I don't think it's included Gillian76. Dont you know anyone who can lend you a buggy? Where do you live? You can borrow my 'holiday' buggy.
It actually used to belong to Easyjet! They lent it to us while they took ours away to assess the damage that they had caused and forgot to ask for it back when they delivered the replacement one!
Definitely not included in baggage allowance with Ryanair and you can take it to the plane through the boarding gate if you need to - they usually put it back on the tarmac for you when you disembark (but not always - sometimes turns up on the carousel with the other luggage).
Ryanair are great - all families with small children are boarded first before everyone else so you get first pick of seats.
Whereabouts are you staying ? Do bear in mind that some of the lakeside towns have cobbled streets so you may want to have a little "give" in the buggy suspension, rather than a very basic one. Also it can be hot and sunny so you may want some sort of canopy or sunshade. How old is your child and does he/she still nap in which case you may want a reclining and/or padded seat.
Thanks for all your messages. Amismum, it is a little boy!
He's nearly 2 and his current buggy is a bit the worse for wear. We have been thinking about getting a new one, but worried about spending a fortune and it getting bashed about or even lost by the airline.
He doesn't tend to nap any more, although I don't know how the heat will affect him?
We are staying in a Keycamp site somewhere on the western shore of the Lake. I think the nearest town is San Felice.
If you take the buggy to the gate and leave at the bottom of the stairs where you board the plane, they won't lose it - they load it straight into the hold. Mind you having said that, I do always have a fear of looking out of the window when we're taxi-ing and seeing our lonely looking buggy sitting there on the tarmac, forgotten
I have just bought a Maclaren Quest for our holiday in June after huge amounts of research. It was £80 from the Pram Centre. It's about 5kgs I think so it's not as heavy as a Techno but it's not a light as a Volo. My ds is just one so i wanted something that reclines so he can sleep and the Volo didn't look quite substantial enought.
Hope this helps.
I just bought a Chicco Caddy buggy from theBaby Equipment Complete website for £39.99. It has a sun canopy and has 2 seat positions. It is lightweight at 5.5kgs and somes with a rainshield too. They have a similar one in Argos (in red) for the same price but as my sister already has that one, I wanted something different!! here is a link to it.