Flying with a bike and airline luggage requirements

Choosing to fly with your bike takes some extra planning. Dependant on the length of your holiday it can also save you a lot of money compared to the cost of bike rental. Each airline has a different policy regarding flying a bike. Some will include your bike as part of your overall luggage. Others will charge an extra fee to fly with your bike. A little research prior to booking your flights can save you a lot of money. This is especially the case if your trip involves multiple flights. If this is the case, be sure to research each individual airline for their rules.

The table below outlines the luggage requirements of the major airlines including their rules as regards to bikes. But first a little explanation of what is in the table.

Airline name – click on the link to be taken to the airline website page that includes the bike rules.

Bike allowed free if with luggage allowances – this column identifies whether an airline charges a separate fee for bikes. Remember that for the bike (or any luggage) to be considered free it must be within the allowed weight and dimensions. If it is outside of these then normal excess baggage fees will apply.

Fee (per leg) – this is the fee that will be charged for your bike. You need to consider that this fee is charged “per leg” so the fee will be doubled for a return flight.

Maximum dimension allowed for bike bag – this is designated as either linear or length. In the case of linear you need to add together the length, height and width of the bag/box and ensure it is less than the amount set. Where the limit is based on length you need to make sure the longest side of the bag/box does not exceed the limit.

Maximum weight allowed for bike – airlines set a maximum weight allowance for bikes which is set out in this column. The maximum weight for any single piece of luggage is 32kg and anything over this weight will not be accepted even if your total luggage allowance is above this. Some airlines set a maximum limit for bikes at 23kg even though an economy fare will allow you 30kg which is something to keep in mind.

Pre-booking required – there are quite a number of airlines that require you to advise them if you are planning on bringing a bike. Some require this at the time of booking while others stipulate it must be completed within a certain period of time prior to travel. If you do not do this your bike won’t be allowed on board.

By clicking on the + button next to the airline name you can see the luggage allowances based on the fare type. Where an airline charges a fee for all luggage the columns are blank.


Disclaimer: this table is correct at 1 June 2020. Please ensure you check with the airline directly before you book your travel to confirm that the rules have not changed.

