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Carry-on and Checked Bag Allowances on Low-Cost Carriers

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How much will that bag cost? Check out our chart below. Photo: Charles Wiriawam

It can be hard to track down exact information about the luggage limitations on low-cost carriers.  They do their absolute best to hide it deep in the bowels of their websites.  But knowledge is power (and more often than not, serious money), fellow travelers!

Here, for your edification, are the luggage rules and prices (as of mid-September 2013) for a number of Europe’s largest discount airlines. This information is provided as-is, pulled from each airline’s website. For each carrier, we’ve included a link to their full rules—be sure to double check their policies to make sure they haven’t changed in the meantime.  (If you discover such a change, please leave us a note in the comments so we can correct the chart.)

And away we go!

 

Airline Carry-on weight limit Other carry-on limitations Carry-on measurements Cost of first checked bag Checked bag weight limit
Ryanair 10 kg One bag only 55 x 40 x 20 cm 15-25€ at time of booking, 20-30€ online, 60-100€ at airport 20 kg
EasyJet No weight restriction, must be able to lift unassisted Only 50 x 40 x 20 cm carry-on bags guaranteed not to be gate checked; + coat, umbrella, 1 duty-free bag 56 x 45 x 25 cm 20€ anytime online, 25-40€ at airport 20 kg
airberlin JustFly 8 kg Must be weighed at airport counter and have tag! 55 x 40 x 20 cm JustFly15€ online, 70€ at airport 23 kg
Germanwings 8 kg 55 x 40 x 20 cm 12.50€ online, 25€ at airport; Smart or Best fares included 23 kg
WIZZ! Smaller than 42 x 32 x 25 cm FREE Anything up to 56 x 45 x 25 10-20€ See left Varies by country; check website!
Norwegian 10 kg + small personal item 55 x 40 x 23 cm 6-20€ online, depending on flight length; 14-37€ at airport; flex or premium included 20 kg
Vueling 10 kg + small personal item; excellence 14 kg 55 x 40 x 20 cm 12-25€ online, 35€ at airport; optima or excellence included 23 kg
Transavia 10 kg One bag only; 40 x 30 x 20 cm on-board guarantee 55 x 35 x 25 cm 1€/kg, from 15€, booked online; 30-110€ at airport 23 kg

 

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Hilary Bown

An academic by training, a writer by day, and a Cheapo by heritage, Hilary Bown's meagre means and insatiable travel appetite have helped her sharpen her "no-budget travel" skills across the European continent over the past decade. At home in Berlin or on an adventure abroad, you'll find her in sandals, riding the bus, reading novels while walking, drinking the local wine, writing out postcards with a felt-tip pen, and browsing the shelves of the supermarket and hardware store. Find her unique blend of travel adventure and tested advice at Less Than a Shoestring.

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One Response to “Carry-on and Checked Bag Allowances on Low-Cost Carriers”

geoff says:

Easyjet flex fare is often a very good deal. May cost just 15 euros more, but it includes checked bags, up-front reserved seat, speedy boarding and the right to rebook.

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