KLM Baggage Policy Fees & Allowance

KLM Baggage Policy Fees & Allowance. KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, flying to over 145 destinations around the world.

On this page, you will find all the information you need about KLM baggage allowances and fees.

Check the cabin and checked baggage allowance for your international KLM Airlines flight in 2022.

We prepared for you the most up-to-date information on permitted KLM hand luggage sizes, restrictions on checked baggage and prices for extra luggage.

KLM Baggage Policy Fees Allowance
KLM Baggage Policy Fees Allowance

KLM Cabin Carry-on Baggage Allowance

On KLM flights, passengers are allowed 1 piece of hand luggage as well as 1 small personal item.

Combined, these items should not weigh more than 12kg. 

The maximum size for your cabin baggage is 55 x 35 x 25cm. 

Baggage TypeSize Weight AllowanceFeesAdditional Fees
Hand luggage55 x 35 x 25 cm12kgNone
Checked baggage158cm (height + length + width)23kgContact airline for details
Excess baggage300cm32kgContact airline for detailsAdditional fees for transporting baggage as cargo

The KLM cabin carry-on baggage allowance for Business Class passengers is 2 items of hand luggage, each measuring no more than 55 x 35 x 25 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 10 in), plus one smaller item no larger than 40 x 30 x 15 cm (or 16 x 12 x 6 in).

All hand luggage carried on board by Business Class passengers must weigh no more than 18 kg (or 40 lbs) in total.

KLM Checked Baggage Allowance

Most KLM ticket types entitle passengers to 1 piece of checked baggage.

Be aware that if you are travelling Economy Light, you will have to reserve a bag if you wish to travel with checked luggage.

Each passenger is allowed to carry up to 9 pieces of checked baggage. 

You can do this either at the airport or online before your flight.

If you reserve extra luggage over 24 hours before your flight you will receive a discount from the airline.

Economy passengers on European and intercontinental flights may check 1 bag with total dimensions of max 158 cm (62 in) and a max weight of 23 kg (50 lbs).

Economy passengers on Light tickets do not receive a checked baggage allowance but can purchase an allowance.

One 23 kg (50 lbs) bag costs EUR 25 online, or EUR 40 at the airport, for most routes within Europe.

Business Class passengers are permitted to check in 2 hold bags, each with total dimensions no greater than 158 cm (or 62 in) and each weighing no more than 32 kg (70.5 lbs).

Note that ‘Flying Blue’ club members (except Ivory level) receive additional baggage allowances.

If travelling with an infant without their own seat you may check an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) bag for the infant’s things, except on Light tickets

KLM Excess Baggage Policy

If your baggage is heavier than 32kg or larger than 300cm (H + W + L), you should contact KLM customer service directly to discuss having it transported as cargo. 

If your bag weighs more than 23kg (and you do not have a business class ticket which allows you up to 32kg) then you may be liable to pay excess baggage fees.

For more information on the price of this, you should contact the airline directly.

KLM Sports Equipment

KLM can help you transport your sports equipment, but if it is larger than the standard checked baggage dimensions, you should contact customer service directly to make your booking.

Items such as golf clubs, ski equipment, snowboards, and surfboards can be brought as checked baggage within your allowance or as extra baggage.

You can purchase up to 9 items of checked baggage.

KLM Musical Instruments

If you wish to travel with your musical instrument, you have three options on KLM flights:

  • Bring it on board as hand luggage, as long as it is within the cabin baggage size allowance
  • Purchase an extra seat on board, for instance if you are travelling with a cello or a guitar
  • Use your checked baggage allowance for your instrument. Fees will apply if your instrument weighs more than 23kg or is larger than 158cm. 

Pro tip: When travelling with your instrument, make sure it is in a hard case to prevent it from being damaged in transit.

Contact KLM

If you have any queries regarding KLM baggage allowances or general enquiries, you can contact their customer support directly on this page

KLM international flights baggage allowance 2022 FAQ

What is the KLM baby and child baggage allowance?

For a child younger than two years of age who will be travelling on an adult passenger’s lap, KLM permits additional hand baggage at no extra cost, including one piece of carry-on luggage up to a weight limit of 12 kg and size not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25m.

You can also bring a collapsible buggy and a child car seat per child on board of every KLM flight.

If a child is traveling in his own seat, same hand and checked-in baggage allowance apply as for all adult passengers.

What is the permitted KLM personal item size?

KLM carry-on luggage rules state that passenger’s personal item (accessory), such as a handbag, briefcase, or laptop bag, brought on board as part of their cabin baggage allowance must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15cm.

Can I take musical instruments on a KLM flight?


The options for travelling with musical instruments on a KLM Airlines flight depend on the instrument’s size.

A smaller musical instrument, such as a violin, can be brought instead of a piece of hand baggage.

Larger musical instruments that do not fit in the overhead baggage compartment or under the seat can be taken into the cabin on KLM flights to be transported on a seat with a prior booking and at an extra charge.

Instruments weighing up to 23kg (32kg for business class passengers) and not exceeding the maximum checked luggage dimensions permitted by KLM Airlines can be transported as part of checked baggage allowance if appropriately packed in a hard case.

For transporting larger or heavier musical instruments, KLM will charge an excess baggage fee.

What is the KLM Airlines sports equipment policy?

Most of sports equipment can be transported as part of the checked baggage allowance on KLM flights; however, there is an extra cost for equipment such as bikes and other gear not compliant with checked baggage restrictions.

You can bring with you on a KLM flight a set golf equipment, fishing equipment, skis and snowboard instead of an item of checked luggage without making a reservation.

Each item can be up to 300cm (L+W+H) and shall not weight more than 23kg in Economy Class and 32kg in Business Class.

What is the KLM pet policy? Does KLM allow pets in cabin?

According to the KLM pet policy, small dogs and cats can be taken with you into the cabin as part of your hand luggage allowance in a travel container not exceeding the size of 46 x 28 x 24cm and weighing q maximum of 8kg in total.

On some flights, larger pets are permitted to travel in the hold.

KLM charge a fee between €75 and €400 for transporting pets per one-way, and an advance booking is required, regardless of the method of transport.

How much liquid can I take in hand luggage on a KLM flight?

You can take up to 100ml of liquid per item in hand luggage on a KLM flight.

All liquids must be packed in 1 transparent closed plastic bag.

The volume shall not exceed 1 litre.

How much does klm charge for extra baggage?

KLM Airlines charge between €45 – 250 for every additional piece of luggage.

You can book extra baggage for your KLM Airlines flight online in advance or pay the fees at the airport during check-in.

If your luggage exceeds the maximum permitted weight or size, you will have to pay an additional fee between €40 – 300.

Alternatively, you can also ship your luggage with a reputable courier company to avoid extra baggage charges imposed by KLM Airlines.