Updated with the latest Ryanair Baggage Charges and Fees 2018
Ryanair announced some changes to their baggage limits and charges in September 2017. The changes to the rules on hand luggage started from January 15th 2018 .
The change that attracted the most publicity was that Ryanair will no longer allow larger hand luggage in the cabin unless passengers pay for Priority Boarding. (€5 per flight, €10 Return) . . More details on the New Ryanair Hand Luggage Rules here.
Checked Baggage Charges:
Ryanair’s checked baggage allowance is still up to 3 bags per person, weighing up to 20kg each plus cabin luggage of upto 10kg. (See above)
The option of selecting checked bags with a weight of 15kg or less has been removed and now there is just one baggage weight option of “up to 20Kg”
The Ryanair website says the charges for a 20kg checked luggage now range from €25 to €40 per leg of a journey for each checked in bag . They also mention that at” peak times and on certain destinations a €10 supplement will be charged per flight” . But the bagggae 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.”
So basically – you could be charged whatever price they decide to set on the day you book.
We have noticed in recent months – that Ryanair were adjusting baggage prices in a similar way to flight prices. In many examples we looked at – the busy, popular flights had more expensive baggage fees. Or – maybe another way of looking at it is that booking early on less popular flights could mean cheaper baggage charges.
The checked baggage fees will be be cheaper if you book them online at the same time as you book the flight. Adding bags online after you have booked can cost €10 more per flight and paying at the airport will cost more again. It is supposed to be a maximum of €50 for a 20kg bag .
Tip – Using the Ryanair App : We have seen that that booking bags online afterwards sometimes gives different prices to using the App. Sometimes the App will be cheaper – by as much as €20 a bag.
Here are some examples we found of Ryanair Baggage Charges booked online at the same time as booking the flight . (Checked Jan 2018) .
All figures are shown in Euro – but for UK customers it will be the same figure but in Pounds. (I.e – no currency conversion)
Domestic Flights Less that 2 hours: (UK/Ireland flights are classed as domestic)
Bags up to 20kg – there seem to be four possible charges from €10 to €25
€10 Off peak not busy
€15 Off peak busier
€20 “Mid Peak” i.e Weekend flights out of season
€25 High Peak Times (Christmas – Summer -Easter)
Again the actual price charged varies depending on factors such as how popular the flight is , the time of year or the day of the week.
We found charges varied from €15 to €35 per bag per flight.
€15 Short Haul Off Peak
€25 Long Haul Off peak or Short Haul Peak
€35 Long haul + Peak Periods
There may well be other prices – but in our short survey of about 10 flights that is all we found. We didn’t find any baggage charges higher than €35 per flight when we looked – and we checked peak season flights to places such as Tenerife. It is possible the baggage prices will increase as flight dates get closer.
Paying for a 20kg bag at the airport could possibly cost as much as €20 more – so you could end up paying as much as €60 (€120 for a return trip) for one 20kg bag.
Peak times would typically be Easter ; 1 June to 30 Sept ; & from 21 Dec to 4 Jan inc.
(Long Haul flights would be to the Canaries )
Baby Items – with Ryanair , 2 items of baby equipment are carried free of charge per child – 1 pushchair plus one of the following items: car seat or booster seat or travel cot.
Ryanair Excess baggage charges are a massive €10 per kg per flight.
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).
Changes : 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 bags will have to be placed in the hold . All cabin bags must 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 still be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. Priority boarding costs €5/£5 per person per flight at the time of booking – so €10/£10 for a return trip. (It will cost €6/£6 if purchased later.) More Information Here
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. Getting a bus without large bags is much easier and will usually be much cheaper than a taxi. Walking will be an option too. Ryanair allow 3 bags each per person – so if you are going for a long stay and have a lot of baggage it might be better to send it with SendMyBag.
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
For comparison – Aer Lingus baggage charges booked online are as follows:
Bags up to 15kg cost €20 per flight ( Ireland/UK/Paris )
Bags up to 15kg cost €35 per flight ( Mid distance)
Bags up to 15kg cost €50 per flight ( Longer Flights)
Bags up to 20Kg cost €25 per flight ( Ireland/UK / Paris)
Bags up to 20Kg cost €40 per flight ( Mid distance )
Bags up to 20Kg cost €55 per flight ( Longer flights)
Bags up to 25Kg cost €30 per flight ( Ireland/UK / Paris)
Bags up to 25Kg cost €45 per flight ( Mid distance )
Bags up to 25Kg cost €60 per flight ( Longer flights)
A fully collapsible push-chair/stroller is allowed free of charge with Aer Lingus for an infant or child booking, plus one of the following items: car seat, booster seat or travel cot.
Flybe – who also do several routes out of Dublin and Knock – charge €30 per flight for bags up to 15kg and €31 for bags between 15 and 20kg.