How much does a U-Haul truck rental cost?
U-Haul rates for truck rentals are as well-advertised as Subway’s $5 foot-longs. But just as your sandwich actually costs closer to $6.50, your final U-Haul costs will almost always be more than the advertised price.
For instance, a 10-foot truck starts at $19.95 per day, but for an interstate move from San Diego, CA, to Eugene, OR (a distance of almost 1,000 miles), U-Haul quoted us $1,121—and that’s because those advertised low rates are for local moves only.
Plus, U-Haul is on the shady side when it comes to spelling out its prices—and customers routinely slam U-Haul for tacking on hidden fees.
We've outlined the U-Haul cost of each truck size for this move below.
U-Haul costs for renting a truck
1,151 miles included
1,151 miles included
1,151 miles included
1,151 miles included
|Base price/rental fee|
|Estimated total price|
|Estimated fuel costs*|
9 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 2 in.
15 ft. x 7 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 2 in.
19 ft. 6 in. x 7 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 2 in.
26 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 3 in.
Studio to 1-bedroom apartment
1-bedroom home or 2-bedroom apartment
2-bedroom home or 3-bedroom apartment
3- to 4-bedroom home
*Based on an estimated gas price of $3.70 per gallon and an estimated gas mileage of 12 mpg for 10-ft. trucks and 10 mpg for 15-ft., 20-ft., and 26-ft. trucks.
Of course, there are differences between what’s included and what’s extra in local moves versus one-way, long-distance moves. And no matter your move type, additional supplies like a tow dolly can also unexpectedly raise your cost.
Case in point: you’ll find moving blankets and a tow dolly in your truck sealed with zip ties. If you break the seal, you’ll see a rental fee reflected on your final bill.
Think of it like a hotel room with a stocked mini-fridge—if you crack open a Coke now, you’ll pay for it later.
What you need to know about your U-Haul quote
- It reflects only the base rate of your rental.
- It doesn’t include an environmental fee ($1–$5).
- It doesn’t include taxes (which can be as high as $50).
- It doesn’t account for mileage or gas on some rentals.
Plus, those $25.95-per-day advertisements are for local moves only. You’ll pay a lot more than that for one-way moves.
The trick with U-Haul is to comb through the fine print on your quote and ask questions about every added cost. Nine times out of ten you’ll pay more than the advertised base rate, but despite their customer service reputation, it’s helpful to speak with a customer service representative directly—U-Haul costs are negotiable.
If you’re unhappy with your price, lean into your haggling skills and bargain away, my friend. Alternatively, you can check out this list of tips for saving money on your rental truck move.
Paying with cash?
If you’re paying in stacks of Benjamins (or Washingtons), you’ll need to put down a $100 security deposit for your rental truck and/or $75 on any trailer or towing equipment at the time of pick-up. (You’ll get that security deposit back when you return everything to U-Haul.)
U-Haul rates for one-way moves are affected by these factors:
- U-Haul rental base rate up to 5 days
- Mileage (set amount included in move)
- Fuel costs
- Environmental fee
- Insurance coverage (optional)
- Pickup location
- Drop-off location
- Move date
Ready to hit the road?
You can request a U-Haul truck for your move dates without picking up the phone.
Planning a moving road trip?
If you’re driving a moving truck long-distance, then you need a solid road trip plan to keep you and your family safe and entertained during the long hours on the road. We can help with that. Read our guide to planning your moving road trip for fun ideas, budget-saving tips, and safety recommendations.
The price per day for any truck, cargo trailer, utility trailer, or car carrier is good for up to five days. After that, U-Haul will charge you $40 for every additional twenty-four hours.
So if your move takes six days instead of five, U-Haul will charge you roughly double for that extra day. Pretty annoying if you ask us, but at least it discourages the renters ahead of you from going over their time and dipping into yours.
Mileage rates range anywhere from $0.59 to $0.99 per mile. There’s no mileage charge on one-way moves (a.k.a. long-distance moves), but U-Haul usually gives you an allotted number of miles you have to stay under.
This is where we’ve heard the most complaints about hidden fees. U-Haul’s known for hitting customers with excessive mileage charges after the fact. Ask clarifying questions before your move. Like, will you pay (literally) if you make an out-of-the-way pit stop on your road trip?
Take a pic of the odometer and gas mileage before and after your trip so you can keep track of the miles and gas you used, in case you need to make any claims.
When you drop off your truck, you’ll need to fill it back up with the same amount of gas it had at pickup.
The cost of refilling your tank multiple times throughout your trip is easy to forget about when budgeting—especially since some trucks get as little as ten miles per gallon
Use a trip calculator to gauge how much gas money you’ll need.
How many miles per gallon does a U-Haul truck get?
- 10-ft. truck: 12 mpg
- 15-ft. truck: 10 mpg
- 17-ft. truck: 10 mpg
- 20-ft. truck: 10 mpg
- 26-ft. truck: 10 mpg
U-Haul offers two types of insurance coverage plans: SafeMove® and SafeMove Plus®.
We’ll get into the differences between the two later on, but SafeMove Plus is usually double the cost of SafeMove. For our move from San Diego to Eugene, SafeMove cost $90, while SafeMove Plus came to $180.
Average U-Haul insurance prices
|Average (all plans)||$71|
|Safemove Plus average|
Data as of 6/19/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change. Average cost calculated by comparing insurance costs for four home sizes across three distances.
U-Haul costs include an environmental fee to defray junk and recycling costs associated with its moving trucks. The fee is usually anywhere from $1 to $5.
To be fair, every rental truck company (and rental car company) charges a similar fee.
Don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for taxes when you’re planning your move. Depending on how far you’re moving, your taxes could teeter between two figures and three.
Pickup and drop-off location
It costs more to move between bigger cities and suburbs than smaller, rural areas. Also, U-Haul costs are less expensive to move between Sunday and Thursday than over a weekend.
If there’s anything to know about moving, it’s that time of year is everything. Late spring and summer are peak moving seasons, so it’ll be more expensive once the weather gets warmer and the flowers start blooming.
Got money on your mind?
Many moving truck rental companies offer discounts for military members, senior citizens, and students. Some, like U-Haul, can even hook you up with cheap hotels during your move. Check out our moving truck deals page to peruse all the deals and discounts available to you.