Amazon Prime Now: How It Works And How Much It Costs

What is Amazon Prime Now? The convenience of shopping online has led most people to forego the usual trip to the store, as shopping from the comfort of their couch at home makes life less stressful. But as you may have noticed, one of the drawbacks of online shopping is that you can’t get your hands on your items right away.

Hence, Amazon tried to eradicate this problem by developing a program called “Amazon Prime,” which gives users access to free 2 days shipping. But I guess a considerable number of online shoppers still find this to be a bit slow. Hence, Amazon came up with another service called “Prime Now,” which is under “Prime.” This service has changed the way some big shoppers see online shopping today.

If you’re a member of Prime, you may have enjoyed its 48 hours (2 days) free shipping policy on all your orders. Nothing can be more convenient than tapping some buttons on your computer or smartphone to complete a purchase, and then your orders are delivered to you within the next 48 hours.

What is Amazon Prime Now?

Prime Now is a service under Prime which gives users access to free 2 hours shipping. Users are also given the privilege to shop all day (7 days a week) for gifts, electronics, household supplies, groceries and food from neighborhood restaurants. With Prime Now, you won’t have to wait for days before your orders will arrive. In fact, you won’t even need to wait for a day. The maximum delivery time of this service is 2 hours, while the minimum is one hour. You can place your orders for any kind of item, including groceries and food, and they’d have them delivered to you within 2 hours or 1 hour.

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Prime Now 2 hours delivery

Another cool thing about this service is that you can now order for all your food groceries online at the retailer, and they’d have them delivered to you in no time. This service saves a lot of time and stress as your items would be delivered in just 2 hours.

If 2 hours seem like a long time, you could shorten it to 1 hour. But you’d be required to pay a delivery fee of $7.99. Well, for me, I don’t find 2 hours to be too long. 2 hours could become 2 minutes if you place your orders and sit in front of your TV and watch Amazon Prime Video (cool movies and TV series). Before you know it, you’d get a knock on your door.

Who can use Prime Now?

Prime Now 2-hour delivery service is currently available exclusively to members of Amazon Prime. If you’re new to this service, read up everything you need to know about Amazon Prime here in order to acquaint yourself with how the program works.

Members of Prime are required to pay an annual fee of $99. For those who don’t like the idea of paying the sum of $99 all at once, a monthly payment option is provided for you; you could pay $13 per month.

If you don’t already know, Prime members are exposed to lots of perks, such as the earlier mentioned free two-day shipping, access to Prime video’s thousands of cool movies and TV series, access to Kindle library for free eBooks, access to gaming with Amazon Twitch, free cloud photo storage, access to music streaming and many more. All the aforementioned perks just for $99 annually. If you find this program interesting and wish to join, visit Prime website: to get started.

What is the fee to Amazon Prime Now?

As I have already explained above, Prime Now is one of the free services offered to Prime members. This means that once you opt in for Prime membership, you’ll have the privilege to Prime Now services. You will get 2-hour delivery service on all your orders without paying any additional fee. In a nutshell, Prime is the gateway to Prime Now.

The only drawback here is that Prime Now service is currently not available in some cities, but Amazon is working on it as you’re reading this piece. New cities are being added to the list regularly.

Where is Amazon Prime Now available?

Prime Now is available in major cities and metropolitan areas in United States. Prime members living in any of the cities listed below will have access to Prime Now.

  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Indianapolis
  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Texas
  • Las Vegas
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Sacramento, California
  • Los Angeles and Orange County
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Brooklyn & New York City
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Houston
  • Phoenix
  • Cincinnati
  • Seattle & Eastside
  • Milwaukee
  • Washington, D.C. Metro
  • Denver
  • Orlando
  • Tampa
  • Columbus
  • Minneapolis & St. Paul
  • Dallas & Fort Worth
  • Virginia Beach
  • Nashville, Tennessee

If you wish to find out if Prime Now services is available at your location, visit Amazon Prime website and enter your zip code in the search box that will be displayed to you. You’ll be notified if the service is available in your area of residence or not. If it is, you would be shown items available to buy. To place your orders, add your desired items to your cart and checkout as you normally do with other Prime purchases.

If the Prime Now is currently not available in your location, no need to worry, Amazon is gradually extending it to more locations, so just sit tight, it will definitely get to your location.

What can I buy with Prime Now?

I’m afraid not all items on Amazon are eligible for Prime Now delivery. But there are more than 25,000 items across 25 categories available for Prime Now delivery. These items include: electronics, groceries, household supplies, and more. Prime Now also features local stores delivery. This means that the service also delivers items to you from local stores (around your neighborhood), but this service is only available in selected cities.

When is Prime Now available?

Prime Now is available from early morning to late evening, 7 days a week. The service is available to deliver items to you from morning (8 AM) to late evening (10 PM), Monday to Sunday (every day). On Christmas Eve, Prime Now delivers up to a minute before midnight.

Prime members can choose between 1-hour delivery, 2-hour delivery and delivery within an hour. For 2 hours delivery, which is totally free, Prime members must purchase items worth at least $35. For smaller orders, that is orders less than $35, Prime members will be charged $4.99. One hour delivery is available on any kind of order for $7.99.

Does Prime Now deliver foods from restaurants?

Yes, Prime Now offers restaurant delivery service in some cities in United States, such as Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and San Diego. Find out whether Prime Now restaurant delivery service is available in your location by entering your zip code into the Prime Now website: This service features one hour delivery in some cities.

Who delivers all my Prime Now orders?

Unlike which delivers most of your items through FedEx or UPS, Prime Now deliveries are completely done by Prime Now employees. All your delivery activities are carried out by employees of Prime Now, no third party here. Hence, the service is very reliable and efficient.

Feel free to tip the delivery drivers. To find out how much tip to give, use the Prime Now app (Android or iOS  or Prime now website).


If you’re a frequent shopper on Amazon, then the Prime program might be a good choice for you. The service will save you a lot of time and stress, plus, like I mentioned above, you’ll be exposed to lots of perks, including the Prime Now services. However, if you’re not the type that shops frequently, but wish to have a taste of this program, I’d advise you opt in with the monthly payment option, that way you won’t have too much to lose in case you don’t like the program.

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