The amount of alcohol passengers are allowed to carry onto a plane depends on the route you’re traveling on. There are different customs restrictions within the European Union and outside of it.
How much alcohol can you carry on a plane?
Within the European Union
Limits on the amount of alcohol within the borders of the European Union apply to passengers traveling only within those borders.
One passenger can carry in hand luggage and checked baggage a total of:
- 10 liters of spirits (vodka) or
- 20 liters of reinforced wine (port, sherry) or
- 90 liters of wine (or maximum 60 liters of sparkling wine) or
- 110 liters of beer
Outside the European Union
When your flight takes you between two countries outside the European Union, or when one country is in the EU while the other is not, the limits are much lower.
One passenger can carry in hand baggage and checked luggage a total:
- 1 liter of spirits (vodka) or
- 4 liters of wine or
- 16 liters of beer.
Alcohol cannot be carried by a person who is less than 17 years old.
Remember that safety restrictions on hand luggage mean you can carry a maximum of 1 liter of liquids in bottles not bigger than 100 ml each. This does not apply to liquids bought in the departures hall after you have gone through the security check. In this case, products you buy have to fit into your hand luggage. The weight and size of hand luggage depend on your airline’s rules and travel class.
The information given above is primarily about customs regulations. Each airline has its own limits on the maximum weight and size of checked luggage. Usually, one suitcase can’t weigh more than 32 kg. Depending on the airline, route, and travel class, additional charges can be applied to each piece of luggage.