2023 Ryanair Baggage Allowance and Baggage Fees

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Ryanair Hand Luggage and Checked Baggage Allowance
Ryanair Hand Luggage and Checked Baggage Allowance

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Ryanair Hand Luggage Allowance:

One personal item, 40 x 25 x 20 cm, free of charge. 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' or 'Plus' customers may also bring on board a larger item measuring no more than 55 x 40 x 20 cm and weighing 10 kg or under. Priority costs between £6 and £35.99 per person, one way. Non-Priority customers may check their 10 kg hand luggage into the hold for between £12.99 and £35.99 per person, one way.

Ryanair Cabin Baggage for Infants

If travelling with an infant (23 months and under) seated on your lap, you may also bring into the cabin a baby bag up to 5 kg in weight (dimensions 45x35x20cm). There is no additional cabin baggage allowance for the infant.

You may bring two items of baby equipment, free of charge - a pushchair plus a car seat, booster seat or travel cot.  The pushchair can be brought to the steps of the plane, at which point it will be loaded onto the plane.

Infants over the age of one sitting in their own seat may bring one small carry-on item on board, measuring no more than 40 x 25 x 20 cm .

Bringing Musical Instruments as Ryanair Carry On

As part of Ryanair’s carry-on luggage allowance you are permitted to carry a small musical instrument, such as a cello, guitar or violin, on board if you purchase an extra seat for the item. You must enter 'item seat' as surname when booking the extra seat, and 'extra' as the first name.

Ryanair's 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' Fare

Passengers can purchase 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' in order to keep their large item of hand luggage on board the plane with them. This means they don't have to either check their larger cabin bag into the hold for between €/£12.99 and €/£35.99, nor travel with a small personal item only. By keeping their larger bag with them, such passengers won't have to wait at the baggage carousel to retrieve their item at the end of the journey. 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' costs between £6 and £35.99 per person, one way.

What If My Cabin Bag Is Overweight/ Oversized?

If an item of cabin luggage exceeds the dimensions or weight permitted by Ryanair’s baggage allowance, it will be placed in the hold and a charge of €/£69.99 (plus VAT) will be levied.

Non-Priority customers with an oversized free small bag will be required to pay €/£ 45.99 at the gate to have their bag checked into the hold.

Ryanair Hand Luggage Allowance for Toiletries and Make up

Ryanair allows passengers to pack toiletries and make up into their hand luggage provided all liquids are in containers of no more than 100 ml. In addition, all liquids must be within one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with dimensions of no more than 20 cm x 20 cm.

Ryanair Hand Luggage Prohibited Items

There are a number of items that are prohibited on board Ryanair flights. These include:

  • firearms
  • sharp objects
  • blunt instruments that could cause injury e.g. a baseball bat
  • explosives
  • flammable substances
  • chemical and toxic substances

Compare Ryanair's hand luggage allowance to that of other airlines.

Ryanair Hold Luggage Allowance:

Ryanair checked baggage allowance: Passengers may pay to check up to three 20 kg bags at a cost between €/£ 20.99 and €/£ 59.99.  If a bag exceeds the pre-booked checked baggage allowance, excess baggage fees will be charged at €/£11 per kilo.

No single checked bag may exceed 32 kg in weight or dimensions of 81 x 119 x 119 cm.

Passengers may also check a small 10 kg suitcase into the hold for between £/£12.99 and £/£35.99 if booking online, or £/£45.99 at the airport desk. Dimensions must not exceed 55 x 40 x 20 cm.

Children's Checked Baggage Allowance

Ryanair’s baggage allowance permits one fully collapsible pushchair per child, plus one of the following items to be carried free of charge: car seat/booster seat /travel cot.

Ryanair Hold Luggage Rules for Sports Equipment

Sporting equipment, such as snowboards, skis, golf clubs or bikes, and large musical instruments may be checked into the hold in addition to other checked baggage, as long as each item does not exceed 20 kg (or 30 kg for bikes). Prices vary according to item.

Information correct as of 06/03/2023.

More Airline Baggage Allowances:

EasyJet Baggage Allowance

Flybe Baggage Allowance

British Airways Baggage Allowance

Jet2 Baggage Allowance

Ryanair Baggage News

12/01/2019: Ryanair Increases Fees Again

Ryanair increases the cost of Priority Boarding by £2 from £6 to £8. In addition, customers choosing to pre-pay for a 10 kg checked bag must now pay £10, rather than £8. 

01/11/2018: Ryanair's New Baggage Policy Comes Into Effect

Now the only free hand luggage allowed on board Ryanair flights is one small personal item; 40 x 25 x 20 cm.

29/09/2018: Ryanair Makes £1.7 Billion from Add-On Charges

A new report has revealed that Ryanair has earned over £1.7 billion in just one year from ancillary revenue, placing the airline among the top 5 airlines for this type of income.

21/09/2018: Antitrust Investigates New Ryanair Baggage Fees

Italy's competition watchdog, Antittrust, is investigating Ryanair's new hand luggage fees. The watchdog dislikes the fact that customers must pay €6 (£5) in order to bring a small suitcase on board as hand luggage.

24/08/2018: Ryanair Reduces Free Cabin Baggage Allowance

From 1st November, 2018 Ryanair passengers will have to pay £8 to check a small 10 kg suitcase into the hold or £6 for Priority Boarding, which allows them to bring their suitcase on board.

