One-Way Cargo Van and Small Truck Rentals (Some with Unlimited Mileage)

If you need to move furniture, equipment, or other belongings one way, the odds are good that you will need a cargo van or small truck. There are plenty of companies out there that offer this service, but how do you know where to start? Well, this article is a good place. In it, we’ve included what you need to know to get a one-way truck or van, along with pertinent information like unlimited mileage and out-of-state considerations. The data listed were sourced directly from each rental company’s site to guarantee accurate information.

Companies That Allow One-Way Cargo Van and Small Truck Rentals

For all of these companies, you can opt to have different pick-up and drop off locations (AKA: a one-way rental) during the reservation process. Be sure you input both your pick up and drop off locations when you make the reservation to be sure that you are getting a one-way rental.

While specific mileage costs and fees can vary by location and other terms of your rental, all rental companies except Penske do have some sort of per-mile charges on one-way rentals. Most of the time, there will be a daily maximum number of miles allowed; after the maximum, you’ll pay more for your rental per mile. Because these fees vary they often aren’t disclosed until you enter information for your specific rental, so keep an eye out when reserving.

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Alamo

  • Available vehicles: Cargo Van, Pickup trucks
  • Other moving supplies: None
  • Mileage restrictions: Mileage costs vary based on location and availability.
  • Rates and fees: Alamo will charge an additional “inter-city fee” (AKA: a drop fee) for one-way rentals. You can check for deals and discounts for your trip.
  • Where you can drive: Rentals originating in the United States may travel throughout the U.S. and Canada but must be returned to the country of origin. Some locations might let you drive to Mexico, but there will be extra fees.
  • Payment options: Accepts debit cards and credit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover Network, and JCB).
  • Age restrictions: You must be at least 25 to rent without underage fees. Drivers under 21 to 24 may be able to rent at some locations, but extra fees will apply.
  • Locations: Nationwide. Find the nearest Alamo.
  • More information: Alamo FAQs, Alamo vehicles

Budget Truck Rental

  • Available vehicles: 12-, 16-, and 24-foot trucks
  • Other moving supplies: Budget Truck also sells or rents moving accessories including towing equipment, furniture pads, hand trucks, and more.
  • Mileage restrictions: Budget Truck will calculate the necessary days and mileage based on the customer’s destination. Additional days and miles can be purchased for a rate of $70.00 per day and $0.70 per mile.
  • Rates and fees: Rates vary based on location, availability, and the coverage plan that the customer selects. The lowest rates are typically for Sunday-Thursday rentals. A $150 security deposit is required, usually as a hold placed on a debit/credit card. The funds will be released after the truck is returned.
  • Where you can drive: Travel restrictions depend on where you rent from. At most locations, interstate travel is permissible, while other locations require that the vehicle doesn’t cross state lines. Similarly, in some states bordering Mexico and Canada, travel across U.S. borders might be restricted (Canada) or prohibited (Mexico).
  • Payment options: May vary among individually licensed locations, but most locations accept Visa, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Diner’s Club, cash, and personal checks.
  • Age restrictions: Most locations will rent to customers 24 years of age and older. Some locations may rent to customers 18 to 23 if the underage driver provides two forms of ID and pays an extra $25 per day surcharge.
  • Locations: Nationwide. Find the nearest Budget Truck.
  • More information: Budget Truck Rental FAQs

National Car Rental

  • Available vehicles: Cargo vans, Pickup trucks
  • Other moving supplies: None
  • Mileage restrictions: Mileage costs will vary based on location and availability. Per mile charges apply after the rental maximum.
  • Rates and fees: National will charge an additional drop charge or mileage charge for one-way rentals on top of the standard rental rates. If National is running any discounts, they will be posted on their Specials page.
  • Where you can drive: Rentals originating in the United States may travel throughout the U.S. and Canada but must be returned to the country of origin. Travel to Mexico might be permitted if you buy extra insurance.
  • Payment options: Accepts debit cards and credit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover Network, and JCB). Some locations may accept cash.
  • Age restrictions: In most cases, customers must be 25 years of age or older to rent a cargo van or truck. Younger customers may be able to rent for an additional fee; specific rules vary by location.
  • Locations: Find the nearest National Car Rental
  • More information: National FAQ, National Vehicles – Cargo Vans, National Vehicles – Trucks

