Need quick delivery of your parcel?
Choose 1st Class mail for a quick and efficient service.
- Aims to deliver next working day including Saturdays.
- We deliver parcels anywhere in the UK.
- Up to £20 cover for loss and damage for your parcels.
Find the right price for your mail and print postage from your computer.
- Aims to deliver the next working day including Saturdays
- Great value option to get your post delivered safely and on time
- Prices start at £3.00 for a parcel up to 1kg
- For parcels up to 20kg in weight
- Includes compensation cover up to £20.
Sending a Small Parcel, Medium Parcel, Letter or Large Letter?
Prices for 1st Class are the same no matter where you're sending in the UK. The amount you pay depends on the size and weight of the item you're sending. Each format has its own size and weight limits.
Work out which format your item falls into Format Examples Max weight Max length Max width Max thickness
Handbags, clothing, board games 2kg 45cm 35cm 8cm
Shoes, boots, toasters, irons 2kg 35cm 25cm 16cm
Gifts, shoes, heavy or bulky items 20kg 61cm 46cm 46cm
Greetings cards, personal letters, postcards, bills 100g 240mm 165mm 5mm
A4 documents, certificates, magazines, CD or DVD in case, some large greeting cards with badges 750g 353mm 250mm 25mm
Parcels greater in size than 61cm x 46cm x 46cm or heavier than 20kg can be sent using Parcelforce services which include tracking and guaranteed service as standard.
Rolled and cylinder 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.
Rolled and cylinder shaped parcels that measure up to 45cm in length and 8cm in diameter and do not exceed 2kg can be sent as small parcels.
What if I want proof of delivery?
Royal Mail Signed For™ 1st Class
When you need the extra peace of mind you get from proof of delivery with a signature, choose our Royal Mail Signed For™ 1st Class service.
What if I want a guaranteed next day delivery?
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm™
If you need an item to arrive next day guaranteed, or are sending money or something valuable, Special Delivery™ gives you added peace of mind.
Our 1st Class prices for stamps and Online Postage are below:
Small Parcels Weight Price 0-1kg £3.00 1-2kg £6.85 Medium Parcels Weight Price 0-1kg £5.65 1-2kg £8.90 2-5kg £15.10 5-10kg £21.25 10-20kg £32.40 Letter WeightPrice
Up to 100g 60p Large letter WeightPrice Up to 100g 90p 101-250g £1.20 251-500g £1.60 501-750g £2.30
Small Parcels Weight Prices 0-1kg £2.65 1-2kg £5.85 Medium Parcels Weight Prices 0-1kg £4.80 1-2kg £7.50 2-5kg £15.10 5-10kg £21.25 10-20kg £32.40 Letter WeightPrice
Up to 100g 47p Large Letter WeightPrice
Up to 100g 71p 101-250g £1.00 251-500g £1.33 501-750g £1.87
Save time with our easy-to-use Online Postage service. Choose your service, add address details and print your postage and addresses onto envelopes, labels or paper. Our Price Finder tool helps ensure you select the right postage for your needs. You'll never run out of stamps again!
If your parcel is too large to be posted in a pillar box, or if you need proof of posting, you can take it to any one of our local 11,800 Post Office® branches across the UK.
Post Office branch
Drop & Go
- Save time at 2,000 Post Offices® with Drop & Go.
- Drop and get a pre-paid card so you don't have to worry about payment each time you need to quickly mail your items.
- Simply register for the service at a participating Post Office® branch, top up your pre-paid card and you're good to go.
Save time at the Post Office by using our Fast Drop service. Once you’ve printed your postage on-line, you can simply drop-off your parcels at a dedicated Fast-Drop counter saving you valuable time.
Post & Go
You can also save time at the Post Office® by using one of self-serve Post & Go machines for your parcels which are located in a number of our Post Office® Branches. Simply weigh your item, select the service you want, buy, and print your postage label. Find your nearest Post & Go.
Post Office® Counter
You can post your 1st Class parcels at any of our local 11,800 Post Office® Branches. Find your nearest Post Office®.
Franking machines are an alternative to the usual way of posting mail and provide a number of benefits if you’re posting a growing number of parcels over a period of time. It removes the need for purchasing stamps and postage labels and can save you money on postage and provide a more convenient and time effective method for managing your mail. Find out more about Franking.
Certificate of Posting
To make a claim for compensation you will need to provide a Certificate of Posting. If you are posting an item using our 1st Class service you can request a Certificate of Posting at the Post Office®.
- Is my item guaranteed to arrive next day?
- What happens if my item doesn’t arrive?
- I’m posting a valuable item. Should I be using 1st Class mail?
- Where can I post a 1st Class mail item?
- How much does it cost?
- What compensation cover is provided?
- Are there restrictions on what I can send?
- What are the maximum size and weight limits for a 1st Class item?
- What are the delivery times for 1st Class Mail?
- What are the size and weight limits?
- Need advice on how to wrap and pack your items?
Search help for more answers...
Is my item guaranteed to arrive next day?
No. 1st Class is not a guaranteed next day service. For guaranteed next day delivery use Special Delivery Guaranteed™.Back to top
What happens if my item doesn’t arrive?
We want your mail to arrive on time and in perfect condition, but sometimes problems can happen. If an item of mail you have posted with us is lost, damaged or delayed and you have met the conditions of posting, you may be eligible for compensation. Find more information on lost, damaged or delayed items.Back to top
I’m posting a valuable item. Should I be using 1st Class mail?
1st Class mail is not appropriate for sending valuable items through the post. All valuable items, especially money and jewellery, must be sent using Special Delivery Guaranteed™.Back to top
Where can I post a 1st Class mail item?
You can purchase postage labels and stamps from any Post Office branch and post your item over the counter or at any Postbox. You can also purchase stamps online and print them from your computer using our Online Postage tool.Back to top
How much does it cost?
Prices are the same no matter where you’re sending to in the UK, and the amount you pay depends simply on the weight and size of the item you’re sending.
For details on 1st Class mail prices, please see the prices section on the 1st Class mail page.Back to top
What compensation cover is provided?
For your 1st Class parcels, you’re protected with up to £20 worth of compensation as cover for both loss and damage. Compensation for valuables, such as money and jewellery, is not available on this service.Back to top
Are there restrictions on what I can send?
Some items are prohibited or restricted from being sent in the post in the UK, so please check before posting. Get more information on restrictions.Back to top
What are the maximum size and weight limits for a 1st Class item?
The maximum dimensions for rectangular items is 61cm x 46cm x 46cm.
The maximum length for rolled or cylindrical items is 45cm with a diameter of 8cm and must not exceed 2kg in weight.Back to top
What are the delivery times for 1st Class Mail?
We aim to deliver 93% of 1st Class mail items the next working day after posting.Back to top
What are the size and weight limits?
Find out more about our size and weight limits.Back to top
Need advice on how to wrap and pack your items?
Find out the correct way to wrap, pack and address your mail.Back to top