27th January 2016

Seven Seat Hacks You Need to Know Now

Window or aisle? Front, middle or back? Sometimes it pays to be selective about where you choose to sit on a flight…check out the following tips and tricks and you’ll be sitting pretty the next time you fly…

When You Want to… Make a Quick Exit

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Can’t wait to get your holiday started, get to your meeting, or make your way home?  Plan ahead and book a seat in rows 1 A, B, C or 2 D, E, F to make sure you’re first on and first off the flight. This seating arrangement is also perfect for anyone who makes a habit of forgetting to use the bathroom before the seat-belt sign comes on. And we all know one of those.



 When You Want… Amazing #AVPICS


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@rideonmylens, @jenternational and @vanessa_pd have the right idea about where to sit for the best Instagram shots


They’re the Instagram photos that have always eluded you. You know the one with the perfect pinky-blue sky, fluffy clouds and otherworldly rays of sunlight, all framed by a cheeky wing peeking out from the corner. Then there’s that spectacular aerial shot of the city lit up by millions of tiny lights.  To capture these absolute beauties, book a window seat that’s located somewhere between rows 15 and 18 – it’s your time to shine.


When You Want To Be With ALL Your Besties




It’s not every day you get to fly with 20 or more of your nearest and dearest, in fact there’s usually a very good reason why you’re travelling in a pack. Whether you’re jetting off with a stag party, on a hen weekend or heading to an away match, it makes sense to reserve your seats officially as a group booking. Don’t leave it to chance!



When You Want… Extra Legroom

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If you’re blessed with long legs, or you just want as much space as possible to sprawl out during a flight, treat yourself to one of the roomier seats in rows 16 and 17. Not only can you look forward to extra legroom, but as soon as you reserve a seat, you’re free to check-in up to 60 days before take-off. Let the countdown begin…



When You Want to… Catch Some Zzzzzs


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Bye bye sunrise, hello land of nod… Instagram image via Ryanair traveller @strohblond


Red-eye warrior?  Not a lot of people realise that seat 11A has no window, meaning it’s the perfect seat if you’re planning to catch up on some zzzs during a morning flight.  This seat is also a little life-saver late at night when you’ve spent the day travelling and all you want is a few minutes of shut-eye.


When You Want to…Eat ASAP

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Get your caffeine fix STAT… Instagram image via Ryanair traveller @joydellavita_travelblog


When it comes to in-flight snacks, row 33 or rows 1 and 2 will give you a head start on the rest of the plane. If you’re planning to tuck into some tasty hot food, you’ll be able to get your order in good and early too.  Bon Appetit!



When You Want…Family Time



Travelling with children and/or teens? Choose Family Plus:

  • 2 x 20kg checked in bags
  • Priority and 2 cabin bags for all the family – skip the queue and guarantee your cabin bag on board
  • Free seats for kids – make sure everyone sits together with discounted standard seats



Always book your seats early for the best choice and availability.  Got your own tips to share?  Leave a comment below and let us know your tried and tested advice!

Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.


  • Francesco Antonio Renda

    Ottimi consigli, grazie ryanair, come sempre splendidi

    27th January 2016 at 7:46 pm
  • S Yarworth

    We always book early and ALWAYS go for extra leg room, even on a 2 hour flight, as the difference in comfort well outstrips the few pounds that it costs to book them!

    29th February 2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Hilary

    Interesting I never noticed the 11A window seat or lack of!!!

    6th March 2016 at 4:49 am
    • Helen Dawson

      I did not know this either until I boarded the plane expecting a window seat and instead was looking at the side of the plane

      27th March 2017 at 9:40 am
    • Samuel Anthony Little

      Yes, a lot of people don’t. It helps improve the structural integrity of the aircraft.

      8th January 2018 at 4:04 pm
  • Ian McManus

    What if I do not care to “book” a seat on a short haul?Why do I have to Pay a hidden charge ? I booked my flight, so Ryanair is duty bound to get me there, isn’t it. So there must be a seat free for me otherwise I would be told that te flight is fully subscribed. Yes or No?

    8th March 2016 at 3:09 pm
    • Dee Murray
      Dee Murray

      Yes Ian, don’t worry of course you will get a seat. It’s just a case of whether you want to choose your own seat or be allocated one. Hope that helps!

      15th March 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • joseph

    Great piece

    9th March 2016 at 4:18 pm
  • Ben Greene

    Give credit to Ryan Air. They really have evolved into a Customer oriented Airline at last. Cheap flights were great but a little friendly hospitality goes a long way. I look forward to my next trip with Ryan Air wherever and whenever I travel again

    10th March 2016 at 2:34 pm
  • Sue

    I am a large lady and am worried the seat belt wount fit

    27th June 2016 at 8:56 am
    • Ted

      You can buy a seat belt extender on Ebay for less than £10. I have and it makes life easier. Ryanair will also provide one if necessary.

      15th May 2017 at 10:22 am
    • Ben Greene

      Hi Sue
      If you ask the flight attendant for a belt extension they will provide one . The seat belts are made relatively small to cut manufacturing costs during construction. Like me and a lot more Irish customers who are of a” Portly disposition ” as I have been described in the past , its not a problem to get a belt extender. Good luck and have a comfortable Ryan Air flight

      23rd July 2017 at 10:53 am
    • Fliconmigo

      You can ask the crew for a seat belt extender when you board. They’ll bring you one!

      8th January 2018 at 9:23 pm
  • Caroline

    Once you have booked a seat chan you change it

    19th November 2016 at 9:39 pm


    14th May 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Donnacha Kerins

    Always book my/our seats in advance, even for a quick trip across the Irish Sea or a longer flight to Gran Canaria, we have the comfort of knowing we will be sitting where we want!

    29th May 2017 at 6:35 am
  • Mohamed fouad bouhsina

    excellent airline good value for money I enjoy travelling with rayanair and thank god for rayanair ordinary peapol can go explore Europe and beyond 🙂

    28th June 2017 at 7:35 am
  • Sandra O'Rourkeglynn

    I would pay double to sit away from children. Can we have an adult only section ?

    21st August 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Christine

    Adult only section would be fantastic, I use ryanair a lot, and I would love to be in a child free area, maybe the front or back of the plane, and I would pay extra to know that I would not have the back of my chair being constantly kicked, or continually screeching.

    11th September 2017 at 9:58 am
    • Helen

      Me too!

      15th September 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Paul

    For a few euro you can buy some earplugs, maybe not comfortable, but the silence in return is absolutely brilliant, and you don’t hear anybody complaining about 3 miserable euros for the excellent coffee on board. Add the possibility to travel for less than 1 cent per km, and feel privileged to be able to travel Ryanair (=thumbs up) !!

    4th October 2017 at 12:43 am
  • damian Butterly

    I cannot understand this at all, if i book a seat with extra leg room with priority can i bring a bag on board ??

    5th October 2017 at 11:37 pm
  • john milne

    as we have booked seats do we get in the priority queue

    8th October 2017 at 10:02 am
  • kathi

    if i havent booked a seat wil i be able to sit with my husband

    14th February 2018 at 10:18 pm
  • Rob

    It is not just seat 11A that has no window. Seat 12F also doesn’t have a window.

    10th March 2018 at 3:47 am

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