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Turkish Airlines cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowance

Flying Turkish Airlines and need to know what their hand luggage and checked baggage allowances are? Here's your essential Turkish Airlines baggage guide, plus tips on how to pack smartly so you can avoid paying for excess baggage.

Turkish Airlines hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Turkish Airlines cabin bag size Turkish Airlines hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x40x23cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

One additional Personal Item being a purse, baby carrier, camera or laptop

8kg maximum weight One hand luggage bag per passenger Free if your cabin bag meets Turkish Airlines regulations and flight is full

Turkish Airlines hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Turkish Airlines hold baggage size Turkish Airlines hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Turkish Airlines hold luggage
LxHxW = 158cm maximum dimensions 20kg maximum weight: not including mobility equipment

30kg for Business Class tickets, and flights originating in Ireland and Switzerland

Up to 1 item of hold luggage per passenger Online Excess hold luggage is €3-€30 per item, depending on the zone

These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying


Turkish Airlines hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK Government’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.

FAQs about luggage, special items and sports goods being carried on Turkish Airlines

Can I carry my surfboard/skis on Turkish Airlines flights?

Archery equipment, surf boards, canoes, tents, parachutes, ice hockey equipment, diving equipment, hand gliders, para gliders, mountain equipment and and bicycles are permitted on board Turkish flights as ‘special items’. If the item weighs more than 10kg, special charges are applied, depending on the origin and destination. Fees start at €30, and go up to €120 per kilo. See the full rules for carrying special items on the Turkish Airlines website.

Is it free to carry a wheelchair or baby buggy?

Wheelchairs and baby buggies are carried in the hold for free on board Turkish flights. However, if you want to bring a child’s car seat, you will have to pay for a child ticket when you book.

How to make the most of your luggage allowance on board Turkish Airlines

1. Upgrade to Business for that extra luggage allowance

Unfortunately it’s not a free hack, but the Business Class passengers on Turkish always receive 10kg more in their hold luggage than those in Economy. Business also receive two items of cabin luggage, each weighing 8kg (so in total, you could be squeezing 56kg of luggage onto your flight). Want the benefits of business without paying for it? Here are our top hacks for getting access to Business for free.

2. Pack like a pro

There’s a lot to be said for cutting down on what you carry and packing like a pro traveller. Our essential packing list is a great place to start, and if you’ve already got minimalism down, check out the 16 best packing hacks. If you’re not already ‘sprucing up your luggage’, this is a great way to save time when you’re looking for it on the conveyor belt, and it’s easier to identify if you do lose it.

Turkish Airlines hand luggage

3. Use a portable luggage scale

This one might just save your bacon if you’re someone who travels hand luggage only, and you like to push the limits of the ‘allowances’. Portable luggage scales like this one don’t weigh very much, but they’ll allow you to check how much you’re carrying before you sweat going through security. Check out the rest of our favourite gadgets for travelling here (just don’t buy too many!).

4. Use a cabin-approved suitcase

If you haven’t seen our review of CabinMax, Lowe Alpine and Antler’s most popular cabin-approved bags, check it out now. These bags are lightweight, they’ll fit most airlines cabin restrictions (including Turkish Airlines), and they look stylish too. Travelling hand luggage only is a great way to save money and time, but don’t be caught out with your slightly oversized roller!

5. Check out the competition

Turkish Airlines allows for 8kg of luggage allowance, whereas British Airways allows you to carry 23kg, and Thomas Cook allow 6kg. Make sure you check out all of the competition if you’re considering booking an extra bag on board. It may be worth investing in a more expensive ticket if you’re going to get stung when you try to sneak your 23kg bag into the 20kg limit. Check out all of the cabin baggage allowances for other airlines now.

View cabin baggage rules for all airlines

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*Published March 2017. All prices are lowest estimated prices only and are subject to change. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information.

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