Read our results to find out which airline offers the best carry-on luggage allowance.
It is a minefield – is your hand luggage bag too big, too heavy or the wrong shape?
In our experience, hand luggage bags are rarely checked or weighed but we have been caught out before so get it right before you leave home.
Here is our guide to major European budget airlines hand luggage limits.
Our hand luggage comparison guide
|Airline||Maximum size||Maximum weight|
|Vueling Airlines||55x40x20, plus smaller handbag||10kg|
|EasyJet||56x45x25||No weight limit|
|British Airways||56x45x25 and a laptop bag/handbag||23kg|
*If you want a bigger bag you pay £5 each way to guarantee priority boarding to bring it on the plane or put it in case in the hold for free.
The best overall winner for size and weight is Easyjet.
But any airline allowing a bigger bag and 10kg limit should be fine – it can be very difficult to hit 5 or 6kg limits on baggage as often the cases themselves weigh 2 or 3kgs.
The most comprehensive chart on airlines is this one from the Civil Aviation Authority.
See our hold luggage comparison guide here.