Whether you’re moving to Alaska or already live there and you need to get a car shipped to Alaska, your obvious question is, how much does it cost to ship a car to Alaska? As you’ll soon discover, shipping a car to Alaska isn’t overly complicating but it isn’t cheap either.
Shipping a Car to Alaska is Port-to-Port vs. Door-to-Door
Before we dive into the cost to ship a car to Alaska, there are some basic things you need to know when shipping any vehicle to Alaska. The quickest and most convenient way to transport a vehicle from the lower 48 states to Alaska is to ship it by boat via shipping ports.
One of the many things that our customers like about our service is that we provide door-to-door car shipping. Unfortunately, when you ship a car to Alaska it is never door-to-door. It is either port-to-port, door-to-port, or port-to-door. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it will make sense in a minute.
With door-to-door shipping, we can pick up your car at a dealership, for example, and deliver it to you at your home. Door-to-door shipping is easy when there are roads involved. When you’re shipping a car to Alaska, however, you’re not just dealing with roads, you have an ocean to contend with! And when oceans and boats are involved, you have ports.
When we ship a car to Alaska for a customer, we use the car shipping ports in Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska. There is also a port in Seattle, WA but we don’t ship out of there. If a customer must ship their vehicle from Seattle we refer them to another company that ports there. They are a bit slower and more expensive but they at least provide an option for Seattle transports. Most of our customers are perfectly fine with Tacoma, however, since it’s only 33 miles south of Seattle.
At this time we do not ship to Juneau, another popular car shipping port in Alaska. Any transports to Juneau are referred to another company.
Shipping a Car from Seattle to Alaska (or from Tacoma to Alaska)
We get a lot of calls from people that want to ship a car from Seattle to Alaska. This is a perfect example of a port-to-port auto transport. There usually isn’t any trucking involved in this kind of transport. A customer will drop their car off at the port in Seattle (or Tacoma), WA and then it is shipped by boat to the port in Anchorage, AK.
Shipping a Car from Texas to Alaska
Shipping a vehicle from any city in the lower 48 states to Alaska is a great example of door-to-port shipping. For example, let’s say you have a car to ship from Dallas, TX to Anchorage, AK. The driver will pick up your car “at your door” in Dallas and transport it to the port in Seattle or Tacoma. Then from there it will be shipped by boat to the port in Anchorage.
Shipping a Car from Anchorage to California
Shipping a car from Alaska to any city in the lower 48 states is an example of port-to-door shipping. For example, let’s say you’re shipping a car from Anchorage, AK to Sacramento, CA. You’ll drive the vehicle to the Anchorage port and then it will be shipped by boat to the Tacoma or Seattle port. Then from there it will be shipped “to your door” in Sacramento, CA by truck.
What about Shipping a Car to Juneau or Fairbanks Alaska?
While Anchorage is the busiest and most popular car shipping port in Alaska, Juneau and Fairbanks are two other popular cities that cars are shipped to and from. When vehicles are shipped from the lower 48 states to Juneau, they first get transported to the Seattle or Tacoma port, and then from there they are shipped by boat to Juneau. When vehicles are being shipped to Fairbanks, they go to Anchorage first and then from there they are trucked to Fairbanks.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Anchorage?
As of August 2021, it costs $2,035 to ship a car from Tacoma, WA to Anchorage, AK, and $2,435 to ship an SUV or standard size truck on the same route.
If you’re shipping a car the opposite direction, going from Anchorage, AK to Tacoma, WA, it will cost $1,505. Yes, it is roughly 26% cheaper to ship a car from Anchorage than it is to ship a car to Anchorage!
If you’re wondering how much it costs to ship a car from Tacoma, WA to Fairbanks, AK, you’re looking at $2,350.
Shipping rates fluctuate occasionally so these numbers may be a little more or a little less when you get an Alaska transport quote from us.
Keep in mind, the shipping costs outlined here are only for the boat ride over to Alaska. If your car is being shipped to Alaska from any city other than Tacoma, WA, there will be an additional transport fee to get your vehicle trucked from your city to the Port of Tacoma.
How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car to Alaska?
It takes approximately 6-7 days to ship a car or truck from Tacoma, WA to Anchorage, AK. If you are shipping your car from any other city other than Tacoma, you have to add the time it takes to transport the car from your location to Tacoma. The easiest way to do that is to take the total miles from your location to Tacoma, and divide by 500, which is the approximate number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day.
For example, if you’re shipping your car from Dallas, TX, it’s about 2,100 miles to Tacoma, WA. If you divide that by 500, you get 4.2, or 5 days. The total transit time, then, from Dallas, TX to Anchorage, AK, would be approximately 12 days (5 days on a truck from Dallas, TX to Tacoma, WA and then 7 days on a ship from Tacoma, WA to Anchorage, AK).
How Do I Prepare a Car to Ship to Alaska?
There is a small checklist of things you need to do to properly prepare your vehicle to be transported to Alaska. Those things include:
- Have a copy of keys for all locking compartments, including the gas tank and glove box, and keys for the ignition and trunk.
- Vehicle must have a minimum of 5″ ground clearance
- Vehicle must have less than 1/4 tank of gas or it will be refused (electric vehicles must have a full charge)
- Vehicle must be clean on the outside for inspection
- Vehicle must be empty of personal items
- Vehicle must be a running vehicle that steers and stops
- Any alarm systems must be disconnected before shipment.
Taking care of these things before your vehicle is picked up by your auto hauler will help to create a more efficient and trouble-free shipping experience! Also keep in mind that the ships leave the port of Tacoma every Wednesday and Friday. If your vehicle arrives at the port on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday morning it will ship out on Wednesday. If it arrives at the port on Thursday or Friday morning, it will ship out on Friday.
Why You Can Trust J&S Transportation to Ship Your Car to Alaska
J&S has been transporting cars for over 20 years now, and we’ve had to ship more than a few to Alaska. We have the experience and know-how to make this as stress-free as possible for our customers who need to ship a car to Alaska.
Don’t take our word for it either. Read our online reviews on Google and TransportReviews.com and check out our BBB rating & reviews too. You’ll see we excel in providing our customers constant communication throughout the car shipping process, and we strive for safe and prompt delivery of their vehicles!
Get an instant quote today to see how much it will cost to ship your car to Alaska with J&S Transportation!