How Much Does It Cost to Mail a Letter?

Before you can mail a letter, you must pay for the cost of sending it by way of the U.S. Postal Service. A couple of factors come into play in determining the overall cost to mail a letter. Letters with an intended destination overseas will cost more to send. The size of envelope you use and the weight of your letter will also come into play. If you want to make sure the letter arrives quickly, expect to pay extra.


The average cost to mail a letter in the United States is:

  • Express Mail is overnight delivery for most locations – from $13.65
  • Priority Mail reaches its destination within 1 to 3 days – from $4.90
  • First-Class Mail reaches its destination within 1 to 3 days – from $0.44
  • Media Mail (if your letter is packaged with a CD/DVD) takes 2 to 8 days for delivery – from $2.38

The average cost to mail a letter to an international destination is:

Global Express Guaranteed reaches its destination within 1 to 3 days – from $33.95 with final prices based on weight, size and distance. USPS GXG envelope pricing is available.

Express Mail International reaches its destination within 3 to 5 days – from $26.95 with final costs based on weight and distance. A flat-rate envelope is available.

Priority Mail International reaches its destination within 6 to 10 days – from $11.45 with final costs based on weight and distance. A flat-rate envelope is available.

First-Class Mail International varies in the amount of time it takes to reach its destination – from $0.75 with final prices based on weight, size and distance.

Sources:

[1] http://www.usps.com/prices/

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