Royal Mail announce stamp price rises for 2015

By Chris Dawson February 27, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Royal Mail featRoyal Mail have announced their price changes (mainly rises) coming into effect on the 30th March 2015.

Stamp Prices

The base price of a stamp will rise 1p, taking the price of a First Class stamp to 63p and a Second Class stamp to 54p.

The good news is that it appears Royal Mail have not only held the promotional £2.80 price for Small Parcels up to 2kg, they’ve also reduced the prices for 1kg and 2kg Medium parcels.

Royal Mail 1st Class and 2nd Class Price changes


Weight up to

1st Class Price

2nd Class Price






100g 62p 63p 53p 54p

Large Letter

100g 93p 95p 73p 74p
250g £1.24 £1.26 £1.17 £1.19
500g £1.65 £1.68 £1.48 £1.51
750g £2.38 £2.42 £2.01 £2.05

Small Parcel

1kg £3.20 £3.30 £2.80 £2.80
2kg £5.45 £5.45 £5.45 £2.80

Medium Parcel

1kg £5.65 £5.65 £5.20 £4.89
2kg £8.90 £8.90 £8.00 £4.89
5kg £15.85 £15.85 £13.75 £13.75
10kg £21.90 £21.90 £20.25 £20.25
20kg £33.40 £33.40 £28.55 £28.55

Account and Contract Customers

Royal Mail Business Mail® 1st Class and Business Mail Parcels are increasing by an average of 1%

Royal Mail 24® and Royal Mail 48® Parcels are increasing by an average of 1% (excluding add-ons and surcharges)

Overall International Business services will increase on average by less than 1%

The overall price rises may differ dependent on the service you use and your traffic profile.

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

All Special Delivery on Account price points are frozen, but changes in your traffic profile can have an impact on which price you pay.

Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48

If you have a Royal Mail Tracked account, your price changes will be notified to you before the anniversary of your contract.

Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48

Parcel prices up to 1kg are rising by up to 2% depending on speed of service and quantity posted and you’ll notice that we’ve increased our volume discounts to help your business as it grows.

Royal Mail Large Letters

Prices are increasing by an average of 4%. For heavier items parcel prices from 1kg-2kg have been reduced.

Full Royal Mail Prices for 2015

We’ve only been able to publish a snapshot of Royal Mail prices here, there’s full information for Business, International prices and Franking prices available on the Royal Mail Prices for 2015 website.

  • Chris
    3 years ago

    no surprise is it.

  • dan
    3 years ago

    looks like they have the same weight / size categories for international too, eg large letter is now added it seems – just opened both price guides side by side and having a look how it will affect me.

    seem to have dropped too, i send “large letters size” and they are currently classed as parcel, new system they would be just like in the uk a LL

    • Andy
      3 years ago

      Dan, they’ve had LL for international for some time. It’s was called a ‘flat’ previously. So for March look into using that size because it’s cheaper and been available as LL since the October Business prices update.

    • Gerry007
      3 years ago

      Our OBA account only shows letter & parcels prices no LL….. Code OLA

    • Dean
      3 years ago

      The code we use is IE1
      (that’s ie1)
      We’ve used it for what appears to be a long time.
      It may not be on your account. I believe that codes are added to your account as and when you need / qualify for their use.

      From my recollection a flat is also 2cm height (depth/width) rather than 2.5cm for a UK LL.

      If I am talking rubbish and things have changed then someone please correct me.

  • Andy R
    3 years ago

    RM have increased franking prices by more than stamps yet again. They have been doing this for several years and it is affecting a lot of small businesses who are locked into franking contracts, or have no real alternative due to volumes or package sizes.

    This began whilst RM was still publicly owned and the policy has continued post-privatisation.

    Can someone at Royal Mail explain this policy of singling out of franking mail for accelerated price increases?

    Or is it simply that the media only pick up on the 1st and 2nd Class stamp rates and this slips under the radar?

    • Craig
      3 years ago

      We were in a franking contract and we simply let it run its course without using the machine and we switched to PPI with Royal Mail OBA. Works out a lot cheaper (no need for ink if you have a thermal printer). Also you get the support of Royal Mail business who are great. With a franking machine the salesman is your best friend until you sign the contract then not interested.

      Franking machines will not exist in the near future in my opinion.

  • LJ
    3 years ago

    Much better than it could have been. Some past increases have been much more than this.

