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Ryanair baggage explained: how to maximize your hand luggage allowance

What are Ryanair baggage rules and restrictions and how to avoid last-minute hand luggage charges: bookmark this article so that you’ll never be shocked at the airport’s gate!

Ryanair cabin baggage allowance:

According to Ryanair baggage policy, passengers who have NOT booked priority boarding will be allowed to take only one small bag (40x20x25cm) into the cabin. Only passengers with priority boarding can bring an additional larger cabin bag (55x40x20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10kg. If you are a non-priority passenger and want to carry a second piece of hand luggage, you have to send it to the hold at the baggage drop-off counter for an additional charge. Here’s everything you need to know about Ryanair cabin baggage policy:

Ryanair cabin baggage allowance: weight, size, and fees:

Ticket Type Items Allowed Size Restrictions Weight Allowance
Non-Priority Ticket One free, small cabin bag40x20x25 cm (15.7”x7.8”x9.8”)
Priority Boarding: €6- €14 (₪23.30-₪54.30) at booking and any point up to 40 minutes before the flight One small cabin bag

One larger bag such as trolley
40x20x25 cm (15.7”x7.8”x9.8”)

55x40x20cm (21.6”x15.7”x7.8”)

10 kg (22lb)

Ryanair Hold Luggage allowance: weight, size, and fees:

Baggage Type CostSize Restrictions Weight Allowance
Small Trolley

Up to one per passenger
At booking: €10-€17.50 (₪38.80-₪67.85)

If added Online up to 40 minutes before the flight: €10-€25 (₪38.80-₪97)

At the drop-off counter: €20 (₪77.55)

At the boarding gate: €25 (₪97)
40x20x25cm (15.7”x7.8”x9.8”)

10kg (22lb)

Checked Baggage

Up to three items per passenger

At booking: €25-€35 (₪97-₪135.70)

If added Online up to 2 hours before the flight: €40 (₪155.10)

81x119x119cm (31.8″x46.8″x46.8″)
20kg (44lb)

* Information correct as of December 2019.

** EUR to ILS conversion rate as of 30 December 2019.

Ryanair offers exceptionally cheap flights, but sending luggage to the hold can be expensive, sometimes more than double than the cost of the ticket. Follow these tips to make sure you get around Ryanair baggage allowance without any problem.

What is Ryanair Cabin Baggage Allowance?

Ryanair baggage
Only one small bag is included

As of 1 November 2018, Ryanair flight tickets include only one small carry-on item. The maximum size is 40x20x25cm, and it must fit under the seat in front of you. These include handbags, laptop bags, and small backpacks. 

Can I take a larger item into the cabin?

Yes, for a fee. You can purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags during the booking process for a price of €6-€14 (₪23.30-₪54.30). You can also add it later up to 40 minutes before departure, as long as there’s still availability. The additional bag must not exceed 55x40x20 cm and 10 kg, and it must fit into the baggage sizer. 

How strict is Ryanair Baggage Policy with carry-on items?

Only passengers with Priority & 2 Cabin Bags and Flexi tickets are allowed with two bags into the cabin. Ryanair is known to be strict, and it can cost you a lot if you don’t follow their rules.

Can I take a backpack on Ryanair?

This bag might not fit under Ryanair baggage rules
This bag might not fit under Ryanair baggage rules

As long as it fits the Ryanair baggage dimensions mentioned, you can. If it exceeds it – you will have to check it and send it in to the hold for an extra charge of €25 (₪97). 

How much is it to check baggage with Ryanair?

  • 10 kg: Non-priority customers can purchase a 10kg Check-in Bag for €10-€17.50 (₪38.80-₪67.85) during the initial flight booking. The fee is €10-€25 (₪38.80-₪97) if added online after booking and up to 40 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. You must give the 10 kg trolley at the airport bag drop desk before entering security. If you purchase the second bag at the drop-off counter, it’ll cost you €20 (₪77.55) or €25 (₪97) at the boarding gate.
  • 20 kg: If you need a larger allowance, purchase a 20 kg check-in bag. The fee is €25-€35 (₪97-₪135.70) during the initial booking and €40 (₪155.10) if you add it later. This charge varies depending on the route and travel dates selected. A €10 (₪38.80) supplement on price during peak travel periods, such as Christmas, Easter, Summer. You can purchase up to three checked bags of 20 kg per passenger per flight.

