Ryanair Baggage Allowance, Ryanair Excess Baggage Fees & Policy

Excess Baggage Charges Ryanair 2023, Ryanair changes its luggage more frequently than many individuals change their underpants. The most recent update to the luggage policy promises to simplify the regulation, but many users see it as just another way for airlines to extract more pounds or Euros from their consumers. As a short-haul, low-cost carrier, many Ryanair customers fly light and strive to take just hand luggage to keep costs down and assure a quick turnaround at the destination airport without having to wait at baggage reclaim. However, Ryanair’s new policy hinders the majority of passengers from traveling with only hand luggage for free, since they now have the smallest free allotment for hand luggage 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

Excess Baggage Fees on Ryanair

The most cost-effective approach to pay for extra baggage on Ryanair flights, like other airlines, is to pre-book your luggage at the time of booking. Even returning to manage your booking at a later date will result in pricing increasing from the time of booking. Wait till you get to the airport, then you should anticipate more. If you arrive at the airport with more luggage than you ordered, you will be charged €/£11 per kilogram for each kilogram over weight. To be fair to Ryanair, easyJet charges £12 per kilogram.

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

Baggage Allowance on Ryanair

Ryanair became the meanest airline in terms of free carry-on luggage allowance on November 1st, 2018. The most basic ticket holders (non-priority) can only bring one small bag measuring 40 x 25 x 20cm on board. New baggage containers are situated at check-in and each boarding gate to check the two types of cabin luggage, with the smallest little larger than a large purse or small backpack.

Allowance for Hand Luggage on Ryanair

Priority boarding guests (€/£6 per trip) are permitted to bring two cabin bags inside the cabin (until cabin capacity is achieved, at which point it is no longer an option – about the first 80 passengers), one small bag (max 40 x 25 x 20cm – no weight restriction), and one cabin bag (max 55 x 40 x 20cm – 10kg limit). Non-priority travelers may only bring one small bag on board. If the flight’s cabin bag restriction is reached and you need to carry more than a small bag, you can add a 10kg cabin bag for £10 at the time of booking, or choose from the hold baggage choices for bigger bags.

Check-in Baggage Allowance on Ryanair

Passengers can buy up to three checked bags per ticket. At the time of booking, 20kg check-in luggage cost €/£35 per flight, per bag. Expect to pay £50 / 50 EUR per bag if added to the booking at a later date or at the airport. Because the maximum weight for any single item is 32kg, it is significantly more cost-effective to purchase two check-in bags rather than pay the excess baggage tax of €/£11 per KG, which could cost as much as €/£132 if you bring a 32kg bag to the airport if you only purchased a 20kg bag. Booking two 20kg bags online would cost at least €/£25 more and allow for up to 40kg total baggage.

Special Baggage on Ryanair

Ryanair will enable you to fly with specific luggage, such as sporting equipment; for further information, read the baggage pricing table. All fees are per item and per flight, with a weight of 20kg. For pre-booked sporting equipment that exceeds the weight restriction, the usual excess baggage costs (€/£11) apply. The same maximum weight limit of 32kg applies. If you’re going on a ski vacation and intend to bring both skis and boots in separate baggage, you’ll have to pay an additional €/£180 for your flight, making renting in resort a much cheaper choice.

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  

Allowance for Infant Baggage on Ryanair

Infants under the age of two who ride on their parents’ (adults’) laps have no baggage allowance.
Children (0–15 years old) may carry a foldable stroller / buggy, as well as one of the following things (carried in the hold, or brought to the aircraft stairs) free of charge. Additional products can be reserved for £11/11EUR each flight.

  • Travel Cot
  • Car Seat (we recommend bringing your own if renting a car in another country)

App for Ryanair Baggage

The Ryanair app now includes a function that allows you to measure your hand luggage to see if it meets the new luggage standards. The app, which debuted in April 2019, seeks to alleviate the stress of needing to pay extra to get your handbags into the cabin. As we know, the Trunki case for children fails the criteria and is not authorized to board for free, as seen below.

ryanair bag sizer app
ryanair bag sizer app checker
ryanair bag sizer app trunki
ryanair bag sizer trunki
  • Disclaimer: All information was valid at the time of publishing on May 2019. There is no data available.