    I notice that the parcel prices are staying the same or even becoming cheaper bar 1. Clearly the Parcel Competition is really affecting Royal Mail. I imagine they have lost a lot of customers in the past 1-2 years to the couriers and this is reflected in the prices.

  • 3 years ago

    Let us not forget that fuel costs must make up a significant percentage of Royal Mails costs. We are always being told that fuel costs have been reducing. So why has Royal Mails prices gone up by more than the rate of inflation when their costs, or some of them, are going down.

    In regard to fuel costs. It appears as if this is fairly general across the UK but here in Cornwall it looks as if fuel costs(Petrol and Diesel) are nudging up again. Is this happening elsewhere in the UK or is it just in Cornwall.

    • JohnR
      3 years ago

      Fuel prices are starting to go up by a few pence in the North East as well.

    • 3 years ago

      Not certain where the oil refineries are but surely the North East is closer to North Sea Oil and I would have thought the refineries. So why is the petrol and diesel costs in the North East nudging up there.

      We in the South West do not have any oil fields and certainly no refineries and of course Easter, the start of warmer weather and holidays, is close. We almost expect in the South West that prices start to nudge up here at Easter. Everything from Pasties and Cups of Tea and Ice Creams usually go up be a few pennies until they reach their maximum during July and August and then start to drop back again in September.

    • dan
      3 years ago

      petrochemical industry is heavy in my hometown of middlesbrough and near by, still prices rise. i dont think the location matters, as its only a few hundred miles from here to you. .in cornwall, perhaps 1-2p max. royal mail will take into account regional variations im sure and middle-ground there increases.

      i would think country to country is where the big differences are added (you can regularly see the tankers leaving our port with the naked eye bound for abroad)

      and as such i know lots of workers, and the oil rig workers depart from aberdeeni think for the north sea.

    • Gerry007
      3 years ago

      Prices rising in the SE too……

  • Alan
    3 years ago

    What? Not the usual stratospheric rise? Must be because the bird no longer needs to be primed for privatisation. That and the fact we’re all looking about for competitive alternatives.

  • Andy R
    3 years ago

    This is a very clever PR job by Royal Mail. Keep the headline stamp rises low but sneak extra increases elsewhere.

    Massive whack on the price of Signed For, which has risen nearly 10%. About as much use as a chocolate fireguard as we find barely half get a signature and they are targeted by tea-leaves, with a higher loss rate than standard mail.

    Parcels have also risen above inflation, so RM still haven’t learned their lesson.

    The only regulated price is Second Class stamp mail, which can only rise by around inflation.

    Name ANY privatisation where prices did not rise substantially in the long run. RM will be the same.

    The cost of diesel is just a red herring.

    To misquote The Who, we won’t get fuelled again.

  • Steve
    3 years ago

    Royal Mail are idiots and expensive.

    Typical story, privatise the business, increase prices, shit service, and screw it all up. Ohh, don’t forget getting rid of a few people to increase annual profit (but never in the boardroom!)

    Do they know that couriers will deliver 1kg for under £3, and 2kg costs less than £4, and 5kg is about £5.50, and 10kg only costs £7.50? And all are a signed service (RM charge an extra £1 for this).

    Are RM really this dumb? Do they understand competition? Dohhh, why would they care? Assholes on stupid high salary’s don’t give a toss because they win whatever happens. Typical privatisation story.

    IMO all public services should be nationalised. Look at France and their railways, total success story. However we sell the jewels and later regret it. Time people woke up.

    RM are feeding from the ignorant occasional shipper. They are not competing and are in decline. Professional sellers know all this.

    Long live The Revolution!! 🙂

  • Jonah
    3 years ago

    We stopped using Royal Mail when the parcel – large letter fiasco was introduced. All our UK parcels are now by courier, collected from our door with real time tracking too. We avoid post offices like the plague and I would urge any serious UK seller of medium to large size items to look at courier deals NOW

  • Gerry007
    3 years ago

    Is there an alternative for Royal mail Large letter Signed For?.

    10% price increase come April will make this an expensive service….

    • dan
      3 years ago

      good question,

      also what sort of limits on volume are there?

      i send about 30 items per week, using smartstamp
      any savings to be had do you think?

  • Paul
    3 years ago

    Interesting – so is it at this moment currently possible to send Large Letters to Europe at a lower rate than £3.20 for non-OBA users or SmartStampers?

    • dan
      3 years ago

      currently anyrhing over 5mm is classed as a parcel for EU / abroad

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