Best Strollers for Air Travel (7 Plane Perfect Strollers)
Taking baby on vacation? Need a compact but comfy travel stroller? Check out this list of the best strollers for air travel. Seven lightweight strollers great for plane trips…and some are great for everyday use, too!
Published December 4, 2020
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Ready to take to the skies with the little one? Finding a good stroller for air travel isn’t easy. You have to balance size and weight against comfort for your baby.
And while you’d like to carry your stroller on board, most strollers don’t meet airline hand luggage size requirements. So, choosing a plane friendly travel stroller isn’t easy.
Here I’ve put together a list of the best strollers for air travel. These are all lightweight, compact strollers, and some are even listed as air cabin approved on certain airlines.
Best Strollers for Airplane Travel
|Weight||Folded Size||Ages||Weight Limit|
|Silver Cross Jet Stroller||13.6 lbs||7.0×11.8×21.7x||0+ months||55 lbs|
City Compact Stroller
|14.0 lbs||20.5×17.3×9.1″||6+ months||40 lbs|
|Baby Jogger City Tour||14.0 lbs||19.0×23.0x7.0″||6+ months||45 lbs|
|Babyzen Yoyo||13.6 lbs||20.5×17.3×7.1″||6+ months||40 lbs|
|Uppababy MINU||14.8 lbs||11.5×20.0x23.0″||6+ months||50 lbs|
|Mountain Buggy Nano||13.0 lbs||12.0×22.0x20.0″||6+ months||44 lbs|
|GB Pockit Stroller||10.6 lbs||11.8×7.0x13.8″||6+ months||55 lbs|
Before we look at each stroller in more detail, I want to list the criteria I used when choosing strollers for this list. After all, there are lots of travel strollers out there, but some are better than others when it comes to air travel.
Best Strollers for Air Travel Ranking Factors
Stroller Size and Weight
When choosing strollers for air travel, size and weight are obviously the two most important considerations.
For this list, I set a weight limit of 15 pounds. That’s why no double strollers appear here. Not only are double strollers much heavier, but they won’t be allowed aboard an aircraft, no matter how compact they may be when folded.
FYI: If you’re looking for a lightweight double travel stroller, my recommendation is the Zoe double stroller. It comes in side-by-side and tandem versions. You can’t take either aboard an airplane, but the Zoe is of the lightest, most durable, affordable double strollers on the market. You can learn more in my full Zoe double stroller review.
Size was also a top criteria for this list. All the strollers here are fairly compact when folded, though the top three choices (Silver Cross Jet, Ergobaby Metro and Baby Jogger City Tour) really have a size advantage over the others.
Ease of Fold
Ease of fold is another top ranking factor. You’ll be folding and unfolding your stroller a lot during your travels, so it’s important to have a stroller that makes these processes easy.
Some strollers on this list fold and lock more smoothly than others. I had to balance this factor against those like size and weight. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the fold and unfold process. If it’s difficult for you, return your stroller and try another one instead.
Travel Friendly Features
All the strollers on the list are considered travel strollers, so should have travel friendly features. But again, some do better than others.
When rating the strollers, I looked specifically at whether they included a handle, strap or carrying case for easier transport. Most come with at least a shoulder strap. Many come with a carrying case, though in some instances, you must purchase a travel bag separately.
Air Cabin Approved
In creating this list, I also did a lot of research to find strollers that are specifically mentioned as being air cabin approved. Only a handful of airlines have lists of cabin approved strollers, mostly the large international carriers.
Just keep in mind that being air cabin approved doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to take your stroller on board. Stroller policies vary significantly between airlines; for more information you can check out my guide to flying with a stroller. But, having an air cabin approved stroller is a good start, especially if your plan to fly with your baby frequently.
Okay, now that we know the ranking factors, let’s take a closer look at my picks for the best strollers for air travel.
7 Best Strollers for Airplane Travel
Silver Cross Jet
The Silver Cross Jet is my pick as the best stroller for air travel. Like the UPPAbaby MINU (which ranks #5 here), families may turn this nifty travel stroller into their daily use stroller.
