easyJet and Ryanair Hand Baggage Allowance

What are the dimensions for luggage on these popular budget airlines?

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Ryanair and easyJet, the most popular airlines in Europe, both charge for checking a bag into the hold. So many travelers try to fit everything in their carry-on case. To get the most out of your hand baggage, you'll need to know how much you are allowed to take with you in the cabin.

With both airlines, allowances are getting more complicated, not less. Ryanair now allows you take a second smaller bag with you, but their standard bag size remains one of the smallest in the industry, meaning the hand baggage you would normally use for another airline might not be permitted on a Ryanair flight. And even if your baggage is permitted, a flight attendant or ground staff with a chip on their shoulder might still fine you. See below for more on this.

EasyJet is a lot more lenient, but they've still complicated matters by having two maximum sizes, though the new rule is actually in your favor, with their new guaranteed hand baggage allowance. Read on for details.

Also, be mindful of the...MORE different weights permitted by each airline.

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    Ryanair and easyJet Hand Baggage Restrictions At a Glance

    These are the current restrictions for Europe's biggest two budget airlines:

    • Ryanair
      Hand Baggage Allowance:
       55cm x 40cm x 20cm (21.6" x 15.7" x 7.8")
      Weight: 10kg
      Second Bag Allowance: One small bag of up to 35cm x 20cm x 20cm (13.7" x 7.9" x 7.9").
       
    • easyJet
      Hand Baggage Allowance: 
      56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8")
      Weight: Unlimited.
      Second Bag Allowance: None.
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    Ryanair's Notoriously Small Allowance and What They Might Do To You

    The hand baggage allowance on Ryanair flights in 2014 is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm (21.6" x 15.7" x 7.8") plus one small bag of up to 35cm x 20cm x 20cm (13.7" x 7.9" x 7.9").

    Note that many bags that are labeled as 'carry on' are in fact too big for Ryanair. If your bag is too big, you will pay a fee, and sometimes even when your bag is fine, Ryanair may still charge you, as you can see from the pictures on the left, in which I caught Ryanair charging a man even though his bag fit. See more about the man's unfair treatment here: How Strict is Ryanair's Hand Baggage Allowance?

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    How Does Ryanair's Allowance Compare to Other Airlines'?

    The IATA (International Air Transport Association) standard hand baggage allowance (followed by most other airlines (including Jet2 and British Airways) is 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8") 

    But there is a lot of variance in allowances. Check this page on Hand Baggage Allowance for European Airlines to make sure you don't get caught out.

    One problem budget airlines face which larger airlines don't is that with more and more people traveling hand luggage (often carrying jackets and duty-free too), there is now often no space in the cabin for everyone's stuff. Many airlines will simply take your bags off you and put it in the hold, but easyJet has a novel solution to the problem:

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    The Best Bags for Flying with Budget Airlines

    All the cases below are appropriate for all flights in Europe, including Ryanair and Wizz Air. If flying with any other airline, including easyJet, you can actually take a larger case (except if you want to take advantage of their hand baggage guarantee - see above).

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    Barcelona Bag for easyJet and Ryanair
    ••• Barcelona Bag for easyJet and Ryanair. Damian Corrigan

    A case designed especially for easyJet and Ryanair flights. They've even printed the dimensions on the bag. 

    Fits easyJet's guaranteed baggage allowance.

    Dimensions: 50cm x 40cm x 20cm Weight: 750g

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    Cabin Max Capital Bag

    Capital Bag for easyJet and Ryanair
    ••• Capital Bag for easyJet and Ryanair. Damian Corrigan

    Also designed specifically for easyJet and Ryanair. Has more pockets for organizing your stuff, but the Barcelona bag (above) is more rectangular and so carries more.

    Fits easyJet's guaranteed baggage allowance.

    Dimensions: 50cm x 40cm x 20cm Weight: 700g

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    I have this German-produced case and it is perfect for Ryanair flights. Not only is it very light, it is also firmer than most soft cases, meaning your case won't sag and give the problems that this man had: Ryanair Hand Baggage Allowance Pictures. Also, the wheels don't add any extra length to the case.

    Dimensions: 48.5cm x 36 x 20 cm Weight: 2kg

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    A famous and reliable brand, Timberland make a great choice for Ryanair hand luggage. Comes with a combination lock and a document pocket. 

    Dimensions: 50 x 38 x 20 cm Weight: 3.5kg

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    Incredibly light bag, though the odd shape means you lose a lot in capacity. Remember, you're only allowed 10kg in total in your Ryanair hand luggage. Comes with Knomo ID tracker system to help you find your bag if lost

    Dimensions: 49 x 30 x 20 cm Weight: 1kg

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    Though this bag is smaller than some of the others on this page, its reasonable weight is a real plus, while its shape doesn't hold it back (unlike the Knomo).

    Dimensions: 45 x 34 x 20 cm Weight: 2.4 kg

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    Ryanair have started selling their own bags to fit their draconian hand luggage rules. They are coy about its exact size and weight and the colour scheme makes you look like a Ryanair employee, but it might be a good bag!

    Dimensions: Unknown