So many of us rely on using Ryanair’s unique connections between some of the smaller airports in our home towns and London/Dublin. It’s great really that thanks to Ryanair’s initiative we have a hell of a lot more direct flights and hence a lot less travel time to put up with. To top it all off, Ryanair is considered a Budget Airline and therefore affordable for nearly anyone. A wonderful thing that certainly makes it easier than ever to join a work experience programme abroad and gain immeasurably important work and Life experience. Lately however there have been quite a few changes to Ryanair’s baggage allowance and associated costs which can be quite confusing at first. So we took the time to highlight and summarise the changes for you and hope to help you make the most of both your time and finances this way.

1. NEW maximum dimensions for hand luggage

It used to be the case that you could each bring 1 piece of hand luggage on board as long as it did not exceed its max. weight of 10kg or the max. dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Since a few weeks back, this is no longer the case and you can only bring a fairly small piece of hand luggage with max. dimensions of 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. That’s about the size of a handbag, laptop or small backpack.

If you desperately need to bring the bigger sized hand luggage (50x40x20cm) this can only be done by purchasing priority boarding for an additional fee. It is called “Priority and 2 cabin bags” and costs between €/£6 to €/£12. Beware, there is only a limited amount of Priority tickets available and once they have sold out you only have the option of checking your luggage into the hold for even more money.

2. Checked in bags are now split into two weight categories

A) 10kg Check-in Bag

As mentioned above, if you wish to bring the larger sized wheelie bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) but didn’t get a priority ticket anymore you will need to add a “10kg Check-in Bag” to your booking ideally before check-in. The “10kg Check-in Bag” costs between €/£10 and €/£25, depending on the route and travel dates selected. You can still do it at the airport but as always, expect much higher fees when doing it at the check-in desk.

B) 20kg Check-in Bag

The 20kg check-in bag costs €/£25 if purchased while booking the flight so in fact not necessarily a great deal more. Unlike the 10kg bag there is also no maximum dimension for 20kg Check-in Bags. Considering that most of you will need to bring enough clothes for at least a week (remember you can wash some things at your host family) this is potentially the more suitable solution for passengers like yourselves. Here too however, be aware that if you don’t add the bag immediately when booking, it will cost a whopping €/£40 to add the bag after the booking is made. 

If you are travelling in a group and only some of you want to check-in luggage this can be added individually through the app. However you should always double check with customer services BEFORE booking in case anything has changed.

3. Increased costs for excess baggage weight

If your luggage weighs more than the max. allowed weight of either 10kg or 20kg, depending on what option you booked and paid for, you will be charged an “excess baggage fee” at the airport check-in desk. For a long time it used to be €/£8 per kilogram. Not exactly cheap but sort of acceptable in an emergency. The recent jump to the new price wasn’t all too little though as you now pay a dire €/£11 so a cheeky €/£3 per kilogram more than before. I know I don’t really need to tell you this but honestly the best thing you can do is try to pack your luggage at maybe half a kilo less than the maximum weight allowance in case of a discrepancy between your home weighing scales and those at the airport.

For more detailed information please refer to the Ryanair website:

Happy booking and have a safe journey everyone!

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