Don’t Fly Ryanair Without Reading This First

ryanairIs there anything better than finding a super cheap flight? With budget carriers it’s never been easier or more affordable to become a globetrotter. However, sometimes that is only in theory as low cost airlines are notorious for having exorbitant prices if you accidentally pack one too many pairs of socks or slip up on the spelling of your name during the booking process. Because the last thing we want during our travels is to start them off or end them with anything but smooth sailing, we’ve broken down all you need to know about flying with low cost carrier Ryanair.

Important Note: All prices displayed below are per one way flight

1. The Booking Process

Buying the ticket

Depending on what type of debit/credit card you use there is an administration fee applied to your total charge. If you pay with a credit card there is a fee of 2% of the total transaction value

Traveling VIP

If you would like to be able to board first or reserve a seat ahead of time there are two options available:

  • Priority Boarding: starting at €2/£2 per passenger if booked in advance, starting at €4/£4 at the airport
  • Reserved/Allocated Seating: Regular seat – €5/£5 per passenger booked in advance, €7.50/£7.50 at the airport. Regular seat with priority boarding included – €7/£7 per passenger booked in advance. Premium seat with priority boarding included – €10/£10 per passenger booked in advance, €15/£15 at the airport.

Special Passenger Rules

If you are pregnant or plan to buy a ticket for a passenger under the age of 16 it is important to know the following information:

  • Pregnant Women: Once an uncomplicated pregnancy enters its 28th week, expectant mothers are required to carry a ‘fit to fly’ letter completed by their doctor. This letter should be dated within 2 weeks of your booked flight and presented at either the bag drop desk and/or the boarding gate.
  • Children Under 16: Unaccompanied minors under 16 years of age cannot fly with Ryanair. Children under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by a passenger over 16 years. Escort and special facilities are not provided.

Travelling with an Infant

infant baggage allowance ryanair

  • Infant Fee: €20/£20 per infant, per one-way flight

Please note: The infant must be under 2 years for both legs of the flight (inbound/outbound)

  • Infant Equipment: 1 pushchair per child is free, €10/£10 per additional item (booster, travel cot) per one-way flight with a maximum weight of 20kg each item.

Baggage and Equipment

ryanair luggage dimensions

Hand Luggage: Restricted to one item of cabin baggage per passenger and as of December 2013, passengers may also bring on-board one additional personal item (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera, etc.).

  • Max weight – 10kg
  • Dimensions main piece of cabin baggage – 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
  • Dimensions additional personal item – 35cm x 20cm x 20cm

Checked Luggage: If you would like to check baggage the prices differ depending on the weight of the bag and the time of year you are flying. Passengers can check a maximum of 2 pieces of luggage each. Pooling of luggage for passengers on the same booking is allowed, for example, if two travelers have paid for two 15kg checked bags then one of the travelers can bring a bag weighing 17kg and the other traveler one at 13kg.

Prices for checked baggage purchased during online booking process:

  • 1st bag (15kg) low season*: €15/£15
  • 1st bag (15kg) high season**: €25/£25
  • 1st bag (20kg) low season: €25/£25
  • 1st bag (20kg) high season: €35/£35

Prices for checked baggage purchased at airport:

  • 1st/2nd bag (15kg): €30/£30 (As of December 2013)
  • 1st/2nd bag (20kg) low season*: €40/£40
  • 1st/2nd bag (20kg) high season**: €55/£55

Important Note: exception to these fees on all flights to/from International Canary Islands (excluding Spanish domestic) and all international Greek routes.
*Low season: 26/04/12 – 31/5/12 | 01/10/12 – 20/12/12 | 05/01/13 – 31/05/13
**High season: 01/06/12 – 30/09/12 | 21/12/12 – 04/01/13
Sports Equipment: €50/£50 per item when booked in advance, €60/£60 when booked at airport (max weight 20kg, bicycles max 30kg and must be contained in a protective box or bag)
Musical Instruments: €50/£50 per item when booked in advance, €60/£60 when booked at airport(max weight 20kg)

2. Once the Ticket is Purchased

Making Changes to the Reservation

  • Flight Change Fees: €30/£30 low season, €40/£40 high season (during booking process). €45/£45 low season, €60/£60 high season (at airport).
  • Name Change Fee: €110/£110 (during booking process) €160/£160 (at airport)

3. Online check-in

All passengers must check-in online from 15 days up to the deadline of 4 hours before the scheduled flight departure time.

