Penske Truck Rental

Explore equipment, prices, FAQs and more

If you’re considering truck rental options for your move, then you may be checking into Penske. Though not as widespread as other truck rental companies, you might be familiar with the yellow trucks. Penske does both commercial and personal rentals, and the two are very different. Learn what to expect from Penske household moving rentals and compare them to other DIY moving options.

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Penske truck sizes

The first question is, “Does Penske have the right equipment for your move?” They have four truck sizes: 12-foot, 16-foot, 22-foot and 26-foot. Let’s breakdown the specifics of each:

Note: their website states that the exact measurement of each truck varies by make, model and year, so confirm with your nearest rental location to see what’s available.


The smallest Penske truck holds the contents of 1-2 rooms and seats two people.

  • Interior measures 12’ x 6’6” x 6’1” (LWH)
  • Has 450 cubic feet loading space
  • Holds up to 3,100 lbs.
  • 33-gallon gas tank


This truck holds 2-3 rooms and seats two people.

  • Interior measures 16’ x 7’7” x 6’6”
  • Has 800 cubic feet loading space
  • Holds up to 4,300 lbs.
  • 33-gallon gas tank


This truck holds 3-5 rooms and seats three people.

  • Interior measures 21’11” x 8’1” x 8’1”
  • Has 1,200 cubic feet loading space
  • Holds up to 10,000 lbs.
  • 50-gallon diesel gas tank


The largest Penske truck holds 5-7 rooms and seats three people.

  • Interior measures 25’11” x 8’1” x 8’1”
  • Has 1,700 cubic feet loading space
  • Holds up to 10,000 lbs.
  • 50-gallon diesel gas tank

Not sure what size truck you need?

While Penske offers a tool that helps users select a truck size, estimating what you need can be difficult because it’s based on how much you’re moving and how you load the truck. If you run out of space, you may have to pay for a larger truck (or leave things behind). But if the equipment is too big, you may end up paying for wasted space.

Instead of guessing which truck size you need, get flexibility with U-Pack®. It’s a self-moving service where you pack and load, but we do the driving. And space is flexible — you pay for what you use. Read how U-Pack compares to truck rental to learn more.

How much does it cost to rent a Penske truck?

Penske’s rates are based on equipment, availability, distance and move date, so each move is different. To get a feel for what to expect, here are rates for a one-bedroom house going from Minneapolis, MN to Birmingham, AL (1,072 miles). And to offer a comparison, we’ve also included rates for U-Pack.

Penske cost

For this move, Penske recommended a 12-foot truck, and then fuel, fees, liability coverage and taxes are factored in to get the total price. The quote was:

  • 12-foot truck: $1,423
  • Fuel (12 MPG at current fuel prices): $240
  • Fees: $9 environmental fee
  • Limited damage waiver: $222
  • Taxes (at 8.025% Minneapolis tax rate): $136.46

In total, this move would cost $2,030.46.

Related reading: Do Penske coupons really save money?

How U-Pack compares

For this move, U-Pack recommends five linear feet in a moving trailer (similar in size to the smallest Penske truck), and the price includes everything — the equipment, liability coverage, and fuel (and there’s no tax). The U-Pack price was $1,990, and if you need more space, you can use it at $45 per linear foot.

So for less than a Penske rental, you could get comparable space, and you don’t have to drive.

Want to check rates for your move? Call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 or click to get a quote online. 

What else to expect with Penske truck rental

Beyond price, there are some other specifics to consider.

Mileage and days

Penske offers two types of rentals: round-trip and one-way. Round-trip rentals are for local moves where you pick up and drop off at the same location. These moves are typically one-day rentals where you pay per mile. For one-way moves, you get unlimited miles and a set number of days depending on the distance. Additional days cost $100 each.

Towing equipment

You can add towing equipment with the 16-, 22- and 26-foot trucks. Learn more about Penske trailer rental options.

Rental requirements

Penske requires a credit card to rent a truck, and you have to be 18 and have at least two forms of identification, one of them being a valid driver’s license.

Other commonly asked questions

Are Penske trucks governed?

Yes, but information about the speed at which trucks are governed is currently not available online.

Do I need a CDL to rent a Penske truck?

No, a normal driver’s license is acceptable.

How many Penske truck rental locations are there?

There are around 2,400 locations spread around the U.S. and just over 60 in Canada.

Ready to consider an alternative to moving truck rental?

If Penske isn’t the right fit for your needs or your budget, U-Pack can help. We service all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico with affordable, convenient long-distance moving options. One of our helpful consultants is ready to help you plan or answer your questions. Click to get a quote or give us a call. We’re here to help!


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