Long Distance Moving Truck Rental: 9 Companies to Choose From

Whether you’re in the process of relocating or you just have to move something from one location to the other, there are several moving truck rental companies that offer long distance service. We’ve compiled the details about these companies to help you find the one that will best fit your needs.

An important thing to consider before renting is how far you plan to travel. While some companies offer unlimited mileage, many have set mileage limits and charge per mile if you exceed your range. You may be expecting an uninterrupted venture, but you should still take into consideration the unexpected mileage that could occur. For example, if you accidentally take a wrong turn and end up taking a long detour, you need to know the cost of going outside of your mileage range.

You should also make sure to understand any additional fees for your rental, such as extra daily fees for drivers under the age of 25. Some rental companies also require an initial deposit before you can rent.

What We Recommend

To rent a moving truck with unlimited mileage, Penske is likely your best option. It is the only company that offers an unlimited mileage option for moving trucks, and you can get it for one-way rentals. U-Haul and Budget Truck also have good van and truck rental options for both local and one-way rentals.

If you want or need to hire a company that will do the work for you — from loading to driving to unloading and returning the truck — consider a company like Allied or United Van Lines. These companies offer the service for both domestic and international moves, and they can give you a free quote before you rent.

The List

Below, we list the moving truck rental companies that you can use for long distance trips, and we’ve included the relevant information about deposit and renter requirements, mileage charges, and truck selection. Keep in mind that prices are difficult to compare, since they vary widely based on truck size and trip length. We’ve ordered the list starting with the best overall options.

Penske

  • Available truck sizes: 12-, 16-, 22-, and 26-foot trucks
  • Deposit: One-way rentals do not require a deposit; round-trip rentals require $150 if using credit/debit card or $200 if using cash
  • Renter requirements: You have to be at least 18 years old to rent, and you must provide at least two forms of ID
  • One-way rentals? Yes
  • Unlimited mileage? Free unlimited mileage is only available on all one-way rentals
  • Travel boundaries: U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico
  • Find out more or book online

U-Haul

  • Available truck sizes: Eight-, nine-, 10-, 15-, 17-, 20-, and 26-foot trucks
  • Deposit: $100 or estimated rental charges (whichever is greater) for in-town trucks; $100 plus rental rate for one-way truck rentals
  • Renter requirements: You have to be at least 18 years old to rent, and you must provide at least two forms of ID
  • One-way rentals? Yes
  • Unlimited mileage? No
  • Travel boundaries: U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico
  • Find out more or book online

Note: See our related research for the details of U-Haul’s cancellation policy.

Budget Truck

  • Available truck sizes: 10-foot cargo vans; 12-, 16-, and 24-foot trucks
  • Deposit: $150
  • Renter requirements: You have to be at least 18 years old to rent, and you must provide at least two forms of ID
  • One-way rentals? Yes
  • Unlimited mileage? Varies by location
  • Travel boundaries: U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico
  • Find out more or book online

Ryder

  • Available truck sizes: 14-foot metro vans, 16-foot city van trucks, and 26-foot trucks
  • Deposit: A credit card deposit is required, but the deposit will vary per customer per location
  • Renter requirements: Age requirements vary by location, and renters must provide at least two forms of ID
  • One-way rentals? No
  • Unlimited mileage? No
  • Travel boundaries: U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico
  • Find out more or book online

Enterprise

  • Available truck sizes: Pickup trucks, cargo vans, 15-foot parcel vans, 16-foot cabover trucks, 24- and 26-foot trucks
  • Deposit: Varies by location and customer
  • Renter requirements: Renters age under 21 must contact the Enterprise location they wish to rent from for more information; all renters must provide at least two forms of ID
  • One-way rentals? No
  • Unlimited mileage? No
  • Travel boundaries: U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico
  • Find out more or book online

Companies That Do the Move for You

There may be a situation where your move is on a strict time schedule and you don’t have time to pick up a truck, load it, drive, unload it, and return it. Fortunately, there are several companies that do the entire process for you. All you have to do is contact the rental company, and you’ll get your own personalized quote that is tailored for your specific needs.

Allied

  • State-to-state moves: Yes
  • International moves: Yes
  • Corporate relocations: Yes
  • Packing/unpacking included: Yes
  • Find out more or get a quote

United Van Lines

  • State-to-state moves: Yes
  • International moves: Yes
  • Corporate relocations: Yes
  • Packing/unpacking included: Yes
  • Find out more or get a quote

Mayflower

U-Pack

In Summary

Several truck rental companies have long moving vans and trucks that you can rent for long distance moves. Penske is the best option if you need unlimited miles, and U-Haul and Budget Truck also have good options for renting vans and trucks for both local and one-way moves. If you do not have time or you prefer to hire a company to do the loading, moving, and unloading for you, companies like Allied and United Van Lines offer this service for national and international moves, with the price of packing and unpacking included. Be sure to keep in mind the total cost of the rental, including mileage costs and other fees, before making your decision.

For more about renting moving trucks, we also have the list of companies that rent trucks with lift gates.