Turkish Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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Turkish Airlines works on a weight system for certain international destinations and a piece system for others, so check out the list of destinations below before traveling so you know what you’re eligible for.

Journeys to and from the U.S. work on the piece system, and the checked allowance is 2 bags across economy and business classes (with a generous 32 kg for the latter).

If you join Turkish Airline’s frequent flyer program Miles&Smiles, you’ll be permitted to take an additional piece of checked luggage once you hit their Elite and Elite Plus statuses.

Turkish Airlines Carry-on Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: Free for economy, child, and infant passengers
2 standard carry-on bags: Free for business class passengers

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: Undisclosed
  • Standard: 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm. Maximum weight for each item is 8 kg

Lap Infant Carry-on Policy

  • Baby food is permitted as a carry-on with a quantity that is sufficient for the journey.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • 1 collapsible stroller can be brought as additional baggage and must be checked into the hold at the gate.

Turkish Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

Domestic journeys

  • Business Class: 30 kg
  • Economy Class: 20 kg

International journeys that work on a piece allowance

This is applicable for flights to and from Angola, Argentina, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South America, Sudan, the United States of America, 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 158cm.

  • Business Class: 32 kg
  • Economy Class: 23 kg
  • Infant passenger: 1 bag with a max linear size of 115 cm and 1 stroller/pushchair

All other international journeys work on a weight allowance (no restrictions on number of pieces)

  • Business Class: 30 kg
  • Economy Class: 20 kg

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Domestic journeys

  • $1.50 USD per kg ($2 USD per kg for transit flights)

International Journeys for weight system

Departure – destination (per kilo)Region 1Region 2Region 3Region 4Region 5
Turkey$4.50 USD$7 USD$9 USD$12.50 USD$18 USD
Region 1$9 USD$11.50 USD$13.50 USD$17 USD$22.50 USD
Region 2$11.50 USD$13.50 USD$16 USD$19.50 USD$25 USD
Region 3$13.50 USD$16 USD$18 USD$21.50 USD$27 USD
Region 4$17 USD$19.50 USD$23.50 USD$25 USD$30.50 USD
Region 5$22.50 USD$25 USD$27 USD$30.50 USD$36 USD

Prices have been converted from EUR using the latest exchange rate on the date this article was published.

View the region definitions here.

International Journeys for piece system

Departure – destination (per piece)Piece region 1Piece region 2
Turkey$160 USD$205 USD
Region 1$165 USD$215 USD
Region 2$170 USD$215 USD
Region 3$175 USD$225 USD
Region 4$195 USD$225 USD
Region 5$220 USD$235 USD
Region 6$260 USD$310 USD
Piece region 1$260 USD$310 USD
Piece region 2$310 USD$360 USD

Journeys from Napoli and Rome to Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Kano, or Lagos will be charged $170 USD per piece of excess baggage.

View the piece region definitions here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Turkish Airlines does not allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for excess baggage.

Unfortunately, this means passengers must pay any excess baggage fees during the check-in process at the airport.

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Exclusions & Waivers

Frequent flyers

Miles&Smiles Elite and Elite Plus members: 1 extra piece of baggage up to 110 cm in length is permitted.

Excess baggage

For flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, excess baggage charges per kilo are:

  • Students: $0.50 USD
  • Military personnel part of the Turkish Peacekeeping Forces: $0.50 USD
  • Children: $0.50 USD

There are some individual excess baggage charges for specific routes from Africa to the Middle East. Please refer to Turkish Airlines excess baggage page for more details.

To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.


Featured Image: Courtesy of Shutterstock; Logo courtesy of Turkish Airlines

FAQ

How many bags does Turkish Airlines allow?

Turkish Airlines works on a piece allowance for some international routes (list of destinations in article above) with Economy passengers allowed 2 pieces (23kg each) and Business Class allowed 2 pieces (32kg each). All other destinations work on a weight allowance where you are not restricted on number of bags, just maximum weight.

How much weight can you take on Turkish Airlines?

