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Cheapest one-way moving truck rental

September 11th, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Finding the cheapest one-way truck rentals​

Because there are multiple options available, the easiest way to figure out the cheapest one-way truck rental company is to look at an example. See how much it costs to move a one-bedroom apartment from San Diego, CA to Houston, TX (approximately 1,470 miles) with Penske®, U-Haul® and Budget® truck rental, and then see how those prices compare to U-Pack®. We’ve compared each company’s smallest truck (the 10-foot from U-Haul, and the 12-foot from Budget and Penske) to U-Pack equipment so you can feel confident you’re making the best decision.


Want a moving quote before reading any more information? Get a rate from U-Pack! Prices include moving equipment, transportation, liability coverage and taxes. 

Cheapest one-way moving truck rental

One-way moving truck rental comparison​

Note: prices can change daily and depend on several factors including origin, destination, equipment size and move date. We used the rental truck fuel calculator to determine current fuel prices and the San Diego local tax rate of 7.75%.


The U-Haul quote gives you the 10-foot truck for six days and allows you to drive 1,736 miles.  The rental costs $1,597, and you’ll have to add $105 for Safemove® coverage, $5 for the environmental fee, $497 for fuel and $132.06 for taxes.

Altogether, that comes to $2,336.06.


Budget offers a 12-foot truck for one-way rental including six days and unlimited mileage. The truck rental rate is $1,366.20, fuel will cost $497, and taxes will be $105.88.

That’s a total of $1,969.08 for a one-way truck from Budget.


The Penske one-way truck rental includes a 12-foot truck for six days with unlimited mileage.  The rental price is $1,350, plus $125 for the Limited Damage Waiver, a $9 environmental fee, and $497 for fuel. Taxes for the rental come to $115.01.

The total price for the move would be $2,096.01.

So, for this example, Budget is the cheapest rental option. But how does that compare to U-Pack?

U-Pack: the cheaper alternative to one-way moving trucks

U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service with flexible and convenient moving options. We provide fast and reliable transportation — your belongings arrive at your new home in just a few days.

While our equipment differs from truck rental, our prices can be very comparable. For the same sample move from San Diego to Houston, a U-Pack move costs $1,504 for 7 linear feet (which is similar in size to a 12-foot rental truck — learn more about linear feet). That’s more than $450 cheaper than the cheapest one-way truck rental!

U-Pack rates include the equipment, transportation, taxes and liability coverage, so there are no extras to add on (unless you add services like storage). Wondering how much your move would cost? Get a moving quote online or call 800-413-4799 to speak to a moving consultant who can answer any questions.

Learn more about how we compare:

U-Haul comparison

Budget comparison

Penske comparison

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