Sending a parcel to France


Send a parcel to France – all you need to know.

Sending a parcel to the UK is a doddle – we know the address format and can estimate how long it will take the parcel to arrive. But what about when we send parcels internationally? Each country has individual quirks to their address format but do not fear – we have the answers here. One of the most popular countries to send to is just over the water in France and this quick blog will help put your mind at ease by telling you exactly what you need to know.

Address label

Ensure you have space for 6 lines of text on the parcel/label

Line 1

Write the person's full name, with the surname in CAPITALS. Similar to Mr, Mrs and Miss, our French neighbours use “Monsieur” or ”M” for a man, “Madame” or “Mme” for a woman and “Mademoiselle” or “Mlle” for a young unmarried woman.

Line 2

Write the company name. This line is only relevant if you are sending your parcel to a Business in France. If this is going to a personal address you can skip this line

Line 3

Write the building's name and number. Again this is mostly relevant if you are sending your parcel to a Business in France. If the personal address you are sending to does not have a building name and number you can skip this line

Line 4

Write the street number, followed by the street name. There is not punctuation needed on this line

Line 5

Write the postcode followed by the town name in CAPITALS. The postcode consists of 5 numbers only, with no spaces

Line 6

Write France in CAPITALS to highlight it is a European package.

Your French address should now look like this:

Mlle Francoise MENIVIER,

Firm Parcel,

Hotel MYPD,

67 Rue Ponselle,

79532 LYON,


What's more, including the recipients local telephone number could help if the courier in France is unable to find the address. They do not guarantee to call but if you provide a number they will have the option should they choose to.

How to choose your service

There are plenty of courier services available for sending a parcel to France but to choose ask yourself 3 questions

  1. What is the value of the parcel you are sending?
  2. How soon do you need your parcel to arrive?
  3. How much do you want to spend on your parcel delivery?

Once you have answered these questions simply get a quote.

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