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Singapore may be tiny and well-connected, but you may not always be in the mood to take the MRT to meet up with that buyer from Carousell.
Plus, there might be a chance that they will try to bargain for another S$5 off your anniversary edition Casio G-Shock once they meet up in person.
To avoid these and many other pesky encounters, why not send your parcel using a courier service instead?
From small parcels to bulky furniture and appliances, for door to door delivery services in Singapore within the hour or the week, you have no lack of delivery options to choose from.
Prices do vary, but in general, with a few factors such as speed of delivery and item weight, size and type to consider.
Regardless of the price, remember to charge it to the right credit card to get some rewards while you send your parcel.
Here’s our full guide to cheap and best courier services in Singapore, including their price range, when to use which one, and what to watch out for.
We also teach you how to avoid overspending when getting your parcels couriered.
- For small parcels (up to 3kg)
- For medium parcels (up to 8kg)
- For large parcels (up to 30kg)
- For bulky items
- For instant delivery
- Things to note
Cheapest couriers for small parcels (up to 3kg)
|SingPost||S$1.50 to S$25 (up to 2kg)||1 to 3 working days||Delivery service to mailbox or doorstep.
Doorstep delivery service only with tracked or Registered Mail (+S$2.24)
|TA-Q-BIN||S$9 to S$30||Next day (default) or up to 1 week (pick a date)||Rates dependent on size of packages only; great for compact but heavy items like books and electronics|
When you only need to send a light, small parcel, your most economical choices are SingPost and TA-Q-BIN. Their rates start at S$1.50 and S$9 respectively.
SingPost – track for safe delivery service
SingPost, as you may know, is Singapore’s national mail carrier, and offers myriad delivery options for all your parcel delivery needs.
For parcels up to 2kg, SingPost standard mail service will do you nicely, being both affordable and reasonably quick. Packages normally get delivered between 1 to 3 business days.
For extra peace of mind, you can also opt for mail tracking and/or registered mail service, which allows you or your sender to keep updated of the parcel’s whereabouts. It also lets you choose between doorstep or mailbox delivery.
If your item is a little bit heavier (up to 3kg), choose SmartPac, which provides essentially the same service straight to your door at slightly higher rates.
TA-Q-BIN – cost by size
For TA-Q-BIN, the Japanese delivery company charges only by the size of the item rather than a combination of size and weight.
As a result, calculating the final amount you need to pay proves to be much less of a head scratcher. This makes TA-Q-BIN one of your cheaper choices if you are shipping small but heavy items, such as books, ceramics, and electronics.
However, you’ll need to ship at least three packages at once (or be a corporate customer) to qualify for item pickup. Otherwise, you’ll need to bring your parcels to a TA-Q-BIN dropoff point near you.
And you’ll need to properly package your items, else the courier will reject it. On the bright side, you’ll get a S$1 discount for your troubles.
By default, TA-Q-BIN practices next-day delivery. If this is somehow not suitable, you can specify a delivery time date up to one week out.
Cheapest couriers for medium parcels (up to 8kg)
|Park N Parcel||S$2.50 (up to 8kg)||3 working days||Parcel transfer service
Max parcel dimensions (W+H+L) 100cm
|Qxpress (Standard)||S$4.30 (up to 5.4kg)
S$6.90 (from 5.4kg to 10kg)
|1-2 working days||Max parcel dimensions (W+H+L) 160cm|
|UParcel||S$11 (up to 8kg)||Next day||Max parcel dimensions (W+H+L) 100cm|
|GrabExpress – Bike||S$5 + S$1/km for first 5 km, then + S$0.70/km thereafter (up to 5kg) +S$0.30 (platform fee)||Same day, 8am to 11pm||Parcel dimensions: 32x25x12cm|
|LalaMove||S$10 + S$0.35/km (up to 8kg)||Same day||Parcel dimensions: 40x25x25cm|
If you’re looking to ship medium-sized parcels around the 5kg to 8kg range, worry not because you still have delivery options that are both affordable and reliable.
Park N Parcel – not your traditional courier service
The cheapest courier service in Singapore for items up to 8kg is Park N Parcel, with charges per delivery starting as low as S$2.50.
However, rather than being a true courier service, Park N Parcel functions as a parcel transfer service. It brings your parcel from a point near you to a point near your recipient within 3 working days.
If you’d like a more traditional courier service, they do offer that as well, but prices differ in that instance.
