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Airline Review: Ryanair

I promised myself that I would never fly with Ryanair. I heard too many stories of rude employees, strict rules and bad management. I always preferred to pay a little bit more for an airline I know and trusted. When I flew to Ireland in January the price difference between the airlines was too big though and Ryanair clearly won when comparing the prices.

Too many additional costs

I flew out to Dublin from Eindhoven in the Netherlands in January and flew back the same route couple of days later. I have to admit that I was surprised by Ryanair. When I booked the flight couple of weeks earlier I created a reminder in my calendar to check in online as soon as it is possible, which normally is 14 days before departure. I also printed out my ticket early enough and checked that everything was right. I heard that if you don’t have your ticket with you they charge you 40 € to print it out at the airport.

I also only had carry on luggage which made the flight more affordable. Something I hated about the booking process was that you always have additional costs after you selected a flight: 2 Euros passenger fee, 6 Euros web checkin, 12 Euros admin fee etc… At the end I paid another 20 € to the actual price. It was still much more cheaper than other airlines.


Get an extra carry on bag to save costs

For weekend trips I bought a bag which is accepted as carry on by all airlines. At both flights they checked if my bag would fit into on of these standardized boxes. If it wouldn’t they would have charged me another 40-50 Euros for checking in my bag.

If you want a good seat you should line up at the gate early. At Ryanair you don’t have a reserved seat as you usually have at other airlines, with them you actually have to fight for it. So it you are a group traveling together you should line up early.

Find cheap Ryanair flights and cheaper alternatives

If you are looking for cheap Ryanair flights you should check out Skyscanner and Momondo. Two great search engines that help you finding the cheapest flights around the world!

Did you fly with Ryanair before? What do you think of this Airline?

Sebastian Canaves
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18 Kommentare

  1. I was actually pleasantly surprised with Ryanair when I flew them from Madrid to Marrakech. In response to your con, no food or drink, they do have food and drinks, but you have to pay for them, and even when you take into account the amount you are going to spend on them (10 euro maximum) you are still saving a ton of money over the majors. I also found the flight attendants to be some of the friendliest i have ever experiences. I also found that the exit rows are always free, maybe because people think you have to pay extra for them, which is not actually the case. When it comes to travel, I do it for the experience, not the comfort of the airplane or hotel. Ryanair, like hostels, is a great way get the most travel for your budget.

  2. I flew them for one trip and i never will again. i almost had to check my douffle bag and ended up having to shove a bunch of my clothes in my boyfriends backpack. then when going back by myself, i left stuff at his place b/c i knew it wouldnt get past them. im cheap but i might just pay a little extra next time…

    1. That is exactly what I observed while flying with them. Many people shoving their stuff in their full bags because they’ve been asked to check it in or pay a fee…

  3. I think you have to keep your expectations reasonable. For a 2 hour flight Ryanair are bearable, just. I find it strange people will line up for an hour or more to “get a seat” on a short flight. I have never had a problem getting a seat, room for my bag, and in fact I usually end up in an exit row.

    Even if the worst thing possible happened, I ended up in a middle seat, I would rather that for 2 hours than stand in line for an hour.

    I do wish they would ease up on the 1 bag rule, I always end up shoving my bag/purse into my suitcase/backpack just for walking onto the plan, then as soon as I am on the plane pull it back out again so I can access the things I need.

  4. These guys are indeed awful, absolutly awful. I ended up in a line with an employee shouting at my about the amount of luggage in my bag but it was fine on the way over. I opend it and took out a carrier bag so it was okay but then she wouldnt take it from me until I requed – the whole service was run by morons

  5. But only line up early if you’re in a big group! The English in particular love to line up a long time before their flights. They need to relax. Seriously, I only flew Ryanair of Easyjet for years and my partner and we have yet to not get seats together.

  6. Ryan Air should be a No Go for every traveler!

    They are a risk for your life!

    A pilot had to do a safety round when approaching Dublin too low. Afterwards he got pressure by his boss and threatened that if he would do that 2 more times, he would get fired!

    That’s a No Go!

  7. Cheap and does the job! However i also wish they would ease up on the one baggage policy, last time they made me stuff 1 poster into my luggage becuase it was classes as anther baggae which was ridiculous really.
    And wish they did auto seat allocation beforehand, although its cheap so i cant complain especially as I am not willing to pay for extras on budget airlines!

  8. Every time we fly Ryanair, we say “never again”. But we lose our willpower pretty quickly because (as you noticed too) the tickets are often so much cheaper – despite all the add-ons they cheekily wangle out of you.

    The Ryanair staff are usually rude, the plane is often quite dirty (because of the tight turnaround at the airport to pack in as many flights as possible), and those constant in-flight adverts for electronic cigarettes drive me insane. But until a better service at a similar price comes along, I think we’re destined to lose our willpower whenever Ryanair is an option!

  9. I hate all the added on expenses and the fact that most RyanAir flights operate out of airports that are far from the city centers (i.e Flying in and out of Paris is a 1.5 hour bus ride out of the city). But the costs for tickets are so low, its hard to not buy… What an I say, I hate to love them!

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