Want to stay close to friends and family? With 2nd Class mail we aim to deliver your letters and parcels in two or three working days, including Saturdays. Choose 2nd Class because:
- there’s nothing better than receiving a birthday card or gift through the post
- you’re planning ahead and need to send special invitations and thank you notes
- it’s not urgent, you just want to stay in touch
- your items are still in safe hands, sent through the security of the Royal Mail network.
Find the right price for your mail and print postage from your computer.
- Delivery in two to three working days including Saturdays
- Great value option to get your post delivered safely and on time
- Prices start at 54p for letters up to 100g
- Send parcels up to 20kg in weight
- Includes compensation cover up to £20.
Sending a Letter, Large Letter, Small Parcel or Medium Parcel?
Prices for 2nd 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
Greetings cards, personal letters, postcards, bills 100g 24cm 16.5cm 5mm
A4 documents, certificates, magazines, CD or DVD in case, some large greeting cards with badges 750g 35.3cm 25cm 2.5cm
winter puffa coat,
2kg 45cm 35cm 16cm
Gifts, shoes, heavy
or bulky items
20kg 61cm 46cm 46cm
For tube-shaped items, the length of the item plus twice the diameter must not exceed 104cm, with the greatest dimension being no more than 90cm.
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.
What if I need a quicker service?
Trust 1st Class for quick, efficient delivery across the UK. We’re committed to making sure that your letters and parcels reach their destinations the next working day – and Saturdays
What if I want a confirmed delivery?
Royal Mail Signed For™
When you need the extra peace of mind you get from proof of delivery with a signature, choose our Royal Mail Signed For™ service.
What if I want a guaranteed next day delivery?
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 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 2nd Class prices for stamps and Online Postage are below:
Letter Weight Price Online price Up to 100g 55p 55pIncludes postcards.All prices in the above table are exempt from VAT. Large letter Weight Price Online price Up to 100g 75p 75p 101-250g £1.20 £1.20 251-500g £1.54 £1.54 501-750g £2.09 £2.09
All prices in the above table are exempt from VAT.
Small parcel Weight Price Online price 0-1000g £2.85 £2.80 1001-2000g £2.85 £2.80All prices in the above table are exempt from VAT Medium parcel Weight Price Online price Up to 1kg £4.95 £4.89 1-2kg £4.95 £4.89 2-5kg £13.75 £13.75 5-10kg £20.25 £20.25 10-20kg £28.55 £28.55
All prices in the above table are exempt from VAT.
All the prices shown above include compensation up to £20.
At your Post Office®
2nd Class stamps are available at all Post Office® branches. Find your nearest Post Office®.
Post & Go
You can also save time at the Post Office® by using one of the self-serve Post & Go machines. Simply weigh your item, select the service you want, buy and print your postage label.
Buy your postage online. You can:
- Use our Price Finder to find out how much your item costs and then print postage directly onto your envelopes or labels. Calculate and print your postage now.
- You can start printing your postage right away with our Online Postage services.
You can also buy stamps from many retail outlets including supermarkets and newsagents.
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 2nd Class service you can request a Certificate of Posting at the Post Office®.
- What are the delivery times for 2nd Class mail?
- Where can I post a 2nd Class mail item?
- I’m posting a valuable item. Should I be using 2nd Class mail?
- Is compensation available for 2nd Class mail?
- How much does 2nd Class mail cost?
- Are there restrictions on what I can send?
- Need advice on how to wrap and pack your items?
What are the delivery times for 2nd Class mail?
2nd Class items are delivered in two to three working days. We aim to deliver 98% of 2nd Class items within three working days of posting.Back to top
Where can I post a 2nd Class mail item?
You can buy stamps from any Post Office® branch and post your letter over the counter or at any Postbox. You can also buy stamps online and print them from your computer.
If you are posting a parcel, you can visit any Post Office counter to purchase your postage label and mail your parcel at the same time.Back to top
I’m posting a valuable item. Should I be using 2nd Class mail?
You should not use this service to send items of value. All valuable items, especially money and jewellery, should be sent using Special Delivery Guaranteed™.Back to top
Is compensation available for 2nd Class mail?
Every 2nd Class item is covered against loss or damage up to £20 or the value of the item, whichever is lower. Compensation for valuables, such as money and jewellery, is not available on this service
Valuables (money and jewellery) and items of greater value should be sent using Special Delivery Guaranteed™ which is a tracked and secure service.
Find out more about compensation for loss, damage or delay for all our services.Back to top
How much does 2nd Class mail 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.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.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
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