Touring with your tuba? Depending on its size, your instrument can be transported in the cabin or cargo hold. Remember to travel smart – use a hard case and take out travel insurance when flying with fragile items.
Instruments in the cabin
We understand that sometimes you'll want to bring your instrument with you on board.
Take your instrument as hand baggage
You can bring a small musical instrument on board provided you do not exceed the hand baggage allowance for your fare type. If you're travelling with a larger instrument, such as a violin or viola, then you can bring this instead of a carry-on bag. The instrument can be slightly bigger than a regular carry on bag, but must not exceed 90 x 35 x 20 cm and the carry-on weight limit for your fare type. We will make every effort to accommodate your instrument in the cabin, but we do recommend you arrive at the gate early for boarding to ensure there's space in the overhead compartments. If there isn't adequate room, your instrument may have to be checked into the cargo hold.
Please check our hand baggage rules for more information.
Book a seat for your instrument
If your instrument's bigger than 90 x 35 x 20 cm and you'd like it to travel in the cabin, you must book a separate seat for this (max. size 140 x 46 x 30 cm). Instruments in this size range may include guitars and cellos. The booking for both you and your instrument has to be made through our Contact Centre at least 48 hours before departure.
Instruments in the cargo hold
Your instrument can also travel in in the cargo hold – there are different conditions depending on its size.
Instruments smaller than 90 x 75 x 55 cm
- You can bring your instrument as part of your checked baggage allowance.
If your instrument is heavier than 20 kg, you'll need to pay excess baggage for each additional kg.
Instruments bigger than 90 x 75 x 55 cm
- You can book your instrument and pay the musical instrument charge at the airport on your day of departure (double basses excepted).
Your instrument must not exceed 250 x 79 x 112 cm (L x H x W) with max. circumference 300 cm.
Play the double bass?
- Call our Contact Centre to book your double bass at least 48 hours before you fly, to make sure we've got the space.
There's no size limit for double basses, but we've only got room for 2 per flight. You'll be asked to pay the musical instrument charge at the airport on your day of departure.
Musical instrument charge
- All flights (excl. long haul): 33 - 52 GBP per item, each way
- International long haul: 60 - 66 GBP per item, each way
You'll also need to pay excess baggage (11 GBP per kg) for each kilo over 20 kg.