Amazon Prime Now is an express delivery service, exclusive to Amazon Prime members, that lets you receive your purchases within two hours or less. Prime Now is available within select cities and relies on local couriers to deliver your purchases to you. You can access Prime Now through its website or through the app, which is available on iOS (US link hereand Android (US link here).

Prime Now's speedy delivery can be especially useful during Amazon's Black Friday sale, announced to run from 16 to 25 November (see our full coverage here) – where it is also expected to see major discounts. This perk comes in addition to the regular benefits Prime members receive anyway, such as 30-minutes early access to Lightning Deals.

Here's everything you need to know about Amazon Prime including free trials, prices and benefits.

Prime Now gives you the flexibility to order anything from groceries, to household essentials, to electronics, toys, pet supplies and even alcohol. In the UK, you can order directly from retailers like Morrisons who deliver from 8am to 10pm, and John Bell & Croyden who deliver from 8am to 8pm. Similarly, US Prime Now shoppers can order directly from Whole Foods.

For those seeking immediate nourishment, Prime Now lets you order food from restaurants too (though restaurants may charge you separate delivery fees).

See all items available on Prime Now here. Or sign up for the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial to get access to Prime Now. US visitors can sign up for the 30-day trial here.

Prime Now delivery rates and times

There are two delivery options available to Prime Now users.

Your purchases can be delivered to you for free when you choose the 2-hour scheduled delivery window. In the UK, orders must be at least £15 – however, your cart must be worth at least £40/$35 to qualify for free two-hour delivery, or you will be charged an additional £3.99/$4.99. Some cities in the US, like New York, don't have a minimum purchase limit.

One-hour delivery costs £7.99/$7.99 and depends on availability in your postcode.

Deliveries are made seven days a week, from early morning to late at night. Once you place an order, you also receive tracking updates directly to your phone so you can see how far along your delivery is. You can follow the delivery journey on a map too by going into the "Your Orders" section under "Your Account" on Amazon Prime.

Sign up for the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial to get access to Prime Now. US visitors can sign up here.

What is the fee for Amazon Prime Now?

Standard Amazon Prime membership

Amazon Prime Now is included with an Amazon Prime membership. A standard Amazon Prime membership costs £7.99/US$12.99 per month or £79/$119 annually (which works out to £6.58/$9.91 per month). Here's everything you need to know about Amazon Prime.

You can sign up for the free 30-day free Amazon Prime trial before you pay anything at all. US visitors can sign up for the 30-day trial here.

Amazon Prime Student membership

An Amazon Prime Student account costs half the price of a regular membership. The monthly rate is £3.99/$6.49 per month or £39/$59 per year (which works out to £3.25/$4.92 per month).

Students also benefit from a 6-month free trial instead of a 30-day one. If you want to know more about getting Amazon Prime Student, see our dedicated article that covers everything from how much it costs, included premium services (like Prime Video and Music), and more.

You can sign up for the 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime Student here. US visitors can sign up for 6-month trial here instead.

How does Prime Now work?

Amazon Prime Now works through the Prime Now website or via the free Amazon Prime Now app which is available for iOS (US link hereand Android (US link here). You can, of course, download it through Amazon too.

To see what items are available near you, enter your postcode on the app, or if you're using the website, mouse over the "Shopping in 'Postcode'" menu to use or update your postcode. Next, add what you need to your cart and check out with your Amazon Prime account.

On the delivery menu, you can choose a two-hour time slot to you would like to receive your products by your products will be delivered to you by your local couriers based on the delivery window you prefer.

Which cities is Prime Now available in?

Prime Now is available across most major cities in the UK:

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newscaster, Portsmouth and Sheffield. You can search Prime Now availability by postal code here

Prime Now is available in the following US cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas and Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orange County, Manhattan and Brooklyn, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Eastside, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and Washington, DC Metro.

US residents can check Prime Now availability by postal code here.

Amazon Prime Now promo codes

New Amazon Prime Now users in the UK can also benefit from the discount coupon 10NOW40 which gets you £10 off your first purchase for £40 or more. See more about this promo code here.