Send large items for as little as £2.90 *

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UK Standard Delivery

Royal Mail 1st Class

  • Send a 1st Class parcel from just £3.40
  • Aims to deliver your item the next working day, including Saturdays
  • Includes compensation cover up to £20
  • Maximum weight: 20kg
  • Parcel Size Guide:
    • Small Parcels (not exceeding Length 45cm x Width 35cm x Depth 16cm)
    • Medium Parcels (not exceeding Length 61cm x Width 46cm x Depth 46cm)

Royal Mail 2nd Class

  • Send a 2nd Class parcel from just £2.90
  • Aims to deliver your item in 2-3 working days, including Saturdays
  • Includes compensation cover up to £20
  • Maximum weight: 20kg
  • Parcel Size Guide:
    • Small Parcels (not exceeding Length 45cm x Width 35cm x Depth 16cm)
    • Medium Parcels (not exceeding Length 61cm x Width 46cm x Depth 46cm)

Online delivery confirmation is available for 1st Class and 2nd Class Small and Medium Parcels when you post at a Post Office branch.*

You can confirm when your parcel has been delivered or attempted to be delivered here. Online delivery confirmation is not a tracked service. This means you cannot track your parcel through Royal Mail’s network, but can check online to confirm it has been delivered.

If you need a tracked service, or if you’re sending valuable items such as money or jewellery, please use Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed. 
*Online delivery confirmation is not available to Channel Islands and the Isle of Man or BFPO.

How much does 1st Class and 2nd Class postage cost?

Find the price for posting your 1st and second class parcels in the table below. For any items over 2kg in weight it will be cheaper to use a Parcelforce Worldwide service.  

Format and
Max Measurements
Max Weight 1st Class 2nd Class

Letter

24 cm long
16.5cm wide

0.5cm thick
100g 65p 56p

Large letters

35.3cm long
25cm wide

2.5cm thick
100g 98p 76p
250g £1.30 £1.22
500g £1.74 £1.58
750g £2.52 £2.14

Small parcel

45cm long
35cm wide
16cm thick

1kg £3.40 £2.90
2kg £5.50 £2.90

Medium parcel

61cm long
46cm wide
46cm thick

1kg £5.70 £5.00
2kg £8.95 £5.00
5kg £15.85 £13.75
10kg £21.90 £20.25
20kg £33.40 £28.55

 

Small parcels

Send a Small Parcel up to 2kg cost from just £2.90.

Medium parcels

If you need to send something a little larger, then a Medium Parcel size may be what you need.

  • Send a Medium Parcel, up to 20kg - prices start from only £5.00 by Royal Mail 2nd Class.

Large parcels

If your parcel is over the size or weight of a medium parcel, you'll need to send it via Parcelforce Worldwide (up to a maximum of 30kg and maximum size of 2.5m and 5m length and girth combined). Find out more about this service.

Posting tubes and cylinders

We know that not everything fits neatly in a box – that’s why we have slightly different rules for different-shaped parcels.

  • For rolled and cylinder shaped items, the length of the item plus twice the diameter must not exceed 104cm, with the greatest dimension being no more than 90cm.

Here’s how to find out if it’s the right size:

  • Measure the length of the parcel
  • Measure the flat end of the parcel and double it
  • Add all those measurements together

If it all adds up to less than 104cm and weighs under 20Kg, you should be able to post it as a Medium Parcel

How much does 1st and 2nd class postage cost?

Category Max Weight 1st Class

Letter

24 cm long
16.5cm wide
0.5cm thick

100g 65p

Large letters

35.3cm long
25cm wide
2.5cm thick

100g 98p
250g £1.30
500g £1.74
750g £2.52

Small parcel

45cm long
35cm wide
16cm thick

1kg £3.40
2kg £5.50

Medium parcel

61cm long
46cm wide
46cm thick

1kg £5.70
2kg £8.95
5kg £15.85
10kg £21.90
20kg £33.40

 

Category Max Weight 2nd Class

Letter

24 cm long
16.5cm wide
0.5cm thick

100g 56p

Large letters

35.3cm long
25cm wide
2.5cm thick

100g 76p
250g £1.22
500g £1.58
750g £2.14

Small parcel

45cm long
35cm wide
16cm thick

1kg £2.90
2kg £2.90

Medium parcel

61cm long
46cm wide
46cm thick

1kg £5.00
2kg £5.00
5kg £13.75
10kg £20.25
20kg £28.55

Small parcels

Send a Small Parcel up to 2kg from just £2.85.

Medium parcels

If you need to send something a little larger, then a Medium Parcel size may be what you need.

  • Send a Medium Parcel, up to 20kg - prices start from only £5.00 by Royal Mail 2nd Class.

Large parcels

If your parcel is over the size or weight of a medium parcel, you'll need to send it via Parcelforce Worldwide (up to a maximum of 30kg and maximum size of 2.5m in length and 5cm length and girth combined). Find out more about this service.

Posting tubes and cylinders

We know that not everything fits neatly in a box – that’s why we have slightly different rules for different-shaped parcels.

  • The maximum length is 90cm
  • If it weighs less than 2kg, is up to 45cm long and 16cm diameter it can be sent as a Small Parcel 

Here’s how to find out if it’s the right size:

  • Measure the length of the parcel
  • Measure the flat end of the parcel and double it
  • Add all those measurements together

If it all adds up to less than 104cm and weighs under 20Kg, you should be able to post it as a Medium Parcel

HM Forces Post

If you have a friend or loved one serving in the armed forces oversees, they're never more than a letter or parcel away. Find out more about HM Forces mail services from The British Forces Post Office® (BFPO).