Montana to California Auto Transport

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Because we are based in Montana, we do a lot of auto transports from Montana to California! Most of our transports originate in our hometown of Billings, but we also do a fair amount of transports to California that originate in Bozeman and Missoula and other cities in Montana.

Most of our trucks and our partner carriers’ trucks travel along I-80 when leaving Montana to head to California, or they head west on I-90 first to serve the Pacific Northwest area before heading south on I-5 down into California. Our transports primarily go to Sacramento and San Jose but we ship cars throughout the entire state of California including the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego and all cities in between.

We are a door-to-door transport company so whether you need your car shipped from a major city or a remote area in Montana to a major city or remote area in California, we can handle it! Get an instant quote for your Montana to California auto transport to get the process started!

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

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 Montana to California.

Example: The total distance from Billings, MT to Fresno, CA is 1244 miles. If you divide that by 500, you get 2.49, or approximately 3 days for delivery.

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

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

It will depend on the specific pick up location in Montana and the delivery location in California. 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 Montana 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 Montana to California 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 Montana to California is 9/10.

1250 Miles

Approximate Distance

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

3-4 Days

Estimated Transit Time

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

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What Our Montana to California Customers Say

J&S Transportation Auto Transport Reviews

The driver was great, prompt, actually early and efficient.  Your staff was also great at keeping in contact and making it simple.

Erin C, California

Everything went great. The driver was very knowledgeable and courteous!

Heidi L, Montana

Everything went great. My truck arrived in perfect shape. Pick up was easy!

Michael B, California

Everything was amazing! My experience with J&S Transportation went very smooth and they you made it super easy and quick. Thank you!

Jenny G, California

Latest Instant Quotes from Montana to California

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$1984 August 08 Creston, MT Fresno, CA Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$2387 August 06 Creston, MT Fresno, CA Truck / Large SUV
$2143 August 06 Creston, MT MT MADONNA, CA Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$2097 August 05 Creston, MT MT MADONNA, CA Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$1929 July 28 Creston, MT Mountain View, CA Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$2357 July 20 Creston, MT Sunnyvale, CA Truck / Large SUV
$1902 July 16 Bigfork, MT Fallbrook, CA Small or Midsize SUV / Crossover / Minivan
$1868 July 06 Bigfork, MT Encinitas, CA Car
$1526 July 06 Anaconda, MT Chula Vista, CA Car
$3044 June 21 Corvallis, MT Chatsworth, CA Truck / Large SUV

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Montana Auto Transport

Shipping cars in and out of Montana is challenging for a couple reasons. First, take a look at the landscape of the state. The east side of the state is comprised of the Great Plains with sparsely populated towns and cities. Heading west from the Great Plains you run into the Big Belt Mountains and the Lewis Range of the northern Rockies in the center of the state, and then you have the Cabinet Mountains and the Bitterroot Range in the west. Second, consider Montana’s weather. It has some of the harshest and longest winters in the country. You combine Montana’s challenging landscape and its weather, and you can understand why shipping cars to and from the state isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

For the quickest and cheapest Montana auto transport, you’ll want to avoid shipping your car in the winter and you’ll want to have your car picked up or dropped off as close to I-90 as you can. The best cities along I-90 include Billings, Livingston, and Bozeman. As you head further west along I-90, transports get a little more challenging, but Butte and Missoula are still decent pick up and drop off locations. The farther away north or south of I-90 that you ship a car to or from in Montana, the more expensive your transport will be and the longer it may take to get your transport completed. Carriers primarily travel east and west along I-90 in the state of Montana so the farther they need to go off the interstate, the more money they’ll demand to entice them to go “out of their way” and the more time they’ll need to travel the additional miles.

Fortunately, as a Montana auto transport company based in Billings, MT, we have over 20 years of experience handling the unique challenges of shipping vehicles in and out of Montana. We also have relationships with a variety of carriers and rollback companies throughout the state so we can get to some of the most remote areas of the state. There isn’t a transport we can’t handle! Whether you are shipping to or from a remote location like Glasgow or Shelby, or a relatively easy location like Billings, we can get your vehicle shipped quickly and safely. Get your Montana auto transport started today by getting an instant quote!

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.


Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

How do I ship my car to or from Montana?

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 Montana?

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.