Courier deliveries to guests at Airbnb addresses

When receiving mail and shipments as a guest in someone else’s’ home, either when staying at a family or friends house, or as an Airbnb or Couchsurfing guest, there are a few things to consider before booking a delivery. Find out what you should know about shipping to Airbnb addresses, as well as receiving mail and package deliveries as an Airbnb guest to avoid issues with delivery and most importantly, upsetting your host when shipping parcels and luggage to their home.


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How to provide a correct address for successful delivery to Airbnb guests

It may come as a surprise but most problems related to package delivery to Airbnb guests arise when an incorrect or incomplete address is provided. Here is what to include to avoid any issues:

  1. Country
    Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
    Ex.: Ireland
  2. Name & Surname
    Add the full name of the consignee.
    Ex.: Suzy Jones
  3. Address
    Fill out the street name in full and the number.
    Ex.: Grand Street 119
  4. Additional info – Optional
    Here you could write the name of the alternative consignee if the person mentioned before is not available. However, keep in mind that this part is optional and not always checked by the courier.
  5. Zip code
    Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
    Ex.: R51 A021
  6. Region/city
    Add the full name of the region and city.
    Ex.: Kildare, Dublin
  7. Phone number
    Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
    Ex.: +353 20 123 1234

When sending or receiving mail to an Airbnb address as a guest, remember to include the following:

Consignee: Remember to include the name of the host or owner of the accommodation, as they might be the one receiving the parcel. If their name is written on the mailbox or doorbell, include this also.
Access to address: Make sure the address is accessible for the courier. Include information about passcodes, entrances, and make sure parking is available.
Phone number: Always provide a local contact number and make sure the person on the other end can communicate with the courier in the local language if needed. Couriers will not always contact you before delivery, but in case they do.

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Preparing your shipment to an Airbnb address

Shipping parcels to hosts’ homes requires a little planning beforehand. Here is what you should do to prepare your Airbnb guest shipment:

Packing

You want your package delivered to the Airbnb in one piece, so it is essential to pack it appropriately. Follow our packing guidelines for a range of different items.

Prohibited and restricted items

Always be sure the items you send are not prohibited or restricted to send by courier services and customs, or you may risk a failed delivery and legal issues.

Insurance

When shipping to a hosts’ home by courier with Eurosender, your shipment will be automatically insured with basic insurance included in the price. Additional insurance is also available at low prices.

Issues with package delivery to Airbnb guests and mailing to Airbnb addresses

Permission: Not all owners allow delivery to Airbnb guests or to receive mail when renting their property, for whatever reason. You should always ask permission from the owner first to avoid refusal or confusion about delivery.

Last-minute changes: When staying in temporary accommodation, plans can change, so you should always update the courier as soon as possible with any additional information. Why not opt for our flexible changes option, or for urgent deliveries to Airbnb guests, select our express option.

Delivery times: Delays do happen from time to time as a result of traffic or weather conditions, so keep this in mind when deciding to receive mail to Airbnb addresses or ship luggage to hosts’ homes, as you will only be there temporarily. Keep track of your delivery with our tracking tool.

What do people ship to hosts’ homes by courier?

Guests have all kinds of things shipped to them when staying at Airbnb’s or temporary accommodation. Here are some of the most common items which are delivered to Airbnb guests:
Excess baggage and suitcases: When travelling, many people choose to ship their luggage ahead to their hosts’ home rather than paying expensive excess baggage fees at their airport. For information on luggage shipping, see our dedicated page.
Sports equipment Ship your heavy sports equipment ahead to your Airbnb address and avoid expensive airline fees when travelling. Check out our guides to ship different types of sporting goods, including fishing gear, hiking equipment and more!
Travel documents: It happens from time to time, we forget our passport or tickets at home. Eurosender can arrange express document delivery to send mail to Airbnb addresses within 24-72 hours worldwide.
Medications Did you forget to pack enough prescription medication? Have them shipped in a parcel to the hosts’ home with Eurosender so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

FAQ’s about shipping to Airbnb addresses and hosts’ homes by courier

What happens if nobody is home to receive mail and shipments to Airbnb addresses?

If the courier is unable to deliver the parcel to the provided address because the recipient is not home, they might leave the parcel with a neighbour to ensure you receive it as soon as possible. This happens mostly when using a standard shipping service. Any new delivery attempt adds extra costs for the courier company. This is why some courier companies have a limited number of delivery attempts and may charge additionally if new deliveries are required. Other courier companies will request an authorization form in order to leave the parcel to your neighbour’s.

Whether the driver will leave your parcel with your neighbour depends on the policy of the courier company. In most cases, they will attempt a second delivery and send it back if both of them fail.

What is the cheapest way to ship parcels to a hosts’ home or Airbnb?
The cheapest way to ship parcels to a hosts’ home or deliver packages to Airbnb guests is to book it through our standard service. You can get an instant price on our booking tool. Always check the delivery times carefully, in case you will no longer be staying at the property.
What is the fastest way to deliver urgent items to an Airbnb address?

If you need urgent parcel delivery to an Airbnb address, the fastest way to ship is through our express service.

You can get a price for worldwide express delivery in 24-72 hours, on our booking tool.