With destinations that use a weight concept, passengers can distribute their weight allowance across multiple bags. Economy passengers can bring up to 20kg and Business Class 30kg. Other destinations use the piece concept with Economy allowed 2 bags (23kg each) and Business 2 bags (32kg each). Each bag must also adhere to a max linear size of 158cm.

How many bags can you carry on Turkish Airlines?

Turkish Airlines allows passengers to bring a personal item into the cabin that can fit under the seat in front of you. Economy passengers can also bring 1 carry-on bag and Business can bring 2 carry-on bags measuring up to 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm with a max weight of 8kg.

How much does Turkish Airlines charge for overweight baggage?

Excess checked baggage charges with Turkish Airlines depend on your flight route with destinations on the piece concept being charged $160 – $360 for an extra bag if you exceed your allowance. Destinations on the weight concept are charged $1.50 – $36 per kg if your baggage is overweight.

Does Turkish Airlines allow 2 bags?

Yes, 2 checked bags are permitted with Turkish Airlines if you’re flying to a destination that uses their piece concept (listed in article). If flying to a destination that uses a weight concept then there is no limit to how many bags you can bring – you are only restricted by a combined weight allowance.

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48 comments

  1. Thank you for your information !

  2. I would like to pay for extra luggage in advance. Could you be so kind as to help me!?

    • Hi Olena, please be advised we are not Turkish Airlines so we cannot process any purchases or payments for your flight on the airline.

      That being said, as you can see in the “Can I prepay for Baggage?” section above, Turkish Airlines does not allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for excess baggage. Unfortunately, this means passengers must pay baggage fees during the check-in process at the airport.

  3. Nahida · April 4, 2019 · Reply

    I have a question please answer:
    If I carry two checked bags that weigh over thirty-two kilograms, should I pay for a few extra kilograms or not? Thanks

    • Hi Nahida – we need a few more details here to help you out, like what fare type you purchased, if you’re flying domestically or internationally, where exactly you’re flying (to/from what regions), is your weight over the 32KG across both bags or is it two bags combined that weigh over 32kg, how much are you expecting to be over, etc?

      Aside from all that, whether or not you should pay extra is fairly subjective (i.e. up to you) but whether or not the airline will make you pay extra (if it’s just a kg or two) is completely up to the ticketing agent and how strict they’re feeling. Since they charge per-kilo extra I’d say they’re going to make you pay for it and will likely be pretty strict.

  4. Barbara Vosnakis · April 7, 2019 · Reply

    Hi looking for help with a Turkish airlines flight tomorrow morning. It says on the ticket baggage allowance max 30kg. Does that mean I have 30kg already included. I am flying from Kathmandu to Athens . Thank you

    • Hi Barbara – does it say word for word “baggage allowance max 30k”? It’s likely that this is included BUT it’s tricky because it may actually mean that no matter if it’s complimentary or not it cannot be over 30kg.

      Baggage allowance depends on which fare type you purchased (economy, biz, first) and the route you’re flying. As **we are not Turkish Airlines** we cannot 100% confirm the accurate baggage allowance you will receive but suggest you call their customer service line! Sorry to not be of more help!

  5. Alfonso · April 15, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I need help to clarify some things for Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles. I’m already an Elite member and as such, I’m entitled to an additional 20kg baggage allowance. Does this mean that on top of the 30kg I have from my base fare, I still get 20kg extra for checked in baggage? Thank you.

    • Catherine Luther · April 17, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Alfonso,

      Yes that is correct – the 20kg would be in addition to your baggage allowance. If you would like to refer to the section on the Turkish Airlines website that states this, please see https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-gb/any-questions/baggage-information/free-baggage-rules/. I have attached a screenshot of where this is mentioned. Just be mindful of the maximum 32kg weight of one bag – Turkish Airlines won’t accept a piece heavier than this so you will need to distribute across multiple pieces to use the full allowance.

      Hope this helps!
      Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Baggage

  6. Monica · April 22, 2019 · Reply

    Flying economy from Cape Town to Malta on TA and checked bag is 34.5 kg and hand luggage 9kg. Return ticket is 6 months later and I do not know if they will consider that I stay away long. What am I allowed?

