Low cost airline hand luggage allowance guide

Hand luggage allowance guide: How Ryanair, easyJet, Flybe, Aer Lingus Tui and Wizzair compare

Often when booking flights with a low-cost airline, the sense of triumph at bagging a bargain is swiftly supplanted by one of fury when the price of “add-ons” are accounted for.

Following Ryanair’s updated cabin baggage policy earleir this year and the budget Hungarian carrier Wizz Air’s decision to cut its hand luggage allowance, we’ve put together this guide showing how much baggage passengers are permitted to take into the cabins of the biggest low-cost airlines.


All passengers are entitled to bring one small bag on board which must fit under the seat in front of them. The dimensions of this bag must not exceed 35cm x 20cm x 20cm and you should be able to lift it into the overhead locker.

Passengers who have purchased “Priority & 2 Cabin Bags” or a Plus/Flexi/Family ticket or connecting flight ticket can bring one additional bag weighing up to 10kg on board which must fit into the baggage sizer. The maximum size of this bag must be 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Those who fail to purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags and arrive at the gate with two bags, will have their second, larger bag “taken off you” and placed in the aircraft hold free of charge, Ryanair warns online.

Priority & 2 Cabin Bags costs €5 (£4.40) if purchased at the time of the initial flight booking. If added via RyanAir’s website or its app (up to 40 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time) the fee is €6 (£5.30).

Cabin baggage that exceeds 55cm x 40cm x 20cm will be refused at the boarding gate and placed in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of £55.

Passengers who have reduced mobility and have pre-booked airport special assistance can carry both pieces of their cabin baggage into the cabin with them.


EasyJet allows passengers to take one cabin bag each onboard. “That’s just enough space for a couple of nights away,” the airline states on its website.

Bags must not be bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (including handles and wheels).

There’s no weight limit but passengers should be able to lift their bag into the overhead locker. As space is limited they some may be put in the hold instead.

Bags that exceed the maximum dimensions will be checked into the hold for a charge. At the bag drop desk the fee is £37. This rises to £47 at the boarding gate.

Wizz Air

Passengers are permitted to take one bag no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 18cm into the cabin with them, unless they pay extra to put a larger piece of luggage in the overhead locker.

Anything exceeding this size, up to 55cm x 40cm x 23cm, will be put in the hold free of charge. Passengers will be charged for bags larger than this.

People who have paid for “Wizz Priority”, which costs from £4 to £10 if bought online or €25 (£22) if purchased at the airport, can take two pieces of luggage into the cabin – one measuring up to 40cm x 30cm x 18cm to go under the seat in front, the other as big as 55 x 40 x 23cm to be stowed in the overhead compartment.


Passengers who have booked a flight only (as opposed to a package deal) can carry one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 5kg for free. The maximum dimensions of your bag must be 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and you must be able to lift your hand luggage into the overhead storage compartments yourself.

Premium Club passengers can take bags weighing up to 7kg into the cabin.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus passengers can carry hand luggage weighing up to 10kg plus one small personal item such as a handbag or laptop.

Some flights between UK and Ireland are Aer Lingus Regional services operated by Stobart Air. On these services the allowance is 7kg.


Customers are entitled to bring on one cabin bag measuring no more than 55cm x 35cm x 20cm, including wheels and handles, and one small personal item such as a handbag or laptop bagthat can fit under the seat in front.

The combined weight of your cabin bag and smaller personal item must not exceed 10kg.


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