Ryanair Cabin Bag Size Policy

An easy to follow guide to the baggage and Priority Boarding

By Chris Beasley  20th February 2019

The Ryanair cabin bag size policy is at the front of the queue when it comes to innovative ways of limiting the amount of free hand luggage its passengers can bring onboard. They are using further methods to add to the attractive basic flight ticket costs with their latest allowance conditions.

These are best explained as being

  1. What free baggage you can take on the flight
  2. The extra baggage you can buy and take on board
  3. The extra baggage you can buy that can go in the hold

Ryanair's​ FREE BAG

Each person may take onboard a Single bag which measures no greater than 40 x 25 x 20 cm.

Importantly please be aware that It must fit under the seat and not the overhead locker

The exact wording from Ryanair.

Passengers may carry on board one small cabin bag of up to 40 x 20 x 25cms (no allowance for infants travelling on their parent’s lap). We have increased the size of our small bag sizer from 35 x 20 x 20cm (14,000 cm³) to 42 x 20 x 30 cm (25,200 cm³) to allow carry-on bags that are larger than our previous permitted small bag dimensions.

Options to purchase Extra Cabin Bags

There are two options to take extra luggage either

  1. Priority & 2 Cabin Bags
  2. NEW 10kg Check-in Bag


For a payment charge of €/£6 to €/£10  you can purchase an extra bag

Passengers must place this in the overhead locker.

This can weigh a maximum 10 KG.

There is an added advantage with purchasing this option

You get to join the Priority queue. These ticket holders getting to the Boarding Gate 30 minutes or earlier will get to board before those that have not purchased Priority. Having flown with Ryanair recently, most travelers used this option. Those that did not were only a few minutes behind.

This extra purchased bag may still be placed in the aircraft hold. See Ryanair’s official wording below. Real life experience – on a recent trip my party and our first friends were able to book this option in advance . Our second set of friends left it too late and all availability for this option had sold out. Therefore ensure you purchase as soon as possible.

The exact wording from Ryanair for Priority & 2 Cabin Bags option.

If you purchased Priority & 2 Cabin Bags (including a Flexi, Flexi Plus or Family Plus ticket), you may carry on board the small and a large piece of Cabin Baggage, weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, unless operational reasons require us to place the large cabin bag in the hold.

If you have purchased “Priority Boarding”(click here for Regulations concerning Priority Boarding) and report to the boarding gate no less than thirty (30) minutes prior to flight departure you will be able to proceed towards the aircraft before passengers who have not.

Some passengers may be required on heavily booked flights to place carry on bags in the aircraft hold. Please ensure that you remove any valuables from your carry-on bag at the boarding gate if it is required to be placed in the aircraft hold. Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.



This new allowance is basically, the option to purchase an allowance for a small bag, which is placed in the hold.

The charge for this option is between €/£10 to €/£12.

This bag can weigh no more than 10 kg.

Its maximum dimensions have to be 55 x 40 x 25 cm.

This can also be purchased from the airport on the day of travel.

At the bag-drop desk this costs €/£20.

While at the boarding gate for €/£25.

This bag will have to be collected at the baggage carousel after landing.

The exact wording from Ryanair for New 10 Kg Check-in Bag option.

If you purchased the 10kg Check-In Bag (up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm) you may carry your small bag on board the aircraft, however the 10kg Check-In Bag must be deposited at the bag-drop desk prior to entering security. Upon arrival at your destination you will collect the bag at the baggage belt. Regulations on Checked Baggage apply accordingly.

Non-priority customers who have not added a bag to their booking can still purchase a 10kg wheelie bag at the airport bag drop desk for €/£20 or €/£25 at the boarding gate.

For Cabinbaggers we think it generally is a shame that budget airlines are going down the route of making the actual free hand luggage smaller. However the adage ‘You get what you pay for’ is certainly the case.

Positives though for the businessperson or day-tripper, meaning this is still a no fuss, ‘get me there’ way to travel.

For holidaymakers who take hold luggage anyway, the policy is still convenient and a laptop size bag fits these free dimensions.

Ryanair cabin bag size policy will disappoint those flying off for a short break. Purchasing the ‘Priority and 2 Cabin bag’ option should be treated as just an extra unfortunate €/£12 charge to the initial ticket price, based on return flights.  That is not astronomical.

Finally, we do not think having an option to purchase at the Boarding Gate is sensible. Hopefully for the remaining passengers this will not cause any inconvenience or delays.