Auto Transport Routes: Portland to Portland
Yes, you read that title right – in this week’s edition of our “Auto Transport Routes” blog series, we’ll be talking about the route connecting the two biggest “Portland’s” together, and it’s a long route – almost 3,200 miles. Portland, Oregon is the largest city in Oregon and Portland, Maine is the largest in Maine, yet their population differences are staggering; the Oregon Portland has over 583,000, while the one in Maine has just 66,000 – that’s a big difference. While it helps that both cities are the largest in their respective states, the size of Maine’s Portland is quite smaller than Oregon’s, and that’s what can make the route more difficult to find carriers willing to run on – that, and the fact that it’s roughly 3,200 miles.
Auto transporters prefer routes that connect major metro areas together, and Portland, Maine is not really considered a major metro area. But then again, it’s still the largest city in Maine, so it has that going for it. Auto shippers running an east-west route will likely take I-84 into Salt Lake City out of Portland, Oregon; from there they can catch I-80 and that’ll take them through cities like Cheyenne, Wyoming; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Ohio, among others, before they can catch I-90 out of Cleveland. I-90 will get them close to Boston, where they can catch I-95 all the way into Portland, Maine. The route itself isn’t all that complicated, though there’s a lot of factors (like other customers at different pickup and delivery locations) that can alter your carrier’s route. The one we described is just the fastest from A to B, and doesn’t take into account your carrier’s schedule.
If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle from Portland to Portland, you need to understand that cross-country shipments can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks depending on the route. Portland to Portland will also likely be more expensive than, say, Los Angeles to New York City, which is roughly the same distance but the latter cities are much larger than the ones described in this post. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to move your vehicle to a larger metro area around Portland, considering they’re both the largest cities in the state. But that won’t matter too much – winter shipping may also raise the price, but it is what it is. Patience will be required on a route like this, is what we’re saying. If you’re looking for quotes, fill out our free online form; you’ll get the best quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. It’s that simple.