What is the Best Hand Luggage for Ryanair Carry-On Luggage


Ryanair Cabin Baggage Allowance Size - Weight

If you're flying with Ryanair here's everything you need to know about carry-on hand luggage size and weight.

Firstly, be warned. Rival airlines Easyjet, Norwegian and Wizz Air allow one (1) piece of free carry-on hand luggage in the cabin. Not Ryanair !  Since the 1 November 2018 Ryanair's hand luggage policy changed and is now one of the most restrictive in Europe. Read the following and you won't get caught out having to pay an extra €/£ 50 charge at the boarding gate. 

What is the maximum size hand luggage with Ryanair if Priority boarding

Only Priority boarding passengers can take into the cabin for free one (1) small personal bag (dimensions 40x20x25cm), plus one (1) larger cabin bag (55x40x20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10 kg. The second bag costs an extra £6-20. Crucially, the small personal bag must fit under the seat in front. 

For space reasons, Ryanair cap Priority Boarding & 2 Cabin Bags to a maximum of 95 passengers out of 189 per flight so book early.  

Aerolite 55x40x20 - Ryanair Cabin Bag - MAXIMUM size - Carry-On Hand Luggage - Approved for Ryanair

What is the maximum size hand luggage with Ryanair if Non-Priority boarding

Non-Priority boarding passengers, however, can only bring into the cabin for free one (1) small personal bag (40x20x25 cm), which must fit under the seat in front. Before you head out to the plane, Ryanair will check and your bag must fit into the small bag Sizer

If you are a non-priority boarding customer and you want to bring a second larger bag (55x40x20 cm) weighing up to a maximum of 10 kg, you can buy online beforehand at the time of ticket purchase or during check-in (between 2 - 48 hours prior) using the Ryanair App at a much lower cost. If you purchase last minute at the airport check-in staff will charge you a much higher price. 

So each Ryanair passenger (excluding infants) whether priority or non-priority boarding is permitted to carry free of charge one (1) small piece of cabin baggage on board, which should not weigh more than 10 kg and not exceed the maximum dimensions of 40x25x20cm.  Crucially, it must fit under the seat in front. 

Priority boarding passengers, additionally, can also bring into the cabin a second larger 10 kg wheelie bag with maximum dimensions 55x40x20cm.

What is Ryanair hand luggage excess charges

If your cabin luggage weighs more than 10 kg (or 20 kg depending on what you booked) excess baggage weight will be charged at £11 per kilo, which incidentally is cheaper than Easyjet who charge £12 per kilo. 

You may purchase excess baggage up to a maximum of 32 kg at the airport ticket desk. 

Once you check-in for your flight, clear security and then purchase duty free in the terminal, your duty-free bags are permitted in the cabin in addition to your cabin luggage. A baby changing bag up to 5 kg is also permitted. 

At the boarding gate, oversized baggage is placed in the hold of the plane for a fee of €/£ 50.  

How strict is Ryanair new hand luggage policy

Ryanair's tougher new carry-on hand luggage policy is strictly enforced. If it fits in Ryanair's small bag luggage sizer, it flies i.e. you can take it in the cabin with you. If it doesn't, over sized cabin baggage will be refused at the boarding gate. If space is available, it can be placed in the aircraft hold for a €/£ 50 fee.

If you're unsure whether your bag is the correct size, check it with the Bag Drop desk before security.

Are you looking for a suitably sized carry-on hand luggage for the cabin? We did some research and narrowed the choices down for you.

What is the Best Hand Luggage for Ryanair carry-on luggage

Aerolite 55x40x20 - Ryanair Cabin Bag - MAXIMUM size - Carry-On Hand Luggage - Approved for Ryanair

This carry-on hand luggage with wheels will be accepted by Ryanair, one of the most restricted airlines in Europe when it comes to allowable cabin bag sizes. This bag is the MAXIMUM SIZE you're allowed to bring into the cabin. It's lightweight, has a hard shell, 4-wheels that spin 360° and a telescopic handle. It comes with a 5 year warranty. 

