Don’t Fly Ryanair Without Reading This First

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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 says:

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

    • chelsea says:

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

    • Chelsea says:

      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 says:

    Can a 16 year old fly with Ryanair?

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

  • v scott says:

    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.

  • Joann says:

    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?

  • Pelagie Fragioudaki says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  • suzanne says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

    can i take hair straighteners phone charger as hand luggage .

  • Ann Mcdermott says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  • Stan Youmi says:

    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 says:

      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.

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