Web addressBike allowed free if within luggage allowancesFee (per leg)Maximum dimension allowed for bike bag cmMaximum weight allowed for bike(kg)Pre booking requiredLuggage allowance Saver/Basic faresLuggage allowance Economy faresLuggage allowance Premium economy faresLuggage allowance Business class faresLuggage allowance First class faresComments
https://www.aerlingus.com/travel-information/baggage-information/sports-equipment/Yes for flights to the USA, No for all other flights€50 Not specified23kgYesNil23kgN/A3 x 23kgN/ABikes included as part of your baggage allowance on flights to the USA but paid for on all other routesAer Lingus
https://www.aeroflot.ru/xx-en/information/preparation/luggage?_ga=2.20073211.2145211503.1591452810-1171865440.1591285367YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 32kgYesNil1 x 23kg bag or 2 x 23kg1 x 23kg bag or 2 x 23kg1 x 32kg bag or 2 x 32kgN/AEach fare class has 2 ticket options which dictates the number of bags allowed.Aeroflot
https://www.aerolineas.com.ar/es-ar/equipaje/especialNoUS$20 - US$100Not specified23kg within Argentina or 32kg other routesNot specifiedNil1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags3 x 23kgN/AAerolineas Argentinas
https://aeromexico.com/en-eu/travel-information/baggageNoUS$75 - US$150204cm length within Mexico or 294cm length for internationalBased on ticket type and route to 32kgNot specifiedNil1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsN/AThe luggage allowances here apply to international routes. Other allowances apply for domestic and flights to the USA.Aeromexico
https://support.airasia.com/s/article/How-do-I-pack-sports-equipment-en?language=en_GBNo319cm linear32kgPurchase of sports equipment luggage allowance requiredAmount of weight needs to be purchased as part of ticketing process. Fee depends on route travelled. Luggage purchased can be 20kg, 25kg, 30kg or 40kg. Note the maximum weight of any one item is 32kg.Air Asia (X)
https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/plan/baggage/special-items.htmlYes but fees still apply for some faresCA$50292cm linear32kgYes0 bags free1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsN/ABikes both count towards your luggage allowance and are charged a fee. The fee is waived if you purchase a Latitude, Premium Economy or Business Class fare for travel within Canada or to the US. All bags are paid for on domestic flights.Air Canada
https://www.airchina.co.uk/go/2020.5-10/Baggage/Page2_EN.pdfYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsN/AAir China
https://www.aircorsica.com/flights/baggage/special-baggage.htmlNo€40 within France, €75 within rest of EuropeNot specified23kgYesN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bagsN/AN/ABikes must be pre-booked at least 48hrs before your flight.Air Corsica
https://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/common/guidevoyageur/pratique/bagage_equipement_sport_airfrance.htmNo€40-€125300cm linear23kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kgAir France
https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/oversized-itemsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply200 length23kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags3 x 23kg bagsN/AAir New Zealand
https://www.airtransat.com/en-GB/Travel-information-from-England/Baggage/Weight-and-size-what-you-can-bringNoCA$70Not specified32kgYes0 bags free1 x 23kg bag1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bagsN/AAir Transat
https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/special-baggage/traveling-with-sporting-equipmentNo free baggageUS$30287cm linearBased on purchased weight to 32kgNot specifiedAll luggage is purchased and bikes are allowed as part of this normal purchase with no additional fees as long as they are not outisde the weight or dimension restrictionsAlaska Airlines
https://www.alitalia.com/en_gb/fly-alitalia/baggage/special-baggage.htmlNo€50 within Europe, €100 internationally300cm linear23kgNot specifiedNilAlitalia
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/eur/international/prepare/baggage/checked-in/bicycle.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply292cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgYes if linear dimensions exceed 203cmN/A2 x 23kg bags2 x 23kg bags3 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsAll Nippon Airways (ANA)
https://www.americanairlines.ie/i18n/travel-info/baggage/specialty-and-sports.jspYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply320cm linear23kgNot specified0 bags free1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsAmerican Airlines
https://flyasiana.com/C/GB/EN/contents/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 158cm linear, otherwise fees applyUS$160 - US$400292cm linear23kgYes if linear dimensions exceed 203cmBikes are free if within the weight and size dimensions. Most people will have to payAsiana
https://www.austrian.com/Info/Flying/sportbaggage.aspx?sc_lang=en&cc=UKYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply280cm linear32kgYesNil1 x 23kg bag1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bagsN/AAustrian
https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/sporting-goods-and-musical-instrumentsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply190 x 95 x 65Based on ticket type to 32kgYesN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kgBritish Airways
