For those store owners for who it is needed to setup city based shipping rates this can be a very interesting change. As you may know it is possible to setup city based using my Advanced Shipping for WooCommerce plugin, the downside of that can be that your customers can enter their own values at the ‘Shipping city’ field. This means that you’d have to enter any type of variation a customer can enter to ensure the correct shipping cost are calculated and shown at the totals.

Chances still remain that the customer makes a typo or enters a value that is not recognised by the values you setup for the shipping rates. A possibly solution to this is to change the existing text-input to a dropdown. This way you will have the control which options are available and the customer can enter. In the end this can reduce the error rate at the checkout.

Changing the city field to a simple dropdown

The following code snippet will change the city field to a simple dropdown. You are able to setup both the display value to the customer, and the so called ‘index’ or ‘key’ which is what the ‘City’ condition will match against (when using the Advanced Shipping plugin).

With the result looking like:

Making a searchable city dropdown

If you have a bigger list of cities then I’ve shown above it would be a good idea to change it to being a searchable field, just like how the Country field works. Making it a searchable field can be done with a few additional lines of code.

This is how it looks with the searchable field:

Setting up shipping rates based on city

With this example you can more easily setup rates based on the city field. Now you only have one variation the customer can enter instead of many different variations and prevent possibly typo’s. To setup city based shipping using the ‘City’ condition you can now enter the ‘key/index’ values set in the above code to match in the condition against what the user selects.

Sample condition

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17 thoughts on “How to change the city field to a dropdown

Himbutu November 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

Hi Jeroen, That’s amazing! Does this work on Shipping Calculator on the cart page too?

Jeroen November 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm


I don’t think this snippet will change the city field on the cart page, you’d probably need a custom template for something like that.


Himbutu December 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Hi Jeroen, Thanks. will give it a try 🙂
It seems like the searchable city snippet is not working. Is it a compatibility issue?

Himbutu December 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Hi, It’s working now fine. Done a mistake when coding. Thank you so much, Jeroen 🙂

husam January 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

hi dear , its a fantastic plugin , but where should i put this code to get dropdown list ? i mean in which of wordpress files i should edit and add this ?

Stefanus Hosea March 8, 2018 at 10:48 am

in functions.php on your theme file ✌🏻
Edit via /wp-admin/theme-editor.php?file=functions.php

Jeroen March 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

Yes, as Stefanus mentioned, the (child) themes functions.php would be a good place.

In case you’d like to know more about adding a code snippet to your site, I wrote this post recently:


ali February 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Hi, is there any way to show drop down in my account addresses where we edit our address

George February 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Hey there! Thanks for the post!

Question – is there a quick way to make the options available through an ajax call?

Jeroen March 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

Hi George,

What is your goal with that? Are you trying to make the AJAX call just return a list of cities, insert them into the city field too, make it change on country for example?


Ali March 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Nice work, but when I choose another country, the list of cities remains the same for all countries. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks

Jeroen Sormani April 19, 2018 at 8:46 am

Hi Ali,

I’ve not accounted for changing countries within my code snippet/post.
Using my plugin you can setup conditional fields based on the entered country, but I’m actually not sure if this would also work for setting up multiple fields with the same field ID (will have to give that a pass sometime)


Ozgur Erdogan April 18, 2018 at 9:52 pm

Can we also make dropdown at cart page which is before checkout page?

adrian April 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

HI Jeroen

It works great only issue im having is it shows the first city in the list as the default city instead of having a blank field , I wanted a blank field so that a user has to choose a city from the drop down. thanks hope I;m clear thanks


Jeroen Sormani April 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Hi Adrian,

You could add a empty option at the beginning of the list (one without a title) to accomplish that.


Shabeer May 2, 2018 at 10:53 am

Hi Jeroen,

Thank you for the sharing this amazing code snippet. I was wondering if there was an automated way to get the list of cities based on the cities added in the “shipping rates based on city”. So then I wouldn’t have to add the cities manually in two places

For example in line 12, how could I update it to do something like this :
‘options’ => get_list_cities_from_shipping_rate(),

If that makes sense?

Thank you

Jeroen Sormani May 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Hi Shabeer,

You can do just that, create a function to get the list of cities and use that function accordingly in both snippets.


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