California to Texas Auto Transport

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Given the sheer number of people that live in these two states combined with the mild weather both states enjoy, people are shipping a lot of cars from California to Texas all year long. This is one of the most popular car shipping routes west of the Mississippi.

On paper, it looks like Texas is just a “stone’s throw” from California. At first glance, people are tempted to just drive their cars from California to Texas, but this route is much longer than it appears on a map! One of the shortest shipping routes from California to Texas is still over 700 miles and takes 11 hours to drive! It’s over 1,900 miles from Sacramento, CA to Houston, TX and it takes around 28 hours to drive.

Don't drive your vehicle, hire an experienced auto transporter like J&S Transportation to ship your car from California to Texas!

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

Carriers can travel around 500 miles per day. If you take the total distance of your route and divide by 500, you'll get the approximate number of days it will take to ship a car from California to Texas.

Example: The total distance between Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX is 1434 miles. If you divide that by 500, you get 2.86, or approximately 3 days for delivery.

We provide the estimated delivery times for your specific California to Texas route when you get an instant quote.

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

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

You can see how much it will cost to ship a car from California to Texas 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 Texas to give you an idea of what it will cost.

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Route Availability

Based on recent dispatch reports, the carrier availability rating from California to Texas is 9/10.

1715 Miles

Approximate Distance

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

4 Days

Estimated Transit Time

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

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What Our California to Texas Customers Say

J&S Transportation Auto Transport Reviews

This was a seamless and easy process, from the initial quote to the quick response from Brenda, and door-to-door pick up and delivery.  Our daughter's car arrived in perfect condition.  I would not hesitate to use J&S Transport for any future car shipments.  Thank you all! 

Denise C, California

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

Wednesday R, California

The car arrived here in Spokane in great condition and in a lot less time than I had expected. Your entire staff was very pleasant to work with and responded quickly if there were ever any causes for concern. I really appreciate the level of professionalism that the employees of J & S have toward their customers. The driver was also pretty fun to work with and super easy to get ahold of if I had any questions. If I ever need to ship a vehicle again, I will definitely be calling you guys!

Daniel B, Texas

Great and easy delivery! 5 stars

Shaun B, California

Latest Instant Quotes from California to Texas

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$1238 July 24 Los Angeles, CA Fort Stockton, TX Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$1741 July 15 El Cerrito, CA Blanco, TX Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$1739 July 12 Pacific Grove, CA Plano, TX Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$1569 July 10 Costa Mesa, CA Waco, TX Car
$1551 July 09 Sacramento, CA Austin, TX Car
$1606 July 07 Turlock, CA Coppell, TX Car
$1389 July 03 Garden Grove, CA Grand Prairie, TX Car
$1389 June 30 Los Angeles, CA Dallas, TX Car
$1911 June 28 Manteca, CA Sheppard AFB, TX Truck / Large SUV
$1609 June 23 Sacramento, CA Dallas, TX Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan

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California Auto Transport

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 most friendly 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, it can sometimes make for a slightly more expensive and longer transport time.

While not directly along I-5, other “car shipping friendly” locations include Modesto and Fresno to the east of I-5, and San Jose, Fremont, and Oakland to the west of I-5 along the coast. Speaking of coastline locations, parts of San Francisco can be challenging so if you are shipping to or from the city you can expect to pay more.

The most challenging (i.e. more expensive and longer transport times) car shipping locations are going to be those locations that hug the coastline or are in or near the vast forested and mountainous areas of 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 up in a remote area up in the mountains or deep in a forested area, 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.

Texas Auto Transport

Texas is the second most populated state in the country with over 29 million people spread out over 268,596 square miles! To say there is a demand for car shipping services in Texas is an understatement. The fastest and cheapest transports are going to be to and from the heavily populated cities of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.

The most challenging areas to ship to or from in Texas are in western and southern Texas. Cities in those areas include El Paso, Lubbock, Odessa, Abilene, Corpus Christi, and South Padre Island. These transports can occasionally take a day or two longer and can cost more as those aren’t regular shipping destinations for most carriers.

To find out what it will cost to ship a car to or from Texas and how long it will take to complete, get an instant quote on our website or call us at (800) 656-7638.


Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

How do I ship my car to or from California?

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 California?

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.

Will my vehicle be covered by insurance during the transport?

Yes! As a car carrier and licensed auto transport broker we provide liability and cargo insurance to cover your vehicle while it is being transported. However, you MUST have your personal vehicle insurance in place because we don’t cover Acts of God. Read our article about auto transport insurance for more details.