Ryanair Cabin Baggage Allowance and Limits

Ryanair Cabin Baggage Allowance 2017

Ryanair actually offer a decent hand luggage allowance offering up to 2 bags for free but have recently made a change to their cabin baggage policy from 1st November meaning you are only allowed to take two cabin bags on board if you pay £5 for priority boarding otherwise the bigger bag will be placed in the hold at the gate for free. However, the Ryanair cabin baggage limits and allowance remain the same. For more on this and info on the reduced checked baggage check this post out.

There is a 10kg weight limit for the main piece of Ryanair hand luggage.  Ryanair do charge for hold luggage so making the most of the free Ryanair hand luggage allowance can save you significant baggage fees.

Ryanair Cabin Baggage Limits

TIP: Use luggage scales of your bag before you get to the airport to weigh your bag and make sure it is less than 9.5 kg (including the bag) to be completely safe.

  • You are allowed two pieces of cabin baggage per passenger and this also excludes infants.
  • Maximum sizes of the cabin bags is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and one smaller handbag at 35 x 20 x 20 cm. This is the  very maximum and Ryanair have a no exceptions attitude to this.
  • There is a maximum weight limit of 10 kg for the main cabin bag and no limit for the smaller one but be reasonable.

  • The smaller hand/laptopbag should fit under the seat in front of you.
  • You must follow the standard liquid restrictions for hand luggage – find out how to beat the liquid rules.
  • There is no need to check a bag which is quite expensive – see our guide about how to pack light.  Travelling with just hand luggage is easier than you think.

Top Tip – Get Luggage Scales – Save Money By Avoiding the £30 Weight Limit Penalty

You can buy luggage scales cheaply online and they will help you avoid w the £30 penalty each way for breaking the Ryanair hand luggage weight limit of 10kg.

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A good idea to pack it for the return journey too.

The new upgrade to the cabin baggage allowance for Ryanair along with other measures to improve customer service and satisfaction means you are now allowed:

  • To take 2 cabin bags 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.

Recommended Ryanair Cabin Bag

My current recommendation are Cabin Max bags which have served me well and are very affordable. Click to see the 4.5 star reviews, product info and current price. The cost of one of these bags is LESS THAN the HOLD LUGGAGE FEE on each flight.

Ryanair Excess Baggage Penalty – Ryanair Excess Hand Luggage Fee

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  fine which is easily avoidable.

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Make sure your luggage fits within the Ryanair cabin baggage allowance gauge or you will pay a hefty penalty.

Make sure your luggage fits within the Ryanair luggage gauge or you will pay a hefty penalty.

 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!

If you found it useful please share it so others learn how to travel smarter and avoid ruining their trip by breaking the rules for Ryanair.  Thanks!

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  2. Hi I have a rucksack which size is W39 x H62 x D18cm so the height is 12cm over the allowance. However as it is a soft bag if I don’t fully pack it and tighten the strap I think I can get the height down. Will this be allowed?

    • No, I really would not try with a strict airline like Ryanair. That is substantially over and you may get an aggressive staff member who says you can`t squish it. You will have to take a smaller bag and make use of the second hand luggage bag you can now take too which is actually quite generous or pay for hold luggage. Hope that helps even if that is not the answer you wanted!

      • Sorry another question. This sounds really sill but in their bag size of 55 x 40 x 20cm which is the height, width and depth? I thought it went W,H,D but I just measured 55cm and it seems very wide. Also are these measurements fixed or can it be applied if you were to turn the case on it’s side for example then measure.

        • 55cm high, 40 cm wide and 20 cm is the depth. If it is obvious that your case fits in a certain way then make sure you put it in that way and it will be fine. If not buy a bag like the Right Sized Cabin Bag or the Cabin Max on this page or anything rated highly on Amazon with slightly lower than the correct dimensions and lots of good reviews and take a small handbag up to the 35 x 20 x 20 cms.

          I am sure you will be fine – Ryanair are trying to be more friendly now also

          Flying is fine also once you are on the plane and Ryanair are improving and some people love them for being on time and cheap.

    • Thank you Dave! I managed to find a case that fit and the flight was successful. You were a great help!

      • Cool, glad you found the site useful – that is what it is here for. If you know anyone else flying soon please share it with them!

  3. Thank you! Yes I will definetly be taking a second bag. I’m not an experienced flyer and have never flown with Ryanair so you’re advice is much appreciated!

    • Should do if you put it in the cage the right way round – even if that means it is upside down and check the depth really is 20cm – they are quite strict. Or take another bag and a small handbag as you are allowed 2 bags now – see the post for more on this.

      Have a good flight!

  4. Am travelling with Ryanair. I understand cabin baggage is max 10kg (55cm x 40 x 20) & 35cm x 20 x 20.
    Does this mean 10kg is total of two bags?

    • Hi Maureen!
      The 10kg limit is for the larger cabin bag with the max size of 55 x 40 x 20 cm.
      So, it is NOT a combined weight limit for Ryanair cabin bags allowed for free meaning you can take a little more. Hope that helps!

