If you’re about to embark on your very first DIY move, then you may be wondering how to budget for your move. In this post, we’ll explain how to figure in the cost of renting a moving truck based on mileage fees for the distance traveled during your move.

Calculating Moving Mileage Fees

One Way vs. In-Town Moves

The cost of renting a moving truck is based on the point of origin and the destination. If you are moving to a different city, then you will likely want to opt for a one-way move. This means your pick-up location and drop-off location are not the same. For moves within  the same city, most companies offer a local or in-town move. This means that you will pick-up and drop-off the truck at the same location.

Typically, one-way moves are priced by trip. Each trip includes a mileage allotment with fees that are incurred if exceeded. In-town or local moves are priced based on flat rate and mileage. It is very important that you consider both of these factors when choosing which size moving truck to rent.   If you  make many trips, your cost will be higher than if you limit your move to one or two trips.

It is possible to save money by renting a larger size truck that will accommodate all of your items in fewer trips, or by renting a trailer, which has no mileage fees associated with it. It is important to note that trailers require a hitch and a hitch ball mount to be installed on your vehicle,  if not already equipped with one. This cost, however, may be offset by the money you will save in mileage fees and come in handy in the future.

Calculating Mileage Fees_ Trucks

Once you’ve decided that a moving truck is the best option for you, and you’ve selected the appropriate size, you are ready to estimate the mileage cost for your rental. Each rental company may have a different method of charging for rentals, so it’s important to keep this in mind when allocating your budget.

Moving Quote

Most truck rental companies make the process of receiving a quote very easy through their website or 1-800 number.  Receiving a quote directly from the rental company is the most accurate way to estimate the cost of renting your truck, especially if you are doing a one-way move. 

The company will generate a quote that may be based upon one or both of the following:

a) total distance (mileage)
b) rental period (in days)
c) seasonality (when is the best time to move?)


Begin by calculating the total distance (in miles) between your point of origin and your destination. You can do this quickly and easily by using an online map service such as Google Maps.

Next, decide how many trips back and forth you want to make. You will need to use your best guess, however most truck rental companies will provide an estimate of how many room’s worth of furniture will fit in each truck (below). Count each one-way trip as one. For example, from point A to point B is 1 trip,  point B back to point A is 1 trip. Round trip = 2 trips.

Calculating Moving Mileage Fees


Once you have calculated your total mileage fee, you are on track for estimating your total truck rental cost. Other important expenses to account for include:

  • base rate: this is the flat fee for renting the truck in addition to mileage. These fees vary by company.
  • the cost of insurance
  • the cost of moving supplies and equipment rental, such as dollies or furniture pads.

When it comes to renting your moving truck, plan ahead and make your reservation in advance.  This will save you time, money and hassle in the long run, and will also ensure that the rental company can plan in advance to satisfy your and others reservations.

Do you have any experience with planning for or managing mileage fees? If so, let us know below in the comments section!

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42 Responses to Estimating the Mileage Fees for Your Move

  1. janice campitiello says:

    I want to rent a trailer for two days. How much does it cost for mileage

    • Toni J says:

      Hi Janice, There is no mileage rate for trailers, it is based on days of rental. The overall rental cost will depend on whether you are renting the trailer for local tow or for a cross-country move. Your best bet is to input your pick up date and location at http://www.uhaul.com/trailers/ to calculate the rate.

  2. Duane Hamblin says:

    roughly what kind of fuel mileage will a 26 foot gasoline truck get on the highway?

  3. Paige E says:

    Hi Duane, thanks for your question- the MPG for the 26′ truck will be 10mpg!

  4. Bill says:

    I need to move some furniture from Fort Lee, NJ to Baltimore, MD. I plan on using a cargo van, since it’s not a whole house move. What would be the fee for something like this?

    • Paige E says:

      Hi Bill, we don’t currently rent out Cargo Vans for One-Way moves. However, the smallest size truck that can be rented in order to complete a one-way move will be a 10′ truck. Depending on when the move takes place will determine the rental rate. The rates are determined by a combination of truck size, point of origin, destination and the date of the move. Thanks!

  5. Carlton Brown says:

    what is the tank capacity of a 26 foot gasoline truck …how many gallons to fill?

    • Shayne Dwyer says:

      Hi Carlton,

      The tank capacity on a 26 foot truck is 57 gallons and the 26 foot truck gets 10 miles per gallon. Hope that helps in your calculation!


  6. Barbara Shutt says:

    What is mileage fee for a 26 foot truck for a one way trip of 260 miles?

  7. Bob says:

    want to rent a van for 24 hrs and wondering if any mileage comes with or what cost per mile is otherwise

    • Paige E says:

      Hi Bob, a U-Haul cargo van for in-town use is typically $19.95 plus mileage. Mileage will depend on what city and state you are picking up. If you are renting the cargo van for 24hrs, you can look into a Light Commercial Rate, if it is available. This will be a higher rental rate and will include miles. You can speak to Sales and Reservations (1-800-468-4285) to get an accurate rate.

  8. deserea says:

    Hi my name is deserea I wanted to no how much would it cost to move my stuff from Oakland to a Oakland storage house with one of your moving trucks and what info would I need to show to get a truck and how much would it be to also have one helper help me move the stuff in the truck

    • Paige E says:

      Hello Deserea, if you’re moving within the city of Oakland, U-Haul In-Town moving rates start from as low as $19.95-$39.95/day plus mileage based on the size moving truck you will be using. In order to rent, you will need to be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license and 16 years of age if renting our trailers. If you are going to make a reservation online, U-Haul requires a credit card but you are not required to use a credit card when paying for your rental. If you are paying by cash, a $100 or estimated rental charges will need to given at the time of pick up. For a One-Way truck it will be $100 plus rental rate. As far as the a moving helper, it will depend on which company you select. Feel free to view Moving Help rates here.

