If you are looking to ship a car from California to Alaska and you hire us to do it, we don't do direct shipments between the two states. Instead, we pick up your vehicle in California and then we truck it to the Port of Tacoma in Washington. Then from there it ships to the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, AK on a ship.
We make the process to ship a care from California to Alaska as painless as possible. As a door-to-door auto transporter, we can pick up your vehicle at any location in California. Once you place an order with us we can typically schedule a pick up within seven days (and usually it's much sooner than that especially if your location is on or near an interstate or major city). Once your vehicle is picked up it will usually be delivered to the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, WA in 2-3 days.
The ships leave the Port of Tacoma every Wednesday and Friday and arrive in the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, AK in less than a week! Once your vehicle arrives at the Port of Alaska, our shipping partner in Anchorage will truck your vehicle to their lot. You can then pick up your vehicle Monday through Friday.
Most of our auto transports from California to Alaska are on open trailers and an open deck because that is the cheapest way to ship a car from California to Alaska. If you have a vehicle that must be fully protected, however, we offer enclosed transportation from California to Washington, and then "below deck" shipping on the ship from Washington to Alaska. Below deck shipping is a fully enclosed, climate-controlled area. Enclosed shipping is much more expensive than open shipping but it is an option that is available if necessary.
To find out what it currently costs to ship a car from California to Alaska, get an instant quote online or call us at (800) 656-7638.
It takes about two weeks to ship a car from California to Alaska.
For a current estimated time of delivery from California to Alaska, please call us at (800) 656-7638.
It will depend on the specific pick up 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 California to Alaska 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 California to Alaska to give you an idea of what it will cost.
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Based on recent dispatch reports, the carrier availability rating from California to Alaska is 10/10.
The center of each state is used to approximate mileage between locations.
Estimated transit times are based on carriers traveling up to 500 miles per day.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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