Auto Transport Routes: Pocatello to Reno
In the auto transport industry, car shippers prefer running routes from one major metropolitan area to another. Pocatello – home to just 54,000 residents – is not a major metro area, at least not in the sense that Los Angeles or New York are. It’s the fifth-largest city in Idaho, but Idaho is a rather remote area, and auto shippers don’t particularly like traveling there as not a lot of people are shipping cars to or from the area. And Reno, while it’s still fairly large (over 225,000 residents), it’s isolated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, though it does have a major interstate running through it, I-80. There is no one route that connects Pocatello to Reno, but it’s not impossible for auto shippers to get to or from there – it just takes a bit of ingenuity in terms of the route they decide to take.
The quickest route would likely be for an auto shipper to head west on I-84 out of Pocatello, then get onto US 93 S, a north-south highway that is not part of the Interstate Highway System, near Twin Falls, Idaho. From there they can head south into northern Nevada and ultimately reach I-80, which runs straight into Reno. This particular route is rather barren in terms of major cities along the way, so some carriers will likely opt to take I-15 south into Salt Lake City to pickup more loads, as Salt Lake City is the largest city in Utah and actually a rather popular shipping location (for its size and location, anyway). From Salt Lake they can catch I-80 and head west into Reno, which is likely easier and more cost-effective, if not a bit longer.
Taking the first route will likely shave a day or two off your shipment, but if a carrier is going through Salt Lake City first it may be cheaper for you, if not a bit longer of a route. Most carriers heading out of Pocatello will either continue on I-84 into Portland, Oregon, or south on I-15 – rarely will they make the trek from Pocatello to Reno without any other stops. Expedited transportation, which is quite a bit more, could see a shipper run the US 30 route to I-80, but again it’ll likely cost more because of the more barren nature of the route. For questions about your specific route, talk to your car transport representative; if you’re interested in getting some quotes to ship your vehicle from different vehicle transport companies, fill out our free form or give us a call and you’ll get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within the hour.