As one of Europe’s largest and most popular budget airlines, Ryanair is incredibly popular - especially with those of us who travel regularly. Being a budget airline though, flights are often “no frills” and it’s important to know where you stand regarding cabin baggage in advance, so as to avoid having to pay additional costs once you arrive at the airport.
What luggage you take into the cabin on a Ryanair flight? According to their website, the baggage allowance is one bag per person, with a maximum size of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and weighing no more than 10kg (22lbs). As well as this each person can carry a smaller bag of up to 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
If you have a small child (up to 23 months) who is travelling in your lap, they do not have their own cabin bag allowance - but you can carry a baby bag weighing up to 5kg for their belongings on the flight.
The problem is that in their terms and conditions, Ryanair state that because of a limited amount of space in the cabin they can only allow 90 of the larger cabin bags per flight, and so some bags may have to be placed in the hold.
The terms and conditions also state that oversized cabin baggage will be refused, and will need to be placed in the hold with a £50 charge each way! Yes, that’s each way.
Please also be aware that you cannot combine the weight of your luggage in one piece of luggage. In the past, Matt (Bag Wingman at GATE8) tried this and they refused to allow it. Therefore, Matt has to go to an airport shop to buy another bag and then pay £50 each way to check it in at the desk. Grrrr…..
What if I want to bring my musical instrument with me on a Ryanair flight?
If your musical instrument fits within the dimensions listed above, you can bring it into the cabin as your item of cabin baggage - but because Ryanair only allows 90 items in the cabin, you could still be asked to place it in the hold.
If your musical instrument is too large to be classed as cabin luggage and you don’t want to put it in the hold, you can reserve a seat for it and pay an “appropriate fare” - there is no mention on the Ryanair site as to whether the fare will be the same as a standard ticket for a person, but it does state that buying a seat for your musical instrument does not then entitle you to additional baggage allowance for that extra ticket/seat.
Can I bring a baby’s car seat on my Ryanair flight?
If you have an approved car seat, your baby can travel in this from 8 days old. You will need to contact the Ryanair call centre to book this in advance though. If your child is over 12 months old they may also travel in an Amsafe CARES child restraint. There is an infant fee of £20 per infant, per flight, with a maximum of one infant per adult. You can bring two items of equipment per child: one pushchair and either a car seat, booster seat or travel cot. You can bring items in addition to this, but they will incur a charge (see below).
Can I bring a pushchair on my Ryanair flight?
You can bring a pushchair, travel cot, car booster seat etc onto your Ryanair flight. You can bring two items of equipment per child: one pushchair, plus either a car seat, booster seat or travel cot. There is a charge for additional equipment, and this currently stands at £10 if booked online, or £20 if paid at the airport. These charges also carry a 2% credit card charge. The fee is charged per item, per flight - so you will need to pay a fee on your return journey too, and there is a maximum weight of 20kg per item.
Can I bring my golf clubs on my Ryanair flight?
You can bring golf clubs on a Ryanair flight, but there is a charge which currently stands at £30 if booked online or £35 if paid at the airport. This is a fee per flight, so you will need to pay again on your return flight. There is also a 2% credit card fee per transaction, so you could end up paying more than the cost of your flight to transport your golf clubs.
Ryanair Horror Stories
Because Ryanair is a budget airline, the low prices we see advertised really only cover the basics of a flight. Most extras do incur charges and these are often things we don’t think about until we’re at the airport. Because of this (and perhaps an interesting customer service record), the internet is full of horror stories of people flying with Ryanair and finding themselves paying unexpected and large fees, or ending up stranded. You only need to search the #ryanair tag on Twitter to see missives from disgruntled passengers!
The best way to prevent this happening is to check and double-check before traveling, if you are bringing anything with you that you want to bring into the plan in your cabin-approved luggage.