There are so many variables including service and destination, but here are some quick things to consider.
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. The time frames are outlined on the quote engine so you can see the couriers estimated service time for your item. These service times are based on working days. We label the quickest services as ‘next day’ or ‘24' and you can find these under the priority tab on the quote results page.
Over the years, we have added a variety of new services such as 'DX', 'DPD Pick Up' and 'Parcelforce' all of whom offer services that can get your parcel sent around the UK in a speedy, tracked manner- at a fantastic price. Our customers love using these options as they can send their parcels at a fraction of the cost of booking direct, due to the favourable rates given to us by the courier companies as we provide them with large volumes of customers.
If you are looking for the quickest option, you can't beat the City Sprint Same Day service, as they come to collect it and then deliver on the very same day.
Some out-lying areas of Scotland may, occasionally, take another day given weather conditions and other restrictions such as the logistics of reaching these more rural locations. These places, include, but are not limited to Durness, Tongue, Thurso, Wick, Helmsdale, Cromarty, Fraserburgh and Ullapool. While other islands such as the sles of Scilly or the Isle of Wight may take longer than a mainland delivery too. We offer specific rates to the Channel Islands including the 2 day Parcelforce service to Jersey and Guernsey. The service times provided are given to us by the carrier themselves, as an estimation of delivery time based on their services.
Where it gets more complicated with shipping times, is when it comes to international parcel delivery. We have a guide list of expected delivery times here which should give you a quick glance of the length of time it typically takes for a packet to be delivered overseas. We of course make it clear on the quote engine the estimated delivery time provided by the courier company.
Many European countries will have extra delivery methods given their relative proximity to the UK. As well as the traditional air courier services there will be the option to send your parcel by road that may be cheaper. As you would expect, it is likely to take longer - perhaps a day or two. It is now cheaper than ever to ship to Europe using our quote engine, and even more so if you choose to drop it off with Parcelforce or DPD.
There are also cities that may have quicker expected delivery times than the countries that they're in, mainly capitals.
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 particular country then click on the continent the country is in from the list above and then the country.
But don't forget that if you've got any questions, then feel free to Contact Us, and we'll try and help you. We of course are happy to answer your questions via Live Chat too, so leave us a message and we will get back to you.