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Best Strollers for Airplane Travel: Strollers that Fit in Overhead Bin

Best Strollers for Airplane Travel: Strollers that Fit in Overhead Bin

Before we get into the reviews, I need to clarify that there is a travel stroller and a stroller for airplane, these aren’t the same thing. It’s important to keep this in mind because the smaller the stroller the more features that might need to be sacrificed.

I tested most strollers available on the market. If you don’t see a certain stroller listed, make sure to check my stroller reviews as I only included the top 5 carry-on strollers for airports in this list.

Woman sitting with an array of strollers for airplane travel, highlighting various compact designs that easily fit in overhead bins.

Why trust me?

I’m your crazy stroller lady! I’ve owned over 40 travel strollers, because I’m crazy about honest reviews.

I have detailed reviews on my lifestyle/parenting blog.

Benefits of a Strollers that Fit in Overhead Bin of Airplane

These days having the best travel stroller for airplane that is both compact and lightweight is paramount in making the journey as easy as possible. Trust me, I’ve done a few trips alone without a proper travel stroller and it wasn’t as easy as it could have been.

The benefit of having a really compact lightweight stroller means that you can literally land, pop the baby into the pram, and walk down the gateway towards baggage reclaim.

No waiting, stress about missing connection, no wondering whether your things are going to make it in one piece or where you’ll pick it up (sometimes they give you back your gate-checked stroller at baggage reclaim).


My husband originally thought we didn’t need a stroller that fit in the overhead bin as we could gate-check the stroller. But after watching other parents carelessly unloading and carrying their tiny travel strollers, he went to buy a small stroller himself.

Spoiler: Our stroller arrived damaged on the first flight. On the second flight, we waited 25 minutes to get it at the gate and had to sprint to make our connection.

Cons of Compact Strollers for Airports

Let’s be real, lots of tiny strollers will miss out on the functions offered by slightly bigger, yet still compact strollers. Ask yourself how often you’ll be flying with the baby…

If you fly often, I would say that a stroller that fits in the overhead compartment in the cabin is a must.

Family on a boat with a sleeping toddler in a portable stroller adorned with a lei, showcasing ease of use during airplane travel.

Detailed Reviews of Good Travel Strollers for Airplane

Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller

$$$
20″ x 17″ x 7″  (folded) / 52 x 44 x 18 cm
13 lbs / 6.2 kg
Compact teal stroller designed to fit in an airplane's overhead bin, illustrating its foldable and travel-friendly features.

Babyzen Yoyo is the only stroller that’s never questioned at airports. Every time I take anything else, the staff usually doubts it by asking “Are you sure it will fit in the overhead?”.

I tested it when traveling in Italy, Greece, PolandMalta, France, Mexico, Spain, El Salvador, and the USA.

The wheels are surprisingly good and there’s no need to even lift the stroller over the curb or cobblestones. I’ve also driven through mud and gravel without any issues.

It’s the only travel stroller that doesn’t fall backward with a diaper bag or another stroller hanging from it (Yoyo Connect) – even without a baby sitting in the stroller.

Many people complain about the fact that the seat recline degree isn’t flat, but it’s just the same as other travel strollers because that’s the law – super compact strollers can’t fully recline for tripping hazards. The recline is more than sufficient.

If you want Yoyo to be suitable from birth you will have to get a newborn pack or bassinet (I recommend a newborn pack over a bassinet because it folds with the stroller!).

Pros:

  • Never questioned on planes
  • Can be one-hand folded on the 2nd step
  • Great wheels & suspension
  • Easily maneuverable with one hand
  • Can be a double with Yoyo Connect
  • Decent recline

Cons:

  • Needs additional Yoyo-only accessories (footrest, bug net, bumper bar)
  • Canopy on a smaller side
  • Basket on the smaller side, but sufficient
  • Pricy

Would I Recommend It Overall: YES

Read my extra detailed review of Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller


ZOE Traveler

$$
22″ x 19″ x 10″ (folded) / 56 x 48 x 25 cm
13 lbs / 5.9 kg
Black and grey travel stroller with a canopy, compact enough to fit in overhead storage on airplanes, ideal for active families.

ZOE strollers are reliable and practical. It’s small and light so that it can be carried easily, but it doesn’t sacrifice functionality with a big canopy, belly bar, and parental cup (all included already!)

Naturally, it fits as a carry-on on airplanes.