Weighing in at 13.6 pounds, the Jet includes many traditional stroller features, such as a five-point safety harness, an adjustable footrest and spring action suspension in the frame. There’s also a good size sun canopy and an underseat storage basket with an 11 pound weight limit.
The Jet also comes with a bumper bar that doubles as a carrying handle. The travel cover, included with your purchase, has a convenient front pocket where you can store the handle. You can see the Jet’s features in action in the manufacturer’s video below.
The Jet also has a reclining seat. Unlike most travel strollers, which recline to 165 degrees at most, the Jet has a true lay flat seat. This means you can use the Jet with newborns without the purchase of additional accessories, like a bassinet. The Jet is suitable for children up to 55 pounds.
The Jet’s compact fold and unique travel case make it one of the best strollers for traveling on an airplane. In fact, the Jet is specifically mentioned as a cabin approved stroller by United Airlines.
One downside here is that you may have difficulty buying the Jet in the United States. Silver Cross is based in England, and few retailers in the U.S. carry this brand. Fortunately, Silver Cross’ U.S. website has a retail locator, and also gives you the option of purchasing online.
Ergobaby Metro City Compact Stroller
I also love the light, compact Ergobaby Metro and chose this as one of the best strollers for traveling in Europe.
The Ergobaby Metro has many similarities to the Silver Cross Jet. Like the Jet, the Metro has a well-cushioned seat and back rest, an adjustable footrest and spring action suspension in the frame. The Metro also a decent sun canopy and an underseat storage basket.
However, the Metro seat’s full recline is 145 degrees, so the stroller can’t be used with very young babies unless you purchase Ergobaby’s newborn kit. The Metro does include a carrying handle, but no shoulder strap or travel bag.
The weight and size differences between the Silver Cross Jet and Ergobaby Metro are negligible. The Metro weighs about half a pound more, but both fold to a very compact size and both are great strollers for plane travel.
Ergobaby is a U.S.-based company, headquartered in Los Angeles, so this brand is more readily available in the United States than Silver Cross. The Metro also retails for $100 less than the Jet. If you don’t need the newborn features of the Silver Cross Jet, the Ergobaby Metro is an excellent alternative.
Baby Jogger City Tour
The Baby Jogger city Tour comes in #3 on my list of the best strollers for air travel. This stroller is on it’s second version, the City Tour 2, but most still refer to it as just the City Tour.
The City Tour weighs 14 pounds, in line with other strollers on this list. The City Tour has a compact fold and comes with a carry bag, making for easier transport.
The City Tour is suitable for babies six months and older and has a 45 pound weight limit. For comfort, the stroller has an adjustable calf rest and a reclining seat, though the seat does not lay fully flat. Baby Jogger does offer a bassinet purchased separately that will allow you to use the City Tour with newborns.
The City Tour has a sun canopy with hidden extension and a storage basket with a 15 pound weight limit. On the downside, the City Tour only has front wheel, rather than all wheel, suspension, and many parents reported that folding and locking the stroller can be a bit difficult.
You can learn more about the City Tour in the manufacturer’s video, one the few with actual narration.
Like the Baby Jogger City Tour, the Babyzen Yoyo is on it’s second version: the Babyzen Yoyo2.
There are a lot of upsides to the Babyzen Yoyo. It’s lightweight (13.6 pounds) and has a very compact fold. Like other strollers on this list, it’s suitable for babies older than six months and up to 40 pounds, but requires the use of a separately purchased bassinet for use with newborns.
The Yoyo has a standard 5-point safety harness and 145 degree reclining seat. The stroller has an adequate, but not generous, sun canopy and an underseat storage basket with an 11 pound weight limit. The Yoyo comes with a carry strap, but no travel bag.
Unlike many travel strollers, the Babyzen Yoyo does have all wheel suspension. That said, I don’t care for the wheels on the Yoyo. They’re small and the wheel base at the back of the stroller is pretty narrow. So, while the Yoyo has good suspension, the small, narrow wheels can still mean bumpy rides over rough terrain.
