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Turkish Airlines baggage guide: how to maximize your hand luggage allowance

Here you'll find everything you need to know about Turkish Airlines baggage allowance, plus tips on how to pack smartly to avoid those annoying, unnecessary excess baggage fees.

Turkish Airlines baggage: cabin item weight, size, and fees

Cabin bag size Cabin baggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x40x23 cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

one additional Personal Item being a purse, baby carrier, camera or laptop
8kg maximum weight One per passenger Free if your cabin bag meets Turkish Airlines regulations and the flight is full

Hold luggage allowance: weight, size, and fees

Turkish Airlines hold baggage size Turkish Airlines hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Turkish Airlines hold luggage
L+H+W = 158 cm maximum dimensions 20kg maximum weight

30kg for Business Class tickets, and flights originating in Ireland and Switzerland
1 item of hold luggage per passenger Online

These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying
  • Information correct as of January 2020.

How much hand luggage are you allowed with Turkish Airlines?

According to Turkish Airlines baggage rules, the maximum size of carry-on luggage is 55x40x23cm, up to 8kg. Economy Class travelers may board with one piece of luggage while Business passengers may bring two pieces. Along with the cabin baggage, each passenger can bring one accessory like a camera or a smartphone into the cabin free of charge.

What is Turkish Airlines baggage allowance?

Turkish Airlines flights departing from Tel Aviv include one piece of checked luggage up to 20 kg. Flights to the United States include two pieces of up to 23 kg per item. You can purchase extra baggage online. Fees vary depending on your route. In any case, the maximum weight is 32 kg per piece. 

Are there any benefits for Turkish Airlines frequent travelers? 

Sure! If you have a Miles&Smiles card, you have the following extra baggage allowance:

Classic Plus: extra 10 kg.

Elite: Extra 20 kg or one extra piece.

Elite Plus: Extra 25 kg or one extra piece. 

What about babies’ hand luggage?

Babies 0-2 years old have the same cabin baggage allowance as adults, up to 8 kg. 

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

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

1. Use a cabin-approved bag

Each airline has its own policies, and Turkish Airlines cabin baggage restrictions might be different than other airlines. When you look for the perfect cabin bag, make sure it fits most airlines. This way, you can use it on all your flights without worrying that the check-in crew will ask you to put the bag in the cage and measure it. If you are a trolley fan, consider switching to backpack – it has more room, you don’t waste precious space on wheels and handles, you can squeeze in everything, and there is a bigger chance that you won’t be asked to measure it at all. 

Turkish Airlines baggage

2. Pack smartly – and lightly

Before you start packing, make a list of everything you need. Nope, you don’t need seven pairs of jeans for a weekend getaway. Stack your socks and underwear into your shoes; it will free more space in your bag and keep your shoes in their form. Roll your clothes and pack it in vacuum bags, you can get those in stores like Ace or Home Center. Some bags don’t need a vacuum cleaner, so you don’t need to worry about re-packing before your return flight. 

3. Use a portable luggage scale

You can find super cheap luggage scales, and you can use it every time before you go to the airport. If you are traveling with carry-on luggage only, and planning to push the boundaries of Turkish Airlines baggage restriction, this portable gadget can save you a lot of trouble and a lot of money. You can carry it in your pocket or your personal item bag so that it won’t waste any space or one gram of your allowance. 

4. Upgrade to Business 

Turkish Airlines cabin baggage for Economy passengers is not so generous. But if you are a Business Class traveler, your cabin allowance is doubled; you can board the cabin with two carry-on items of 8 kg each. You also get 10 extra kg for your checked baggage allowance, meaning 30 kilograms instead of 20 kg. If you fly to a destination in the US, you can check two items of 32 kg each instead of two pieces of 23 kg each. That’s 18 kg extra included in your ticket. Check our hacks for getting a Business seat for free.

5. Check the competitors’ offers

Turkish Airlines cabin baggage allowance is not the best on the market. It’s better than Ukraine International, which allows only 7 kg, but easyJet doesn’t have any weight limits at all. Check out other airlines flying on the route; you might find a cheaper offer for your baggage needs. Here’s everything you need to know about Ryanair, Lufthansa, and Wizz Air baggage policies.

Turkish Airlines Baggage
Try to pack light

FAQs about luggage, special items, and sports goods being carried on Turkish Airlines

Can I carry my surfboard/skis as part of my Turkish Airlines baggage allowance?

Special items are allowed on Turkish Airlines flights. These are the permitted gear considered as special items: archery equipment, surfboards, canoes, tents, parachutes, ice hockey equipment, diving equipment, paragliders, mountain equipment, and bicycles. Additional charges apply If the item weighs more than 10 kg. Fees start at €30 (₪111.60), and go up to €120 (₪446.60) per kilo, depending on the origin and destination. 

Check out Turkish Airlines baggage allowance for special equipment
Check out Turkish Airlines baggage allowance for special equipment

Do I need to pay for a wheelchair or baby buggy?

Turkish Airlines doesn’t charge for carrying wheelchairs and baby buggies, and they are sent to the hold for free. However, you will have to pay for a child ticket if you want to bring a child’s car seat. The payment is made when you book.

Traveling to the US or the UK via Turkey?

Turkish Airlines hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK and the US Government’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins on flights from Turkey. It practically means that you cannot carry any gadget larger than a typical smartphone as hand luggage.