    • Catherine Luther · April 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Monica,

      Turkish Airlines has a maximum weight allowance of 8kg for a piece of carry-on so you would risk having to check this item. You are also permitted to bring on board a personal item such as a handbag, so you could distribute some of the weight into that item.

      Checked allowance is 20kg, so you would incur excess baggage fees for the additional 14.5kg you would be taking. Cape Town is region 5 and Malta region 2 and the cost per kilogram is EUR22. The total excess cost would be EUR319.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Hello, I would like to ask about the extra luggage fee. I am flying from London to Almaty, through Istanbul. On my ticket, it says that I am allowed 1 luggage max 30 kg (economy). So, if I want to take extra luggage of 30 kg, how much should I pay? And as far as I know I have to pay on the flying day, right?

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Salta, according to Turkish Airlines website for excess baggage fees, when it comes to excess for international flights the fee is assessed per each kg of extra baggage on a regional concept. According to that same link, London is Region 4 and Almaty is Region 2 and the fee for 1kg of excess weight would be 17EUR. To find the cost of another bag of 30kg you would simply take 17EUR x30 = 510EUR.

      This seems a bit excessive… So, since we are not Turkish Airlines, we would suggest calling their customer service line to confirm.

      To answer your second question, as you can see from the “Can I Pre-pay for Baggage” section above, Turkish Airlines does NOT allow passengers the ability to pre-pay. Therefore, passengers must pay any excess baggage fees during the check-in process at the airport.

  8. Shubhangi Gupta · April 25, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,
    I am flying from Delhi to Malaga via Istanbul, Economy Class and on my ticket, it says 30K free baggage, does that mean that my cabin baggage weight is also included in it? If yes, how much I have to pay if my checked luggage weight is 7kg more than the maximum limit?
    Thank You.

    • Catherine Luther · April 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Shubhangi,

      When a ticket states a weight allowance, it’s usually referring to your checked luggage allowance. Turkish Airlines does state on its baggage policy that ‘Free baggage allowance may vary depending on reservation class and route’ and some travelers have reported higher checked allowances for Economy on certain routes. If your ticket states a 30kg allowance (with no mention of this applying to checked and carry-on luggage) then you should be ok but we recommend you contact Turkish Airlines to confirm this. These are the contact details of their office in Delhi: +91 12 4419 3000 / +91 12 4419 3011-12 or delreservation@thy.com.

  9. Hi, I am flying from Odessa to Ecuador… when I booked the ticket it said one checked baggage… but then I get confused because if you travel to South America you are supposed to be allowed 2 pieces?

    • Catherine Luther · April 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Cindy,

      Turkish Airlines made some changes in recent months to their baggage policy and this included changing some of the destinations that worked on the piece concept (allowing 2 x 23kg bags). The route you are taking would work on the weight concept so the allowance for Economy would be 20kg total weight. This could be split across 2 x 10kg bags if you choose to.

      Hope this helps!

  10. José Eduardo Pimenta · April 27, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,

    I have a flight from Tokyo to Porto (Portugal) and a stop in Istanbul. What is my luggage allowance and how can I buy a extra piece of luggage, as I’m a seafarer and I have extra weight in my 2 pieces already.
    Thank you.

    • Hi José, this will depend on which fare type you bought (economy, business, first)… if you give us that information we can better assist in answering your question. 🙂

  11. Vinodchandra Lalji Chheda · May 1, 2019 · Reply

    I am going from Mumbai to Basel Switzerland on 7th May 2019 by flight TK-721. Free baggage allowance is 30 kgs.
    My question is: 1 How many bags can I carry?
    2 can I carry Packed Mangoes?

    • Hi Vinodchandra – we’re not sure about the mangoes part… you’d get the most accurate answer on that from asking Turkish Airlines directly at their customer service phone number (we are not Turkish Airlines).

      In terms of how many bags you can carry for flights that work on a “weight concept”, as you can see we report above — Turkish Airlines states there is no restriction on the number of bags per passenger as long as the combined weight of the bags does not exceed 30kg.

