How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Moving Truck One Way?

Moving truck costs for one-way moves

Are you considering renting a truck for your long-distance move? While rental trucks are cheap for local moves, that’s not typically the case for one-way moves out of state.  

By the time you add the costs of fuel, taxes and liability coverage, you could exceed your moving budget. 

Fortunately, there’s a budget-friendly DIY solution like U-Pack® where you can often get a cheaper rate without the hassle of driving a large truck or the extra fuel expense. Keep reading to learn how U-Pack prices compare to three popular truck rental companies. 

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Rental truck rates comparison 

When researching cheap truck rental, you’ll likely see information about Budget®, Penske® and U-Haul®. These companies offer services across the U.S., like U-Pack. Let’s see how their prices compare for an example move. 

We looked at a move for a 3-bedroom home from Sacramento, CA, to Fort Worth, TX, in late April 2024, using each company’s recommended truck size. Prices were accurate at the time of posting. Actual moving costs will vary based on origin, destination and the date of the move. 

Company  Budget Penske U-Haul 
26’ Truck $5,841  $6,084  $5,070 
Liability Coverage  $489.30  $686.81  $122 
Environmental Fee  N/A  $15 $5 
Estimated taxes  $525.54  $503.17  $442.80 
Estimated fuel (1,750 miles)  $712.25* (10 MPG, diesel)  $549.45* (13 MPG, diesel)  $581* (10 MPG, gas) 
Total cost  $7,568.09  $7,838.43  $6.220.80 

*Fuel costs were based on AAA’s average fuel prices at the time of posting in March 2024 using each company’s estimated MPG for their equipment.  

Are U-Pack rates cheaper than moving truck prices? 

For the example move from Sacramento to Fort Worth, U-Pack quoted the equivalent space of 17 linear feet in a moving trailer for only $3,888 — over $2,300 less than U-Haul's rate.  

U-Pack pricing includes equipment, transportation, fuel and standard liability coverage (there are no extra fees or taxes). Plus, you don’t have to drive the truck! 

Get a free U-Pack quote to check your rate

It’s easy to find out the cost of your long-distance move with U-Pack. Request a free, no-obligation quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant.  

If you have questions about U-Pack services or how our prices compare to rental truck rates, let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help! 

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