UPDATED 1st Dec 2013 Ryanair Cabin Baggage Allowance Change
Ryanair are known for being a strict `no frills` carrier but Ryanair still offer a fairly decent hand luggage allowance with two free cabin bags. They charge for hold luggage but have upgraded the Ryanair cabin baggage allowance for 2014.
This new upgrade along with other measures to improve customer service and satisfaction means you are now allowed to take 2 cabin bags on board per passenger, 1 up to a maximum of 55 x 40 x 20 cm with a weight limit of 10 kg AND you are now allowed one small bag like a handbag with maximum dimensions of 35 x 20 x 20 cms.
While I tend to recommend the approach less is more in terms of baggage this is a very good move and will help more people travel with just free hand luggage saving money and hassle at the airport. Read on for further details including recommended cabin bags for Ryanair flights, the Ryanair oversized cabin bag fee more details, specifics and exceptions and advice on how to travel smarter…
The Ryanair Cabin Baggage Limits
[alert-note] TIP: Measure the weight of your bag before you get to the airport and make sure it is less than 9.5 kg (including the bag) to be completely safe [/alert-note]
- You are allowed two pieces of cabin baggage per passenger and this also excludes infants.
- Maximum cabin baggage sizes are 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and 35 x 20 x 20 cms. This is the very maximum and Ryanair have a no exceptions attitude to this. In fact, it has been proven that Ryanair have agreed to pay staff small bonuses for catching people over the cabin baggage limit. They are looking to make extra money from every passenger whether on excess baggage charges, pushing scratchcards, e-cigarettes or something else so follow all their rules or you will pay!
- There is a maximum weight limit of 10 kg for the main cabin bag and as far as I know no limit for the smaller one but just be sensible….
- Learn how to travel light and travel smarter.
Top Tip – Get Luggage Scales to Make Sure Your Bag is 10kg or Less
Most Popular Luggage Scales on Amazon – See Their Prices and Reviews - You can buy luggage scales for about £5 online and won`t pay the £60 penalty for breaking the Ryanair cabin baggage rules. A good idea to pack it so you won`t fall afoul of the rules going home too.
Ryanair Penalty – Ryanair Excess Hand Luggage Fine
This Ryanair excess baggage fee has been cut to a much fairer £30 but it shows it still pays to follow the rules and it will still be very annoying and stressful to have to pay a significant fine which is easily avoidable.
Recommended Cabin Bag for Ryanair – Ryanair Hand Luggage
The two bags I currently recommend for Ryanair are:
The Cabin Max which is a practical, lightweight and cheap backpack which will be fine for most travellers or the Right Size Cabin Bag (my review) which is a wheeled higher quality case and has some cool features but is a little more expensive and heavy.
A lightweight, inexpensive bag which is suitable for easyJet flights is the Cabin Max Cabin Bag. I have this bag myself and did find it to be a cheap way of carrying a lot in my hand luggage easily and the bag is of a reasonable quality.
This bag is guaranteed to fit within the dimensions of the Ryanair hand luggage allowance so you will avoid luggage fees and you can fit a lot into this bag. Although you will have to be wary of breaking the 10kg weight limit so get some luggage scales too. I have a more detailed review of this cabin bag but I would recommend purchasing it as it will save money on baggage fees and time as it allows you to travel hand luggage only.
The main downside which is also a positive is the shape is quite flexible, meaning when fully loaded the bag could expand and so you will need to just check and possibly compress it to fit within the Ryanair limits but this can be very easily done. This can be slightly annoying but at the same time means the bag is flexible for packing. Rated very highly on Amazon by many who have flown with Ryanair. I would recommend it for your next flight.
Ryanair Hand Luggage Rules Summary
To summarise, now two pieces the main bag up to 55 x 40 x 20cm, up to a weight limit of 10kg and a smaller bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cmas cabin baggage on Ryanair flights, or you will exceed the Ryanair cabin baggage limits.
I also always advice you to check the official Ryanair website for the latest rules in case they change and am happy to be corrected and answer your questions but please bear in mind I am not the official website just a useful guy trying to help!
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