https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_IE/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 32kgYesN/A30kg or 23kg (New Zealand)35kg or 2 x 32kg (New Zealand)40kg or 3 x 23kg (New Zealand)50kg (N/A for New Zealand)Cathay Pacific
https://www.china-airlines.com/us/en/fly/prepare-for-the-fly/baggage/sporting-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNo limits applyBased on ticket type to 32kgYes23kg or 1 x 23kg (piece)30kg or 2 x 23kg (piece)35kg or 2 x 32kg (piece)40kg or 3 x 32kg (piece)N/AFlights to the Americas use the piece concept and all others use the weight conceptChina Airlines
https://us.ceair.com/newCMS/us/en/content/en_Header/headerBottom/service/baggage/baggageDetail/202001/t20200108_13623.htmlIf within 23kg and 158cm linearCNY1,000203cm lengthBased on ticket typeYes if length greater than 203cm lengthN/A2 x 23kg bags2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsChina Eastern
https://www.csair.com/en/tourguide/luggage_service/special_baggage/sports_equipments/If within 23kg and 158cm linearCNY1,000203cm linearNot specifiedN/A23kg32kg2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsThe information on the website suggest that anything over 203cm linear dimensions cannot be carried. There is only 1 brand of bike bags on the market that would fit these dimensions.China Southern
https://www.corsair.fr/flight/services/corsairs-services/Luggages/special-luggageIf within 23kg and 158cm linear€100 - €300 depending on route300cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bags2 x 32kg bagsN/ACorsair
https://www.delta.com/us/en/baggage/special-items/sporting-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply292cm linear23kgNot specified0 bags free1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags2 x 32kg bagsDelta
https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/baggage/sports-equipmentNo£45Not specified32kgYesAll luggage must be purchased and bikes are their own category and must be selected when booking or prior to travel.easyJet
https://www.emirates.com/ie/english/before-you-fly/baggage/unusual-baggage-and-special-allowances/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply300cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgYes25kg30kg35kg40kg50kgEmirates
https://www.etihad.com/en-ie/fly-etihad/baggage/golf-and-sportsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply300cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specified30kg or 2 x 23kg bags30kg or 2 x 23kg bags35kg x 23kg bags40kg or 2 x 32kg bags50kg or 2 x 32kg bagsEtihad
https://www.evaair.com/en-gb/managing-your-trip/other-information/excess-baggage-other-optional-fees/excess-baggage/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 32kgYes20kg or 1 x 23kg bag30kg or 2 x 23kg (piece)35kg or 2 x 28kg (piece)40kg or 2 x 32kg (piece)N/AEva Air
https://www.finnair.com/gb-en/baggage-on-finnair-flights/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 158cm linear, otherwise fees apply€55 within Europe, €75 internationally190 x 75 x 65cm23kgYesNil1 x 23kg bagN/A2 x 32kg bagsN/AFinnair
https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/other-countries/en/garuda-indonesia-experience/on-ground/baggage/indexIn addition to your free allowanceN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply177 x 23 x 102cms30kgNot specifiedN/A30kgN/A40kg50kgGaruda is the only airline that gives you an additonal allowance for your bike.Garuda Indonesia
https://www.gulfair.com/baggage/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 158cm linear, otherwise fees applyN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply158cm linear15kgNot specifiedGulf Air
https://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60/session/L3RpbWUvMTU5MTQ1NjMxNy9zaWQvQXlrZ1BMS28%3DNoUS$35 - US$150292cm linear23kgNot specifiedAll international flights include 2 x 23kg bags free, flights within Hawaii 1st bag US$25 2nd bag US$35, flights to USA 1st bag US$30, 2nd bag US$40Hawaiian Airlines
https://www.iberia.com/gb/luggage/special/Yes - long haul flights, No - short and medium haul flights€45 (short and medium haul)Not specified23kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 23kg bagsN/AIberia
https://www.iberia.com/gb/luggage/special/No€77 - €108221cm x 56cm x 102cm32kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bagsIceland Air
https://www.jal.co.jp/en/dom/baggage/checked/YesUS$200 if over 203cm linear203cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A2 x 23kg bags2 x 23kg bags3 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsJapan Airlines
https://www.jetblue.com/help/sports-gearNoUS$100200cm linear46kgNot specifiedGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for travelJet Blue
https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/flights/baggage?pid=menu:baggageNoAU$25 + weight purchase200 cm length32kgNot specifiedThe AU$25 fee is levied on top of the weight you purchase.Jet Star
https://www.klm.com/travel/ie_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/exceptional_baggage/index.htm#p4No€40-€125176.5 x 23 x 101.523kgYesN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bagsN/AKLM
https://www.koreanair.com/content/koreanair/global/en/traveling/baggage-services.html#cta-medium=/global/en/traveling/baggage-services/allowed-to-bring-unrestricted/bicycles.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply292cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bagN/A2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsKorean Air