  12. Abdi · May 4, 2019 · Reply

    Hi there,
    I was wondering, how much does it cost to buy extra checked in baggage as I am in Manchester and leaving for Mogadishu Somalia? I think that my luggage is quite over the limit allowed. I would like to buy extra 20kg

    Thanks

    • Hi Abdi! First, please be informed that we are not Turkish Airlines, we are Upgraded Points – a website that published points and miles based articles as well as additional travel-related articles such as this baggage fee post.

      That being said, we did include the link to Turkish Airlines’ definition of regions above in the post. If you go there, you’ll see that Manchester is Region 4, and Mogadishu is Region 5. Turkish Airlines charges fees on excess weight PER KILO. So, if you wanted to buy 20 extra kilos, excess baggage should cost you ~$30.50 USD per kilo or $610.

      This seems a bit extreme so you may want to go ahead and call Turkish Airlines’ reservation/customer service number and inquire with them directly.

  13. Hi, I have a direct flight from Istanbul to Toronto. I am allowed to have 2×23 Kg as check-in baggage. Now, first I wonder whether or not I can have one extra bag as check-in baggage with additional payment? Also, I read on the excess baggage page that I should pay $160 for one more bag (the third one). Am I right? Is that $160 for a direct flight from Istanbul to Toronto/Canada?

    • Hi Bob, your research seems right to me! From looking at Turkish Airlines’ baggage policy it seems flights to Canada work on their ‘piece system’ and that Toronto is Region 1, so for one extra bag (your third), I would expect to pay $160.

      Just a note – I’m not sure if you have a round trip flight scheduled but baggage fees are usually applied on a one-way charge basis, so you would also pay this fee upon your return flight.

      Lastly, as a reminder, we are not Turkish Airlines so we’re simply commenting here having done our research on their policies as best we can. For the most accurate information regarding your question we always advise calling the reservation/customer service line for the airline in question.

      Hope we could help!

  14. Liaqat ali · May 7, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I am flying from Islamabad to Manchester, I was wondering how much weight and bags am I allowed in total and exactly please? Thank you

    • Catherine Luther · May 7, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Liaqat,

      As per the Turkish Airlines baggage policy, the airline permits 20kg of checked luggage for Economy passengers and 30kg for Business Class passengers. That route works on a weight concept so you can split your allowance across multiple bags if you choose to.

      The carry-on allowance is 1 bag (8kg) for Economy passengers and 2 bags (8kg each) for Business Class passengers. Both cabins are permitted to also bring a personal item such as a handbag or laptop bag.

      Hope that helps

  15. Filip · May 7, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, I would like to know how much is excessive baggage from Saudi Arabia, Dammam to Vienna, Austria. I have one layover in Istanbul.

    • Catherine Luther · May 7, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Filip,

      Using Turkish Airlines excess baggage table, Saudi Arabia is region 4 and Vienna is region 2, so the cost per 1 kg of excess luggage would be EUR17 (approx USD19). Just calculate how many extra kgs you require by EUR17/USD19 and you have your total.

  16. Virginija Gadeikienė · May 9, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, how much is excessive baggage from Malta to Vilnius, Lithuania?

    • Catherine Luther · May 9, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Virginija,

      According to Turkish Airlines’ excess baggage table, Malta is region 2 and Vilnius is region 3, so that’s EUR14 per kilogram of excess luggage.

  17. Hello! Could you help me with a question please? If I’m flying Chișinău to Chicago with Turkish Airlines, how much am I going to pay for overweight baggage per kg? Thank you in advance!

    • Catherine Luther · May 10, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Kate,

      As you’re flying to a destination that works on the piece concept (not weight concept,) then you would pay a fixed fee for an additional bag over your allowance rather than purchasing additional weight. Chișinău is region 1 and Chicago is piece region 1 so that’s USD165 per way.

      Hope that helps!

  18. I am traveling on Turkish airlines to Bremen Germany.
    Allowed weight is 30 kg. Can I bring a bag of linear dimensions = 168 cm so that I don’t need to separate weight and if don’t, can I separate weight in two bags.

