When flying with EasyJet you need to be absolutely clear about your carry-on and check-in baggage allowances. This article will tell you all you need to know about how much luggage you can take on your EasyJet flight, the fees involved, and any restrictions that you need to be aware of.
When flying with EasyJet, the golden rules are:
- Familiarize yourself with the allowances, and baggage size rules
- Anticipate your carry-on and check-in baggage needs and book these online accordingly
- Don’t turn up at the airport with more bags than you have booked, with bags that exceed the maximum weights/dimensions, or with bags that exceed the weights you have booked online
The only free luggage allowance on an EasyJet flight is one small item of carry-on luggage. Your maximum carry-on luggage allowance with EasyJet is two items. The second item of carry-on luggage can be bought as an optional extra, or is automatically included if you pre-select and buy certain preferred seats, if you buy a ‘Flexi’ fare, or if you are an EasyJet Plus cardholder.
EasyJet has strict rules on the size of the hand luggage items allowed on board; if your hand baggage exceeds the specified size limits, it will need to be checked into the aircraft hold for a fee.
EasyJet charges for all check-in luggage. The maximum weight allowance per bag is 32kg. You can take up to three check-in bags on an EasyJet flight.
EasyJet Cabin Baggage Allowance
EasyJet has two options for carry-on baggage:
- All EasyJet passengers are allowed to take one small cabin bag onboard the aircraft for free. The maximum dimensions of this small bag are 45 x 36 x 20cm, including any protruding parts such as handles or wheels. This bag needs to be placed under the seat in front of you. The maximum weight of this small carry-on bag is 15kg. Typical small carry-on bags include small trolley cases, handbags, rucksacks, and laptop bags
- A second, larger, carry-on bag, can be taken on board for passengers who:
- have selected, and paid for, an ‘Up Front’ or ‘Extra Legroom’ seat
- have separately purchased a large carry-on bag
- is an easyJet Plus cardholder, or
- has booked a ‘Flexi’ fare
The maximum dimensions of this second, larger carry-on bag are 56 x 45 x 25cm, including any handles or wheels. And, the maximum weight of this second bag is also 15kg. Typical second carry-on bags include some of the larger trolley cases and rucksacks as long as they are within the maximum stated dimensions.
When you book an Easyjet flight you will have the option to choose an ‘Up Front’ or ‘Extra Legroom’ seat which includes the additional large carry-on bag allowance. If you choose not to select one of these additional fee seats, or choose not to select a specific seat, you will then have the option to add a large cabin bag to your booking.
Any seat or bag booking that enables you to bring a large cabin bag on board also entitles you to ‘Speedy Boarding’, allowing you to be in the group of passengers that board the aircraft first.
Prices start from £6 each way to book a large cabin bag. The starting price is the same regardless of whether you book online or at the airport.
Alternatively, if you select ‘Up Front’ or ‘Extra Legroom’ seats which include the second carry-on bag allowance, prices start from £8 each way for extra legroom seats, or £13 each way for first row seats.
The maximum number of carry-on bags per person when traveling on an EasyJet flight is two.
Easyjet Carry-on Bag Maximum Dimensions
EasyJet checks the size of each carry-on bag before boarding. If your small carry-on bag is larger than the maximum dimensions allowed, or if you bring a second, larger carry-on bag to the departure gate without pre-paid seat selection, or without a pre-paid second carry-on bag allowance, it will need to be placed into the aircraft hold and charges will apply. The fee for any bag brought to the airport that is over a customer’s small cabin bag allowance is £24, and this bag will be placed in the aircraft hold.
Any carry-on bags over the maximum carry-on dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25cm are termed ‘oversized large cabin bags’. A fee of £48 will be applied to these bags which will be placed in the aircraft hold.
Easyjet Check-In Baggage Allowance
All EasyJet passengers (including children and infants) can buy up to three check-in bags. EasyJet’s check-in baggage policy allows groups traveling on the same flight and booking to pool their total check-in weight allowance.
Easyjet has three check-in bag options to purchase per passenger:
- Small – up to 15kg in weight
- Standard – up to 23kg in weight
- Large – up to 32kg in weight
You can mix and match, so for example, you could opt for one 15kg bag and one 23kg bag, or three large bags if you needed to. But note that three large bags will be very costly.
