Budget air travel in Europe opens a whole world of opportunities. But with so many hidden costs, your trip can end up being way more expensive than expected. Make sure you don’t get caught out with our complete guide to Ryanair’s baggage policy.
With Ryanair, you can bring one cabin bag no larger than 40 x 20 x 25 cm (15.75 x 7.87 x 9.84 inches). Priority customers can take an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) to go in the overhead locker. You can also pay to check a 10 kg (22 lbs) or 20 kg (44 lbs) bag. Prices vary for different flight routes.
Ready to unpack Ryanair’s baggage policy? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know for a low-turbulence airport experience, including what you can take on board, what you can check, and what costs extra.
Ryanair’s basic fare
The basic ticket for Ryanair is your most budget-friendly option. All passengers with Ryanair are entitled to bring one small bag onboard with them. The airline is known for being strict with bags that don’t meet their policies, so you’ll want to follow their guidelines as closely as possible to avoid any extra charges. Within reason, any duty-free items don’t contribute towards your cabin baggage allowance.
Your bag must be smaller than 40 x 20 x 25 cm (15.75 x 7.87 x 9.84 inches) and you must be able to fit it under the seat in front of you. There are no specifications on the weight limit, so in theory, you could pack as much as you want. Just be mindful that you’ll have to carry your heavy bag around the airport until you board.
If you’re traveling with a baby, you can take up to two pieces of baby equipment per child, including one stroller and a choice of a booster seat, car seat, or travel cot. Lap infants are allowed a 5 kg (11 lbs) baby bag, as long as it isn’t bigger than 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17.72 x 13.78 x 7.87 inches).
Ryanair priority boarding
You could also purchase a Ryanair priority ticket. You’ll get to join the priority boarding queue at the gate and take an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) cabin bag. It can’t measure more than 55 x 40 x 20 cm (21.65 x 15.75 x 7.87 inches) and must be able to fit in the overhead locker.
You can purchase priority boarding when you book your flight. This costs between €6-36 depending on your route and travel dates. If you want to add priority boarding after your booking or at the airport, it could cost anywhere between €20-38.
If you’re only taking hand luggage and tend to pack a heavy washbag, you’ll need to keep in mind current EU Security Requirements. This can vary depending on your departure airport and, thanks to new scanning technology, some airports no longer require a maximum liquid policy. You should always check the specific requirements for the airports you’ll be flying from.
The general guidance from Ryanair is that no liquid container can be larger than 100 ml (3.38 oz). All your liquids should fit into a clear, resealable plastic bag no larger than 20 x 20 cm (7.87 x 7.87 inches), with a capacity of up to 1 liter (33.8 oz). You must have your bag separate from your hand luggage for screening and you should be able to seal it when it’s full.
If you’re traveling with a baby or have a medical condition that requires liquid medicine, you can bring on as much medicine, baby milk, powdered milk, sterilized water, and baby food as you like. It doesn’t need to be in a clear plastic bag, but you should have it ready for inspection.
Other airport security considerations
The items you can bring on board and the items you can put in checked luggage vary by airport and airline. If you put the wrong item in the wrong bag, you could be denied boarding or asked to abandon your item. Ryanair has a full list of prohibited items on their website.
Putting cabin baggage in the hold
If your bag doesn’t meet Ryanair’s requirements, they may ask you to check your bag and pay the necessary charges. On very busy flights, Ryanair may not have space on the aircraft for everyone’s bags. If this happens and you’ve purchased bags to go in the overhead lockers, they may ask you to check it in the hold instead. In either of these situations, you’ll need to pick up your bag from baggage reclaim before going through customs.
Ryanair’s checked luggage fee
Want to pack more for your vacation? You could also consider checking a bag. A 10 kg (22 lbs) checked bag could cost between €11.99-29.99 at the time of booking and €23.99-35.99 after booking or at the airport. A 20 kg (44 lbs) bag costs between €18.99-29.99 at the time of booking and €44.99-59.99 after booking or at the airport. You can buy up to three 20 kg bags per booking.
Overweight and Oversize Policy
If you’ve purchased checked luggage, you must drop it off at the check-in desk before security. Ryanair charges €9 per kilo (2.2 lbs) for excess baggage if you purchase it online up to two hours before departure. It costs €11 per kilo (2.2 lbs) to pay for excess baggage at the airport, so make sure you weigh all your luggage in advance.
Your bag shouldn’t be larger than 80 x 120 x 120 cm (31.5 x 47.2 x 47.2 inches). Ryanair doesn’t state a specific policy on charges for items larger than this, so we recommend confirming ahead of time to avoid last-minute problems and fees at the airport.
If you bring oversized sports equipment such as golf clubs, read more details in our guide to Ryanair’s golf club policy.
Ryanair offers a very limited number of connecting flights, so any layovers will likely be self-transfers. This means you’ll need to allow enough time to go through immigration, collect any checked bags, recheck them, go back through security, and make it to your gate.
With self-transfer flights, it’s often difficult to make a claim if a delayed flight or tight connection causes you to miss your next flight. Unless you have a long layover, we highly recommend you try to only take hand luggage on a self-transfer flight.
Ryanair’s policy on lost or damaged luggage
With thousands of passengers transiting through airports every day, even the most efficient systems can go wrong. Your luggage getting damaged or not making your final destination is a risk you should always consider when checking bags. We always recommend including your luggage contents in your travel insurance policy.
If your bags are lost or damaged after a flight with Ryanair, you need to go to the lost property desk on arrival and ask for a unique reference number. This is essential to tracking your bags and making any claims. It takes up to 15 working days for Ryanair to process a claim, and there are processes to escalate any issues you have with your claim assessment. For more information, you can also check our guide on what to do if your baggage is delayed.