Ryanair Baggage Charges 2019

Ryanair Baggage Charges 2019

Hand Baggage Allowance Changes from November 1st 2018

In August 2018 Ryanair announced  changes to their policy on hand/cabin baggage. These changes were due to come into effect on all flights from Thursday November 1st 2018.

  • Customers who pay  for priority boarding (now costing €6 to €10 instead of a flat rate €6)  will  be allowed to bring two free “carry-on” bags  into the cabin (one 10kg bag and one small “hand”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 only be able to bring one free, small handbag size bag on to the aircraft measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm or less  – which must go under the seat in front of you.
  • The main change is that from November 1st 2018 , there will be no more free bags put in the hold on Ryanair flights.

If non-priority customers want to put a 10kg bag into the hold they will need to pay a checked baggage fee of €10 to €12. (Up from €8 in November)

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 for a 10kg bag .
(Size  – 55cm x 40cm x 20cm)


Ryanair seem to have had a “grace” period since November – and they were not strictly applying the new charges whilst customers got used to the new arrangements. It seems this grace period is over and From January 8th 2019 , ‘Non-Priority’ customers who show up to the airport with an unbooked larger piece of hand luggage must pay €20 to check it at the airport bag drop desk, or pay a €25 fee to have it placed in the hold at the boarding gate.

Note: Sometime in January – Ryanair increased the prices on priority boarding Passengers now have to pay between £6 and £10 to get priority boarding, which is now the only way you can take a 10kg wheelie bag into the cabin – previously there was a flat fee of £6.
Also – checking your 10kg bag into the hold will now set you back between £10 and £12, up from £8.

Checked Baggage Charges:
Ryanair’s checked baggage allowance is still up to 3 bags per person,  weighing up to 20kg each .

The Ryanair website says that charges for a 20kg checked bag range from €25 to €40 per leg of a journey .   They also mention that at” peak times and on certain destinations  a €10 supplement will be charged per flight” . But the baggage terms and conditions also say ….  “Fees may vary from time to time but it is the rates in force at the time you book and/or pay for your checked baggage allowance which apply.

We have checked – and it is possible to get 20kg checked bag for €15 per leg of a journey on the Ryanair website. It all depends on the time of year and the popularity of the flight.

On flights after November 1st 2018 – a  checked bag weighing up to 10Kg will cost you  €10 each way at the time of booking, or €12 at any point after booking. It will cost €20 at the airport bag drop desk or €25 at the boarding gate .
Tip:  If a couple add two 10kg bags when booking the flight  it will work out slightly cheaper than taking one 20kg bag.

Alternatives:   A useful luggage delivery service is provided by Send My Bag . They will collect your bags from your house and deliver them to your destination overseas. (Door to Door) . This does mean you will have to send the bags a few days before you travel – but the prices are reasonable and it means you can travel light!  It could also mean cheaper and easier  transfers at the destination.
It’s also a very good idea for long distance ferry and train travellers – you will have no heavy bags to lug around.   It can also sometimes work out cheaper and less hassle for larger items such as bikes , ski equipment or golfing gear.
Check out the prices for various destinations on the SendMyBag Website

Of course  – if you are going to the UK  or France you could avoid all baggage charges by using the Ferries  instead.   See Irish Ferries or Stena


4 thoughts on “Ryanair Baggage Charges 2019

  1. The priority boarding x 2 cabin bags is not fixed at €6 /trip the cost can range from €6-€10- not sure what this is dependent on

  2. Also because you can now only check in without booking/paying for seats just 48 hours before departure, there may be no more priority boarding available so unless you book priority with original booking you may end up paying for seats as well as priority later…as far as I can see..

  3. In case I booked for 2 ps Non-priority customers rate, can I later add only one 10 kg bag before Check-In? At the moment (4 days before flight) it lets me do it only for BOTH of passengers (euros 20) but I need it only for one. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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