RyanAir Baggage checker (Peter Moore)
Article Words : Peter Moore | 10 August

The budget airline cabin baggage guide

Popping off for a quick city break? Don't get caught out by excessive cabin baggage fees!

Busting hand baggage rules can cost a pretty penny. Each airline sets their own rules and will gleefully charge you extra if your cabin baggage doesn't conform. Some of these charges will effectively double or triple your fare – so all of a sudden, that bargain city break becomes decidedly more expensive.

We've included the consequences of having a bag that's too weighty or big, and a direct link to each airline's baggage page so you can double-check before you fly...

Airline Dimensions Weight Consequences Website
Air Asia
56 x 36 x 23 cm 7 kg Put in hold* Air Asia website
Air Berlin 55 x 40 x 20 cm 8 kg or 10 kg with laptop Put in hold* Air Berlin website
Air France 55 x 35 x 25 cm 12 kg incl. handbag or laptop Put in hold* Air France website
Air India 55 x 40 x 20 cm 8 kg + handbag or laptop Put in hold* Air India website
Air Lingus 55 x 40 x 24 cm
10 kg + handbag or laptop €30-40 at airport Put in hold* Air Lingus website
BA 56 x 45 x 25 cm 23 kg + handbag or laptop Put in hold*
BA website
Brussels Airlines 55 x 40 x 23 cm 6 - 16 kg + laptop or handbag Put in hold* Brussels Airlines website
easyJet 50 x 40 x 20 cm**
Lift unaided £45 at boarding gate easyJet website
Emirates 45 x 35 x 20 cm**
7kg + handbag or duty free Contact airline Emirates website
Etihad Sum of L + W + H hot to exceed 111cm
7kg Put in hold or pay fee from £10 to £48 depending on flight Etihad website
Flybe 55 x 40 x 23 cm 10 kg £50 boarding gate Flybe website
GermanWings 55 x 40 x 20 cm 8 kg Put in hold* GermanWings website
Iberia 56 x 36 x 23 cm + small personal item Lift unaided Put in hold*
Iberia website


Icelandair 55 x 40 x 20 cm 10 kg incl. laptop Contact airline Icelandair website
Jet2 56 x 45 x 25 10 kg Put in hold Jet2 website
KLM 55 x 35 x 25 cm 12 kg incl. laptop or handbag Contact airline KLM website
Lufthansa 55 x 40 x 23 cm 8 kg Put in hold* Lufthansa website
Monarch 56 x 40 x 25 cm 5 kg + duty free £50 at the gate and put in hold Monarch website
Norwegian 55 x 40 x 23 cm + small handbag or laptop 10 kg Put in hold* Norwegian website
Pegasus Airlines 55 x 40 x 23 + small handbag
or laptop
8 kg + handbag or laptop Put in hold* Pegasus website
Qantas 56 x 36 x 23 7 kg + handbag or laptop Contact airline Qantas website
RyanAir 55 x 40 x 20 cm

10 kg + small handbag up to 35 x 20 x 20
£50/€50
at boarding gate
RyanAir website
SAS 55 x 40 x 23 cm 8 kg + handbag or laptop Put in hold* SAS website
Singapore Airlines Sum of L + W + H not to exceed 115cm* 7 kg Put in hold* Singapore Airlines website
Vueling 55 x 40 x 20 cm 10 kg €35 at checkin Vueling website
WizzAir 42 x 32 x 25 cm free upgrade to
56 x 45 x 25 cm €10 – €20
10 kg Put in hold* WizzAir website
WOW air 56 x 45 x 25 cm 10 kg + duty free shopping Put in hold* WOW website

* Subject to checked baggage limits, usually 23 kg. (20 kg with Air Berlin, 22kg with Jet2)
** easyJet passengers can choose to travel with larger bags (maximum 56 x 45 x 25cm) but on busier flights they may have to be placed in the hold

NB: Always check your airline's website for any last minute changes to their terms and conditions.

Have we missed one? Is there a budget airline you'd like to see included here? Let us know below.