Mailing Dates & Times

Whether it’s weekend post or parcel collection, use this page to help make sure your deliveries get from A to B on time.

Sending items by post

We aim to deliver First Class post the next day, or on the following Monday if you posted it on a Saturday. Second Class is targeted to arrive three days after posting.

Royal Mail Signed For™ travels just like First or Second class post so the same delivery times apply (see above). In case you were wondering, this service has replaced Recorded Delivery.

Sending post abroad? Take a look at the table below for all our international delivery options, dates and prices.

Delivery options - international
Services Delivery aim Online tracking Price
Standard services
The cost-effective way to send mail
3-7 working days No From 97p
International tracked and signature services

International Tracked & Signed
Signature required and fully tracked service. Provides extra reassurance that your item has been delivered when sending International Letters or Small Parcels


3-7 working days Yes Prices start from £5.97
International Tracked
Fully tracked service to over 30 destinations worldwide
3-7 working days Yes Prices start from £5.97
International Signed
Signature required service. Provides extra reassurance that your item has been delivered when sending International Letters or Small Parcels
3-7 working days Within the UK only Prices start from £5.97

Sending urgent items

For items weighing under 10kg, Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ Next Day guarantees delivery by 1pm the next working day. If it’s really urgent, go for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ 9.00am, for a guaranteed delivery by 9am the next working day, or there’s a Saturday delivery option for a small surcharge. This speedy service is available to most of the UK, including Northern Ireland and Jersey. Unfortunately, the guarantee doesn’t apply to certain places, such as the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and some remote parts of Scotland. In case you were wondering, this service has replaced Registered Delivery.

Weekend and bank holiday post

Post is collected everywhere on Saturday mornings, up and down the UK. Collection times vary, so check with your local branch for your local times and remember, there are no collections anywhere on Sundays.

There’s also no post collection or delivery on bank holidays. Think of bank holidays in the same way you’d think of post on a Sunday. If you sent an item by Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ Next Day on a bank holiday Saturday, it wouldn’t be delivered until the following Tuesday.

Sending parcels

For items weighing up to 20kg, Royal Mail will aim to get your parcel delivered the next day for 1st Class, and within 3-5 days for 2nd Class (except Sundays for either service). 

For heavier/more urgent items there are three options available from Parcelforce. express24 guarantees fast next day delivery by 5pm , or there’s express48 which guarantees delivery within 48 hours of the end of the day it was posted. E.g. if you post a parcel at 10am on a Monday morning, it will be delivered by 5pm on the Wednesday.  For more precise deliveries, there’s also a timed service with 9am, 10am or pre 12pm deliveries guaranteed.

If you’re out when Parcelforce deliver your item, you can:

  • Arrange to pick it up from a Parcelforce depot
  • Have it redelivered to the same address
  • For £5.50 (including VAT), have it redelivered to a new address  or for £1.00 (including VAT), have it delivered to your local Post Office

If you’re collecting your item from your local Post Office, please make sure you pop in within two weeks of your delivery. Bring the delivery card and some photo ID, such as your passport or driving licence.

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Using our services

We aim to offer postal services everywhere, but unfortunately we can’t provide the full range from every branch. Check which services are available at your local Post Office here. Opening times also vary from branch to branch, and some may close at lunchtime. Search for your local branch and find opening times here.

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For more information and general enquiries, call:

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8.30am-2pm, Sat