How much baggage can I bring?
Important: Our baggage rules have changed for some European flights booked on or after 14 May 2013. You can find the new rules in the table below.
Regardless of when you booked, your exact baggage allowance is always stated on your ticket, and in My Trip.
At the airport, each piece of baggage is weighed separately. If your baggage exceeds the allowed amount, weight and/or dimensions, this is considered excess baggage. You can bring this at an excess baggage fee.
Some of our partner airlines have different baggage rules to our own. Please contact your travel agency or the airline concerned for further details.
|Free baggage allowance|
|Economy Class on intercontinental flights
||1 item of check-in baggage*, max. 23 kg (50.5 lbs), max. 158 cm (62 in) l + w + h|
Economy Class on European flights for:
|1 item of check-in baggage, max. 23 kg (50.5 lbs), max. 158 cm (62 in) l + w + h|
|All other Economy Class passengers on European flights
||Hand baggage only: 1 bag and 1 accessory (e.g. handbag or laptop), combined max. 12 kg (26 lbs). Check in a suitcase for EUR 15|
|2 items of check-in baggage, each max. 158 cm (62 in) l+w+h, each max 32 kg (70.5 lbs) (But each max. 23 kg (50.5 lbs) if you bought an upgrade).|
|Flying Blue Silver, Gold and Platinum members, and SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members|
2 items of check-in baggage:
* You may bring 2 pieces of check-in baggage, each max. 23 kg (50.5 lbs), max. 158 cm (62 inches) l + w + h on KLM and AIR FRANCE flights to and from:
Within France and Corsica you may bring up to 23 kg (50.5 lbs), regardless the number of bags.
Extra baggage at a discount
If you would like to take extra pieces of check-in baggage with you, you can conveniently arrange this online at a discount at KLM.com:
- when booking online
- via My Trip
- when you check in online
Travelling to and from the United States
Note: printers or toner cartridges weighing 453 grams or more may not be taken in your baggage on board flights to the United States. This applies to both hand baggage and check-in baggage.
You may not lock your bags as the United States authorities will check baggage for explosives.
Are you travelling to the United States and then transferring to a domestic flight or a flight to Canada? In that case, you must always collect your baggage when transferring flights and check it in again at a baggage drop-off point.
Read more about travelling to the United States
Baggage for children
Children travelling in their own (booked) seat may bring the same amount of baggage as an adult, plus a child/car seat. For a child younger than 2 years, of age you may also bring free of charge 1 small completely collapsible stroller.
For a child younger than 2 years of age who will be travelling on your lap, you may bring:
- 1 piece of hand baggage with baby care items weighing max. 12 kg (26 lbs) and with dimensions not exceeding 55 x 35 x 25 cm (22 x 14 x 10 inch).
- 1 piece of check-in baggage of max 10 kg (22 lbs). If your child’s baggage is carried in one of the parents’ check-in baggage, this baggage may weigh no more than 23 kg (50.5 lbs) per piece.
We are happy to transport your special baggage, such as sports equipment, medical devices and pets.
You always need to make a reservation for the transport of your special baggage at least 48 hours before departure. This can be done easily online through My Trip or by calling KLM Telephone Reservations
You may take various types of sports equipment as part of your standard amount of baggage. If you bring these items in addition to your standard baggage allowance or bring any other special baggage, you will need to pay a fee.
Firearms, pointed, sharp edged or blunt items and explosive, flammable, chemical and toxic substances are prohibited. Special rules also apply to liquids carried in your hand baggage.
Special facilities and assistance are available for physically challenged passengers. These include taking the passenger’s own wheelchair on board.
Baggage and transferring
If your trip includes a transfer, your check-in baggage is usually labelled to be sent to your final destination. This means that your baggage will automatically be put onto the next flight.
There are a few exceptions to this rule:
• If you have purchased two or more tickets from different airlines that have dissimilar conditions
• If you transfer from an AIR FRANCE or KLM flight to a domestic flight such as a domestic flight in the United States
• If you arrive at one airport and depart from another airport
• If your transfer lasts longer than 12 hours or your next flight departs the next day (when transferring at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Paris-Charles de Gaulle), you can ask for your baggage to be labelled to your final destination
• If you make a stopover
• If part of your itinerary includes bus or rail transport
In these cases, your baggage will not automatically be sent on to your final destination. You will have to collect it and check it in again for the next leg in your flight schedule.
Your baggage's destination is stated on your baggage claim tag that you receive when dropping off your baggage.
Tips for packing
Make sure that your full name is stated both inside, and on the outside of each piece of your check-in baggage.
We advise to take these important items in your hand baggage:
- Travel documents
- Medication that you regularly need