Dimensions: 55x40x20 cm (All Parts), 49x40x20 cm (Body). Weight: 2.8 kg. Capacity: 40 L

RRP:  £39.99.  Price:  £34.99

What is the best Small bag for Ryanair Carry on Luggage

Cabin Bag 40x20x25 - Ryanair carry-on Hand Luggage - MAXIMUM size - Approved for Ryanair, Easyjet, BA, Wizz Air, Norwegian

Ryanair allows Non-Priority boarding passengers to enter the cabin with only one (1) free carry-on hand luggage and this bag is the perfect MAXIMUM SIZE allowed that complies with  Ryanair's new "free" carry on luggage size 40x20x25 cm. This backpack has a 20 litre capacity. 

Dimensions: 40x20x25 cm.  Price:  £19.99


Aerolite 40x25x20 - Ryanair Small Cabin Bag - MAXIMUM size - Carry-On Luggage - Approved for BA, Wizz Air, Easyjet, Ryanair

This lightweight flight bag is specifically designed to be the MAXIMUM SIZE bag allowed in the cabin for free on Ryanair, who has the most restricted Small size cabin bag allowance in Europe. It will therefore be accepted by virtually all major airlines worldwide, including Easyjet, BA, Jet 2, Wizz Air and Norwegian. This bag will fit under the seat in front of you. It also features both a shoulder strap and it can be mounted on top of your wheelie cabin bag (free with Ryanair Priority boarding) extendable trolley handle.  

Dimensions: 40 x 20 x 25 cm, Weight: 0.45 kg, Capacity: 20 L

RRP:  £34.99.  Price:  £21.99 for 2

5 Cities - Carry-on Hand Luggage 40x20x25 - Ryanair MAXIMUM size - Small Cabin Bag - Approved for Ryanair, Easyjet, BA, Wizz Air, Norwegian

Ryanair allows Non-Priority boarding passengers to enter the cabin with only one (1) free carry-on hand luggage and this bag is the perfect MAXIMUM SIZE allowed that complies with  Ryanair's new "free" carry on luggage size 40x20x25 cm. This backpack has a 20 litre capacity. 

Dimensions: 40x20x25 cm.  Price:  £19.99 for 2


Cabin Max Manhattan Travel Bag | Ryanair Cabin Bags 40x20x25 | Underseat Stowaway Hand Luggage | Shoulder Bag | Weekend Backpack 20L - Approved for Wizz Air, Easyjet, Ryanair

As well as being a great, spacious day bag this compact, lightweight cabin bag fits the maximum 'free' under the seat cabin allowance on Ryanair. The Manhattan is a new style range manufactured from a nice UV coated twill and eco-suede making the bag durable and robust, and also comes with a padded rear tech pocket - measuring 400 x 250mm - suitable for iPads and tablets as well laptops. It also features a lockable main compartment and a front quick stash ticket pocket making sure what you need is always on hand. It also has a sturdy top carry handle. Cabin Max pride themselves on quality and durability on all their cabin luggage travel backpack range and come with a 3-year manufacturers warranty.  The Manhattan complies with Ryanair's strict hand luggage restrictions and is one of our favourite cabin bags.

Dimensions: 40x20x25 cm

RRP:  £44.95.  Price:  £29.95 


Luggage Scales

Ryanair will charge you £11 per kilo for any excess baggage weight (Easyjet £12 per kilo). Avoid being stung with high baggage charges by having this stylish lightweight digital FREETOO Luggage Scale which will allow you to maximize your weight allowances without going over. The price of this gadget is less than paying for 1 extra kilo.

Price:  £10.99

SpaceSaver Travel Suction Bags

These SpaceSaver travel bags allow you to suck out every ounce of air OUT, which reduces the space of clothes by up to 80%. By increasing your storage space that means you can pack a lot more clothes into your luggage. A perfect travel accessory when you're flying with low cost carriers and space limited.

Price:  £23.99 / pack of 10




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