Ryanair Hand Luggage Rules

Ryanair have made some more changes to their baggage rules  from November 1st 2018

Since Jan 15th 2018  Non Priority Boarding customers have been allowed to bring one small carry-on bag on board Ryanair flights . Any bigger “hand luggage” bags  had to be placed in the hold (for free)  . Priority Boarding passengers have been allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft.

A Summary of the revised  Ryanair hand luggage rules from November 2018  :-

Customers who pay for priority boarding (€6/£6) – will see no change. They will still be allowed to bring two free “carry-on” bags  into the cabin (one 10kg wheelie bag and one smaller bag) . There will be a slight increase to the maximum size of the smaller bag  to 40cm x 20cm x 25cm.

Non-priority customers will still only be able to bring one free, small cabin bag on to the aircraft measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm (a small increase from the current 35cm x 20cm x 20cm) – which must go under the seat in front of you.

From November 1st , there will be no free bags put in the hold.

If non-priority customers want to put a 10kg bag into the hold they will need to pay €8 at the time of online booking, or €10 at any point after booking.
Non-priority customers who have not added a bag to their booking  before they fly will have to pay €20 at the airport bag drop desk or €25 at the boarding gate to put a 10kg  bag in the hold .


We can see why  some people are 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 all laptops are going to fit in a bag of  40cm x 20cm x 25cm. (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 €6  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  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

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