KLM Baggage Allowance – 2021 Guide

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. 

KLM Cabin Baggage

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

KLM Checked Baggage

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. 

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

Alternative to Excess Baggage Fees

While carry-on and checked baggage is an easy option for small amounts of luggage, sometimes we find ourselves needing to transport large amounts of luggage or bulky, heavy items abroad, which can be very expensive through the airline. 

With Stasher’s delivery service, you can remove the hassle of travelling with luggage and the exorbitant fees of excess baggage. Shipping your luggage with Stasher is safe, affordable, and fully insured. 

Luggage delivery removes the problem of weight and size restrictions, and leaves you with more travel flexibility, and less stress on the day of travel. With Stasher you can conveniently book this service online in record time and your luggage will be picked up from your desired location at a time specified by you. 

It will then be shipped to the destination address provided by you. And you can check its progress all along the way, so you always know where your luggage is on its journey as well as feel secure that it is safe.

With Stasher, your luggage is in good hands. 

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