To check-in online: Go to the Manage my Booking section on and print out boarding passes. If you do not have baggage to check, you can go straight to the security check point with your boarding pass.

4. At the Airport

Passengers are required to print boarding passes during the online check-in deadline. Passengers failing to do so will be charged a re-issue fee:

  • Boarding Pass Re-Issue Fee: €15/£15 for passengers who have completed online check-in (As of December 2013); €70/£70 for passengers who have not checked-in online at least 4 hours before scheduled flight departure.

Baggage passing the defined weight limits are subject to fees per extra kilogram:

  • Excess Baggage Fee: €10/£10 per kg

Hand luggage that does not fit in the bag gauge at the boarding gate will need to be checked:

  • Checking Luggage at Departure Gate: €50/£50

All Ryanair flights require passengers to travel with valid documentation.

  • Accepted Documents: A valid passport, a valid UN Refugee Convention Travel Document, or a valid A valid Collective Passport issued by an EU/EEA country.

5. On the Plane

  • Beverages and snacks aren’t complimentary on Ryanair flights but are available for purchase. Drinks run around €3/£3 and snacks like chips start at €2/£2.
  • The Ryanair Magazine is complimentary and free to take with you on all flights.

Have a tip for flying with Ryanair or other low cost airlines? Comment below and share the knowledge.

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  • Izzy

    I am 16 years of age will I be able to travel with Ryanair?

    • chelsea

      Hi Izzy,
      Yes, if you are 16 you may fly with Ryanair unaccompanied.

    • Chelsea

      Children Under 16: Ryanair does not carry unaccompanied minors under 16
      years of age. Children under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by
      a passenger over 16 years. Escort and special facilities are not

  • Izzy

    Can a 16 year old fly with Ryanair?

    • Chelsea

      Yes @disqus_Ne0UU2bAOQ:disqus

  • Travel Guides

    Nice info…

    • Clint Cox

      Can anyone figure out what the baggage fees would be on RyanAir for two checked bags (one 30 lbs and one 50 lbs)?

  • Travel Guides

    Thanks for the post, This was exactly what I needed to see.Good list, keep up
    the good work.

    • Chelsea

      Thanks for the compliment and glad we could be of help!

  • v scott

    can I take a laptop with no other hand luggage without being charged. Laptop is below hand luggage dimensions but above second piece of hand luggage dimensions.

    • Chelsea

      Hi @v_scott:disqus, Yes you can use your hand luggage allowance to bring a laptop.

  • Joann

    Hand Luggage: Restricted to one item of cabin baggage per passenger and as of December 2013, passengers may also bring on-board one additional personal item (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera, etc.).
    Max weight – 10kg
    Dimensions main piece of cabin baggage – 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
    Dimensions additional personal item – 35cm x 20cm x 20cm

    Hi, regarding the post above about RyanAir, it means that the main piece of cabin baggage and additional personal item cannot exceed 10kg or each of the baggage may put things inside as long as it is not exceed 10kg?

    • Chelsea

      @disqus_erN70omXsF:disqus the main piece of cabin baggage cannot pass 10kg

      • Joann

        Alright. Thank you so much for your information. =)

      • Barbara Kelly Boumenjel

        Hi – pls clarify – can you carry up 10kg in the smaller 2nd hand baggage aswell or a combined weight of 10kg

  • Pelagie Fragioudaki

    hey I bought a two luggage 15 and 20 kilos….total 35 , can I have 12 at one bag the 23 at the other ???

    • Chelsea

      Hi Pelagie Fragioudaki

      This is directly from Ryanair

      “Q: Can checked baggage allowances be pooled?

      A: Customers included in the same flight reservation can pool or share their purchased baggage allowances when checking in together.

      For example: 2 friends travelling on the same booking have purchased
      two 15kg checked bags, one customer can check in a bag weighing 17kg and
      the other 13kg as long as the total paid checked baggage allowance is
      not exceeded.

      For health and safety reasons Ryanair does not accept for carriage
      any individual item exceeding 32 kilos or with combined dimensions of
      more than 81cms (height), 119cms (width) and 119cms (depth).”

  • ivory

    what weight is the carry on baggage for ryanair i am so scared it will be OVERWEIGHT

    • Chelsea

      There is no weight restriction. However, you must be able to put it in the overhead bins with no assistance.