      • Many thanks for your help.
        Have just booked with Ryanair for August so have plenty of time
        to sort but can be very confusing.
        Thanks again for your help.

        • No problem – glad you found it useful and hopefully you`ll check back next time you fly!

  5. What are the rules on the liquids in the second bag? Are you allowed to have small amounts or none at all?
    I’d imagine if you were allowed that you’d have to put it in a plastic bag and less than 100ml or whatever, but are you allowed that as well as liquids in your main carry on?

    Also, are there any weight restrictions? I take it that there isn’t as I can’t find it anywhere on the internet…

    • Hi Tanya – 2 good questions there!

      1) I would stick to just putting all your hand luggage liquids in one place in ONE clear zip lock bag – as that is a security restriction so there would be no point having liquids in both bags.

      2) No weight restrictions on the second bag it seems – there is no info about it anywhere as you say but 10kg on the main bag.

      Have a great flight!

      • Thanks for that I’ve changed my case now to the exact measurements, can’t take any chances, but what I’ve noticed the cabin cases are more expensive the smaller they get! Thanks for your help!

    • That is the size limit Dawn so should be fine = just watch out for the weight limit of 10kg for Ryanair as well.

  6. Hi, it mentions on ryanair page with an asterisk that you can take a cabin case 55x40x20 plus a small handbag is that right?

  7. question on addition handbag 35x20x20, does it have to be the exact dimensions, could it be 35x30x10 for example?

  8. I have a holdall not a case so the biggest measurement is the length not the height will it still be accepted if i put it in the measure cage on its side…does that make sense ?

    • Yes a holdall is fine – just put it in the right way around in the measuring cage. As long as it will fit if you`re asked it is fine.

      • Sorry that’s what I mean it won’t go in the measure cage the right way it will need to go in on it’s side

        • Does the two carry on bags have to be 10kg combined weight and what dimension for checked bag

  9. Can I take a solar powered alarm box in hand luggage which will be sealed as new to France?

  10. Hi is it right that I can carry a hand bag FREE of charge onto the plane?

  11. I use e-light cigarettes which need battery’s, am I allowed to Carrie these in my hand bag ????

  12. If you chose to pay for checked in baggage, do you still get free cabin luggage allowance. Sounds greedy but just wanted to weigh up my options

    • Absolutely David – not greedy at all! You get the hold (checked luggage) for your Ryanair flight and the free cabin luggage allowance if you pay for the checked bags.

      • Many thanks for your reply. Just didn’t want to be restricted on what could be taken on the trip.

  13. Hi, im really struggling with the decision to buy a different hand luggage bag. My suitcase is 52.5 x 38 x 23.8, do you think they will be strict with the 3.8 over, as the other two are under the limit?

    • Depends if you get lucky Kelsey. However, considering you can take a small handbag on Ryanair also I would definitely recommend into getting a new smaller cabin bag for future flights and the fine would be more.

      • Thank you Dave, I have decided to use a smaller bag, the other one will be okay for flights other than Ryanair. Thank you again!

  14. wishing to take a tennis raquet with me , but the handle will poke out the top of the small rucksack. will this be ok?

    • They will say it won`t be OK unfortunately. There are separate charges for sports equipment or you will have to try and put it inside paid hold luggage Monica.

  15. I have one spray deodorant, two bottles of shampoo (400ml and 250ml), facial cream (200ml), toothpaste (80ml) and some make-up. Is that ok to carry in my hold-baggage, according to Ryanair rules?.. I dont want trouble or unnecessary delay at airport and its my first flight by plane ever so many thanks for answer!

  16. hi if i paid excess 15kg luggage can i take larger case to go below into storage

    • I don`t really understand Catherine.
      If you`ve paid for 15kg then that is what you will have plus the standard hand luggage allowance detailed on this page.

  17. Hello

    I have been struggling with bags allowed with Ryanair, as per their site they have written.


    “One cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms may be carried per passenger*.”

    and * refers to

    * A baby bag up to 5kg may be carried by the accompanying adult in addition to their own cabin bag allowance when an infant (aged 8 days to 23 months) is travelling on an adult’s lap

    I have checked online and on boarding pass it says,

    “1 large cabin bag (size 55 x 40 x 20 cms) plus 1 small bag or personal item (size 35 x 20 x 20cms) per passenger.”

    Information on their site and boarding pass conflicts so which one should I follow?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Zeeshan.

      Both are actually correct but unless you are travelling with an infant ignore the latter part.

      So the “One cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms may be carried per passenger.” is correct for Ryanair flights and is the standard hand luggage allowance.

      However, IF you are travelling with an infant then you get the additional 5kg. This is a separate policy and I imagine not relevant to your situation.

      Hope that helps!

  18. I am traveling to Italy for 5 weeks and need to take essential medication with me,can I carry it in its foil packets in my handbag as I cannot lose it in transit.Does it need to be in a20cmx20cm transparent zip plastic?Also will it be the same for cosmetics,ie in my handbag?

    • Yeah take the medicine in your hand luggage. If it`s a liquid just put in in the 20 x 20 cm transparent bag (the same as cosmetics). For medicine it is best to carry a prescription/doctor`s note too if possible. It should be fine.

