California to Montana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Sacramento to Billings is a major route for freight shipping services.
The Sacramento, CA to Billings, MT route is a 1,076 mile trip that takes a little over 16 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from California to Montana ranges from a minimum of 834 miles and 13 hours from Cedarville, CA to Deer Lodge, MT, to over 1,650 miles and a minimum of 24 hours on the road from La Mesa, CA to Plentywood, MT. The shortest route from California to Montana is along the I-80 E; however, there’s also a more northern route that uses the US-95 N traveling through Mountain Home, ID instead of Pocatello, ID.
California is a large, densely populated state, especially along the Pacific Coast where the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas link northern, central and southern California. For the most part, California has a pleasant and mild climate. It’s hotter and drier in the south, and the north is colder in the winter and wetter in the summer. With mountains in the east and hills in the west, along the coast, it’s is a beautiful state to drive through, but it can be demanding for California truckers. Many truckers would say that California’s greatest challenges lie in its diesel regulations and traffic congestion.
Named after the Spanish for “mountainous country,” Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, many of which form part of the Rocky Mountains in the west of the state. Its unofficial nickname, Big Sky Country, refers to the huge expanses of flat open plains in the eastern part of Montana, which provide fertile ground for agriculture and ranching and cover 60% of the state’s territory.
The major cities of Montana include Missoula to the east, Billings in the south and Great Falls. State capital Helena, Butte and Bozeman are also major population centers. Thanks to its size, geography and the Continental Divide, the weather in Montana can vary dramatically. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Montana (-70ºF) and the valleys and mountains can attract fog that is difficult for even experienced Montana trucking companies to navigate.
California to Montana Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since California and Montana are mainly agricultural, with manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both California and Montana are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.