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easyJet and Ryanair Hand Baggage Allowance

What are the dimensions for luggage on Ryanair and easyJet flights?

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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.

At a glance:

  • Ryanair Hand Baggage Allowance 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"). But Ryanair does not guarantee your bag will be allowed in the cabin (see below). 
  • easyJet Hand Baggage Allowance 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8")
  • easyJet Guaranteed Hand Baggage Allowance 50cm x 40cm x 20cm (19.7" x 15.7" x 7.9")

See also: Get the Most from Your Hand Baggage for Ryanair and easyJet Flights

Ryanair's Notoriously Small Baggage 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. See the surprising pictures: How Strict is Ryanair's Hand Baggage Allowance?

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

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) standard hand baggage allowance (followed by and 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.

easyJet's Solution to the Overcrowded Overhead Lockers Problem

easyJet also has the IATA standard (56cm x 45cm x 25cm), as well as a new 'guaranteed cabin baggage' size of 50cm x 40cm x 20cm (19.7" x 15.7" x 7.9") from July 2, 2013.

With overhead baggage rack space tight on budget flights, most airlines have started taking some people's cabin luggage off them and checking it into the hold (for free) if there isn't enough room in the cabin. easyJet is the first airline to address this issue: take a smaller case and you are guaranteed to be able to keep it in the cabin; take the standard size and you might need to check it into the hold.

A Novel Way to Get the Most Out of Your Allowance

An unusual solution to fitting all of your luggage into your cabin baggage allowance is this Big Pocket Travel Vest, which has pockets large enough to fit a laptop. Ryanair's CEO, Michael O'Leary, says the airline will not charge for these jackets, and it is hard to see how he would be able to.

If you're in the market for a more conventional case, check out the ones below.

Carry-On Suitcases for Ryanair

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.

Note: The cases on this page are for delivery to the UK and some other European countries only. US and Canada readers, click here: Ryanair Hand Luggage

1. Cabin Max Barcelona Bag

Barcelona Bag for easyJet and Ryanair
Image: (c) 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.

See pictures of this bag

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

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2. Cabin Max Capital Bag

Capital Bag for easyJet and Ryanair
Image: (c) 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.

See pictures of this bag

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

3. Stratic Agravic Trolley

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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4. Timberland Earthrover Carry-On Trolley Case

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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5. Knomo Berlin Overnight Carry-On Duffle Bag in Black

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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6. Antler Aeon Air Small Cabin Trolley Bag

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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7. Ryanair Approved Samsonite Cabin Bag

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

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