Ryanair Baggage Allowance, Ryanair Excess Baggage Fees & Policy

Ryanair Excess Baggage Fees 2024, Ryanair changes their bags more often than most people change their clothes. The most recent change to the suitcase policy says it will make things easier, but many people see it as just another way to get more money from their customers. As Ryanair is a short-haul, low-cost airline, many of its customers travel light and try to bring only carry-on bags to keep costs down and make sure they don’t have to wait to get their bags at the destination airport. But Ryanair’s new policy makes it hard for most people to travel with only hand luggage for free, since they now have the smallest free hand luggage limit of any airline.

Ryanair Baggage Allowance

Baggage TypeMax Size (cm)Max Weight (kg)
Small Bag40 x 25 x 20na
Cabin Bag55 x 40 x 2010
checked-in Bag81 x 119 x 11920
Excess Baggage*81 x 119 x 119 32
  • * £11 per kg over 20kg
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Ryanair Charges for Extra Baggage

Like most airlines, the cheapest way to pay for extra bags on a Ryanair trip is to book them ahead of time when you book your ticket. Even if you come back later to change your reservation, the prices will have gone up since you first booked. If you wait until you get to the airport, you should be able to get more. If you show up at the gate with more luggage than what you booked, you’ll have to pay € or £11 per kilogram for each kilogram over what you booked. To be fair to Ryanair, easyJet charges £12 per kg more than Ryanair.

Baggage TypeTime of Booking (€/£)Post Booking / Airport (€/£)
Small Bag  free  free
Cabin Bag  6-12  6-12  
10kg Check-in Bag  10-1210-12  
20kg Check-In Bag*  from 25  from 40  
Excess Baggage Fee (per kg)  na  11  
  •  20kg check-in bags start from £25, On a flight from LGW to Paphos in June 2019, this costs £35

Ryanair Allowance for Luggage

As of November 1, 2018, Ryanair is the airline that gives the fewest free carry-on bags. Non-priority ticket users can only bring one small bag measuring 40 x 25 x 20 cm on board. At check-in and at each boarding gate, there are new baggage containers to check the two types of cabin baggage, the smallest of which is about the size of a big handbag or small rucksack.

Ryanair’s policy on carry-on bags

Priority boarding costs €/£6 per person per trip and lets you bring two bags into the cabin (until the cabin is full, at which point you can’t): one small bag (maximum 40 x 25 x 20cm, no weight limit) and one cabin bag (maximum 55 x 40 x 20cm, maximum 10kg). People who aren’t important can only bring a small bag on board. If the flight’s limit on carry-on bags has already been met and you need to bring more than a small bag, you can add a 10kg carry-on bag for £10 at the time of booking, or you can choose to put bigger bags in the hold.

Ryanair Allowance for Baggage at Check-in

Each ticket can hold up to three checked bags. At the time of booking, a 20kg checked bag costs €35 or £35 per flight and per bag. If you add a bag later or at the airport, you will have to pay £50/50 EUR per bag. The most each item can weigh is 32kg. It is much cheaper to buy two check-in bags than to pay the €/£11 per KG extra baggage charge, which could cost as much as €/£132 if you bring a 32kg bag to the airport when you only bought a 20kg bag. Booking two 20kg bags online would cost at least €/£25 more and give you up to 40kg of luggage in total.
Special Luggage for Ryanair

Ryanair will let you bring special things like sports equipment with you. For more information, see the table for baggage fees. All fees are per item and per trip, and you can only bring 20kg. The same €11 fees apply to pre-booked sports equipment that is too heavy and goes over the weight limit. The same limit of 32kg applies. At €/£45 per item, per trip, if you’re going on a ski vacation and want to bring your skis and boots in different bags, you’ll have to pay an extra €/£180 for your flight, making it much cheaper to rent in resort.

Special BaggageTime of Booking (€/£)Post Booking / Airport (€/£)
Bike  60  75  
Sports Equipment  35  40  
Large Sports Equipment  55  65  
Ski Equipment  45  50  
Golf Clubs  30  40  
Musical Instruments  50  65  

Ryanair Allowance for Baby Luggage

Babies under 2 who are sitting on the lap of an adult do not have a bag limit.
Children ages 0 to 15 can bring a foldable stroller or buggy and one of the following things for free (held in the hold, they can be taken to the steps of the plane). You can book more items for £11 or €11 per item, per trip.

  • Portable Crib
  • Car seat (we suggest bringing your own if you rent a car abroad)

App for Ryanair Baggage

There is a new tool in the Ryanair app that lets you measure your carry-on bags to see if they fit the new rules. The app, which came out in April 2019, aims to make it so you don’t have to worry about having to pay extra to bring your handbags into the bedroom. As you can see below, the kids’ Trunki case doesn’t pass the test and can’t come on board for free.

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  • The information was correct at the time of writing, which was May 2019. No results were found.