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Shipping a Car From Alaska to California

When you ship a car from Alaska to California you might assume it's a direct shipment to California given that California is along the Pacific Coast. When we ship vehicles from Alaska to California, all auto shipments go from the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, AK to the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, WA. Then from the Port of Tacoma we truck the vehicles to any location in California.

We make the process of shipping a car from Alaska to California as easy and stress-free as possible. When you book an Alaska auto transport order with us, we take care of all the details and paperwork. All you have to do is drop your car off at our Anchorage, AK drop off facility. The ships leave the Port of Alaska every Monday and Friday. Depending on when you drop your vehicle off, it will ship out that week or the following week. Then it will arrive at the Port of Tacoma within a week!

One of our partner car carriers will typically arrive within a day or two of your vehicle landing at the Port of Tacoma. Once your vehicle is loaded onto the truck, it will be delivered to your location in California in 2-3 days. All told, once your vehicle is dropped off in Anchorage, AK, it will arrive at your location in California in about two weeks.

Most of our Alaska to California auto transports are shipped "open deck," but if you need your car in an enclosed and climate controlled area, we offer "below deck" (enclosed) shipping for an additional fee. To find out what it currently costs to ship a car from Alaska to California, get an instant quote online or call us at (800) 656-7638.

How long does it take to ship a car from Alaska to California?

It takes about two weeks to ship a car from Alaska to California.

For a current estimated time of delivery from Alaska to California, please call us at (800) 656-7638.

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How much does it cost to ship a car from Alaska to California?

It will depend on the specific delivery location in California. It will also depend on the size of the vehicle, whether it runs, and whether it will be shipped open or enclosed.

You can see how much it will cost to ship a car from Alaska to California by getting an instant quote on our website, or by calling us at (800) 656-7638. Further down on this page we also display the most recent quotes we've provided for transports from Alaska to California to give you an idea of what it will cost.

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10/10

Route Availability

Based on recent dispatch reports, the carrier availability rating from Alaska to California is 10/10.

2,600 Miles

Approximate Distance

The center of each state is used to approximate mileage between locations.

2 Weeks

Estimated Transit Time

Estimated transit times are based on carriers traveling up to 500 miles per day.

How Does Shipping a Car
from Alaska to California work

Shipping your car has never been easier

Get a Quote and Book an order

Get an instant quote or call our transportation specialists.
When ready, book your order. We will call you to confirm the details.

We pick up your vehicle

Our truck will pick up your vehicle at an agreed upon date location. After a vehicle inspection, we take care of the rest.

We deliver it to your door

Our drivers will call you when they are a day out to let you know their approximate ETA.

What Our Customers Say

J&S Transportation Car Shipping Reviews

Very pleasant, professional, always answering my questions. Very please with everything. Thank you!

Beth O, Alaska

The delivery went well. Thank you very much for all of the assistance with my transport.

Wednesday R, Alaska

My car arrived in perfect condition, for which I am grateful. It took a day longer than I was anticipating but I think that\'s because the driver was delayed by a snowstorm. Not a big problem, just a slight inconvenience.

Norma T, Alaska

Very smooth transaction!

Peggy P, California

Most Recent Alaska to California Car Shipping Quotes

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$2930 April 20 Anchorage, AK Reedley, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$2757 April 18 Anchorage, AK Sacramento, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$3482 April 15 Anchorage, AK Los Angeles, CA Midsize SUV / Minivan
$2958 April 09 Anchorage, AK San Diego, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$3009 April 03 Anchorage, AK Los Angeles, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$3000 April 01 Anchorage, AK Dockweiler, CA Car
$3923 March 24 Fairbanks, AK Lancaster, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$4494 March 15 Anchorage, AK Firestone Park, CA Heavy/Super Duty Truck
$2757 March 11 Anchorage, AK Sacramento, CA Compact SUV / Crossover
$2787 March 06 Anchorage, AK San Francisco, CA Car

Our goal is to deliver your vehicle
as safely and quickly as possible

Alaska Car Shipping

We ship cars between Alaska and the lower 48 states all year round. Our Alaska auto transports are done by ship for the safest and quickest transport. The shipping ports we use when shipping cars between Alaska and the lower 48 states are the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, AK and the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, WA.

