Ryanair Hand Luggage Rules

Ryanair have made some changes to their baggage rules  from January 15th 2018

Previously  –  Ryanair allowed passengers 2 carry on bags  –  1 “normal”  hand luggage (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) plus a 2nd smaller bag such as a handbag or duty free shopping bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm)

From  Jan 15th 2018 – Ryanair say that Non Priority Boarding customers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the plane. Any bigger “hand luggage” bags will have to be placed in the hold .  All cabin bags for non priority passengers will have to be brought to the boarding gate where the bigger one will be placed in the hold. If you only have one bag and it is bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm-  it will have to go in the hold.

Ryanair state that if  non-priority customers refuse to put their bag in the hold , they will not be allowed to travel and will not get a refund.

Priority Boarding passengers will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. Priority boarding currently costs €5/£5  to €7/£7 per person per flight at the time of booking  – so that is at least €10/£10 for a return trip. (

Note – there will still be  a limit of 90 bags in the cabin  – so it is possible that if too many people pay for priority boarding, some passengers may still be asked to put cabin bags in the hold.

There could be a rush for these handy “Ryanair” compliant small bags – available from Amazon.

We can see why  some people will be wary of putting their hand luggage in the hold – especially if there are fragile or expensive items in there.  If it’s just clothes – then there shouldn’t be a problem – but people will be concerned that laptops etc. could get damaged.

The best solution is probably to try and put items such as laptops or tablets in a separate smaller bag and keep that with you on the plane . Of course – many laptop bags measure around 40cm by 30cm  or more – which exceeds the Ryanair size limits for smaller bags .
Not many laptops are going to fit in a bag of  35cm x 20cm x 20cm. (Of course – it depends how strict the staff are about checking bag sizes .)
So if you are bringing laptops etc. on a Ryanair flight it might be worth paying the extra €5 / £5 for priority boarding so you can keep all your hand luggage in the cabin with you . It will be cheaper than a laptop repair or replacement.

See a summary of the current Ryanair Bagagge Charges Here


4 thoughts on “Ryanair Hand Luggage Rules

  1. If you have a ticket already for after 15th January 2018, will Ryanair still only allow 20x20x35 cm ?
    Or would they allow you to have what you paid for:
    Hand luggage on Ryanair:
    Since the start of 2014 Ryanair started allowing 2 items of hand luggage. The first bag has a maximum size of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm – the second is supposed to be a handbag or laptop or a shopping bag (up to 35cm x 20cm x 20cm).

  2. Dear sir.
    Am travel on 16 Jan by Ryanair from france to Ireland I have total weights of luggage 20 kg.what will be weight charges I have to pay.

  3. Hi
    Could you please clarify for me if there is a charge for the hand luggage that is placed in the hold at the boarding Gate

Comments are closed.