  • suzanne

    It is the first time I have ever used ryanair & nervous about baggage allowance. I have paid for hold baggage (15kg) am I allowed hand (cabin) luggage too (10kg). I don’t want to face any charges when I get to the airport.

    • Chelsea

      Hi @disqus_TGuk1lGMCY:disqus

      Yes, all passengers are allowed the free cabin luggage. Just make sure it stays within the requirements listed above.

  • Božica Keča

    Hi! Ryanair has family fare where a child can get 50% discount trvelling with parents, but I couldn’t find this offer on Edreams site, correct?

  • sharon barrett

    can i take hair straighteners phone charger as hand luggage .

  • Ann Mcdermott

    Hi, First time flying with Ryanair; I’m totally confused with the hand luggage allowance i.e.The hand bagage dimensions being 35x20x20cms is smaller than an A4 envelope but I can also take a hand bag in addition with no dimensions, help! Ann

    • Chelsea

      Hi Ann Mcdermott, the Ryanair hand luggage allowance is:

      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 per passenger.

      Hopefully that clarifies it :)

  • Aoife

    If a minor is travelling with an adult on a different booking what proof do they need to show that they are travelling together?

    • Chelsea

      Identity cards to show the relation are sufficient.

  • Stan Youmi

    I booked for myself and wife and two 8 month old twin girls to fly Dublin to Stansted with Ryanair. I couldn’t find any information on the Ryanair website but assumed the infants could travel with Birth Cert’s as ID – same as Aer Lingus and most normal Airlines. Tried to check in on the Ryanair website the night before the flight and it wouldn’t let me without passport numbers for the two Babies. I assumed this might be a ploy for Ryanair to get more money from me as they do. Went to Dublin Airport and was told we needed Passports for the Babies. My problem is that it’s not mentioned anywhere on their website. Why on earth do Babies under 2 need a passport to travel?. The “helpful” (stoney faced) lady at “Ryanair Customer Service desk” (oxymoron) told me that myself and my wife could travel but our two little ones couldn’t!! Considered giving her a brief run down on their feeding habits and handing her their changing bag and heading off but the wife wasn’t on for it. It’s daft and I think it’s a ploy to stop parents travelling ontheir flights with young children. I WILL NEVER FLY RYANAIR AGAIN. They are NOT LOW COST – you always end up paying even more and arriving at an airport that is miles from anywhere.

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi, Stan. Thank you for sharing your situation. We are sorry to hear you had complications with your flight on Ryanair. We understand how frustrating that must be. Their online policy seems to indicate restrictions on Schengen flights, but indeed, the information is not clearly identified. We hope you have reached out to Ryanair and your circumstance has been rectified. We wish you the best.

    • Maite

      Hi, Stan. Thank you for sharing your situation. We are sorry to hear you had complications with your flight on Ryanair. We understand how frustrating that must be. Their online policy seems to indicate restrictions on Schengen flights, but indeed, the information is not clearly identified. We hope you have reached out to Ryanair and your circumstance has been rectified. We wish you the best.

  • Huilana Sebastiao

    I am flying with a 3 year old, is she entiteled to 10kg hand luggage or is just for myself?

    • Maite

      Hi, Huliana! All passengers with a purchased seat for travel are allowed the 10kg bag allowance. The only exception are infants up to 23 months sharing a seat with the adult. In this case, adults are allowed a baby bag of up to 5kg in addition to 10kg bag allowance. Thanks!

  • ray

    This is now out of date. Ryanair allow 2 infant items free of charge and additional infant items at €10 each per flight. Also parent can have a baby bag not > 5kgs in addition to their own travel allowance.

  • Tiago Coelho

    I am travelling in a few weeks to London Stansted and I bought a hand luggage with one or 2 centimeters in one side and 1 centimeters in another.
    Like 36x22x56 cm.
    I want to know if its gonna be a problem.
    Sorry for my bad english.

    I hope you can help me.

    • Maite

      Hi Tiago. Thanks for your message. Ryanair allows two carry on bags. One that is a maximum of 35 x 20 x 20 cms and another that is a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Should you have any problems, since your carry on bag is slightly larger, you may be required to check in your bag. In that case, the fee is £50. If you are uncertain whether or not you will have to check in your bag, we recommend checking at the Bag Drop desk before going through security. Thanks!

