Understanding Ryanair new cabin baggage rules Updated

Ryanair updated the cabin baggage rules again late last year. The new ryanair cabin baggage rules may catch you out if you haven’t been paying attention to the news.

Easy stuff first

Let’s start with the easy stuff first. If you’ve booked  “Priority & 2 Cabin Bags” or Plus/Flexi/Family  nothing changes. You can still bring your two bags onto the plane. Assuming they meet the size rules.

55x40x20cm for the larger bag. 10kg in weight

40x20x25cm for the smaller. This bag is larger than the old “small” bag and for some will big enough on it’s own.


New rules

Now we get to the changes.  If you have only booked a seat you can only bring the small bag onto the flight. You can no longer bring the larger 55x40x20 trolley onto the plane. Remember this small bag is supposed to fit under the seat in front of you. If your small bag doesn’t fit the sizing cage you will be charged a hefty fee and the bag placed into the hold.


If you need anything during the flight it should be in the smaller bag you will take onto the plane. In addition you should not put valuables into hold. There exists a small chance that your bag will be delayed or even lost.


Ryanair checked baggage


You should refer to the above link but there are some obvious problems.

You must not include in Checked Baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, keys, cameras, computers, medicines, spectacles, sunglasses, contact lenses, watches, mobile phones, tablets, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco or tobacco products or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.



You likely put many of those items into your cabin bag. Not mentioned but lithium batteries like those used in phones and computers are also not to be put into the hold. Either carry those items onto the plane or don’t bring them. Things like your laptop may fit the new 40x20x25cm sized small bag. If it doesn’t and it’s important to bring a laptop or other large item with you then you will have to select priority boarding.

The  Ryanair new cabin baggage rules are not that hard to understand if you’ve flown with Ryanair in the past. If you haven’t spend a few moments making sure you understand the rules to avoid a nasty surprise at the boarding gate.


Ryanair new checked baggage rules


With the latest changes Ryanair has introduced a new 10kg checked bag. This is only available to non priority passengers. It’s price is supposed to range from £10 to £12 (€10-12) if bought with the ticket. Higher if added later. From a purely economic point of view it’s better to just pay for priority boarding and bring your 10kg bag onto the plane. But from a practical point of view the 10kg checked bag allows you to avoid the security line. That means no 100ml limit on liquids or the other restrictions imposed by security. You also avoid having to drag this bag to the gate. The 10kg like all checked bags must be dropped at the bag check desk.


10 KG Checked bag


If you need more than 10kg there is now a 20kg checked bag. This has a cost of £25 or €25 if bought with your ticket. £40 if bought later. Obviously if you might need a checked bag buy it with the ticket. Note the above prices can be higher on a buy route. It will be higher at the check in desk.


20 kg checked bag