  9. Are all my cost included in a 26′ truck moving from Il to Mo for the 721.00, does the truck have to stop at weigh stations and if so is there a cost there? The mileage is approx of 426mi the truck would be return that same day.

    • Paige E says:

      Hi Maryann, the amount you are given is a flat rate for your move from IL to MO, however, does not include taxes. As far as stopping at weigh stations, the laws vary from state to state and throughout Canada. Normally U-Haul customers moving their own household goods are not required to stop, because it is not a commercial move. However, some states require that all trucks stop at the weigh stations. If in doubt, stop at the weigh station. Since you will be moving from state to state, you are given a certain amount of miles and days allowed for your move. If you exceed the days allowed, you will be charged $40/day for the truck. Also, if you happen to exceed the mileage, it will be $0.40/per additional mile.

  10. Gail says:

    Are there additional cost for each mile? Or is it included in the estimate? Move from San Jose to Anaheim, CA

    • Paige E says:

      Gail, U-Haul one way rentals are a flat rate with the miles built into the price. No there is not an additional cost for miles on our one way rentals. If you go over the alloted amount, it is $0.40/mile.

  11. Bailey says:

    Hi I was wondering what gas mileage a 14 foot truck gets?

  12. Renee McClinton says:

    We will be moving in a few weeks from Gulfport Ms. to Ripley Tn. One- way. Can we use a a pre-pay Wal-mart Visa card to pay for our trip? How much is the rate for a 10 ft truck ? It is 373 miles. I understand that there is a 3 day use but we will only require 1 or 2 days for our use as we will be travling at night. Also, will we have to replace the gas that is in the truck.on drop off? thanks.

    • Paige E says:

      Yes, you are able to use a Pre-Paid card as long as it has the Visa logo or any major credit card company such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. A 10ft U-Haul truck currently shows a rate of $450.00, although the rates do tend to change based on the moving date. With moving One-Way you are allowed a certain amount of days and miles to cover. If you are done earlier than expected, it is suggested to return as soon as you are done to avoid any late fees. When fueling the equipment, it is recommenced to return to fuel level it is at at the time of pick up. This you will actually be able to go over with your pick up location during the pick up process.

  13. Paula Stevens says:

    I will be renting a 14′ Truck for a one way move from Bradenton FL 34209 to Destin FL 32541. It states the rate includes 3 days and 544 miles. Is there at per mile charge on top of that? When I Googled the mileage calculation, it answered with 475 miles.

    • Paige E says:

      Thank you for your inquiry. If you exceed the allowed miles, you will be charged $0.40/per additional mile. Any additional days, it will be $40.00/day for the moving truck and $20.00/day for a trailer.

  14. Shatem Carrera says:

    I am planning a move from Juneau Alaska to Detroit Michigan. I was planning on going from Skagway to Detroit but in the quote it does not say how many miles are included in the one way rental so I don’t know if i will go over based on the route I picked.

    • Paige E says:

      A U-Haul rental from Juneau, Alaska to Detroit, Michigan the rate includes 10 days of use and 3901 miles. The days and miles offered are normally consistent so this should be the same or very similar to what is on your reservation. If you want to make sure, the phone number for the location in Juneau is (907) 523-0563.

  15. Jerry Geisler says:

    If you rent a truck on Saturday morning and return it Monday morning, how many rental periods is that?

    • Paige E says:

      If the truck is being picked up on Saturday and returned on Monday, that would be 3 rental periods, Jerry. You can find more information here.

  16. brenda says:

    I’m moving from Indianapolis Ind to Harrison Twp Michigan I’ve already made reservations for a 17 ft my price came to 292 oo and that’s not included with taxes how much is taxes on this fee and would I have to give more money I’m very nervous

    • Paige E says:

      Brenda, Taxes vary from state to state. You will have to check your local tax rates, most are about 6-10%. As for additional fees, there is a $5 environmental fee on all one-way moves. Unless you are purchasing the Safemove coverage or renting pads or dollies, there shouldn’t be any other charges.

  17. JEREMY says:

    Est.cost for 10 ft. truck,2 days,250 miles, roundtrip.Beginning and ending in Fairfield CA

    • Paige E says:

      The weekend rate for a 10ft truck in Fairfield, CA is $19.95 per rental period (up to 24 hours) plus $1.09 per mile. You are looking at an estimate of $312.45. This rate does not include environmental fee, taxes or coverage. Please visit uhaul.com or call 1-800-468-4285 for more info on rates and reservations.

  18. William Allen says:

    How many days are included in a large truck one way rental for a distance of 1000 miles?

  19. Linda MacDougall says:

    What would a 1 way rental for a 10 ft truck be going from Boston to Ossipee NH which is about 125 miles 1 way

  20. Jenn says:

    What’s it going to cost for one way 68 miles 15′ truck

  21. Trev says:

    Why don’t you publish your mileage rates? I need a 15′ truck and will be going 100 miles. what the fuck will it cost me in miles?

    • Paige says:

      Hi Trev, for a rental truck, mileage costs are built into the cost of your one-way move. The mileage for an in-town rental will depend on where and when you’re moving. You can get those specifics here or by calling 1-800-GOUHAUL.

  22. SMH says:

    Im moving from Warner Robins Ga to Belleville Illinois but it doesnt give me how many miles are included?

    • Paige says:

      There are up to 4 days and 763 miles included. Additional miles are $0.40 per mile, Additional days are $40 per day on a truck and $20 per day on a trailer/tow device.

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