      Have a great trip Diane!

  19. Is it alright to have one bag for two people weighing 20kg we are travelling on Thursday

    • No unfortunately Ryanair don`t let you pool hand luggage so you would need 2 separate 10kg bags. Remember each person can also take a small handbag – sizes are on this page.

  20. Hey, I’m flying back to UK in a couple of weeks, am i allowed 200 Cigarettes in my Hand Luggage or is it not allowed?

  21. Are there any maximum dimensions for the 5kg baby bag we are allowed when travelling with an infant?

    • I’m not sure Clair – but as it is only 5kg I would just bring a normal quite small bag for the baby stuff.

  22. Why anybody bothers flying anywhere these days unless they really, really, have to simply amazes me…it is hell from beginning to bloody end. If I have to I use a Cabin Max – a good bag, even for the sociopaths that work for budget airlines. For pleasure I take ferries and use railways. Air travel is too uncomfortable now – 1st and business OK, just.

    • Hi Rimir,

      I do largely understand and agree that on long flights particularly budget airlines are quite uncomfortable although airlines are quick and often cheap. I also recommend the Cabin Max on this site.

      Taking the train does tend to be more relaxing and enjoyable but is normally slower and more expensive (plus not as easy starting from the UK but doable). Anyway, thanks for stopping by and you got me thinking about adding some advice about trains too.

  23. I have read all the questions and all of your answers so forgive me if I repeat it again . I have paid for my main case to go into the hold, can I also take hand luggage on without paying.

  24. me and my daughter are going away i have 15kg in the hold do we get 10kg each and can i have my small handbag as well please

  25. Hi there! I need your help!
    One cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms may be carried per passenger*.
    * A baby bag up to 5kg may be carried by the accompanying adult in addition to their own cabin bag allowance when an infant (aged 8 days to 23 months) is travelling on an adult’s lap

    so it looks like it is not allowed to have a second bag unless you are not with a small child. Could you please help me to understand this please.

  26. Hi, 1st time flyin with Ryan air as always had package hols so luggage always in hold. We have purchased correct dimensions suitcases an made sure they are just under the 10kg in case of scales maybe different. We have checked in online an have boarding passes printed off, when we get to the airport do we have to queue an check in again an show passports an tickets etc or not? Thanks in advance x

    • Hi Rachel,

      That should be it really. You’ll need to go through security and if you paid to put extra bags in the hold you will have to sort that out. Otherwise just security then you go to boarding and just show your passport and tickets. Then get on the plane.

      That’s it – have a good trip!

  27. We are a big family traveling by Rynair and we all carry cabin baggaue but their width are all 22cm-23cm.Is it possible to put on the cabin gauge? We really worry about that,Thanks!

    • Hi Helen – that is a risk I would not personally take as the bags will not fit in the gauge unfortunately!

  28. Hi have booked with Ryanair for the first time. And taking just 10kg baggage on board. What toiletries can I take with me or would it be best to buy them when I get there. Thanx

    • Hi Mel – late response.

      It can be best to just buy when you get there because of the 100ml rule but take anything personal or that you will need on the first night if you arrive late.

  29. Hi there. Am travelling with ryan air have purchased 1 check in hold bag but just wanted to make sure I can put toiletries and purfume in check in bag? Also have calpol and Piriton for my daughter can I put that in check in baggage or will they want to see it ? Thanks

    • That’s fine in check in bag (think you mean hold luggage?). If the liquids are in carry on they would have to be under 100ml.

  30. Do you count the rollers as part of the dimensions? In the U.S. I am having a hard time finding the right size
    Smallest I can find is 6x14x bag itself is 20. If you count from bottom of roller to folded down handle it is 23inches. Help!

  31. Hi, so if you are traveling with an infant, you can take 3 bags? 1x small case, 1x handbag and 1x baby bag? If i were to substitute or combine the handbag for the baby bag- could I take just 2 bags, with the second (baby bag) being larger than the handbag size allowance?- as there is no size guide on the 5kg baby bag?

    • You should be able to take the big hand luggage and baby bag yes. And yes I suppose so if there is only a weight limit. Have a good flight!

  32. My carry on case is fine, but my handbag is 30x32x14- I can fold the top down to make it 22. So then 30 x 22 x 14. Would this be ok?


    • I flew with Ryanair to Ibiza and took my walking strick on board with no problems

  34. Can I carry a camera with me as well as 1 hand luggage and 1 handbag . Also can you take a duty free bag ??

    • Basically yes to both. If you want on with the camera in your hand or around your next it should be fine – if it’s a massive SLR case with lenses and stuff I would try to hide it or compress it as they make get a little funny but it should be fine.

  35. I’ve purchased an extra 15kg along with 20kg giving me a total weight of 35kg for my hold luggage flying out of Stansted with Ryanair. Does the 35kg have to be in one case?

  36. If you are paying for hold luggage, I see you are still able to take on the allowances, could this be just a handbag say 41 x 30 x13? (1 Item as hand luggage) Thank you