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POSTAGE RATES FOR ENVELOPES

Confused about which envelope you need to stay within the Royal Mail postage restrictions? Perhaps you are planning a large scale mailing and want to keep postage costs down by staying under the letter / parcel limits, or working out a cost analysis for sending your products through the post. It can be tricky to work out which envelope sizes are letters and which are parcel rates.

Our handy envelope postage guide below will help you work out the postage costs for different envelope sizes. We’ve answered your ‘most asked questions’ about envelopes and postage costs below too!

 

Letter & Parcel Size Guide for Royal Mail Postage

Letter

Large Letter

Small Parcel

Medium Parcel

Max Dimensions 240mm x 165mm 353mm x 250mm 450mm x 350mm 610mm x 460mm
Max Thickness 5mm 25mm 160mm 460mm
Max Weight 100g 750g 2kg 20kg
Example of Contents Greeting card, postcards, letters  A4 documents, magazines, CD's/DVD's Clothing items, speakers, desk lamp Gifts, shoes, heavy/bulky items
Envelope Suggestions C6, DL & C5 Envelopes C4 Envelopes Padded Envelopes, Book Wraps Large Book Wraps, Boxes

 

 


 


Suggested Envelope Sizes for Royal Mail Postage Rates

  • letter envelopes

    Letter Envelopes

    If you are looking to send an item by Royal Mail 'letter' format we recommend C5 envelopes: C5 Envelope Size @ 162mm x 229mm

  • large letter envelopes

    Large Letter Envelopes

    If you are looking to send an item by Royal Mail 'large letter' format we recommend C4 envelopes: C4 Envelope Size @ 229mm x 324mm

  • parcel envelopes

    Small & Medium Parcel Envelopes

    If you are looking to send an item by Royal Mail 'small parcel' or 'medium parcel' format we recommend padded envelopes or book wraps: Padded Envelopes or Book Wraps



 

FAQ'S About Envelopes & Postage Rates

 

What is the largest size envelope that can be sent as "letter"?

The maximum size dimensions for a letter to be mailed as Royal Mail 'letter' is 240mm x 165mm. The largest standard envelope size to fit within this range is a C5, which measures 229mm x 162mm, giving a few mm extra allowance to fit nicely under the limit. C5 envelopes are designed to fit A5 papers/cards or A4 folded in half. Weight of the envelope filled with contents must be less than 100g and thickness must be less than 5mm. View our range of C5 envelopes

What is the largest envelope size for standard post?

Many people refer to the Royal Mail 'letter' format as standard post. The maximum envelope size you can use for standard post is 240mm x 165mm. The largest standard envelope size for standard post would be a C5, with dimensions of 229mm x 162mm. The weight must be less than 100g when filled and sealed and the depth/thickness must be less than 5mm. Click here to see our range of C5 Envelopes . 

What is the largest size envelope that can be sent as "Large Letter"?

The maximum size dimensions for a letter to be mailed as Royal Mail large letter is 353mm x 250mm. The largest standard envelope size to fit within this range is a C4, which measures 324mm x 229mm, fitting nicely under the size limits. C4 envelopes are traditionally designed to fit A4 papers / documents without having to fold the papers. Take a look at our range of C4 envelopes here. Don't forget that the weight of the envelope filled with contents must be less than 750g and the thickness must be less than 25mm.

If you are looking to get the maximum size possible within the large letter range we have a few specially sized envelopes with dimensions 249mm x 352mm - just 1mm under the height and width restrictions! 

Large Letter Envelopes (249mm x 352mm)

How much does standard letter postage cost?

The current Royal Mail UK Standard Letter postage costs 76p for 1st Class and 65p for 2nd Class.

How much does Large Letter postage cost?

If your letter falls within the large letter size and weight range, the cost of postage can still vary dependent on the actual weight. See the cart below for current Royal Mail Large Letter prices:

Weight 1st Class 2nd Class
up to 100g £1.15 88p
101g to 250g £1.64 £1.40
251g to 500g £2.14 £1.83
501g to 750g £2.95 £2.48

*prices above checked on 2nd September 2020.

What is the maximum size envelope for a First Class stamp? 

The maximum dimensions of an envelope you can send with a standard first class stamp is 240mm x 165mm. Larger than this and postage rate will increase to large letter or parcel rate. See our Royal Mail Letter & Parcel Size Guide above for more info.

Which size envelopes require extra postage?

To be eligible for standard mailing rate the envelope must be less than 240mm x 165mm and weigh less than 100g and be less than 5mm thick. Mail over this size or weight will require extra postage. Scroll up to see the costs and weight ranges above standard rate, or head to the Royal Mail website for the most up to date information.

What is the cheapest UK postage rate and which envelope can I use?

The cheapest rate would be a standard 2nd Class postage. Your envelope will need to be less than 240mm x 165mm and weigh less than 100g, plus the thickness under 5mm, to qualify for this postage rate, so you could use a C6DL or C5 envelope to fit within this size range. The cost of a standard 2nd class stamp at letter rate is 61p. 

 

Information correct as of 2nd September 2020. Please use this page as a guideline. We always recommend measuring/weighing your postage and checking the Royal Mail website for the most up to date rates. We cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred based on the above information.