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Turkish Airlines baggage allowance rules explained and how to make the most of your hand luggage

Traveling with Turkish Airlines and need to know how many bags you’re allowed to take and what the checked baggage allowance is? Here’s our guide to the Turkish Airlines baggage allowances, and some tips on how to be a smart packer and avoid paying excess baggage fees.

UPDATE: The UK Government’s ban on tablets and laptops in airplane cabins has impacted the Turkish Airlines hand luggage policy on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. Read the full details here.

Article first written/published May 2017. Prices, dimensions and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. Always check with the airline before flying.

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 cabin baggage
56cm x 36cm x 23cm including handle, pockets and wheels

Plus an additional baby carrier, purse, camera bag or laptop

Maximum 8kg One hand luggage bag per passenger Free, as long as you meet Turkish Airlines regulations and the 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 baggage
Dimensions of checked baggage must be no more than 158cm (L+H+W) Maximum 20kg, not including mobility equipment

Maximum 30kg in Business Class, and flights departing from Ireland and Switzerland

Maximum 1 hold bag per person Online fees: Excess luggage is €3-€30 (Dh12-Dh123) per item, depending on destination and origin

These fees vary depending on the route you’re flying

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

What is the hand luggage allowance for Turkish Airlines?

You’re allowed to take one hand luggage bag weighing a maximum 8kg, plus an additional baby carrier, purse, camera bag or laptop. If you’re forced to check the bag in because the flight is full, you won’t be charged a fee by the airline as long as it fits with the Turkish Airlines baggage regulations.

What is the free baggage allowance?

The free Turkish Airlines baggage allowance is 20kg if you’re flying in Economy. If you’re flying in Business or your plane is taking off from Ireland or Switzerland, you get 30kg.

Can I take a surfboard/skis on a Turkish Airlines flight?

Yes. Surfboards, canoes, parachutes, archery equipment, diving equipment, paragliders, hand gliders, ice hockey equipment, bicycles and mountain equipment are all allowed on Turkish Airlines flights as ‘special items’. If an item weighs over 10kg, special charges will be applied, calculated depending on where you’re flying to and from. The charges start at €30 (Dh120) and go as high as €120 (Dh482) per kilo. To see all the rules for carrying special items on Turkish Airlines, visit the Turkish Airlines website here.

Can I take a wheelchair or baby buggy for free?

Yes, prams or strollers and wheelchairs are free to carry in the hold. However, if you want to take a child’s car seat, you’ll need to pay for a child’s ticket. Click here for information on child fares.

Tips to make the most of the Turkish Airlines baggage allowance

1. Upgrade your ticket to Business Class

Sadly this isn’t a free way to secure extra luggage, but Business passengers flying with Turkish Airlines get an extra 10kg more than those flying in Economy. You’ll also get two pieces of cabin luggage (as opposed to one in Economy) each weighing a maximum 8kg. So you could squeeze a total of 56kg on board. Want the Business Class benefits without the price tag? Here are our top tips for getting a free upgrade.

2. Pack like a professional

Cutting down on what you pack in your luggage really does make a big difference. We recommend packing once, then weeding out what you don’t really need; you’ll be amazed at how much space you save when you check and question every item in your suitcase.

Take out items from your suitcase you aren't convinced you'll  need

3. Use a luggage scale

Gone are the days when you needed to precariously balance your suitcase on the bathroom scales to see if you were over the free baggage limit. Portable luggage scales such as this one weighs bags of up to 50kg so you can check the weight of your bag before you head off to the airport. Excess baggage fees are not cheap if you’re forced to pay for it at the airport so this tool could be a cheap hack to make sure you don’t get caught out.

4. Use a cabin-approved bag

If you haven’t already read our article on some of the best cabin bags on the market, do so now! They’re lightweight, stylish and fit with most airlines cabin baggage rules. A few extra centimeters can be expensive if your bag doesn’t fit the airline’s size rules.

5. Shop around

Turkish Airlines has a generous hand luggage allowance of 8kg but you might still want to check out some other Middle East airlines including Air Arabia, flyDubai and the Dubai-based Emirates which all have their own baggage allowance rules and charges.

Shop around for the best luggage allowance to suit your needs

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