Ryanair Hand Luggage Allowance – Dimensions and Weight Limits


Ryanair Hand Luggage and Checked Baggage Allowance

ryanair hand luggage size and weight

UPDATE – A second smaller bag is now permitted, the maximum dimensions being 35 x 20 x 20 cm

New hand and check in luggage allowances starting 1st November 2017.

Customers will have to pay £5 for priority boarding if they want to take a wheelie bag into the cabin, priority boarding can be added to a booking up to one hour prior to the scheduled departure at a cost of £6.

Priority boarders will be able to carry on two bags, all other passengers will be allowed one smaller bag on board the aircraft and a second larger bag which will have to be placed in the hold free of charge at the boarding gate.

The check-in bag allowance will increase from 15kg to 20kg, and the fee for luggage in the hold will be reduced from £35 to £25.

Ryanair allows two pieces of hand luggage per passenger into the aircraft cabin, the absolute maximum dimensions for the main piece are 55cm x 40cm x 20 cm and  a small bag like a handbag with a maximum size of 35cm x 20cm x 20cm this includes any wheels and handles. Please read the update above which comes into effect on the 1st November 2017.

The bags must fit comfortably within the luggage size gauge found at check in and in the departure lounges, the maximum weight permitted is 10kg, it is advisable to weigh your bag before leaving for the airport as the check in staff may check the weight, especially if it looks over packed.

If your bag is within the size and weight restrictions there is no guarantee you will be able to take it on board because Ryanair’s policy is that after the first 90 bags, the rest will go free in the luggage hold . On busy flights (which most are) passengers are asked if they will volunteer to have their hand luggage placed in the hold free of charge as there is not enough room in the overhead lockers. If too few passengers volunteer then Ryanair will choose whose bag will go in the hold and you have no choice, this can be annoying if you are travelling without any checked in luggage.

Here is a tip if you want to ensure you can take your bag on board, arrive at the departure gate early and join the queue straight away, the passengers at the end of the queue are the ones most likely to have their bag put into the hold. Alternatively you could pay for priority boarding to guarantee yours is one of the first 90 bags on board, of course if everyone did this it would not work.

Another tip is to keep an empty carrier bag with you, if your bag is selected to go into the hold you will want to remove fragile and essential on board items and you will need something to carry them in.

If your bag is over size it will be refused and will be placed in the hold and a charge of £50 or 50 Euros will be made.

Ryanair Baggage Allowance

Each passenger may check in up to two bags for a fee of between £15 and £45 per item per flight, the cost is dependent on the route, season and whether you select a 15 or 20 kilo allowance, the prices increase considerably if not pre-booked on line and can be as high as £70 if purchased at the airport.

If you’re checked in baggage weighs more than the 15 or 20 kilo allowance that you booked you will be charged an excess weight fee at the airport of £10 per kilo so check the weight before you leave home.

On line Check In

In order to travel you must check in on line and either print your boarding pass or if you check in using the Ryanair app the boarding pass is available on your phone, please be aware not all airports are able to accept mobile boarding passes please see the list below.

Customers who purchase seats can check-in between 30 days and up to 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure, customers who do not purchase seats can check-in between 4 days and 2 hours before each booked flight.

This is the list of airports that do not accept mobile boarding passes Agadir, Essaouira, Fez, Nador, Oujda, Marrakesh, Rabat, Tangier, Kefalonia and Volos.