  • Maite

    Hi, Janice. Thanks for reaching out. Firstly, with the exception of Business Plus fares, all passengers travelling with Ryanair are required to check in online first. Boarding passes may either be printed or presented through your mobile phone. As for your checked baggage, please note that any applicable checked baggage fees and/or excess baggage charges must be paid. Your checked baggage may then be deposited at a Bag-Drop desk up to two hours, but no later than forty (40) minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Please let us know if you need anything else. Wishing you a great journey!

  • David John Goulty

    Why is luggage charged at £1 = 1 euro when the exchange rate at present is 1.4 euro = £. Best to book separately each way as your return luggage can be paid for in euro’s as they then convert it at 1.3 euro = £.

    • Maite

      Hi David. Thanks for adding an extra tip! We always appreciate the contribution.

  • Catherine

    Can I change my paid for 20 kegs luggage before I check in online ?

  • indira pathak

    can i carry ladies hand bag other than allowed cabin bag[55*40*20]?

    • Carla

      Yes, you can carry a hand bag :)

  • Bola Sekoni

    if my cabin is about 5cm longer and wider ,do i have to pay exral for it

  • miketeevee

    Hi, would it be cheaper for me, if i check the baggage in, instead of being caught with the wrong size as its under 10kg & instead of 50x40x20 it’s 30x57x30, i used the same bag before, but my brother booked the tickets a long while ago & pretty sure i used it as hand luggage, as its a flimsy sports bag or buy the hand luggage in Aldi afaik it’s cheaper against the cost of one way @€30 at moment!!!

  • Vasilis Tsikkis

    So can i have my normal baggage (10kg) and a backpack?

  • dcadogan

    Hope you feel happier now you’ve unloaded this, however this thread is about RyanAir, or hadn’t you noticed?

  • amy

    If I have a return flight with no checked in luggage (just hand luggage) can I bring a 20kg bag back and how much would it cost and would I have to pay for that bag on both directions if I’m only returning with it?

  • anna

    Have just returned from Gran Canaria having booked my flight with RyanAir I paid for one item of baggage upto 20kg going and return. Only to be told on the reurn trip that RyanAir have no recored of payment for the return trip, even though i had a proof that i had paid. They would not accept this and said that they are having lots of problems with eDreams and that i would have to pay 75 euros if i wanted to check my case in, not a lot i could do as the case was too big.

    Not sure how i am going to get my 75euros back, as you have to phone eDreams which costs so much. Looks like I’m going to be out of pocket, Will not use eDreams or RyanAir again

    • Robert Secara

      I am having the same problem myself. At the check-in they told me my luggage was not included but I had proof that I paid for it. Anyway, I ended up paying 75 euros at the Ryanair desk and they advised I should take this with edreams as they did not pay Ryanair for the return luggage. I’m so disappointed. Also, at the Ryanair desk there was a family in front of me experiencing exactly the same problem and I wonder how difficult it must have been for them to pay for all their luggage.

  • ally

    Hi, I am a father with 8 months old babie twins. Before I travelled with my partner, but recently due to a break up I would like to know if it is possible for just myself to travel with both babies? Thanks in advance

  • Stu Pleavin

    So. Ryanair. Good morning BTW. Where in the world (Not literally) does one purchase the elusive second bag with dimensions 35x20x20 that Ryanair demand. Even Samsonite/Antler stores do not seem to sell these. I am loathe to buy ‘Online’ as delivery can be erratic. I am in England (North West) and am honestly pulling my few remaining hairs out

  • kelvin Meyler

    eDreamsHave you sorted your baggage problem re-Ryanair customers, reading many complaints

  • Mutali

    Rucksack clothes + ( soap + shampoo deodorant )
    + DSLR
    + laptop with lens in other bag
    is acceptable or I should pay for the …

  • Nadja Velez

    I will be travelling on ryanair, and I will take a cabin baggage under the measurement requirements, but I would like to take my Laptop as hand luggage. However it is bigger than the measurements. Will ryanair charge me for this?
    Thank you,


  • Tuna Mutlu

    Can I book without paying flight ticket. After getting visa, I ll continue to book and pay.

  • TimSmyczek

    Has anyone travelled with a laptop bag like this: I have a similar one and want to use it as a free hand luggage item. Do you think I’m going to have problem (I’m not planning to carry another luggage item with me).