What is the cheapest way to move to Alaska?
My grandparents moved from Montana to Alaska to homestead in 1954. It took them three long weeks to arrive, but once they settled in, they fell in love with the unspoiled beauty of the Last Frontier. And so will you; but not before you choose an affordable, trustworthy Alaska moving company.
Alaska Moving Options—which is cheapest?
- Rental Trucks will have you driving yourself and possessions down the narrow Al-Can Highway, paying extra money for fuel, meals, and hotel stays along the way, plus the price to rent the truck. Sales tax, road tolls, and insurance are not included in the quote.
- Full-Service might sound like a great choice because they do it all for you, but the downside is that your belongings can take 4-10 weeks to arrive, and could be co-mingled with others’ belongings. Full-service is always the most expensive option.
- You Pack, They Drive is the cheapest moving option because just as it says, you don’t do ANY driving, yet the price will be comparable to truck rental and almost always less than full-service. If you’re willing to pack, load, and unload your belongings, U-Pack Moving can deliver your belongings direct to your new home in Alaska, allowing you to stay on budget.
What you get with U-Pack
Your free moving quote from U-Pack includes the driver, ocean transportation, fuel, sales tax, road tolls, and liability coverage. You can get your quote within 24 hours (moving specialists check all off-shore move costs for accuracy).
How a move to Alaska with U-Pack works
- U-Pack delivers a moving trailer, moving container(s), or ocean container to your home for you to load.
- U-Pack drives your shipment to Tacoma, WA where it is put on a ship to sail to your new home in Alaska.
- You unload your belongings.
Your belongings are never co-mingled, and it usually takes 5-7 days for your shipment to arrive in Alaska once put on the ship in Tacoma. Packing and loading help is available depending on where you live in the lower 48. For unloading help in Alaska, ask a U-Pack moving specialist if it is available in your area.
Trailer vs. Container vs. Ocean Container—which one?
- The moving trailer is ideal for larger, door-to-door delivery moves to most major Alaskan cities. They are 28 ft. long and can hold up to 22,500 lbs. Because you only pay for the space you use, the less space you use, the less you pay for your move.
- The ReloCube® is best for small moves, like a one room or studio apartment. They are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ weatherproof metal moving containers that can hold a maximum of 2,500 lbs. Just lock the Cube with your own lock and keep the key, securing your container until you unload it in Anchorage.
- Ocean containers are great for moving to places that are not accessible for door delivery via moving trailer. You pay for the entire container regardless of how much of it you use. The 40’ ocean container can hold a maximum of 44,000 lbs. and has cubic capacity of 2,390 cubic feet.
Door-to-door delivery is only available with our moving trailer and ocean containers. ReloCubes must be unloaded at the Anchorage ABF Service Center.
Get a free moving quote and start comparing Alaska movers. We’re confident that you’ll find U-Pack is the cheapest way to move to Alaska. Comment below and I will help you figure out the cost of your upcoming Alaska move, or call at 800-413-4799. With U-Pack, We drive. You save. ®
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