What is Ryanair baggage allowance for babies?

There is no cabin baggage allowance for infants sitting on an adult’s lap, but you can bring a baby bag up to 5 kg in addition to your own cabin bag. Infants over the age of 1 sitting in their own seat have a free 10 kg baggage allowance as well as a small second bag. You can also carry up to two items of baby equipment free of charge per child.

Does Ryanair baggage policy allow additional items?

Medical equipment such as a dialysis machine is permitted onboard. Football and other inflatable sports equipment are also allowed, but these must be partially or fully deflated before boarding. 

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How do I get the most out of my hand luggage allowance on Ryanair flights?

Follow these tips to make sure your cabin bags won’t incur high fees:

1. Don’t forget your handbag

Unlike many other airlines, Ryanair baggage policy allows only one small carry-on bag. If you arrive at the airport with a standard trolley only – you’ll have to check it in and send it into the hold. In the smaller bag, you can pack your laptop, chargers, money, and other valuables that must not leave you at any stage. Even if you are a priority passenger, the smaller bag allows you to pack more stuff and save money on sending larger items into the hold. 

2. Buy the official Ryanair cabin bag

Ryanair Baggage
Ryanair Baggage

Different airlines have different hand luggage restrictions. Many stores sell “cabin approved” bags that fit most major airlines. However, easyJet cabin approved size is not the same as Ryanair’s. So if you want to be sure that no one will ask you to place your bag in the cage to measure it, just buy Ryanair cabin baggage approved bags from its website. You can buy a small bag, a larger one, a cheaper or more expensive trolley – it’s your choice. The suitcases are made by American Tourister and Samsonite so you can be sure that the quality is excellent. Ryanair promises that these bags are absolutely sure to fit, as long as it doesn’t exceed the 10 kg cabin bag weight restriction.

3. Get to the airport early

As long as you have Priority & 2 bags – you can take both bags onboard. However, on busy flights, you might have to store your bags away from your seat. If you want to make sure that your bag is above your head to disembark quickly, stand in line as soon as boarding starts. Being first also means that you can sit and relax first, and have the time to make your seat feels like First Class.

4. Go travel-size

Travel-size bottles
Travel-size bottles

With the current regulations in the EU, all liquids and creams cannot exceed the size of 100 ml. Because of that, there is a broad range of products offered in miniature size, such as shampoo, sunscreen, hair straightener, deodorants, body lotions, and more. You can also buy empty mini-bottles and fill it with the products you use at home and reuse it on your next flight. This way, you won’t need to add dozens of Euros (meaning – hundreds of Shekels) to send your luggage into the hold. Just remember that to fit Ryanair baggage regulations (and all other airlines flying to and from the EU) – you must place all these products in one resealable bag no larger than 1 liter. 

5. Be a Plus

If you want to be completely worries-free, buy a Plus ticket. Here is an example: a flight from Tel Aviv to Berlin on 25 February 2020 costs €28.99 (*searched on 29 December 2019, ₪112.40). If you add €33 (₪127.90) for a Plus fare, you get a reserved seat, and a 20 kg checked baggage allowance. In addition to the small cabin bag of Ryanair baggage allowance – you can be (almost) sure that you’ll breeze through the gate to the plane. Oh, and you can check in 60 days before your flight. 

6. Pool your (checked) Ryanair baggage

There is nothing like a vacation with your significant other, or with a friend. The new Ryanair cabin baggage allowance includes only two small items. If you need extra space, you can purchase a checked baggage allowance. You can either share one piece of luggage or buy two items and divide the total of 40 kg anyway you want, as long one piece doesn’t exceed 32 kg. 

7. Check the competitors

Ryanair cabin baggage allowance is not as generous as it used to be. easyJet has no weight restriction for hand luggage, and they still allow a standard trolley on board. Moreover, it’s larger than Ryanair’s cabin bags: 56x45x25 cm.