A Guide To Baggage Allowance On Turkish Airlines

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Turkish Airlines is one of the most largest airlines in terms of destinations operated and part of the Star Alliance Network.

In addition to the vast network what makes Turkish Airlines attractive is its great award rates and onboard food, even if they have some technical shortfalls when it comes to booking.

We’ve flown multiple times including from Newark to Istanbul, Nevsehir to Istanbul, and many more.

What stood out to me is figuring out the baggage allowance is not always the easiest thing so we will break down what you are allowed to bring onboard a Turkish Airlines flight.

Cabin Baggage Allowance on Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines official policy is to weigh all bags during the check in process, including cabin bags. Cabin bags must also be tagged by the gate agent although we’ve never seen them check during boarding.

In order to be compliant with Turkish cabin bag allowance and avoid additional charges you should adhere to the following policy:

Travel ClassPersonal ItemCarry On
EconomyFREE – 17.6 lbs (8kg) maxFREE – 17.6 lbs (8kg) max
BusinessFREE – 17.6 lbs (8kg) maxFREE – 17.6 lbs (8kg) max
Lap InfantFREE – 17.6 lbs (8kg) max

Note that Turkish does impose a size restriction for their standard carry on with a maximum of 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm).

While lap infants do get a carry on for free there are no strollers permitted in the cabin and they must be checked.

Depending on the check in agent you have some weigh cabin bags while others will just hand you tags.

Checked Baggage Allowance on Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines makes a baggage calculator available for all passengers making it easy to find the specific requirements of your flight. We found the following standard rules across most journeys, depending on the fare class you purchase.

Domestic Travel

Turkish Airlines introduced new fare classes during the booking process for domestic journeys that include multiple tiers of baggage.

Travel ClassTicket TypeWeight Limit
EconomyEcoFly33 lbs (15kg)
EconomyExtraFly44 lbs (20kg)
EconomyPrimeFly55 lbs (25kg)
Business66 lbs (30kg)

Make sure you pay attention when booking and select the right option for you.

International Travel

Turkish Airlines has two types of international travel requirements for checked baggage either by fixed number of bags with a weight limit per bag or total weight.

The following rules apply for flights that serve Angola, Argentina, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South America, Sudan, U.S., and Venezuela.

Adult and child passengers are allowed to bring a maximum of 2 bags as free checked luggage with a maximum linear size of 62 inches (158 cm).

Travel Class# of BagsWeight Limit
Economy250 lbs (23kg)
Business270 lbs (32kg)
Infant1 + 1 stroller50 lbs (23kg)

For all other international destinations there is no restriction on the number of pieces but the total you are allowed to check in include:

Travel Class# of BagsWeight Limit
EconomyAny66 lbs (30kg) all bags
BusinessAny88 lbs (40kg) all bags

Additional Baggage Requirements

If the included baggage allowance is not enough and you need additional baggage it will cost you. Turkish Airlines charges more than most other airlines for excess baggage and it will depend on the region of your destination.

The following prices apply per piece to the given regions:

Departure – DestinationPiece Region (Extra Piece)
Turkey$165
Region 1$190
Region 2$195
Region 3$200
Region 4$220
Region 5$250
Piece region$290

The regions Turkish Airlines defines are as follows:

  • Region 1: Aleppo, Athens, Batumi, Bucharest, Chisinau, Constanta, Donetsk, Ganja, Nakhichevan, Odessa, Pristina, Sarajevo, Simferopol, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Varna
  • Region 2: Alexandria, Almaty, Amman, Aqaba, Ashgabat, Astana, Astrakhan, Bari, Beirut, Belgrade, Bishkek, Bologna, Budapest, Cairo, Catania, Damascus, Dnipropetrovsk, Dushanbe, Graz, Hurghada, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kabul, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khujand, Kiev, Kosice, Ljubljana, Luxor, Lviv, Malta, Mazar-i-Sharif, Minsk, Naples, Osh, Pisa, Podgorica, Rome, Rostov-on-Don, Salzburg, Samarkand, Sharm El Sheikh, Sochi, Stavropol, Tabriz, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zaporizhia, Krasnodar
  • Region 3: Algeria, Amsterdam, Baghdad, Baku, Basel, Basara, Batna, Benghazi, Berlin, Bremen, Brussels, Cologne, Constantine, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Geneva, Genoa, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Luxembourg, Lyon, Marseille, Milan, Misurata, Moscow, Mosul, Munich, Munster, Najaf, Nice, Nuremburg, Oran, Prague, Riga, Rotterdam, Sebha, Stuttgart, Suleymaniyah, Tallinn, Tlemcen, Tripoli, Tripoli, Turin, Ulan Bator, Vilnius, Zurich
  • Region 4: Aalborg, Abu Dhabi, Aden, Ahvaz, Al Qassim, Bahrain, Barcelona, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Isfahan, Jeddah, Kazan, Kermanshah, Kuwait, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Mashhad, Medina, Novosibirsk, Oslo, Paris, Riyadh, Rovaniemi, Sana’a, Santiago de Compostela, Shiraz, Sharjah, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Taif, Tehran, Toulouse, Ufa, Valencia, Voronezh, Yanbu, Yekaterinburg
  • Region 5: Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Denpasar-Bali, Beijing, Cape Town, Casablanca, Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Djibouti, Durban, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Lisbon, Male, Manila, Maputo, Marrakesh, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi, New Delhi, Phuket, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Zanzibar, Lusaka

Summary & Takeaways

Turkish Airlines has one of the largest airline networks and has a reasonable baggage policy. However, pay attention to the specific requirements and check their baggage calculator before any trip for specific requirements.

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