Qxpress – from the creators of Qoo10
Qxpress, the delivery arm of online retailer Qoo10, also offers a courier service to the public at competitive rates.
Their Standard service is an affordable flat-fee option and delivers within 2 working days. Prices start from S$4.30 for parcels up to 5.4kg and S$6.90 for packages ranging between 5.4kg and 10kg.
If you require express delivery service, Qxpress lives up to its moniker and offers that too.
UParcel – same-day delivery at S$2 more
Another courier to consider if you prefer to deal with flat fees is UParcel, which offers next-day delivery service for packages weighing up to 8kg for S$11 per trip.
Its same-day express delivery charges aren’t too shabby either, being just S$2 more for packages of the same weight.
GrabExpress – up to 5kg
Alternatively, try GrabExpress – Bike for same-day express delivery service in Singapore of packages up to 5kg in weight.
Note though that this is a distance-based service. Depending on how far your parcel needs to travel, might not be the most economical option.
However, GrabExpress (Bike or Car, see below) charges a flat fee for items returned to you. You might find this preferable over other couriers, who may bill you a full trip for returned packages.
LalaMove – delivers almost anything
LalaMove is another great option for medium sized parcels up to 8kg. The company offers same-day express delivery service, and charges by the distance as well.
With regards to item restrictions, you’re in luck. LalaMove allows almost any item to be delivered, including food and drinks, small items like documents, and valuables (jewellery, wristwatches, etc.).
Once again, it’s wise to get a quote to compare the various courier services before making an order, especially if your recipient is all the way across our fair island.
Cheapest couriers for large parcels (up to 30kg)
|SendSingapore||S$18 (up to 30kg)||Next day||Parcel dimensions: 53x53x53cm|
|Qxpress (Standard)||S$19.90 (up to 30kg)||2 working days, 10am to 7pm||Max parcel dimensions (W+H+L) 160cm (extra charges for parcels that exceed this)|
|UParcel||S$24 (up to 25kg)||Next day||Max parcel dimensions (W+H+L) 200cm|
|GrabExpress – Car||S$8 + S$1/km for first 5 km, then + S$0.60/km thereafter (up to 20kg)||Same day, 7am to 11pm||Parcel dimensions: 70x50x50cm|
|LalaMove||S$15 + S$0.40/km (up to 20kg)||Same day||Parcel dimensions: 70x50x50cm|
SendSingapore – heavy-duty courier service
For larger parcel delivery up to 30kg, we found that SendSingapore offers the cheapest courier service, at a flat S$18 for next-day delivery service in Singapore.
To sweeten the deal, SendSingapore offers a discount if you’re sending items in bulk. This ranges from S$1 off per parcel for two packages all the way to S$6.50 per parcel for over a hundred packages.
The firm also offers one free re-delivery per order, in case the original delivery was somehow missed. It works like this:
- Day 1: Pick-up
- Day 2: Delivery
- Day 3: Re-delivery (if delivery fails on Day 2)
This gives you a much-needed peace of mind, especially when you’re doing a parcel delivery this heavy (and possibly bulky).
Other good delivery options for large parcels are Qxpress (Standard), UParcel and LalaMove that we’ve discussed in the previous section. Their respective services remain unchanged, with the exception of service fees.
If you’re sticking with GrabExpress, be sure to choose the car option to accommodate your large delivery package. You’re limited to a maximum of 20kg, though.
Cheapest couriers for bulky items
|GetVan||Regular: S$35 + S$0.80/km or S$40/hr + S$35/subsequent hr
Large: S$40 + S$0.80/km or S$45/hr + S$40/subsequent hr
Extra Large: S$70 + S$1/km or S$72/hr + S$64/subsequent hr
|Instant delivery, with 60 to 120 mins advance booking||Dimensions LxWxH: 1.4×1.4×1.4m
Extra Large: 3.3×2.0x1.9
No weight limit
|LalaMove||S$30 + S$0.50/km (up to 400kg). Addn stop: S$8
S$38 + S$0.50/km (up to 800kg). Addn stop: S$11
|Same day||Dimensions LxWxH:
1.6×1.2×1.0m (1.7m van)
2.3×1.2×1.2m (2.4m van)
When you need to deliver bulky items, such as furniture or appliances, going to a moving company may not be the best idea.
For one, they may require a minimum order before they can accept your delivery. You might just end up paying for an entire truck when all you need is probably half or a third of the capacity.
We found two couriers in Singapore that can help you with your bulky item delivery without you having to pay through the nose.
