Shipping a parcel or suitcase to an urban area

Shipping a parcel, suitcase or other belongings to an urban area or a busy city, involves a few key differences to shipping to a quiet neighbourhood in a residential area to bear in mind. Eurosender offers expert advice and tips to shipping to all destinations, including shipping suitcases and luggage to cities worldwide, saving you time, money and hassles, by explaining what to keep in mind to avoid failed courier parcel deliveries within busy cities.


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Before shipping a parcel to a busy city or urban area

Shipping a suitcase to a city might be easy, but there are some things you should keep in mind to make the process smoother and avoid failed deliveries. These include:

Packing
When the courier comes to pick up your package it has to be packed already. With our detailed packaging instructions, you can pack your shipment properly. The whole process will only take a few minutes.
Insurance
All shipments arranged through Eurosender are covered by our standard insurance, but you can easily purchase additional insurance at low prices.
Prohibited and restricted items
Always be sure the items you wish to ship in a parcel to a busy city or urban area are not prohibited or restricted by courier companies. Couriers may refuse collection or your parcel may be returned or destroyed.

Things to keep in mind when shipping a suitcase to urban areas and cities

When booking courier deliveries to urban areas, it is important to consider the following:

  • For urgent deliveries
    If you need to ship a suitcase ahead to another city, you want it to arrive when you do. Why not choose our express service for the fastest possible luggage or parcel delivery to busy cities worldwide.
  • Collection and delivery
    Always make sure there is someone present when the courier comes to collect or deliver your parcel or suitcase.

How to address a parcel for delivery to busy cities

The most important thing when you shipping a parcel to a busy city to provide the correct address. Make sure you provide all relevant information, including building names, floor numbers and recipient details:

  1. Country
    Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
    Ex.: United Kingdom
  2. Name and Surname
    Add the full name of the consignee.
    Ex.: Jane Black
  3. Address
    Fill out the street name in full and the number.
    Ex.: Smith street 20
  4. Additional info – Optional
    Here you can add additional information about the address or consignee. Keep in mind that the courier doesn’t always take this info in consideration.
    Ex.: Apartment 25
  5. Zip code
    Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
    Ex.: E1 6AN
  6. Town/city
    Add the full name of the town or city.
    Ex.: Aldersgate, London
  7. Phone number
    Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
    Ex.: +44(country code) 20 710 6000
If you are still unsure about providing an accurate address when booking courier deliveries within busy cities with Eurosender, reach out to our team of experts who can walk you through the process, to prevent any unnecessary issues.

What happens if nobody is home to receive my parcel delivery in busy cities?

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.

Common issues when shipping a parcel to an urban area and how to avoid them?

When shipping a parcel to an urban area, courier companies might face some difficulties. Below you will find the most common issues and what you can do in order to prevent these things from happening.

Wrong details
It happens that an apartment has multiple doors, multiple letterboxes, or a bell with no name. If the details on the shipping label are incomplete or wrong, delivery will not take place.
No access
It might be that there is a valet or another reason why there is no direct access to the entrance specified in the address. In this case, provide clear details regarding the place where you will be able to receive the parcel.
Wrong names
In case the name on the doorbell does not match. Avoid this by putting down the name on the doorbell in the additional info field during the order process.
Change of plans
It happens that your plans change for various reasons. Of course, you can’t always predict this. But when you know this beforehand it might be a better idea to ship your package to a nearby parcel locker. This way you know for sure that your items are stored in perfect condition.

Frequently asked questions about parcel delivery to busy cities

What is the cheapest way to ship a parcel or a suitcase to an urban area?
The cheapest way to ship a parcel or suitcase to an urban area is to book it through our standard service.
For packing instructions for shipping a suitcase to a city or any other destination, see our dedicated page.
What is the fastest method of courier deliveries within busy cities?
The quickest way to ship a parcel or document within a busy city is to book through our express service, for deliveries within the same continent within 24-48 hours. For more information on our express service, see our dedicated page.
What is the best way to transport furniture and bulky household items directly to cities in Europe?
If you need to transport large items, household furniture or items in bulk, the best way to do so within Europe is to book a van delivery. That way your items will be sent directly to their destination, with no stops along the way for other shipments.
Receive an instant quote for van delivery on our booking tool.