For the large 32kg bag, you can choose a small (15kg), or standard (23kg) bag and then add extra weight in 3kg increments, up to the 32kg maximum weight per bag.
The maximum total size of a single passenger’s check-in baggage (length + width + height) must be under 275cm.
Check-In Baggage Fees
EasyJet’s check-in baggage fees per flight are as follows:
- Small (15kg) – from £7, and available to purchase online only
- Standard (23kg) – from £9.50 online, or £48 at the airport (so, if you are planning to take this size bag with you, make sure you book it online!)
- Large (32kg) – £12 for every 3kg increment added to your pre-booked small or standard check-in bag
Should I Buy My Check-In Baggage Allowance When I Buy My Flight Ticket?
If you know you are definitely going to be taking check-in baggage with you on your Easyjet trip, it makes sense to pre-book your check-in baggage allowance. If you turn up at the airport with a check-in bag that has not been pre-booked you will need to pay extra.
You can pre-book a standard (23kg) check-in bag from £9.50 each way. If you turn up at the airport with the same bag without pre-booking it’s going to cost you £48 each way. If you decide that you need more than the standard 23kg weight after purchasing online, you can buy an additional weight allowance. If you wanted to go up to the maximum 32kg that would cost you an additional £36 if bought online.
Under no circumstances should you turn up at the airport with a check-in bag weighing more than you have pre-booked – see Excess Baggage below.
What About Sports Items and Musical Instruments?
Easyjet allows one piece of sports equipment per passenger.
Easyjet categorizes sports equipment as either ‘small’ (up to 20kg) or ‘large’ (up to 32kg). Small sports equipment items include golf clubs, skis, and snowboards. Large sports equipment items include bikes, canoes, and windsurfers.
EasyJet’s fees for sports equipment, per item, per flight, are shown in the table below:
|Online Booking Fee||Airport Fee|
|Small sports equipment||£37||£47|
|Large sports equipment||£45||£55|
Easyjet allows small musical instruments with dimensions up to 30 x 117 x 38cm (including any case) to be taken on board the aircraft as part of your free small cabin bag allowance, or larger paid-for cabin baggage allowance. For larger musical instruments you can purchase an additional seat, or these can be placed in the aircraft hold if you buy a hold baggage allowance.
Traveling With a Baby or Infant
Easyjet has a family-friendly approach when it comes to those essential baby or infant items.
If you are traveling with a baby or an infant on an EasyJet flight you can bring up to two of the following items free of charge in addition to your cabin bag allowance:
- travel cot
- car seat
- collapsible or non-collapsible pram
- booster seat
- baby back carrier
These items can be checked-in at a bag drop desk. Or, if they are needed after the security check, Easyjet will collect them before you board the aircraft and put them in the aircraft hold.
In addition, an infant without a booked seat is allowed a baby changing bag with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm, and this must be placed under the seat in front of you.
Infants and children with booked seats have the same cabin bag and hold luggage allowances as adults in line with their booking conditions:
- Standard seat or no seat selection – one small cabin bag plus a changing bag, each with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm
- ‘Up Front’ or ‘Extra Legroom’ seat, or with the separate purchase of a large cabin bag allowance – one large cabin bag with a maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm, and one small cabin bag with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm, plus a changing bag with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm
Un-booked excess baggage is very expensive – avoid it if you can.
If you turn up at the airport with baggage in excess of the pre-booked weight you will be charged £12 per 1kg.
So, if you booked one standard bag (23kg) and turned up at the airport with a bag weighing the maximum allowed weight of 32kg, you will be charged a huge excess baggage fee of £108! The easy way to avoid this is to amend your booking before you fly and add additional weight at a fee of £12 per 3kg weight increment – the extra cost would be £36.
The only free luggage allowance when traveling Easyjet is one small item of cabin luggage that must fit under the seat in front of you.
All other carry-on and check-in luggage allowances must be paid for.
If you know what baggage you will be taking on your Easyjet flight you should buy your allowances online. Buying baggage allowances at the airport when you check-in tends to be more expensive. You should definitely avoid turning up at the airport with a suitcase that weighs more than the weight allowance you previously purchased online.