Most of our Alaska transports are shipped on an open deck because that is the cheapest Alaska shipping option, but if you need your vehicle fully protected in a climate-controlled area, we offer closed deck options as well.

We make the process of shipping a car to or from Alaska very easy and stress-free. We handle all the details and paperwork for you. All you have to do is drop your vehicle off or pick your vehicle up at either of the two ports. If that isn't possible, we will truck your vehicle to or from either of the ports. While we offer trucking throughout the lower 48 states, we only offer trucking options in Alaska between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

The ships leave the ports twice a week so when your vehicle is dropped off at the ports by you or by our trucks, it is safely loaded onto one of the ships setting sail that week. As soon as the ship leaves the port, your vehicle will be delivered to the other port within a week!

To find out what it currently costs to ship a car to or from Alaska, get an instant quote online or call us at (800) 656-7638.

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California Car Shipping

When shipping a car to or from California, I-5 is your friend. That is the main trucking artery in the state. The bulk of all auto transports are up and down the I-5. The closer your pick up and delivery locations are to I-5, the quicker and cheaper your transport will be. The friendliest shipping locations in the state are Sacramento in the north and Los Angeles in the south and any location along the I-5 in between those two cities. San Diego isn’t bad either but given its extreme southern location on I-5, it can sometimes make for a slightly more expensive and longer transport time than those cities further north along I-5.

Other friendly car shipping locations in California include those cities along CA-99, which runs parallel to I-5 and is east of I-5. Those cities would include Chico in the north, down to Yuba City, Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield in the south.

Finally, San Jose and the cities along US-101 down to Los Angeles round out the friendly car shipping locations in California.

Now let’s look at the challenging car shipping locations in California. These are locations that will most certainly cost more to ship cars to and from, and where auto transports will take more time to complete.

First up is San Francisco. This isn’t the most challenging location, but it’s certainly not one of the easiest cities to ship cars to or from in California. San Francisco is very time consuming and expensive for car carriers to service. Toll bridges to and from the city are expensive and San Francisco has the highest gas prices in the country. There are also many streets in the city that are restricted to smaller vehicles. All of this makes San Francisco the most unfriendly metro areas west of the Mississippi for car carriers. Be prepared to pay a premium to ship a car to or from San Francisco!

Speaking of the bay area, while San Francisco is challenging, the cities of Oakland, San Leandro, and Fremont aren’t too bad because car carriers don’t have to deal with toll bridges and road restrictions.

The most challenging car shipping locations are going to be those locations that hug the coastline along CA-1 or those locations along US-101 north of San Francisco, those locations in or near the vast forested and mountainous areas of California, and those locations north of Chico that aren’t along I-5 (far northern California).

While we are a door-to-door auto transport company, we have our limitations. There are just some locations trucks can’t get to. If you live in a remote area up in the mountains or deep in a forested area, or if you are shipping to or from one of those restricted streets in San Francisco, you’ll likely have to meet a driver somewhere along a major highway or interstate near your location.

The other challenging aspect of car shipping to or from California is the price of gas in the state. Even in the best economic times the price of gas in California is almost always the highest in the country. Carriers have to make a living so they don't eat those increased costs. They pass them along to you the consumer! As a result, all things being equal, auto transports in and out of California are going to be higher just because of the price of gas in the state so be prepared for that.

To find out what your California auto transport is going to cost and how long it's going to take, get an instant quote on our website or call us (800) 656-7638.

FAQ

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How do I ship my car to or from Alaska?

The first step is to get an instant quote on our website or by calling us at (800) 656-7638. The quote will give you a current price and the estimated time of delivery for your specific shipping route. From there you can book an order online or book an order with us over the phone.

Do you provide open and enclosed car shipping to or from Alaska?

Yes! By default, our instant quotes are for open transports, but on the quote page you will also see the cost to ship a car enclosed.

What's included in the instant quote?

The instant quote is all inclusive. There are no sales tax, hidden fees, or additional charges of any kind. Insurance coverage is also included in the price you are given!

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, American Express, and debit cards. We do not accept check or cash.