We have a large number of people asking 'how long does it take for a parcel to be sent?' There are so many variables including service and destination, but when you use our parcel delivery comparison site, this is one of the things we highlight in the results, so you can pick a courier who will deliver your parcel in the time frame you need.
When you book with Parcel Monkey, the vast majority of UK domestic parcels will be delivered the day after collection – as long as the courier service you've ordered is 'Next Day'. All of our postage rates are discounted, but delivery times are still premium the same as you would get booking direct.
The courier delivery times are estimated and provided directly to us by the couriers who provide the actual delivery service. Where delivery takes longer such as 1-2 day service, you can check this on the quote engine results.
You can compare not only delivery times but also courier prices when you get a delivery quote. If you need a quicker courier service you can filter the results using the tabs at the top of the results page to 'Same Day', 'Priority', 'Next Day' or to whichever options suit your requirements.
Currently, our Next Day delivery options include -
For speed, you can't beat the City Sprint Same Day service, as they come to collect your parcel and then deliver it the very same day.
DPD Pick Up is another UK domestic service you can book, with transit times of 1-2 days. As you drop off your parcel at your local pick up shop, it can depend on whether the goods have been collected for the day as to whether your item will arrive the next day or in 48 hours, hence the 1-2 day transit time.
Parcelforce also offers a cheaper 48-hour service available to book as a collection or drop off.
Some outlying 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 Isles 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, is when it comes to international parcel delivery. We advise an estimated guide of expected shipping times during the quote process which should give you a quick glance at the length of time it typically takes for a packet to be delivered overseas.
Many European destinations will have a quick delivery transit time 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.
Major cities have quicker expected delivery times than more remote locations. Cities generally have excellent transport links so parcel delivery to urban areas is likely to occur more quickly than a parcel going to a more rural location.
To get an overview of the quickest international shipping times we would expect we have collated destinations we ship to here -
Express delivery can be provided by the likes of DHL, DPD and Parcelforce plus Parcel Monkey Air Express, whilst we offer slower economy mail too via TrakPak.
Couriers in the main make deliveries between 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays, unless you have booked a Priority or Timed service. The couriers also deliver on weekdays, unless you have booked a weekend delivery service.
You can provide the recipient with the PM tracking number so they can follow the parcel until it is delivered. If you provide the correct contact information for the recipient, when you book with DPD, they will be provided with a delivery time slot and given access to adjust their delivery, choosing everything from the date the courier delivers to selecting a 'safe place' to leave the package if they are out.