Penske

  • Available vehicles: 12-, 16-, 22-, and 26-foot trucks
  • Other moving supplies: Penske offers a full range of moving equipment, including hand trucks, furniture pads, towing equipment, and more.
  • Mileage restrictions: Unlimited miles on one-way rentals.
  • Rates and fees: Rates vary by location; you’ll save 10% if you reserve online.
  • Where you can drive: Penske vans and trucks are available in the United States and Canada.
  • Payment options: Accepts major credit cards, cash, and checks. Those paying with cash will need to make an initial deposit of $100.
  • Age restrictions: Customers must be at least 18 years old and able to produce two valid forms of identification.
  • Locations: Find the nearest Penske
  • More information: Penske FAQs, Penske moving trucks

U-Haul

  • Available vehicles: 10-foot trucks and larger, as well as trailers and towing devices. Some equipment, such as cargo vans, pickup trucks, and open trailers, may only be available for local moves. Contact the nearest U-Haul location for details.
  • Other moving supplies: U-Haul sells or rents boxes, hitch accessories, racks, boxes, ropes, tie-downs, and a full range of other moving and packing supplies.
  • Mileage restrictions: U-Haul will provide a quote which includes an allowed mileage and a set number of days to complete the move. Additional days and miles can be purchased at a rate of $40 per day and $0.40 per mile.
  • Rates and fees: One-way rentals are priced based on a combination of truck size, starting point, destination, and moving date. Rates will vary based on availability.
  • Where you can drive: U-Haul is available in the United States and Canada.
  • Payment options: Accepts credit cards (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa), debit cards, and cash. Customers paying with cash will need to make an initial deposit of $100.
  • Age restrictions: Customers must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.
  • Locations: Find the nearest U-Haul
  • More information: U-Haul FAQs
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Elite Truck Rental

Note: Through a partnership with Penske, Elite Truck Rental allows customers to pick up a truck at Elite’s Chicago location and return it to any Penske location in the country.

  • Available vehicles: 15-foot parcel vans; Econoline vans; and 16- and 24-foot trucks
  • Other moving supplies: Elite Truck Rental sells or rents boxes, furniture pads, ropes, dollies, and other moving accessories.
  • Mileage restrictions: Beyond the base rental rate, Elite charges $0.79 per mile on most vehicles.
  • Rates and fees: Rates vary based on moving date. Be sure to check for any current promotions.
  • Where you can drive: Customers must start from Chicago. From there, the trucks can travel across the United States and Canada (rentals can be dropped off at participating Penske locations).
  • Payment options: Accepts debit cards and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express).
  • Age restrictions: Age requirements are not published on the website. Call (312) 942-1001 with any specific questions about renter requirements.
  • Locations: Elite only has one location, in Chicago. Its trucks can be dropped off at Penske.
  • More information: Request a Quote and Reserve a Truck

In Summary

In case you’re wondering, Ryder doesn’t offer unlimited miles.

Whether you’re moving a few belongings to a nearby city or your whole life across the country, you have enough to do without worrying about which companies can help you get the job done. There are several companies that rent vehicles appropriate for moving and allow one-way trips, but only Penske also offers unlimited mileage.

You may also want to consider our article: One Way Pickup Truck Rental: 10+ Rental Companies That Offer It

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  • This is crazy. I have to move some personal mementos that are priceless to our family but a truck is way to big and I don’t trust anyone to move it. Previous bad experiences make it hard to hire someone else to move this. Why are cargo vents impossible to rent ?

  • my “read” on the above is that there just isn’t enough $$$ in one way cargo truck rentals to create a profit center for these rental firms. maybe they get stolen more often???

  • Why does the title of this article mention one way cargo van rentals when THEY DON’T EXIST? The editor even admits it!

