Pennsylvania to California Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Pittsburgh to Los Angeles is a very heavily traveled route.
The Pittsburgh to Los Angeles freight shipping lane is a 2,457 mile haul that takes more than 35 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Pennsylvania to California ranges from a minimum of 2457 miles and 35 hours from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, CA, to over 2,874 miles and a minimum driving time of 42 hours on the road from Philadelphia, PA to San Francisco, CA. The shortest route from Pennsylvania to California is along I-80 W through Chicago; however, there’s also a more southern route that uses the I-70 W, passing through Indianapolis, IN & Kansas City, MO.
Straddling three regions of the country—east coast, midwest and south—Pennsylvania borders New York and New Jersey to the north and east, Ohio and Lake Erie to the west and Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia to the south. Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and Pittsburgh is a distant second; both cities are known as twentieth century industrial powerhouses and are charging into the twenty-first century with knowledge and service-based economies.
In addition to Lake Erie, the Delaware Estuary and Delaware River are important bodies of water in Pennsylvania. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Allegheny Plateau, Ridge and Valley to the Atlantic Coastal Plain through Piedmont and the Erie Plain, Pennsylvania has a varied landscape that supports farming, manufacturing, development and tourism.
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.
Since Pennsylvania is mainly industrial and California is largely agricultural and industrial as well, with many food processing and distribution centers, trucking rates will vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. We see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailer as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Pennsylvania 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, as well.