Royal Mail: First-class stamp price hike to £1.35 in April

Both First-class and Second-class stamps to rise again from 2 April 2024

It’s the third round of stamp price hikes we’ve seen this year as the Royal Mail continues to overcome cost pressures and economic challenges. 

Here, we explain how much stamps will cost from Apil and ways to beat the hike. 

How much are stamp prices rising?

First-class stamp prices will rise by 10p from 2 April 2024, taking the total cost for a standard stamp from £1.25 to £1.35. That’s an 8% increase. A year ago they were 95p!

Second-class stamps will go up by 13%, from 75p to 85p, also 10p increase but the equivalent of an even higher 13%.

Stamp prices from 2 April 2022

The table below rounds up what stamps will cost to post standard and large letters from April. 

ClassLetter typeDimensionsWeightCurrent priceNew Price
First Standard Up to 24cm x 16.5cm x 5mmUp to 100g£1.25
FirstLarge35.3cm x 25cm x 2.5cmUp to 100g*£1.95
SecondStandardUp to 24cm x 16.5cm x 5mmUp to 100g75p 
SecondLarge35.3cm x 25cm x 2.5cmUp to 100g*£1.55
(no change)
*Large letters can weigh up to 750g if you purchase additional stamps.

Royal Mail will also increase postage prices for its ‘Special Day Guaranteed’, ‘Signed For’, Parcelforce ‘Worldwide Next Day’ and ‘Two Day’ delivery services from 2 April. A full list of postage prices is available here.

How to beat the stamp price hike

There are a couple of postal hacks to help you beat the stamp price increase and save on sending letters. 

The first is to start stocking up on stamps now before they increase. If you’re an avid letter-sender this could help you cut the cost of postage significantly. 

Another way to beat the price hike is to consider using a slower delivery service. For example, sending a standard letter by second-class post.

The table below shows how much you could save by opting for second-class stamps.

Letter typeCurrent 1st class priceCurrent 2nd class priceNew 1st class priceNew 2nd class price
Standard £1.25 
(save 35p)
(save 50p)
(save 40p)
(save 55p)

It’s worth noting that second-class delivery aims to deliver within three working days (rather than the next working day as with first-class).  This isn’t a big deal if your letter isn’t urgent.

However, you’ll need to plan in advance if your letter needs to reach the recipient by a specific date. 

Where possible, try to purchase stamps from your local Post Office or another authorised retailer (such as a supermarket or WH Smiths) to save as well.

Sometimes corner shops and even vendors on Amazon sell stamps at a marked-up price

Remember to swap out non-barcoded stamps

Non-barcoded stamps, which are also known as everyday stamps, expired on 31 July 2023. 

These stamps featured the iconic picture of the late Queen’s profile on a solid-coloured background. And you’ll have seen them everywhere as they were commonly used to post letters. 

Since 1 August 2023, Royal Mail introduced barcodes into stamps to integrate the postal service with the digital world. 

Don’t worry If you still have non-barcoded stamps lying around as you can exchange them using the Royal Mail’s ‘Stamp Swap Out.’

This free-to-use scheme lets you trade in the old stamps for the new barcoded versions. You’ll have to use a special form to mail them off which you can pick up at your local Post Office or print it off online. 

Check out our non-barcoded stamps guide to find out more about how the scheme works. 

3 thoughts on “Royal Mail: First-class stamp price hike to £1.35 in April

  1. Excellent
    1st site I have found that gives an up to date stamp price,
    try a search, even royal mail only show old prices.
    Enter 1st class stamp price and all you get is bulk price.

  2. You have made a mistake above, the First class Large letter only goes up to 100g at the price you state, there are further increased prices for 250g and 500g, the 750g weight remains unchanged but not at the price you state.

    The second class Large letter also only goes up to 100g for the price you state, there are again increases for 250g and 500g again the 750g weight remains unchanged

    You should also mention that most Signed for Prices have gone up for for letters and large letters.

    All parcels remain unchanged

    All Parcel prices remain the same.

  3. Tell me what isn’t going up 🛗!!!!!


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