GetVan – distance or hourly fee
First off, GetVan lets you choose from three levels of service, determined by the size of your item only. There’s no weight limit, so yay!
Plus, you can choose from two pricing schemes — one, a distance-based fare, and the other an hourly fee. Choose the latter if you have multiple stops.
Delivery is instant, but do allow up to 2 hours response time upon placing your order.
Additionally, a surcharge is imposed for deliveries on weekends, public holidays, and any day between 12am and 6am.
The second company is LalaMove, which can courier up to 400kg or 800kg, depending on the service you choose.
Both charge a distance-based fare, and courier delivery is carried out on a same-day basis. Furthermore, the driver is there to assist you at no charge.
If you require even larger items to be delivered, LalaMove has 10-foot and 14-foot lorries available, with refrigeration to boot.
Cheapest couriers for instant delivery
|UParcel||S$20 (up to 1kg)
S$22 (up to 5kg)
S$24 (up to 8kg)
S$26 (up to 10kg)
S$29 (up to 15kg)
S$32 (up to 20kg)
S$35 (up to 25kg)
|Within 1 hour||Package type and parcel size limits apply|
|Qxpress (Quick delivery)||S$5.99 for first 10km + S$0.50/km thereafter (up to 30kg)||1 to 2 hours upon pick-up||Parcel dimensions: Up to 200cm (max length each side 100cm)|
|SendSingapore||S$14 to S$36 (up to 5kg)
S$16 to S$40 (6 to 10kg)
S$20 to S$44 (11 to 20kg)
S$24 to S$50 (21 to 30kg)
|Within 3 hours||Rates depend on distance, parcel size limits apply|
For those times when instant delivery is required (like for time-sensitive documents or, say, dial-a-sashimi!), there are a good number of delivery options for you to choose from.
UParcel – 1-hour delivery at a flat fee
Promising the speediest courier delivery service in Singapore is UParcel that saves the day with 1-hour delivery time. We like that prices are decent and straightforward: a flat-fee charged per trip, topping off at S$35. You can urgently ship a parcel up to 25kg this way.
Qxpress (Quick Deliver) – instant delivery up to 30kg
Next up is Qxpress (Quick Deliver) will get your package where it needs to go within 2 hours upon pickup, and accepts parcels up to 30kg in weight.
Qxpress (Quick Delivery) charges a distance-based fee, but has the same weight restrictions as the slower Qxpress (Standard) service (see above). Thus, the former may prove to be the cheaper option.
SendSingapore – distance-based, 3-hour delivery
And rounding out the list is SendSingapore, which offers 3-hour delivery on demand. Charges are based on distance travelled as well as the weight tier your parcel belongs to.
You’ll also have to make sure your parcel is of an eligible dimension, much like the other courier services across the categories listed.
General tips and things to watch out for when selecting a courier in Singapore
Pricing and parcel size
Be aware that different couriers charge differently — some charge a flat fee per trip, others charge by distance, and some by the hour.
Also, in most cases, the weight and size of your parcel factors into the price, but some couriers only care about the size.
Different couriers measure parcel size differently. Some couriers allow your parcel size up to a limit derived by adding length + width + height. Others go by the more traditional volume restriction, i.e, length x width x height.
In practice, this will likely only be a concern if you are trying to deliver oddly-shaped parcels.
Getting quotes from different couriers to suss out the most suitable option for your specific delivery needs is always a good idea.
It might take a bit more effort and time, but the money saved is well worth it. Plus, you might reap some decent rewards while you get spend on those delivery fees with a credit card.
While delivery fees may be upfront, other charges may not. Most couriers have a schedule of surcharges and fees that may apply to your courier delivery.
Some common ones are drop-offs in the CBD area and Changi Airport and/or its surroundings. Deliveries during certain time slots may also attract surcharges.
Several courier services impose a fee for deliveries on weekends and public holidays too, so take note of that.
Another common (but often overlooked) cause of extra charges are missed deliveries. Your courier may offer a free re-delivery, a flat fee for bringing the item back, or charge you for a whole new trip for bringing the item back to the warehouse.
This re-delivery cost might be prohibitively expensive for bulky items.
You may also be subject to cancellation fees if you decide not to go ahead with the delivery service for some reason.
With some couriers, you may be able to add on additional stops, which allows you to courier more than one parcel.
Look out for discounted rates, so if you can line up your parcels to go out on the same day and have substantial savings, why not?
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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.