Need to Know: Flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler

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

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

UPDATE – Summer 2016

Good news! RyanAir is making efforts to be more family friendly. Approved child safety / car seats ARE now allowed onboard and certain discounts are available to families flying RyanAir with children, as outlined on their website:

Family Extra – Discounts

Ryanair is offering 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.

  • 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 site.



If you will be flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler, or are considering whether or not to book with the budget European airline for your family’s flight, here some important points that may really surprise you(!), especially if you’ll be flying Ryanair with a child under 2 years.

1. Ryanair only allows children under 2 years to occupy a 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). Otherwise, they must ride on an adult’s lap during takeoff and landing.

2. It is possible to purchase what they call an “infant comfort seat,” eg. an extra seat for your child less than 2 years old to occupy during the cruise portion of the flight, but you can only make this reservation by phoning Ryanair’s call center (find the number to call from your country here).

3. Ryanair charges a flat fare of 30€/30£ each way for a lap child.

4. Ryanair does not allow car seats (child safety seats) to be used in its aircraft.

5. Ryanair charges a fee to check your child’s car seat, bassinet, or travel cot, which is 10€/10£ per item when paid online or 20€/20£ when paid at the airport.

6. Ryanair will, thank goodness, let you gate-check your child’s stroller (pushchair) free of charge.

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. 

Have you flown Ryanair with your family? Tell us about your experience with a comment below.

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Safe journeys,

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  1. Stan Youmi

    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.

    1. Shelly Rivoli (Post author)

      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 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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