How Long Does UPS Ground Shipping Usually Take?

The United Parcel Service's ground shipping option uses trucks to deliver items instead of air transportation. The length of time ground shipping takes varies depending on the destination and departing location, but typically will take 1 to 5 days, according to UPS.

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Ground shipping can be fairly quick.
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Shipping Speed

Ground shipping is available to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. When an item is shipped, a guaranteed delivery date is generated based on the departing location and destination. The further the distance, the longer it takes. At UPS.com, you can enter your location to view a color-coded map indicating ground transit times. For example, if you're shipping from Florida, it takes 1 to 2 days to arrive to a destination within the state and part of Georgia. If the package is going to New York, it'll take 3 days. If the destination is to the West Coast, it takes 5 to 6 days to arrive.

Guaranteed Delivery Date

The UPS money-back guarantee ensures the package will be delivered on the specified delivery date. If it isn't delivered on time, a refund or credit of the shipping charges is issued upon request. You'll have 15 days from the date of scheduled delivery to request a refund for the shipping charges.