https://www.latam.com/en_un/travel-information/baggage/special-items/NoUS$25 to US$100300cm linear32kgNot specifiedLATAM
https://www.lufthansa.com/ie/en/sports-baggageNo€70-€250280cm linear32kgYesN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsLufthansa
https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en/plan-your-trip/baggage/special-baggage.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply204cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specified25kg30kg35kg40kg50kgGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for travelMalaysia Airlines
https://www.norwegian.com/ie/travel-info/baggage/sports-equipment/No€40 - €65250cm x 79cm x 112cm25kgYesNorwegian Airlines
https://www.philippineairlines.com/TravelInformation/BeforeYouFly/BaggageInformation/SpecialBaggage/SportsEquipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNo limits applyBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specified20kg - 30kg20kg - 30kg or 2 x 23kg bags25kg to 30kg or 2 x 25kg30kg to 40kg or 2 x 32kgN/ABaggage allowances depend on the route you are travelling and can either be a weight or piece based systemPhilippine Airlines
https://www.qantas.com/ie/en/travel-info/baggage/sporting-equipment.html?int_cam=ie%3Abaggage%3Aarticle%3Asporting-equipment%3Aen%3Ann#bicyclesYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply140cm x 30cm x 80cmBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A30kg40kg40kg50kgQantas
https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/special-items.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply300cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A30kgN/A40kg50kgQatar
https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/baggage/20-kg-check-in-bagNo€60 319cm linear30kgNot specifiedRyanair
https://www.flysas.com/en/travel-info/baggage/sports-equipment/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified23kgYes1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsN/ARegardless of your actual allowance bikes can only weigh a maximum of 23kg in total otherwise excess fees will be charged. Prior approval for a bike is required before travel.SAS
https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/before-you-fly/baggageYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified32kgNot specifiedBaggage is purchased when you book and a bike is inlcuded in the weight purchased to a maximum of 32kg.Scoot
https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/ie/travel-info/baggage/non-standard-baggage/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply200cm x 75cm x 80cmBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specified30kg30kg35kg40kg50kgSingapore Airlines
https://www.flysaa.com/manage-fly/baggage/checked-baggage/special-baggageYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply200cm x 100cm x 75cm23kgFor specific eventsN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bagsN/ASouth African Airways
https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html#baggage_special_luggage_pol_tab_list_tab_16Yes, with restrictionsUS$75 where applicable155cm linear23kgNot specifiedBikes are free if within the weight and size dimensions. Most people will have to paySouthwest Airlines
https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/prepare/baggage/sport-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply280cm linearBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A1 x 23kg bag2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsSWISS
https://www.thaiairways.com/en_IE/plan/travel_information/baggage.page?YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 32kgNot specifiedN/A30kg40kg40kg50kgThai Airways
https://tigerair.com.au/prepare-to-fly/baggage/sporting-equipmentNoAU$85 - AU$100190cm x 60cm x 80cms20kgNot specifiedAll luggage must be purchasedtigerair Australia
https://www.tuifly.be/en/legal/conditions_de_transportNo€55 Not specified32kgYesAll luggage must be purchasedTui Fly
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-ie/any-questions/sports-equipment/bicycle/No€30 - €60Not specified32kgYesTurkish Airlines
https://www.united.com/ual/en/GB/fly/travel/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlIf within 23kg and 158cmUS$200292cm linear45kgNot specified0 bags free1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bags3 x 32kg bagsUnited Airlines
https://www.vietnamairlines.com/vn/en/travel-information/baggage/special-baggageYes, with restrictionsUS$150 - US$300203cm linear32kgYesN/A1 x 23kg bag or 2 x 23kg (certain routes only)1 x 23kg bag or 2 x 23kg (certain routes only)2 x 32kg bagsN/AGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for free travelVietnam Airways
https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/prepare-to-fly/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified23kgNot specified1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsVirgin Atlantic
https://www.virginaustralia.com/eu/en/plan/baggage/oversized-fragile-items/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply180cm length32kgNot specified1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 32kg bagsVirgin Australia
https://www.vueling.com/en/vueling-services/prepare-your-trip/luggage/special-luggageNo€45 to €55270cm linear32kgNot specifiedVueling
https://www.westjet.com/en-ie/travel-info/baggage/sportsYesCA$5029245kgNot specified0 bags free1 x 23kg bag2 x 23kg bags2 x 23kg bagsN/AWestjet

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