    • Catherine Luther · May 13, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Amr,

      You haven’t stated your departure point but as you mentioned you have 30kg of weight, we’ll assume your traveling from a destination that works on the weight concept rather than the piece concept. If that is the case, then you are able to distribute your weight across multiple bags. Turkish Airlines only references maximum linear dimensions for piece concept bags, so it’s advisable you contact the airline directly to clarify: https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/any-questions/get-in-touch/

  19. umama rahman · May 11, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, my father will travel from Karachi to New York via Istanbul, so how many bags and weight allowed for this trip?

    • Catherine Luther · May 13, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Umama,

      Flights to and from the USA work on the piece allowance for checked luggage, and as long as these two flights have been booked together on one ticket, then the allowance would apply from the longest flight leg (which would be Istanbul to New York.) If flying in economy class, then the allowance would be 2 x 23kg bags and if flying in business class, 2 x 32kg bags. The maximum linear size of each bag is 158cm.

      The carry-on luggage allowance is 1 bag for economy passengers and 2 bags for business class. A carry-on bag must not exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm or 8kg. Every passenger is also permitted to bring a smaller personal item such as a handbag or laptop bag.

      Hope your father has a good trip.

  20. Fenyvesi Chaves · May 13, 2019 · Reply

    Hi there,
    I was wondering, how much does it cost to buy extra checked in baggage. I am in Houston Texas and leaving for Budapest Hungary and I think that my luggage is quite over the limit allowed. I would like to buy extra 20kg.

    • Catherine Luther · May 13, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Fenyvesi,

      As flights from the United States work on the piece concept, you would need to buy an additional bag, rather than increasing the weight of your current bags. Using Turkish Airlines’ excess baggage table, Houston is classed as ‘piece region 1’ and Budapest is ‘region 2’, which would be USD170 for an extra 23kg bag.

  21. Shaun Humphrey · May 21, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, we are a group of 8 flying from Gatwick to Dalaman. Each of us has an allowance of 23kg (total 184kg’s). We would like to combine the allowances so we do not have to carry 8 pieces of luggage. The question is, would we be allowed to take 4 pieces of luggage at a max weight of 32kgs each, so total 136kgs?

    Thanks

    • Hi Shaun! First, please be advised we are not Turkish Airlines and as such, we cannot answer this question with 100% confidence. When it comes to detailed issues that arise outside of basic published policies, it’s always best to call the specific airline in question and speak with their customer service directly.

      Each airline has its own written (and sometimes unwritten) policies for situations like this and some are more strict than others. I would ASSUME, that they won’t allow you to do this as most airlines are usually pretty particular on how they divide baggage weight/fees per fare purchased but it’s worth a phone call!

      Regardless of what Turkish Airlines Customer Service reports, we would love it if you checked back in here and let us know if they did/did not allow you to do this! Sorry to not be of more help…

  22. Hi
    I am travelling from karachi to London visa Istanbul on economy ticket with wife and child. They allow 20kg per person for check-in baggage. There is no bag dimension mentioned on their website for weight region. I wanted to know is there any bag dimension defined there and can we combine total weight of 60 kg in 2 bags instead of 20kg per bag?

    • Catherine Luther · May 21, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Mona,

      As Turkish Airlines does not state whether pooling luggage between travel companions is permitted, it would be down to the check-in assistant at the airport. To avoid the risk of excess luggage charges, we would recommend you contact the airline directly to query this and get something in writing to show at the airport if this is permitted. The same applies to the baggage size question. We would assume the size would be the same as the piece concept, but Turkish Airlines will confirm this for you.

  23. BRAYE HENRY KOROYE · May 22, 2019 · Reply

    Thanks for your recent decision to fly to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. How many baggages are allowed in 20kg.
    Barye

    • Hi Braye – please be advised we are not Turkish Airlines. We are Upgraded Points, a website dedicated to publishing points and miles based content in addition to other travel related articles such as this post.

      To answer any baggage related questions we would need to know what fare type you purchased and what route you are flying as well…

  24. Hi, I am flying from new york to Albania with Turkish Airlines but my baggage is 23.5 kg… How much am I going to pay ?

    • Hi elaa – Which fare type did you purchase? Which airport/city in Albania are you flying into? Are you flying on a Turkish Airlines operated flight or is it operated via another airline?

      Let us know and we can try to help estimate your fees…

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