Don’t get me wrong: the Yoyo is a good travel stroller, and great for air travel, which is why it ranks #4 here. But, unlike some of the other strollers on this list, I wouldn’t recommend parents consider using the Yoyo as their primary stroller.
The UPPAbaby MINU is a bit heavier than other strollers listed here, but is still a good stroller for air travel.
The MINU weighs 14.8 pounds and is suitable for children age 6+ months and up to 50 pounds. You can use the MINU with younger babies, but that requires the purchase of UPPAbaby’s From Birth Kit.
The MINU has many traditional stroller features, such as a five point safety harness, a reclining backrest and a large canopy with a hidden pop out sun visor. It also has an underseat storage basket with a 20 pound weight limit, unusual for a lightweight travel stroller.
The MINU exhibits the sturdiness and durability that UPPAbaby is known for and includes all-wheel suspension. The MINU also has an easy one-hand fold process and includes a carrying handle and shoulder strap.
There are a few downsides to the MINU, like a fixed leg rest. To learn more about the MINU’s pros and cons, you can read my full review of the UPPAbaby MINU.
Mountain Buggy Nano
The Mountain Buggy Nano is a fine travel stroller. One of the best things about the Nano is that it includes a travel bag that doesn’t require you to remove the stroller’s wheels. Some parents would give the Nano four stars just for that.
The Nano has some other wonderful features, including it’s weight (13 pounds), compact size, adjustable leg rest and reclining seat with a 5-point safety harness.
The Nano does have a few downsides, though. In my opinion, the canopy isn’t large enough and doesn’t provide enough sun protection, especially on the sides.
The canopy also doesn’t have a peek-a-boo window on top. This is a fairly standard feature in strollers, so I’m not sure why Mountain Buggy has chosen to omit it from the Nano’s design.
The Nano also has rear wheel suspension only, but that isn’t unusual for strollers in this price range. Some parent reviewers also said the Nano is hard to fold and lock. So, all in all, I think the Nano is a good stroller for air travel. But, as with the Babyzen Yoyo, I wouldn’t suggest this an everyday use stroller.
GB Pockit Stroller
If you’ve been researching travel strollers for a while, you’ve probably run across multiple mentions and reviews of the GB Pockit.
The GB Pockit weighs just over 10 pounds and folds small enough to fit under most airplane seats. United Airlines lists the GB Pockit as a cabin approved stroller.
For those reasons, I put the GB Pockit on this list, since we’re focusing on good strollers for air travel. And if you’re looking for a stroller to just get your baby from Point A to Point B in the airport, the Pockit will easily meet your needs. However, there aren’t many upsides to the Pockit beyond it’s small size.
The Pockit has a three point safety harness, as opposed to the standard five point safety harness on most travel strollers. It has no shock absorption, no seat recline, and a sunshade that’s completely useless. It has no carrying handle, strap or bag. So, while it’s light and compact, you’ll have to figure out how to actually transport it.
If you just need a stroller for the airport, the Pockit is a great, if pricey, option. But you should really think twice before making this your primary travel stroller. The Pockit is light and compact, but a lot of trade-offs are made to keep the size and weight of the stroller down.
I hope this list of good strollers for air travel has been helpful. Each stroller has positives and negatives, but all are good for flying.
When choosing a stroller for your baby’s first flight, think about how you will use the stroller before and after. If you intend to use the stroller during your trip, you’re best off buying a true travel stroller. These have many of the features of a traditional stroller, with a slimmed down design.
If you just need a way to transport your baby through the airport, then the GB Pockit is sufficient. However, I don’t recommend using the Pockit as a travel stroller, even though it’s advertised as such. I know many parents disagree, but I feel there are too many safety and comfort features lacking in the Pockit for it to be used for extended periods of time.
On the other hand, if you try the Silver Cross Jet or Ergobaby Metro, you may find a lightweight replacement for your regular stroller. These are great little strollers with quality design. If you’re on-the-go a lot, by plane or other means, you should definitely check out these cute, compact strollers.