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Can I book next day delivery? How much does it cost?
Next day delivery by courier is available domestically in the UK, as well as from the UK to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and other European destinations. It's also available from the UK to the USA.
For domestic deliveries, most services offer next day delivery as standard, unless you live in a remote area, for which an additional day may be required (see "Transit times" below).
Your delivery may arrive at any time of the day, usually up until around 5:30-6pm, depending on the courier. Some couriers offer “timed” services, which means that they will prioritise your delivery and endeavour to have it delivered by 9am, 10am or 12pm, at a slightly greater cost.
We are currently able to offer domestic delivery from just £6.49 (+ VAT). You can get an instant online quote to compare services from different couriers, including their timed services.
For parcel deliveries to Europe and the USA, you will need to book an express service for next day delivery—as opposed to an economy service, which will take a few days.
Some couriers offer “timed” services for certain destinations. For example, 9am and 12pm delivery is available for France, while for the USA you can also choose 10:30am in addition to these times. As is the case with domestic deliveries, these will cost a little more than the usual express services.
To compare all of your options, including express, economy and timed services, enter your details for a quick quote.
Same day collections and cut-off times
For next day deliveries, couriers will attempt to deliver your parcel the day after it has been collected from your address or dropped off at one of their depots.
However, if your parcel delivery is urgent and you require a collection on the same day as your booking, please note that each service has a cut-off time for booking same day collections. Usually this is around 2-3pm, but for some express services it may be as early as 9am.
You can use our cut-off time calculator to find out the cut-off times for your postcode.
When booking next day delivery, there are a few things to bear in mind about transit times:
- Transit times do not include weekends or bank holidays. Couriers will attempt to deliver your parcel on the next working day.
- Transit times are estimates. Due to the nature of transporting goods around the world, and the logistical issues involved, transit times cannot be guaranteed. However, reputable couriers such as DHL and UPS have a very high success rate for fulfilling deliveries within the estimated time.
- If you are sending to a region regarded as a “remote area” (for example, certain regions of the Scottish Highlands), next day delivery may not always be possible.
For international deliveries, the transit times provided by couriers are generally based on journeys between “gateway cities”; that is, cities used as primary points of departure and arrival for goods moving in and out of the country.
The USA and Europe have a good number of these gateway cities in every state and country, which means that fast delivery is possible to most postal code areas. However, there may be exceptions—so be sure to check with the courier or forwarder before you book.
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