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Need to Know: Flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler

by Shelly Rivoli
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Will you be flying Ryanair with a baby, toddler or young child? Read this first!

Flying Ryanair with a baby, toddler or young child? Some of their rules and fees can be ‘headscratchers’ for families. Here’s a guide to the important information and details for parents and caregivers to help you get ready to fly Ryanair with your young children.


Flying Ryanair with infants less than 2 years old:

Infants and babies less than 24 months flying on laps:

Ryanair charges a flat fare of 25€/25£ each way for a lap-held infant or child less than 2 years old. Lap children can now be booked online.

While lap-held children are not allowed carry-on or checked baggage of their own, parents are permitted to bring a diaper bag with essentials weighing less than 20 kg. into the cabin in addition to their own carry-on baggage.

See baggage rules below for information on what else you may bring along for your infant.


Infants and toddlers up to 24 months flying in paid seats on Ryanair:

Ryanair only allows babies and toddlers to fly in their own seat for all portions of the flight when they are at least 1 year old and are using the CARES flight safety harness (details and full review or CARES here) or a forward-facing car seat.

If your child is between 12 months and 2 years and you would like to use a seat with CARES or a car seat for all phases of your flight, contact Ryanair.


What is an “infant comfort seat” on Ryanair?

It is possible to purchase what they call an “infant comfort seat,” eg. an extra seat for a child less than 2 years old who will not fly with an airline-approved flight restraint to occupy during the cruise portion of the flight.

However, you can only make this reservation by phoning Ryanair’s call center (find the number to call from your country here).

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Using car seats and the CARES harness on Ryanair:

Ryanair allows only forward-facing car seats (child safety seats) certified for air travel (such as FAA-approved car seats) to be used in its aircraft, or the CARES flight safety harness.

In either case, you should contact reservations well in advance of your flight to ensure your child will have an appropriate seat where the restraint (including CARES) may be used.

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Ryanair baggage allowances and baby equipment rules:

Ryanair allows two free checked pieces of baby equipment per infant, which can be a pushchair or stroller plus either a car seat or bassinet.

Collapsible pushchairs/strollers may be used right up the gate, but other items must be checked at the ticket counter (closes 40 minutes before flight).

Up to two additional baby equipment or child travel items may be checked for which is 15€/15£ per item when paid online or 25€/25£ when paid at the airport (for car seats, safety boosters, travel cots, etc.).

Flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler? Read this first!

RyanAir discounts for children, AKA Family Extra

Ryanair offers 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seating, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for children (under 16) when the accompanying adult(s) in the same booking,  purchase a corresponding fully priced service. Some details:

  • “Family Extra” discounts are only offered when making a new flight booking.
  • There are 50% discounts off checked bags, allocated seats, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 2 children when 1 accompanying adult included in the same reservation purchases the corresponding fully priced item.
  • There are 50% discounts off checked bags, Priority Boarding and travel insurance for up to a maximum of 4 children when the 2 accompanying adults included in the same reservation, purchase the corresponding fully priced item.
  • Adults and children must be booked in the same reservation to receive Family Extra discounts.

For full details, click here to visit the Family Extra information page on the Ryanair.com site.

Travels with BabyHave your choice of airlines? Remember you can compare any available discounts, special perks, and amenities for travelers with babies and young children among 46 different airlines in the Airlines Comparison Table in Part 5 Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler.


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Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

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Clarou January 27, 2020 - 7:07 am

Can I use the additional check-in baby item in the form of a suitcase with baby item (baby games, cream to change nappy) or does it have to be single (more substantial) items (car seats, cots etc? Basically, can I use a normal suitcase packed with baby stuff?

Shelly Rivoli January 31, 2020 - 8:52 am

You are more likely to have problems if you try and check an additional suitcase, which looks like a suitcase, because it is a suitcase. Generally in these situations airlines are helping you get a piece of essential GEAR, not an extra suitcase you can load with “games,” etc. (they don’t want to see passengers showing up with extra suitcases and have to take time to review what’s actually in it, one by one, while other passengers look on. But one tip is to use travel bag specifically for the item you’re checking, like a stroller carrying case, or a car seat travel bag. You will likely be able to stick an extra blanket and jacket inside and it will still clearly be the carrying case for the allowed gear item. Good luck!

Shauna August 1, 2019 - 9:23 am

I have a 2 and a 1/2 year old and iam wondering can I bring his buggy and car seat with me

Stan Youmi November 23, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I booked for myself and wife and two 8 month old twin girls to fly Dublin to Stansted with Ryanair. I couldn’t find any information on the Ryanair website but assumed the infants could travel with Birth Cert’s as ID – same as Aer Lingus and most normal Airlines. Tried to check in on the Ryanair website the night before the flight and it wouldn’t let me without passport numbers for the two Babies. I assumed this might be a ploy for Ryanair to get more money from me as they do. Went to Dublin Airport and was told we needed Passports for the Babies. My problem is that it’s not mentioned anywhere on their website. Why on earth do Babies under 2 need a passport to travel?. The “helpful” (stoney faced) lady at “Ryanair Customer Service desk” (oxymoron) told me that myself and my wife could travel but our two little ones couldn’t!! Considered giving her a brief run down on their feeding habits and handing her their changing bag and heading off but the wife wasn’t on for it. It’s daft and I think it’s a ploy to stop parents travelling ontheir flights with young children. I WILL NEVER FLY RYANAIR AGAIN. They are NOT LOW COST – you always end up paying even more and arriving at an airport that is miles from anywhere.

Shelly Rivoli November 30, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Stan, I am so sorry to hear about your nasty discovery at the airport whilst traveling with twin babies! I also found no mention of this on their website, but it is important to remember that, regardless of airline, ANY TIME passports are required of adults now, they will also be required of children. The Dublin – Stansted flight may be short, but I confirmed with Ryanair that it is considered an international flight, so passports are required of all travelers. The rules concerning babies and children on domestic flights are different, though any time a baby is flying for free or a discounted rate based on their age (usually under 2 years), you might be required to show proof of their age at time of travel. As your babies get older and it becomes more difficult for airline personnel to judge whether they have reached 24 months or not, you should always be prepared to prove they qualify for any discount when flying, whether with passports or certified copies of birth certificates.Here is a post on that topic, which often catches parents by surprise https://www.travelswithbaby.com/blog/the-real-reason-babies-and-toddlers-need-id-for-domestic-flights/ Again, I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles, but hope this helps clarify matters and prevent future travel snafus. (And yes, arriving at a central location can certainly help when traveling with kids!)

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