Shipping a Car from California to Texas

by | Jan 18, 2022 | Transport Tips

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 (and from Texas to California) 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.

What you also don’t see on a map are the “obstacles” that are in between California and Texas. There are vast wilderness areas, forests, deserts, and parks to navigate. In short, if you drive this route you’ll have a lot of unnecessary wear and tear (and miles) put on your car.

A car drive from California to Texas is a headache and stressful under the best conditions. This is why most people choose to ship their cars from California to Texas instead of driving their cars themselves. That’s where we come into the picture. We ship vehicles on this route all the time and we’ve been doing so for over 20 years.

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

On average, it currently costs around $1141 to ship a car from California to Texas.

There are several specific California to Texas 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 Los Angeles to Texas?

On average, it currently costs around $1028 to ship a car from Los Angeles, CA to Texas.

Here are some sample rates:
Los Angeles, CA 90011 to Dallas, TX 75217: $1038
Los Angeles, CA 90011 to Houston, TX 77084: $1077
Los Angeles, CA 90011 to Austin, TX 78745: $1050
Los Angeles, CA 90011 to San Antonio, TX 78228: $1033
Los Angeles, CA 90011 to El Paso, TX 79936: $941

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

On average, it currently costs around $1057 to ship a car from San Diego, CA to Texas.

Here are some sample rates:
San Diego, CA 92154 to Dallas, TX 75217: $1090
San Diego, CA 92154 to Houston, TX 77084: $1153
San Diego, CA 92154 to Austin, TX 78745: $1057
San Diego, CA 92154 to San Antonio, TX 78228: $1036
San Diego, CA 92154 to El Paso, TX 79936: $949

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

On average, it currently costs around $1192 to ship a car from San Jose, CA to Texas.

Here are some sample rates:
San Jose, CA 95123 to Dallas, TX 75217: $1167
San Jose, CA 95123 to Houston, TX 77084: $1274
San Jose, CA 95123 to Austin, TX 78745: $1213
San Jose, CA 95123 to San Antonio, TX 78228: $1189
San Jose, CA 95123 to El Paso, TX 79936: $1116

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

On average, it currently costs around $1226 to ship a car from San Francisco, CA to Texas.

Here are some sample rates:
San Jose, CA 95123 to Dallas, TX 75217: $1188
San Jose, CA 95123 to Houston, TX 77084: $1266
San Jose, CA 95123 to Austin, TX 78745: $1289
San Jose, CA 95123 to San Antonio, TX 78228: $1196
San Jose, CA 95123 to El Paso, TX 79936: $1193

*All rates listed above are estimates as of 1/19/22. Get an Instant Quote Now to see what the current rates are!

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

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

Truck drivers can travel about 500 miles per day given government regulations, regular stops along the way, traffic, etc. San Diego, CA to El Paso, TX is one of the shortest California to Texas 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.

By comparison, Sacramento, CA to Houston, TX is one of the longest California to Texas 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 California to another major city in Texas. If you are shipping from a remote area in California, and/or shipping to a remote area in Texas, 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 California to Texas

J&S Transportation has shipped thousands of cars (and trucks and SUV’s) from California to Texas 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 California to Texas to ensure stress-free and prompt 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. Don’t take our word for it. Check out our reviews on third party sites such as Google, and the BBB.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car From California to Texas?