Illinois to Montana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Springfield to Billings is a major route for freight shipping services.
The Springfield, IL to Billings, MT route is a 1,257 mile trip that takes a little over 19 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Montana ranges from a minimum of 961 miles and 14 hours from Colona, IL to Wibaux, MT, to over 1,920 miles and a minimum of 29 hours on the road from Vienna, IL to Eureka, MT. The shortest route from Illinois to Montana is along the I-90 W; however, there’s also a more eastern route that also uses the US-212 W traveling through Cedar Rapids, IA instead of Omaha, NE.
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.
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.
Illinois to Montana Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is mainly industrial and Montana is 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 Illinois 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.