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postcards and letters from France
1. French domestic postage
rates at a glance
postage within France
Prices rose on 01 January... .
Standard stamps (with no price marked on them, just "lettre verte" or
whatever ) increase in value in line with the cost of the service :
stamps with a monetary face value (such as.1.30 €)
There are 3
rates for letters up to 250 grammes, and two for letters up to 3 kg.
The standard rates for letters up
to 20 grams
- First-class or priority rate : 1.16
€ (1 priority stamp)
- Lettre verte rate: 0.97
lettre verte stamp)
The standard rates for letters weighing
20 - 100
all other rates, ask at a post office (bureau de poste).
- First-class or priority rate :
2.32€ - (2
- Lettre verte
rate: 2 lettre verte
stamps = 1.76
€ - (2
Note: the 20g - 50g rate has been suppressed,
in order to simplify the system.
international postage rates at a glance
you will find the main international air-mail postage rates
and the cheapest - or rather, least expensive - rates for
sending parcels from France.
For all other
postal rates (notably pre-paid envelopes, recorded
delivery, heavier items), it is best to visit a local post
It is advisable to include an air-mail
mail, though this is not essential. Virtually all international mail
within the European Union is sent by airmail unless surface mail is
s from mail boxes in urban
areas are usually around 4 p.m., but later from main post offices. In
rural areas, letter boxes are often emptied just once a day, frequently
before midday. Stamps can be bought in post offices, but
often also from
"tabacs", or tobacconists selling postcards.
2.1. Postcards and
letter rates from France 2020
much does it cost to send a postcard
abroad from France ?
much does it cost to send a letter up to
from France ?
|All countries worldwide (same price everywhere)
countries worldwide (same price everywhere)
2.2. Documents and heavier letters
Take care !
International packages from France
La Poste's postal
rates are complex , and information is not always
clear - not even to
all post-office staff.
By shopping around, you may be able to get rates 50% cheaper than La Poste's
rates, for tracked delivery.
It is a good idea to check rates online before
taking a parcel or package to a post office.
For alternative offers, see shop
much does it cost to send heavier
international mail from France?
& brochures, see below
There is only one tariff category for letters : it is called "priority
international letter". There is no second-class or economy rate, nor
surface mail rate, for
|Whole world ( same price everywhere)
||€ 2.80 (two international
||€ 7.00 (five
||€ 11.20 (eight
gms - 2 kg
Small packages - parcels
: SHOP AROUND
2.3.1. Standard rate ;
"La Poste" has no monopoly over parcels delivery,
neither within France nor abroad. Cheaper rates
(up to 50%
can often be found by
using other carriers, specially if sending city-to-city.
Check out Mondial Relay,
which works with
thousands of drop-off points (points
all over France.
Or check other
options on this price comparison site.
a 1 kg package to the UK costs over 15€ with Colissimo, even
more with with Chronopost (at a
office), but from 7.74 € if you drop it off at a
use the Lettre prio internationale
up to 2 kg, if appropriate
(packets no more than 3 cm deep), but be ready to
when handing over your package for
. For other
packages, see Colissimo
anything up to
30 kg for Europe, or up to 20 kg for other countries..
(see list of
Serbia, Turkey, Russia etc
||Rest of world
|Up to 500 g
to 1 kg
|Up to 2 kg
|Up to 5 kg
|Up to 10 kg
|Up to 20 kg
to 30 kg)
Colissimo packages are accepted up to 30 kg, at degressive rates (7kg,
8 kg, etc.)
the existence of a "priority" rate supposes the existence of another
this is no longer the case. There is no
eco or slow international parcel rate from "La Poste". For alternative
options, use a different carrier (see
& colissimo Europe rates are available for the
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, including Liechtenstein, San
Marino, United Kingdom, Vatican
2.3. Books and
The latest info available
provides tarifs as of January 2019. The Livres et brochures rate is for
books, bruchures and printed documents in the French language or French
regional languages, not containing advertising. It is available for
bookshops, businesses and
as indicated clearly in
the "En pratique" section of this page
of the La Poste website.
and brochures - international
Netherlands Germany, Switzerland, and all other countries in
the European Union
(Including USA, Canada, Australia)
|up to 100 gms
gms - I kg
- 2 kg
Max weight: 2 kg, but extended to 25 kg for dedicated mailbags to a
Request rates and a mailbag from your local post