Ryanair: How to Check In

With Ryanair, you can check in to the airport and your flight two ways. The first is through checking in online. However, you can also check in online through the Ryanair app.

The great thing about checking in online is that you can check in before your flight without the hassle of queuing or arriving too early at the airport. Checking in using any of the three options with Ryanair can actually be very simple, and allows you to focus on your holiday hassle free. All three ways to check in with Ryanair are great for different reasons, all of which are explained in their respective sections which can be found below.

Why you will need to Check In with Ryanair

Checking in with Ryanair is important for a number of reasons. If you do not check in online with Ryanair, you will be subject to a fee in order to do so at the airport you are checking in with. The fee changes depending on your airport, and printing a new pass for you can be done up to 40 minutes before the departure of your flight.

How to check in online with Ryanair

All passengers with Ryanair are required to check-in online and print their boarding passes. Alternatively, you can download your pass and have it displayed on your phone throughout check in. You can find out more about the Ryanair Mobile Boarding Pass below.

Online check in with Ryanair opens up 60 days before your flight is scheduled to depart for those who have purchased a seat. If you do not wish to purchase a seat with Ryanair, you will be automatically allocated a seat. However, this does not guarantee that you will be sat together if you are travelling with a partner or with family – unless you are travelling with a child under the age of 12, who will automatically be sat next to you after booking your flights with Ryanair. If you are allocated a seat with Ryanair, you will be able to check-in online between 4 days and 2 hours leading up to the expected departure of your flight.

Once you have checked in online with Ryanair, you will need to either print off your boarding pass or have access to your boarding ticket via the Ryanair App. More information on the Ryanair App can be found in the section below. If you do not have a boarding pass with you at your gate, you will be charged in order for a member of the team to reprint your boarding pass for you. Fees change depending on the airport, however calling the Ryanair Customer Services Helpline will connect you to someone who can help you regarding reprint fees.

If you have baggage which needs to be checked onto your plane before your departure, you must ensure that the baggage is paid for along with your reservation, and dropped at the baggage drop off point within 40 minutes of your flight departure.

Departure gates will shut around 20 minutes before your intended flight is due to depart from the airport, however, it’s suggested that you arrive at the gate within 30 minutes of the intended departure time. This will give you the chance to find the gate in time and make your way there without rushing and endangering other travellers in the airport at that time. If you have booked priority boarding with Ryanair, you must ensure that you are at your departure gate within 40 minutes of your expected departure time. This will ensure you are boarded on your flight before anyone else and means that you can be seated easily and without hassle.

Below is your “how to” on checking in online with Ryanair:

When on the Ryanair website, you will see the “check in” option along the tabs at the top of the screen. Once you have clicked this, you will be taken to another screen.

From here, you can log in using your account details, or if you don’t have an account, use your reservation number and email address in order to print off your boarding passes directly from Ryanair. You can also use this page in order to add your checked bags, change your flight times and details, change a name on your flight details and confirm any details you may have been prompted to over email. If you require special assistance, whether it is to do with disability or allocated seating, you can also use this page to request certain services from Ryanair.

Once you have logged in, which can be done using your social accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, you can view your upcoming trips, your saved trips to book in the future, and any past trips you may have booked through Ryanair’s website.

How to check in through the Ryanair App

The Ryanair app is free to download and can be found on both the Apple store and android’s google play.

The App itself is filled with information regarding your upcoming flight, including information on car rentals and hotels in your area. As well as this, you can search for flights to your preferred destination or browse the deals currently offered by Ryanair.

The Ryanair App is perfect for using as your boarding pass. This saves paper and time and means that you can access your boarding pass on the go if you have forgotten to print off your pass before your flight. It also avoids fees if you have lost your pass, as it can be easily downloaded from anywhere if your phone can connect to the internet.