20/11/2017: Ryanair Flights for Under a Tenner

Ryanair are offering Black Friday deals on flights, with some going for as little as £9.99. These flights are to be taken in December this year, but there are likely to be more deals popping up in the next few days. Why not grab one of these deals and avoid Ryanair's baggage fees by shipping your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag?

25/10/2017: Ryanair New Cabin Baggage Policy Postponed

The new Ryanair cabin baggage policy, which states that any passengers without Priority Boarding will have their larger item of hand luggage placed in the hold, has now been postponed until 15th January, 2018 to allow passengers to get used to the idea.

27/09/2017: Ryanair Travel Chaos to Continue for Months

Following the disruption caused by Ryanair incorrectly scheduling staff holidays, the airline has now announced that it is suspending 34 routes over the winter period, including Newcastle to Faro and London Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

25/09/2017: No Insurance Pay-Outs for Many Ryanair Passengers

Although Ryanair has offered limited compensation to those passengers affected by its cancelled flights, holidaymakers are unlikely to be reimbursed for any other aspects of their holiday they have missed out on. This is because most basic holiday insurance packages do not cover loss as a result of cancelled flights.

18/09/2017: Flight Misery for Ryanair Passengers

Ryanair has cancelled approximately 2000 flights, leaving 315,000 passengers either stranded abroad, stuck at home and missing their holidays, or forking out hundreds of pounds to make other arrangements. This is a result of a blunder over the scheduling of pilot holidays.

The knock-on effect of this scheduling error is likely to be enormous, especially for passengers among the 50 million people every year who choose to travel on self-connected flights. At the best of times these passengers have to do all the leg-work themselves when it comes to checking, reclaiming and rechecking their baggage onto different flights. If their Ryanair flights are cancelled, they will encounter all manner of difficulty trying to reorganise their itineraries, and all with a pile of baggage in tow.

06/09/2017: Only Small Handbag is Guaranteed Hand Luggage

New Ryanair baggage rules mean that, unless passengers pay £5 for Priority Boarding, they will be forced to place their larger item of cabin baggage into the hold once they arrive at the boarding gate. This means that non-Priority customers will only be able to bring their small personal item on board with them.

This is likely to cause problems for passengers who are unaware of the new policy and who have not prepared their hand baggage for the stresses and strains of being loaded into and out of the hold. Damaged hand luggage will likely become a common occurrence on Ryanair flights. 

There is now all the more reason to send your luggage to your destination and avoid altogether the hassle of flying with luggage.

Ryanair News

22/09/2020: Ryanair Warns of Potential Winter Base Closures

An internal memo seen by Ryanair pilots and crew has warned of possible base closures at Cork and Shannon in the winter season.

17/08/2020: Ryanair Cuts Flights After Increase in EU Virus Rates

Following the reintroduction of quarantine measures in the UK and Ireland for arrivals from several EU countries, Ryanair announce they will cut 20% of their flying capacity in September and October.

07/08/2020: Ryanair Restores 60% of Flights in August

Ryanair announces it has restored 60% of its normal flight schedule in August.

28/07/2020: Ryanair Still Flying to Spain

Budget EU airline Ryanair will continue flights in and out of Spain as normal, despite the reintroduction of a 14-day quarantine on arrivals from the country into the UK.

02/07/2020: Welsh Government Asks Ryanair to Stop Flights

Ryanair flights departing Cardiff Airport are due to go ahead despite the travel guidance in Wales asking citizens to remain with 5 miles of their homes. Welsh ministers are understood to be frustrated by the situation with a spokesman stating “We don’t believe these flights should be going ahead” with official ‘stay local’ rules in the nation not expiring until 6 July. 

19/05/2020: Ryanair Accepts £600 Million UK Government Backed Loan

Ireland-based Ryanair has received £600m from the UK governments Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF).

18/05/2020: Ryanair Expects Passengers Numbers to Halve

Ryanair say they expect passenger numbers to halve in the current financial year to below 80 million. The airline originally targeted 154 million passengers to fly with them this year.

12/05/2020: Ryanair Plans to Return to 40% Flying Capacity in July

Ryanair announce they will return to 40% flying capacity from 1 July subject to travel restrictions being lifted and safety measures being introduced at airports.

27/04/2020: Ryanair Extends Limited Flight Schedule

Low-cost airline Ryanair has today extended its limited flight schedule until May 14. Around 99% of its fleet remain grounded at airports.

23/04/2020: Ryanair Won't Fly With Social Distancing Rules

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, says his planes will not fly if the airline is forced to leave the middle seat empty in order to comply with in-flight social distancing rules.

24/03/2020: Ryanair Ceases Flights for the Next Two Months

Ryanair, Europe’s biggest budget airline, announces it will ground the majority of its flights from the 24th of March, and that this suspension will continue into April and May of this year.


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Baggage at a glance
Ryanair Hand Luggage Allowance

One small bag free 

40 x 25 x 20 cm

One larger bag - with Priority, £6-£35.99. 

55 x 40 x 20 cm, 10 kg 

Ryanair Hold Luggage Allowance

Up to 3 bags of 20 kg each, charged

Or 1 x 10 kg suitcase

£11/ €11 per kg overweight at airport