Ryanair is cheap and I like flying the airline around Europe. This article goes through a step-by-step process showing the ticket types and fees offered at each step of a round trip ticket from Krakow, Poland to Lviv, Ukraine. This is a trip I am hoping to take this summer.
I have flown Ryanair many times over the past five years for as little as $1.99 in 2017 for a Ryanair ticket to fly Warsaw to Gdansk, Poland. Generally I fly with one carry-on bag and my backpack I keep under the seat. While the bag rules have changed in the past year for Ryanair, I still find Ryanair to be a great deal and inexpensive for flights around Europe with two cabin bags.
Ryanair Standard Fare vs. Plus Fare
The next screen after seeing the low fares above shows three different fare types.
Lowest ticket price is Standard fare $46.58 round trip for Krakow, Poland KRK to Lviv, Ukraine LWO June 30-July 8.
Standard fare ticket price allows one carry-on bag weighing up to 10kg/22lb.
Krakow to Lviv round trip ticket prices
- Standard Fare = $46.58 round trip (includes one 10kg cabin bag)
- Plus Fare = $142.10 round trip (includes one 10kg cabin bag, personal under seat bag, seat selection and 20kg checked bag).
On a one hour flight I don’t care what seat I have and I don’t need a 20kg checked bag since I can fly with a 10kg cabin bag. However, I do need to have a second cabin bag or at least a 10kg checked bag. Ryanair has other options that will accommodate my travel needs for a ticket price far less than the $142.10 Plus ticket.
Add-on Bag Fees
Two choices to add bags
- Priority + 2 cabin bags ($7.50)
- 10kg Check-in bag + 1 small bag ($12.50)
The option I usually select is Priority + 2 cabin bags. This option allows a 10kg cabin bag and a small under seat bag with priority boarding in the first group to board the plane. This generally means access to cabin bins before they fill up.
While the 10kg checked bag option is $12.50, that option does not include priority boarding meaning a longer wait at the gate to board the plane.
Basically, Krakow to Lviv is $15 round trip in fees for Priority Boarding and 2 Cabin Bags and meets my needs since I do not travel with a bag heavier than 10kg.
Ryanair Krakow – Lviv round trip + Priority Boarding + 2 Cabin Bags
Ryanair Seat Fees KRK-LWO
Extra Legroom Seats $16.00 (exit rows in middle) – $22.80 (front row)
Front Seat $15.00 (Rows 2, 3) – $16.00 (Rows 4, 5) this is correct that front rows in yellow lower price than back rows in yellow.
Standard Seats $5.00 to $12.00
Rows 6, 7 = $10.00
Rows 8, 9, 10 = $11.00
Rows 11-15 = $9.00
Rows 18-20 = $10.00
Rows 21-23 = $7.50
Rows 24-28 = $5.00
Rows 29-30 = $7.50
Rows 31-33 = $9.00
Price is based on seat row with no differentiation between aisle, middle and window seat price.
Another aspect to remember about Ryanair flights is usually boarding and deplaning happens from both front and rear doors of aircraft. Being in the back of the plane is not necessarily a longer wait to deplane.
On a one hour Krakow to Lviv flight I don’t really care if I have a middle seat. I like to take photos from the plane so I would probably opt for a window seat when paying for a seat.
Ryanair Krakow, Poland – Lviv, Ukraine $71.58 round trip
$71.58 ticket includes Priority Boarding + 2 Cabin Bags + prepaid window seat
This final $71.58 Ryanair Standard Ticket price ($46.58) with additional fees for Priority boarding and 2 Cabin Bags ($15.00) and window seat selection ($10.00) saves $70.52 compared to the Ryanair Plus ticket price of $142.10 round trip with the primary additional benefit of a 20kg checked bag allowance.The other benefit of the $142.10 PLUS round trip fare for this itinerary is a free standard seat or a $10 per flight reduced price for Extra Legroom seat or $5.00 reduced price for yellow Front Seat.
Ryanair offers some great travel deals on short flights around Europe. My strategy is buy Priority and 2 Cabin Bags for my bags need and if I think there will be photo opportunities, then I might pay for a window seat. Otherwise, I play seat roulette and let Ryanair assign my seat at check-in. I seldom regret my decision. 3 out of 4 flights I end up in a aisle or window seat. And when I land in the middle, usually my seat mates are skinny European women.