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Check your post collection and delivery times

This advice applies to England

Royal Mail will deliver and collect your post every working day, and on Saturdays. In some areas Royal Mail deliver post on a Sunday.

You won’t receive post on public holidays - for example on bank holidays or Christmas.

When your post will be collected

The last collection from most Post Offices is 5pm Monday to Friday, and midday on Saturdays. This means if you post a letter at the Post Office after 5pm on a Monday, it will be sent on Tuesday.

Collection times can vary - it’s a good idea to check what time your nearest Post Office closes to find out when the post will be collected.

If you’re sending an item by special delivery, you should get to the Post Office at least an hour before they close, and no later than 4:30pm (or 11am if the Post Office is only open half the day).

Your local post box collection time will depend on where you live. Collection times are quite broad, so it’s best to check the information on the post box - it’ll tell you when the final collection is.

Post box collection times

Your location Post box collection times
Commercial, eg areas with lots of businesses 9am to 7:30pm
City or town 9am to 6:30pm
Deep rural  9am to 5:30pm
Rest of the UK 9am to 4pm

You can call Royal Mail to find out the collection times near you.

Royal Mail
Telephone: 03457 740 740
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Calls to this number cost up to 12p a minute from a landline, and between 3p and 45p a minute from a mobile.

When your post will be delivered

Your post should be delivered by 3pm if you live in a town or city, or 4pm if you live in a rural area.

It should be delivered at least once every working day, as well as Saturdays (but packages might not be delivered on Saturdays).

Royal Mail delivers to some places on a Sunday - check their list of locations PDF to see if you should be getting post on Sundays.

If your collection or delivery times change

Royal Mail sometimes change their delivery and collection times - they'l publish any changes on the post boxes.

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