Illinois to California freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; especially the route from Chicago to Los Angeles being a very busy lane.
The Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA route is a 2,015 mile haul that takes over 29 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to California ranges from a minimum of 1,715 miles and over 24 hours from East Hannibal, IL to Barstow, CA, and over 2,252 miles and a minimum of 34 hours on the road from Champaign, IL to Eureka, CA. The shortest route from Illinois is Michigan along the I-80 W; but there is a more northerly route that also uses I-90 W heading through South Dakota and coming down through Iowa.
Illinois extends from Chicago on the west coast of Lake Michigan deep into the rural Midwest. Illinois borders the Great Lakes and there is a lot of freight coming into the Chicago ports. While Illinois is large, the state is flat and easy to traverse. Chicago has a vast amount of industrial companies that have commercial freight shipping needs to all points of the country and into Canada as well. Illinois has cold, snowy winters that can slow down and delay trucking through the state.
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.
Illinois to California Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is mainly industrial and California is largely agricultural and industrial as well, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by step deck trailer, flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Illinois and California are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments that require lowboy or RGN trailers for freight transportation, as well.