Freight Transit Time Calculator: How Long Does Freight Shipping Take?

How to calculate road freight shipping time

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Freight shipping time is an important factor to consider when choosing between transport services. This is why we always provide the estimated pallet transit time during the booking process, so you know how long your freight shipment would take before committing to anything. Request a quote, and we will calculate the road freight transit time for your shipment, whether you book a pallet delivery, Van Service or FTL Transport.

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Average transit times for road freight services

Road freight transit times are calculated by each carrier depending on the route and distance, as well as their schedule. To get an idea of how long road freight shipping takes, check the cards below.


How to calculate the transit times for road freight

When requesting a quote, we will calculate your road freight transit time. We will present the options that fulfil your shipping requirements, and you will be able to choose what serves you best. If you already know what service you need, please state it when placing your order request. If you are still at the browsing stage, we can also assist you and calculate the estimated transit time for your freight shipment using different services and solutions. Contact us for more information.
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How long does road freight shipping take?

Freight shipping times vary depending on the transport method, distance and other operational factors. Read more below about how long freight shipping takes for different services.

Road Freight – Van Delivery and Full Truckload (FTL) have some of the shortest transit times among all freight services. Whichever service you choose, you get a whole vehicle dedicated to your load, which is delivered in the shortest possible timeframe.

Some examples of road freight delivery times

RouteVan DeliveryPallet Delivery
London – Inverness1-2 business days2-8 business days
Berlin – Paris1-2 business days2-8 business days
Madrid – Warsaw1-2 business days2-8 business days

How long do other freight shipping services take?

Air Freight

Transport via air is another popular option for urgent cargo shipping. You can have your goods delivered in 24h on the same continent or in 48-72h globally. You may also benefit from the same-day collection in some cases, depending on how early you book and on availability in your area.

Sea Freight

The estimated transit time for sea freight shipping can range anywhere from 20 to 60 days. Many factors can influence the transit time, such as weather conditions, peak seasons and operational procedures set in place by sea freight carriers, customs authorities and ports. Sea freight shipping is ideal for non-urgent cargo in full containers as it is a safe and cost-efficient solution.

Rail Freight

Transport by rail offers shorter delivery times than sea freight but slightly longer shipping times than road freight. It is one of the safest and most cost-effective ways of shipping freight over long distances. Since rail freight transport depends on railway timetables and not on traffic conditions, it is easier to predict the delivery time. The rail freight transit time from China to Europe, from terminal to terminal, is estimated at 15 to 18 days, but this estimation may differ depending on the route.

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How fast can freight shipments be delivered?

If you have freight cargo to ship in the shortest time possible, we recommend booking our Van Delivery or Full Truckload (FTL) services, depending on your requirements and load size.

Check the features below when deciding which service to choose:

FeatureVan DeliveryFull Truckload (FTL)
Same-day pick-up availableX
Available for individuals and businessesX
Packaging requirementsX
Load capacity (pallets)8 pallets*33 pallets
*The Van Delivery Service has no specific packaging requirements; this number is for comparison purposes only. If you book FTL transport, you need to prepare a palletised shipment.

Although both services offer direct transport without any stop-overs, Van Delivery is usually the most convenient solution because it offers the fastest transit time for road freight shipments. Delivery times depend on your selected route, which may be up to 24-48h for shipments within Europe.
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How you can ensure your freight shipment is delivered on time

  • Freight shipments usually take some more planning than parcel shipments. Plan the freight shipment in advance to avoid last-minute orders and increased costs.
  • Check all order details to make sure they are complete and correct. Arrange for someone to be available at the addresses provided for pick-up and delivery.
  • Make sure that the pick-up and delivery addresses are accessible for the lorry. Let us know upfront if you need additional help or special equipment for loading and unloading.
  • Prepare all necessary shipping documents for international freight shipments in advance to prevent unnecessary delays at customs.
  • Contact our team of logistics experts if you need help or advice at any stage of the shipping process.


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FAQ about freight transit and shipping times

How are freight shipping times calculated?
Freight transit times are calculated based on averages for your shipment type, route and the service you select. To get an estimation of the shipping time when booking with Eurosender, fill out the form to request a quote, and we will estimate the freight delivery time based on your specific requirements. Please note that although we try to provide accurate information, freight shipping and transit time calculations are estimated and cannot be guaranteed.
Which factors can affect road freight or pallet transit time?
Unforeseen delays such as heavy traffic, adverse weather conditions, a busy schedule or other types of operational complications can affect the freight shipping time. Whichever the situation, you can always rest assured our carriers always choose the most efficient transport routes to get your cargo where it needs to be on time.
Can road freight transit times be prolonged?
In some rare cases, road freight transit times may exceed original expectations due to unpredictable circumstances and complex logistics operations. Our customer support team maintains contact with the carrier throughout the shipping process. They will keep you informed of all updates regarding freight collection, shipping or delivery times.
How long does sea freight shipping take?
Sea freight shipping times vary greatly depending on the distance and are usually calculated with a high margin. A Full Container Load (FCL) shipment from the UK to Australia takes an average of 40 days, while from the USA to Europe, it takes about 10-20 days. Bear in mind that customs procedures at the ports may affect the transit time. Costs for sea freight shipping are lower than other types of freight transport because of the longer transit times.
Can I track my road freight shipment to estimate the delivery time?
Most freight shipping services with Eurosender include online tracking. If your selected service includes tracking, you will receive a tracking code via email. Follow the instructions in the email to track your road freight shipment, and you can estimate the delivery time based on the information provided by the carrier. If you have any problems tracking your shipment, please don't hesitate to contact our team for assistance.