Shipping a Car to Hawaii from the East Coast

You can move your vehicle to Hawaii from anywhere in the east coast. We do this by combining the use of partnerships we have with overseas shipping lines. We also have our network of car carriers can thereby travel across the country very easily.

Popular states we ship from to Hawaii are:

Mainland port locations are in Long Beach, CA and Seattle, WA. However, we mostly see everything come out of California.


The average cost for a carrier to get it for you and have it arrive in Hawaii is about $2350. This is with all fees in. If you drop it off at the mainland port it will be $1075.00

Option 1 - Use a Carrier Picking Up at Your Door

This is usually the best and safest option for most. An open car carrier will meet you at your door and therefore take the car from you there. Each carrier will be taking up to 10 vehicles. Some will be going with you to the port, while others are just simply traveling to SoCal. You certainly can worry about nothing else until the vehicle arrives in Hawaii. You also will not have to lose the extra days because of all the driving

Note: How long it takes to arrive will depend on where your vehicle is at on the east coast.

Option 2 - Driving it From the Port Yourself

Of course, you can go ahead and simply hop in your car and make the trip from port yourself. There is a lot to keep in mind besides the fuel costs. Even if your vehicle is very fuel efficient, you will need to have funds for room and board. Don't forget about food along the way.

Furthermore, you will lose extra time. You lose about 3-4 days as a result. Plus, you may need to take even more time to recover.

After adding all the costs, (including a possible flight back) you will probably spend just as much or more.

Why Combine Ocean Shipping with Carrier Shipping

Carrier shipping only takes about 5-7 days, therefore may not be worth the tradeoff to drive. To ship a car to Hawaii it cannot have any loose parts and the glass cannot be cracked anywhere. You risk this when taking the trip on your own, plus other wear and tear. If you run into trouble on the road, you could be even more delayed. You will have to make repairs that will allow the vehicle acceptable for its voyage.

Need to get your vehicle quickly and safely to Hawaii from anywhere in the U.S.? Call us today, or use our free instant auto shipping calculator to get a rate today.

Carl has a decade of experience in the car shipping industry. He has worked in nearly every aspect of the transport business since 2014, taking charge of various roles in the company such as dispatching, sales, and customer service.

During those years, Carl amassed an invaluable amount of experience which has contributed to his writing of every article and and guide on NX since taking over content in 2015.