SWISS Baggage Policy Fees & Allowance

SWISS Baggage Policy Fees & Allowance. If you’re travelling by SWISS, you need to know just how many bags your ticket allows, and more importantly, what fees they will charge if you bring more.

Just how strict is Swiss Airlines carry on?

It’s a question we hear all the time in our travel community, and here’s what we found.

Swiss Airlines now state that standard ticket holders are allowed one carry-on bag plus one smaller item on board free of charge.

According to them, your carry-on must fit in the sizer and so be easily stowed in the overhead bin, whilst your personal item must be small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you.

With that said, there is something to consider which may prevent you from being caught out.

SWISS Baggage Policy Fees Allowance
SWISS Baggage Policy Fees Allowance

Swiss International Carry-On Cabin Baggage

How many carry-on bags — or as the airline calls it, “hand baggage” — can you bring on a SWISS flight?

The answer depends on your cabin class.

Passengers flying First and Business classes are allowed two hand baggage pieces that weigh no more than 8 kilograms nor physically larger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm.

However, if you’re flying from Italy or the United States, only one carry-on baggage item is allowed.

Economy class ticket holders can only bring one bag aboard of the same size.

South Africa has its own set of cabin-baggage rules.

If you’re flying to or from that country and have luggage concerns, it’s best to call the Swiss International Airlines customer service to understand the exact restrictions for your flight.

Swiss International is relatively strict about its hand baggage policy.

Items that exceed the limit by the smallest amount are checked — and passengers are charged.

Packed flights may also suffer cabin-baggage overage.

In such instances, attendants will transfer some baggage from the cabin to the hold.

In addition to the allotted carry-on luggage, Swiss International Airlines allows passengers a shoulder bag, laptop bag, or handbag that doesn’t exceed 40 x 30 x 10 cm.

Child seats are also permitted, as are medical tools and equipment.

Cabin Class and FareNumber of BagsNumber of Personal Items (If Space Is AvailableTotal Weight AllowanceSize Restrictions Per Item
Swiss Economy118 kg55 x 40 x 23 cm
Swiss Business2*18 kg55 x 40 x 23 cm
Swiss First2*18 kg55 x 40 x 23 cm

*Except when flying from Italy or the United States. On those flights, only one carry-on piece per person is permitted.

Forbidden cabin items on Swiss International Airlines can be found here and here.

Swiss International Checked Baggage

Checked baggage on Swiss International flights depends on class, fare, and route. 

For flights that take off and land within Europe, Light fares don’t include a luggage allowance.

People with Classic and Flex tickets can check one item that weighs no more than 23 kilograms.

Passengers in Business class are permitted two checked bags that cannot weigh more than 32 kilograms.

The rules for intercontinental flights are identical to those for European routes — except that First class passengers can check three bags that weigh no more than 32 kilograms each.

Infants have baggage rights, too, on Swiss International!

They’re all entitled to collapsible pushchairs, no matter the fare.

Additionally, babies can also check one baggage item that doesn’t weigh more than 23 kilograms if they’re not flying “light.”

Suitcases and items checked as part of Swiss International Airlines baggage allowance cannot exceed 158 cm in size. 

Joining one of SWISS’s frequent flyer programs will increase your luggage allowance.

Swiss International Excess Baggage Policy

Passengers who bring more than their allotted baggage allowance on Swiss International Airlines’ flights must pay a premium fee to check each additional item.

Luggage pieces that weigh between 24 and 32 kilograms and carried by people flying in one of the Economy classes are subject to overweight baggage charges.

Note: Swiss International doesn’t allow suitcases that weigh over 32 kilograms in the hold. If you have items that tip the scales, you’ll need to secure alternative shipping methods — like Stasher’s international luggage shipping service.

Swiss International Sports Equipment

Swiss International has a generous sports equipment policy. 

Passengers that haven’t used up their baggage allowance can substitute sports equipment for suitcases at no extra charge.

Folks who have used up their allotments are subject to overage fees.

However, everyone, except those with Economy Light fares, can check ski equipment for free!

SWISS has a table outlining its sports equipment pricing structure for everything from bikes to hockey equipment to surfboards.

Prices range between 70 and 400 euros.

Swiss International Musical Instruments

SWISS’ musical instrument shipping works the same as sports equipment.

If you haven’t used up your baggage allowance, and your instrument doesn’t weigh more than 32 kilograms and is properly packed, you can check it as part of your baggage allowance.

If it exceeds weight or size limits for your class, overage fees will apply.

Or, you can always buy a ticket for an instrument and bring it aboard.

Does Swiss Airlines charge for baggage?

Swiss Airlines charges for baggage if you’ve booked an Economy Light Fare which doesn’t include any checked baggage allowance.

This can be purchased online and will cost $20 if you’re flying within Switzerland and $30 for flights within Europe.

It can be purchased at check-in for $60 (within Switzerland or Europe).

What is Swiss Air’s baggage allowance?

All fare types apart from Economy Light receive free baggage allowance within their ticket.

For Economy, Classic, or Flex fares, 1 piece (50 pounds/23 kg) is included.

Premium economy passengers get 2 pieces (50 pounds/23 kg).

Business passengers receive 2 pieces (70 pounds/32 kg each) and first class receives 3 pieces (70 pounds/32 kg each).

Each piece of baggage must not exceed max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).

How many carry on bags allowed on Swiss Air?

All passengers on Swiss Air can bring 1 personal item into the cabin measuring up to 15.7 x 11.8 x 3.9 inches (40 x 30 x 10 cm).

Economy and premium economy passengers can bring an additional piece of standard carry-on up to 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm) and 17.6 pounds (8 kg) and Business and first class can bring 2 standard carry-on bags.

What is the weight limit for baggage on Swiss Air?

Swiss Air has a single checked bag weight limit of 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy Light, Classic, Flex, and premium economy fares and 70 pounds (32 kg) for business and first class.

Standard carry-on can weigh up to 17.4 pounds (8 kg) with the weight of a personal item not disclosed.

Swiss Air Prohibited items

Completely prohibited items include dangerous weapons, fireworks or sparklers, hoverboards or other balance boards, and household bleach or oven cleaner.

Things like e-cigarettes and all vaping devices cannot be in your checked bags and have to be in your carry-on.

Conversely, there are certain items that you absolutely cannot bring in your carry-on but can go in your checked bag like:

  • Conditioner or shampoo
  • Makeup like liquid concealer
  • Contact lens solution
  • Darts
  • Liquid detergent
  • Tools like drills