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

There are so many variables, 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. We 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). 

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, Cromarty, Fraserburgh and Ullapool. While 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. 


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 packet to be delivered to foreign shores. 

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.

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 particular country then click on the continent the country is in from the list above and then the country. 

We're here to help

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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