Shipping a Car from Texas to California

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Transport Tips

Texas and California are the two largest states in the country based on population. As of the 2020 census, there are 68,683,728 people living in these two states! It’s no wonder then why there are so many auto transports from Texas to California (and from California to Texas).

While you may be tempted to simply drive your car from Texas to California, the trip isn’t as easy as it seems.

The shortest route is from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA and it’s still over 700 miles and will take about 11 hours to drive. Houston, TX to Sacramento, CA is over 1,900 miles and takes about 28 hours to drive!

No matter what Texas to California route you’re considering, there are vast wilderness areas, forests, and parks to contend with which means a ton of unnecessary wear, tear, and mileage on your car.

Not only would you have to deal with difficult highway driving, there is a lot of traffic to contend with and you never know what the weather has in store. A Texas to California drive is exhausting under the best conditions! This is why most people choose to ship their car from Texas to California and not drive it themselves.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from Texas to California?

On average, it currently costs around $919 to ship a car from Texas to California.

There are several specific Texas to California routes that we ship cars and trucks on all the time but the following routes are the most popular.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from Dallas, TX to California?

On average, it currently costs around $984 to ship a car from Dallas, TX to California.

Here are some sample rates as of 9/8/22:
Dallas, TX 75217 to San Diego, CA 92154: $923
Dallas, TX 75217 to Los Angeles, CA 90011: $895
Dallas, TX 75217 to San Jose, CA 95123: $1017
Dallas, TX 75217 to San Francisco 94112: $1003
Dallas, TX 75217 to Sacramento, CA 95823: $1081

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from Austin, TX to California?

On average, it currently costs around $1051 to ship a car from Austin, TX to California.

Here are some sample rates as of 9/8/22:
Austin, TX 78745 to San Diego, CA 92154: $981
Austin, TX 78745 to Los Angeles, CA 90011: $957
Austin, TX 78745 to San Jose, CA 95123: $1082
Austin, TX 78745 to San Francisco 94112: $1106
Austin, TX 78745 to Sacramento, CA 95823: $1127

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from Houston, TX to California?

On average, it currently costs around $1113 to ship a car from Houston, TX to California.

Here are some sample rates as of 9/8/22:
Houston, TX 77084 to San Diego, CA 92154: $1005
Houston, TX 77084 to Los Angeles, CA 90011: $992
Houston, TX 77084 to San Jose, CA 95123: $1140
Houston, TX 77084 to San Francisco 94112: $1181
Houston, TX 77084 to Sacramento, CA 95823: $1249

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from San Antonio, TX to California?

On average, it currently costs around $1007 to ship a car from San Antonio, TX to California.

Here are some sample rates as of 9/8/22:
San Antonio, TX 78228 to San Diego, CA 92154: $937
San Antonio, TX 78228 to Los Angeles, CA 90011: $925
San Antonio, TX 78228 to San Jose, CA 95123: $1042
San Antonio, TX 78228 to San Francisco 94112: $1038
San Antonio, TX 78228 to Sacramento, CA 95823: $1092

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from El Paso, TX to California?

On average, it currently costs around $990 to ship a car from El Paso, TX to California.

Here are some sample rates as of 9/8/22:
El Paso, TX 79936 to San Diego, CA 92154: $830
El Paso, TX 79936 to Los Angeles, CA 90011: $846
El Paso, TX 79936 to San Jose, CA 95123: $1017
El Paso, TX 79936 to San Francisco 94112: $1116
El Paso, TX 79936 to Sacramento, CA 95823: $1141

*All rates listed above are estimates as of 9/8/22. Get an Instant Quote Now to see what the current rates are!

How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car from Texas to California?

It will take between 3-5 days to ship a car from Texas to California.

Truck drivers can travel about 500 miles per day given government regulations, regular stops along the way, traffic, etc. El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA is one of the shortest Texas to California routes at a little over 700 miles. A driver would be able to do this in 2 days but we always add an extra day for any potential delays so you would get 3 days to ship a car on this route.

In contrast, Houston, TX to Sacramento, CA is one of the longest Texas to California shipping routes at about 1950 miles depending on which roads you take. That would take a driver 4 days to complete. Then we add an additional day for any potential delays and you get 5 days to ship a car on this route.

Keep in mind, these estimates assume you’re transporting your car from one major city in Texas to another major city in California. If you are shipping from a remote area in Texas, and/or shipping to a remote area in California, it will take longer than the estimates provided here. Depending on how remote the areas are, it could be an additional day or two.

Let J&S Transportation Ship Your Car from Texas to California

J&S Transportation has shipped thousands of cars (and trucks and SUV’s) from Texas to California in the 20+ years we’ve been in business. As a licensed auto transport broker, we have formed strong partnerships with car carriers that specialize in shipping cars from Texas to California to ensure stress-free and prompt East Coast transports.

We strive to make the car shipping process smooth and stress-free by providing great customer service, constant communication from beginning to end, and safe and prompt delivery of every vehicle we ship.

You can find out why people trust us to ship their vehicles, and you can read our reviews on third party sites such as TransportReviews.com, Google, and the BBB.

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