In order to download the Ryanair App on your mobile device, you will need to have your mobile phone connected to the internet. Once a connection has been established, you can download the app and either log in to your account or create an account. Once the app has been downloaded, you can create an account on the home screen using your email or social logins from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Ryanair Mobile Boarding Pass

If you would like to use your mobile device in order to check in with Ryanair, then you need to download the Ryanair App from either the Android or Apple store. If you have multiple passengers on your flight, you can download your boarding passes and show the crew each pass individually. In order to download boarding passes, you must click “boarding pass” on the homepage of the Ryanair mobile app. From here, you will see a list of your upcoming trips with the company. Select the trip you would like to download a pass for and wait for the pass to download onto your phone. If you are connected to the internet, this will download in no time, meaning you can show your pass to the crew when at the airport for a hassle-free boarding experience. Having a mobile app with Ryanair also ensures that no paper will go missing and that you are unlikely to lose any passes if you are travelling as a family.

Some airports around the world do not accept boarding passes on devices, these are as follows:

  • Essaouira
  • Agadir
  • Nador
  • Oujda
  • Rabat
  • Tangier
  • Kefalonia
  • Volos
  • Fez

You should always check with Ryanair that you can have your boarding pass on your device before travelling to your destination. Once you have downloaded your pass, it will be viewable on your phone without having to download it again. Simply click on the boarding pass icon on your app, and it will automatically load without having to be connected to the internet. If you have already checked in online with Ryanair, you can still download the Ryanair app and download your boarding pass this way before you board your plane.

If you’re finding that your boarding pass is not loading correctly on your mobile device, there could potentially be an issue with the phone. Before calling your provider, check the app store for updates and restart your device. If you are still having issues with your device, it would be a good idea to check in online and print your boarding passes this way. You can print your boarding passes up to 2 hours before your flight. If you cannot do this yet, you can still print off a boarding pass at the airport. However, you will be charged by Ryanair in order to do so. Prices change from airport to airport.

When you have downloaded your boarding pass, you will be able to see your barcode for check in along with your name, booking reference and flight information. For convenience, you will also be able to see your seat number and boarding zone (which section on the plane you will need to board from).

Your boarding pass with Ryanair, whether it is in the form of a printed ticket or a mobile pass, will need to be shown at different parts of the airport along with your passport. These include the bag drop desk, security checkpoints throughout the airport, your boarding gate and at passport control when you have reached your destination. This is to ensure that you are safe and secure throughout your journey, and that you are who you say you are.

Ryanair: How to Check In Overview

  • For those with reserved seats, check in online between 30 days and 4 hours before your flight is due to disembark.
  • For those with no reserved seats, check in online
  • If you are on a return trip within 14 days of your departure, then you can print two boarding passes at once
  • Those without a boarding pass will be charged to print off a new one at the airport
  • As well as a boarding pass you will need to bring your passport to the airport
  • Once you have checked into your flight you can no longer change your name, flight dates or times
  • Arrive at the departure gate 30 minutes before the departure of your flight. Boarding closes roughly 20 minutes before departure is due to take place, and both your passport and boarding pass must be handed in at the desk.
  • Bag drops for Ryanair open around 2 hours before your flight is due to take place. At the bag drop you will be expected to show your boarding pass, as well as at checkpoints throughout the airport, such as through security and at the boarding gate
  • Those who are late to the gate will not be allowed on the flight, and will have to purchase tickets to another flight to the same destination. Someone from Ryanair crew should be able to help you further with finding another ticket.

About Ryanair

Ryanair is an airline in the UK. The company flies to destinations all over the world and offer cheap prices for seats on their flights. The company was founded in 1984 and has grown exponentially from a small airline to one of the largest commervcial carriers in the UK alone. There are over 10 000 people who work for Ryanair, including pilots and cabin crew. In order to obtain a job with Ryanair, you can apply through agencies, online and through the Ryanair careers website. The company itself whent public in 1997, and has floated on the stock market ever since. In a year, Ryanair roughly earns £48m in revenue.

The airline save on costs by cutting back in the cabin of their planes. For example, their seats do not recline, and life jackets are stored overhead. This means that they save on space, and can install more chairs along the cabin itself.