The recline is almost flat and the seat is spacious, so even the big kids can fit just fine. Folding is easy.

My only complaint would be that I wish that the Traveler model had an option for off-road wheels, but for that you’d have to get Tour+, which is still compact but doesn’t always fit in the overhead.

Pros:

  • Big canopy
  • Almost flat recline
  • Various accessories included
  • Decent basket
  • Easy one hand fold

Cons:

  • No off-road wheels
  • No expandable like Tour+

Would I Recommend It Overall: YES


Ergobaby Metro+

$$
20.4″ x 21″ x 9″ (folded) / 52 x 53 x 23 cm
16.9 lbs / 7.7 kg
Navy blue travel stroller that folds down for airplane overhead bin storage, exemplifying its convenience for frequent flyers.

Ergobaby Metro is one of the most frequently chosen travel strollers for infants if people don’t want to pay for Babyzen Yoyo.

On some airplanes, you will need to be wary of its width and you might need to gate-check it if needed.

It features a flat recline on a very well-padded seat and the opportunity to be used from birth without any adapters or car seats, just fold it all into a bassinet.

My only complaint is the fold. It’s a bit awkward and requires a few steps and kicking it into a position. I would still recommend it as it’s accessible to families who don’t want to spend the money on a more luxurious travel stroller.

Pros:

  • Big canopy
  • Flat recline & turns to bassinet for infants
  • Various accessories included
  • Big basket
  • Extendable handlebar

Cons:

  • Weird flimsy fold – no one hand fold/unfold
  • Might not fit on all planes

Would I Recommend It Overall: YES

Woman outside with a black travel stroller, the kind that fits in airplane overhead bins, ready for a family adventure.

Cybex Libelle

$$
18.9″ x 12.6″ x 7.9″ (folded) / 48 x 32 x 20 cm
13.7 lbs / 6 kg
Ultra-compact dark blue stroller folded to fit in overhead airplane storage, showcasing its travel-readiness for on-the-go parents.

Cybex Libelle is a good stroller and I got it as a secondary stroller for my older son who doesn’t need a stroller all the time.

The stroller works great and rolls nicely, turns nicely, it’s definitely a quality set of wheels.

It’s also amazing how small it folds, yet it’s better quality than GB Pockit. It will fit anywhere, even in a small bag (or under another stroller!)

I tested it when in France, Spain, USA and Poland.

It unfolds in one move, but folding takes some getting used to and requires both hands and a few steps. Unlike Pockit, it never got stuck once which is a plus!

The Cybex has the brake pedal located on a bar behind the stroller basket. It can’t be kicked while walking and is easily pressed and unpressed which is a huge plus for sandals. Plus, the stroller basket is easily accessible.

The canopy, similar to GB Pockit, is too small for sunny days to cover the child completely. The handlebar is shorter than on our Babyzen Yoyo. However, if you’re used to things like Doona stroller then it will be fine for you as it’s a bit taller.

A bumper bar is an option but as it’s clippable, it doesn’t fold with a stroller which is annoying. However, you can roll it and put it in a purse – just make sure not to lose it.

One-hand steering is an option, but it’s not as smooth as on Yoyo or other Cybex strollers. That said, I feel like this stroller is good for older kids who go in and out of the stroller – my 3 year old loves it. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for babies and small toddlers because the recline is small and slightly bent.

If you don’t mind something that folds slightly bigger, get a Cybex Beezy instead. It has a higher handlebar, the bumper bar is already included, and one-hand folding is possible.

Read my extra detailed review of Cybex Libelle stroller.

Mother strolling with a pink compact travel stroller, suitable for airplane overhead storage, through a blooming garden.

Pros:

  • Folds super small
  • Lots of accessories available
  • Cheaper than some competitors
  • Great wheels
  • Decent recline

Cons:

  • Suitable from birth only with a car seat
  • Can’t fold with a bumper bar
  • Lack of carrying strap
  • No one hand fold

Would I Recommend It Overall: As a secondary stroller for older kids


Joolz Aer

$$
21″ L x 17.7″ W x 8.5″ H (folded) / 53 x 44 x 22 cm
13.4 lbs / 6 kg
Charcoal gray stroller with an expansive canopy, designed to be compact for airplane overhead bin convenience on family trips.

Unlike full-size Joolz strollers, in my opinion, Aer is somewhat well-designed. Only somewhat because the stroller won’t fold if you use it with a bumper bar officially made by Joolz – which is odd.

