Pennsylvania to Montana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Philadelphia to Billings is a very heavily traveled route.
The Philadelphia, PA to Billings, MT freight shipping lane is a 2,005 mile haul that takes more than 30 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Pennsylvania to Montana ranges from a minimum of 1,426 miles and 22 hours from Girard, PA to Wibaux, MT, to over 2,444 miles and a minimum driving time of 38 hours on the road from Chester, PA to Libby, MT. The shortest route from Pennsylvania to Montana is along I-94 W; however, there’s also a more southern route that uses the I-70 W, passing through Sioux Falls, SD and St. Louis, 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.
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.
Since Pennsylvania is mainly industrial, and Montana is mainly agricultural, 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 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.