flights, 90 minutes is the recommended time to arrive before departure. With priority boarding, pre-booked seating and a general ‘scrum-like’ atmosphere on many budget flights, it pays to be the first in the queue. It also ensures plenty of extra time for duty free shopping!


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4. Share the load

If you happen to be holidaying with friends who travel light, why not share the luggage allowance between you? Even if you decide to check a bag into the hold, money can be saved. Ryanair checked baggage fees start from €20 in low season and €30 in high season for 15kg, if booked online. This allows you up to two bags. With an allowance of 15kg each, even if one of you goes over the weight by a couple of kilos, if the your friend is slightly under their 15kg limit you can use part of their allowance – as long as it comes in at the 30kg maximum combined limit.

5. Find miniatures for everything

These days there is a travel version of almost everything from deodorant and toothpaste to hair strengtheners and tiny towels. Mini items are the way forward when packing cabin-only baggage. Airport rules on liquids means that they must not exceed 100ml individually when taken in hand luggage, and plenty of shops now sell individual 100ml travel bottles into which you can decant your favourite products. Of course, it’s not only what you pack but how you pack that can make the difference between being able to take that extra pair of shoes on holiday or not. Don’t worry, packing is a skill that can be learned, so before you fly to do a little research into some of the best packing tips out there.


A white surface with a bag ready for packing and lots of individual items to be packed

6. If in doubt, upgrade!

If you don’t want to skimp on your holiday wardrobe or you want plenty of room for souvenirs on your return, then why not think about travelling Ryanair Business Plus? Starting at €70, Business Plus tickets afford customers flexibility on ticket changes, expedited security check-ins at 31 European airports (including Belfast and Dublin) and premium seating. Most importantly it also includes a free carry-on bag up to 20kg. It is worth noting however that the seats are the same as usual; there are no fancy curtains and you still pay for food and drink on board.

7. Play the (air)field

If you are planning your trip around the size of your cabin baggage allowance then do your homework as Ryanair isn’t the only budget airline available. Easyjet and Flybe both offer similar amounts of cabin baggage, some with no weight restrictions and also the option of an additional smaller bag. If you want to go the whole hog and compare all airlines luggage allowances upfront, then we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you make the best choice.


Man Standing in a Busy Airport Looking at the Departure Board with lots of Heavy Bags

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*Published October 2016. All prices are lowest estimated prices only and are subject to change. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information.

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