It has a one-hand fold, good recline, peek-a-boo window, and other perks one might want from a travel stroller. It also includes accessories like a rain cover.

I wish the button to fold wasn’t in the middle of the handlebar as it makes things more difficult when steering with one hand. But the seat back is higher than on many other competitors and the canopy is plenty big.

Note that it will not fit on tiny planes because of an additional inch in height, unfortunately. It’s often the case on American Airlines, even when heading from the US to Europe.

I still love this stroller and it offers a bassinet for a newborn as well (only two travel strollers offer that option – another one is Yoyo).

Full review is available here.

Pros:

  • Sturdy wheels
  • Easy one-hand fold & unfold
  • Big basket
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • On the pricier side
  • Doesn’t fold with bumper bar
  • Won’t fit on smaller planes

Would I Recommend It Overall: Yes

Smiling toddler in a red jacket sitting in a compact stroller suitable for airplane travel, with the iconic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background, epitomizing joyful family adventures in London.

BabyJogger City Tour 2

$
22″ x 17″ x 9″ (folded) / 57 x 45 x 23 cm
14 lbs / 6.3 kg
Sleek black stroller that fits in overhead airplane bins, highlighting the spacious under-seat storage for travel essentials.

First things first – BabyJogger is a brand name and none of their strollers are jogging strollers. City Tour is more lightweight and the newer sibling of the Babyjogger City Mini GT, which I’d probably recommend more overall unless you need to exclusively for travel.

It’s smaller and sturdier than Mountain Buggy, but not as sturdy as Yoyo. It offers an almost full recline and built-in footrest, which is a huge plus. The only downside is a small canopy.

The basket is spacious, but I wouldn’t hang anything from the handlebar as it could tip over.

The seat could have more depth as it’s shallow, but not terrible. The straps aren’t super comfortable according to my child, but the younger one never complained.

Pros:

  • One-hand fold
  • Many colors available
  • Big basket
  • Near flat recline

Cons:

  • Two-hand unfolding
  • Seat is a bit hard
  • Won’t fit in the overhead on some airlines

Would I Recommend It Overall: Possibly

Baby Jogger travel stroller

May

Saturday 4th of May 2024

Hi Anna,

My son and me will be travelling to Asia, and we live more in a village. Ive been reading about all the strollers youve tested, and though if you could give me some opinion which of them will match more with our journey. A stroller that can fit the overhead cabin + a strong wheels.

Thanks🥰

AnnaEverywhere

Tuesday 7th of May 2024

Where in Asia are you going to?

JP

Thursday 2nd of May 2024

What’s your opinion on the Bugaboo Ant? Thanks!

AnnaEverywhere

Thursday 2nd of May 2024

It was one of the first strollers I tested. It got discontinued for a reason. Would not recommend.

Rebecca

Wednesday 17th of April 2024

Hi Anna, we live near a small airport in the UK which is mainly Ryanair. People are saying they're making everyone check their strollers now, even the yoyo. I'm trying to decide between Joolz Aer+ or a GB Pockit all city. I guess it's a choice between compactness or functionality, but if the smaller airlines are making people check-in their strollers anyway I'm thinking it's best to choose the Joolz for its functionality. What are your thoughts?

I'm a single mum with a 7 month old and planning a few trips both to Europe and further afield. Trying to choose the right stroller so I can manage everything single-handedly

AnnaEverywhere

Wednesday 24th of April 2024

Ryanair might not let you take any stroller on board, that's true :( I'd recommend Joolz over GB Pockit for sure!

Ren

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Hi! You didn’t talk about Bugaboo Butterfly.. would you recommend it for travel

KG

Thursday 11th of April 2024

@AnnaEverywhere, what about the Joie Tourist?

AnnaEverywhere

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

I didn't feature it because I don't recommend it honestly. In this price range there are better strollers.

Nick

Saturday 16th of March 2024

Hi Anna, I'm going to be taking my son to China later this year. By that time he will be 18 months and He's already pretty big as a 1 year old. Is there any specific stollers you would recommend for the airplane? I was looking at that Zoe Traveler one you mentioned but wanted to get your specific input first. Thank you.

AnnaEverywhere

Monday 18th of March 2024

All of the ones I mentioned are good. Which one to pick depends on your needs and preferences :)

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