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Charbs,

      I understand your frustration because there’s currently no one-way cargo vans available (that we know of). However, we have decided to include the term ‘cargo van’ in the title because we found that some readers use the term more broadly to include different types of trucks. Your comment is a valid one, so we decided to make it very clear in the beginning of the article that we currently don’t know of any company that offers the Sprinter-type of cargo van for one-way rentals. Thanks for your feedback!

  • I recall moving cross-country with a U-Haul pickup, but unfortunately they don’t offer that anymore. I can’t find anything smaller than a 10-foot truck at any of the suggested companies. Might just be the requested dates though, as I’m leaving on the last day of the month. It’s so frustrating! A van is the perfect size. I won’t even be able to halfway fill a small truck. The U-Haul is about $450, which isn’t so bad, but after insurance and gas it’s over $700. Sure adds up quickly. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that moving is expensive, but this seems to be an untapped market. Glad I stumbled across this page so I can stop banging my head against the wall at least.

  • Do you know any truck rental company that rents me a mini cargo van (something similar to u-haul 9′ cargo van) to carry a small load of goods (5-6 luggages + 2 carton boxes of around 250 lb from Tucson, AZ to Buffalo, NY oneway with 4 passengers on it? It may sound insane and there may be better options. but we are still excited to do it. Please suggest.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Prax,

      We have been unable to find any one-way cargo van rentals. Good alternatives for many include mini-vans, pickup trucks, or small moving vans.

  • Is there a company who would rent a one way cargo van from US to Canada with a drop off in Canada. I know PENSKE does not let a drop off in Canada

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Mary,

      Unfortunately, we were not able to locate a company that would provide you with a one-way cargo van rental from the U.S. to Canada.

  • Hi, just wanted to add a correction: I just got done chatting with UHaul, and they said that they don’t rent out cargo vans for one-way rentals, either. It sounds like no one does these days. Frustrating!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Enbee,

      You’re absolutely right! I’m so sorry for any frustration or inconvenience that the article may have caused. I reached out to U-Haul customer support and verified that only 10′ trucks and larger are available for one-way rentals. I’ve updated the article accordingly.

      It seems that in some cases, a rental car company like Alamo or National Car Rental may be the way to go for a one-way cargo van rental. (There may be limitations on where this is available even at those companies, so it’s worth checking with the particular location you plan to rent from to be sure this is an option.) Best of luck as you’re looking for a rental, and please let me know if I can help!

  • Robert Grisham says:

    I’m 23, and I need a one way cargo van to move 643 miles, but I’m tight on cash and I have to move ASAP.

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Robert,

      Budget Truck and U-Haul may be two of the best options for prioritizing budget while still being able to rent as an under-25 driver. You can visit the Budget Truck locations list and the U-Haul location finder to see if there are service centers for these companies near your Point A and Point B, and to check the specific age-related policies from the locations where you’ll be renting (keep in mind that Budget Truck does not rent to drivers under 24 at all locations). You can also get a specific quote with both of these companies to see which one will be the cheapest. If you’re exploring options besides a cargo van for your move, you may also consider taking a look at our article about the cheapest ways to move across the country. I hope this helps, and best of luck with your move!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Deb,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble finding a cargo van! I apologize for any confusion with the article — I do see that Penske only has trucks available for rent rather than cargo vans, and I’ve updated the article accordingly. It does look like U-Haul, Budget, National, and Alamo have cargo vans available for one-way rental, at least in specific locations. If your dates are flexible at all, you may consider checking cargo van availability for a different date at any of these companies. Best of luck!

    • Plumhunter says:

      Same here – only could get a truck from any rental company – budget, hertz, penske, enterprise, uhaul. None offered a van one way long distance. I am going from Baltimore to Maine. Had to settle on a small truck.

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Nicholas,

      I’m sorry for not listing this information earlier. But now if you look at the last line for each company, there’s an option ‘Click here to see if there’s a ‘xyz’ rental location’ near you.