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How long will it take to deliver my parcel to ... ?

There are so many variables, but here's some quick information

We have a large number of people asking how long does it take for a parcel to be sent from various places from within the UK to other towns and mainland UK cities. For the significant many it will be the next day after collection – as long as that’s the service you've ordered. We generally label those services as ‘next day’ or ‘24'. 

Over the past couple of years we have added a variety of new services such as 'DX' which offer a two day service (sometimes it can be next day). However, one of the highlights of our offerings is the Same Day parcel delivery service which is available in the vast majority of locations and allows customers to have large items or parcels that just, absolutely, have to be at their destination on the same day. If you choose to have your parcel collected at a specific time, we will then give you an anticipated time of delivery. For instance, if the FA were to send a parcel from Wembley Stadium to Barnet FC at Hive Stadium with a collection at 13:15 we estimate it would take 15 minutes to travel the 4.24 miles.

Isolated UK Communities
Some out-lying areas of Scotland my, occasionally, take another day given weather conditions and other restrictions. These places, include, but are not limited to, Durness, Tongue, Thurso, Wick, Helmsdale, Cromaty, Fraserburgh and Ullapool. Whilst other islands such as the Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly or the Isle of Wight may take longer than a mainland delivery too.

We also have a next day service to the Republic of Ireland via Parcelforce, although for Northern Ireland we offer a 48 hour service via City Link. 


It’s different when shipping parcels abroad

Where it gets more complicated is when it comes to international parcel delivery. We have guide list of expected delivery times here which should give you a quick glance of the length of time it typically takes for a parcel to be delivered to foreign shores. 

Many European countries will have extra delivery methods given their relative close proximity to the UK and as well as the traditional air courier services there will be the option to send your parcel by road - this may be cheaper, but as you would expect, it is likely to take longer - perhaps a day or two.

There are also cities that may have quicker expected delivery times than the countries that they're in. 

To get an overview of the quickest time we would expect a parcel to be delivered we have a range of pages to help which are based on continents:

If you would like to know how long it is likely for your parcel to be delivered for a particular service to a specific country then click on the continent the country is in from the list above and then then the country. 

Time-specific delivery

We also have variants on the Next Day service where you can specify an early delivery such as 7:30am9am or 12noon, but also weekend deliveries such as on a Saturday (usually morning).

You want it delivered the same day?

That's no problem, if time really is important and you need a parcel delivered in a matter of hours, rather than days, then we have a service for you too. It's cleverly called the same day delivery service.

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But don't forget that if you've got any questions, then feel free to drop us a line and we'll try and help you.

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