How Long Does Mail Take From State to State?

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The length of time it takes for mail to go from one state to another state varies based on multiple factors. Some of the factors that influence the transit time include the beginning city and state, the ending city and state, the type of mail you’re sending and how you send the mail. For example, if you send a letter using USPS First Class, it will typically take anywhere from one to three business days for your letter to get from one state to another. Other factors that impact shipping times include shipping volume, weather conditions and whether your shipping service offers deliveries on the weekend.

Mailing Times for USPS Standard Post

USPS standard post is a mail service used by businesses that have a lot of commercial mail. You need to have a certain amount of mail to qualify for standard post rates (at least 200 pieces), and each piece must weigh less than 16 ounces. Postage for USPS standard post is less than the price of a stamp. So it’s an affordable solution for companies with high mailing needs. One downside of USPS standard post is that it can take up to 21 business days for mail to reach the recipient. 


Mailing Times for First Class Mail


USPS First Class Mail is the type of mail service you use when you put a letter or card in your mailbox. You can use a stamp for items that fit the criteria for a First Class stamp. Or you can go to the post office and pay to send items via First Class Mail.


The current price of a stamp is $0.55, as of December 2019. You can mail standard-sized letters or cards that weigh up to an ounce with a USPS First Class stamp.


If your mail weighs more or if the envelope is an irregular shape, you’ll need to use more than one stamp. You can go to the post office, have the letter weighed and pay the appropriate postage. You can also send envelopes and parcels up to 13 ounces in weight via First Class Mail. 


Items sent via First Class Mail arrive to their destination in one to three business days. 


Mailing Times for Priority Mail


Priority Mail is a USPS mailing service that delivers parcels from one state to another in one to three business days. However, it has a much higher weight limit than other mailing services. You can use Priority Mail for any package that weighs less than 70 pounds and has a combined length and girth of 108 inches or less. It’s also possible to upgrade Priority Mail to Priority Mail Express Overnight if you need a faster shipping option.


Mailing Times When Using FedEx


FedEx is another option for shipping packages and envelopes. You have various FedEx services to choose from to ensure your mail arrives at its destination on time. FedEx Ground is the most affordable option. It delivers most packages within one to five business days for states in the continental U.S. When shipping to Hawaii or Alaska, the mailing period changes to three to seven business days. 


FedEx Express Saver delivers mail within three business days. FedEx First Overnight is the most rapid shipping option. With this service, packages often arrive to the destination the next business day by 8 or 9 a.m.


Mailing Times When Using UPS


UPS is another shipping provider that has a large number of shipping options. UPS ground, one of the most common and inexpensive selections, delivers parcels within one to five business days. The time it takes for the parcel to arrive depends on how far it needs to travel. Faster shipping selections include UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air.