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Your guide to postal rates

We aim to make sending your post as easy as possible. The price we charge depends on the type of service you choose, the size and weight of the item you post and where you send it.

We offer four distinct postal services: Find out more about our postal rates, including our international rates and our package rates.

Postal rates are also calculated by reference to the weight, shape, size and destination of the item you are posting, reflecting the cost of processing and delivering those items.

An Post divides post into four categories when determining the cost of its delivery: Once your item exceeds the size or weight limit of any category, it automatically moves to the next category of post. Learn more about our size and weight guidelines.

The price you pay also depends on the destination of your post. An Post has five main price categories depending on where in the world your letter or parcel is going. They are:
  • Zone 1 - Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Zone 2 - Great Britain, including England, Scotland and Wales
  • Zone 3 - Europe
  • Zone 4 - Rest of World (excluding Australia and New Zealand)
  • Zone 5 - Australia and New Zealand
The cost of postage to the UK from the Republic of Ireland depends on whether your item is going to Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK. Postal rates to Northern Ireland are the same as those within the Republic.

For some services, such as the International Courier Service, An Post has different postal rates for countries in the European Union and other European countries.

Do you send significant volumes of post? Find out more about the discounts and incentives available for bulk business mail.