Ryanair Online Policy Change

Since 13th June, free online check-in (for those customers who don’t choose reserved seats) is available from 48 hours (a change from four days in advance) to 2 hours in advance of all flights – this applies even if you booked your flight prior to 13 June.

Ryanair passengers can choose between paying for a seat – it’s typically between £4 and £15 per person – or not paying and being randomly allocated seating.

  • If you pay for a seat, you can check in for free up to 60 days before flying.
  • If you don’t pay for a seat, you can check in for free between 48 hours and 2 hours before departure and a seat will be randomly allocated to you. Both outbound and return flights must be 40 hours before departure to check-in free and receive a randomly allocated seat. You always have the option to purchase a seat in order to check-in outside of this 48 hour window.

Customers can check-in for flights 60 days in advance of both departure flights by purchasing a seat or if they have a Flexi Plus ticket (Flexi Plus customers can also check-in at the airport free of charge) however both outbound and return flights must be within 60 days of departure.

With Ryanair, the golden rule is ALWAYS check in online and print or download your boarding pass – if you don’t, it will cost you £55 per person, per flight at the airport.