Discover the cost to ship your beloved pets and most precious items to or from Washington, DC
Transport anything safely to Washington for as little as 54 cents per mile.
How much does it cost to transport a pet?
Successful pet transports from our marketplace for as little as 54 cents per mile.
Types of animals and pets we transport
Factors affecting the cost of shipping pets
Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your pet to Washington.
Mode of Transportation
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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.
The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.
Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your pet to Washington, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.
Health clearance and travel equipment
The first step to transporting your pet to Washington is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.
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I had my puppy ship from Illinois to Georgia. The driver was very courteous he kept me informed with calls text and pictures of my puppy along the way. I highly recommend them.
How expensive is it to own and care for a pet in Washington?
Washington is a great city for any pup, but it might be tough on your wallet. Living in Washington costs more than twice the US average, making pet ownership a difficult reality. Here's what you can expect to spend on common pet expenses.
First year of pet ownership
$100 - $2,000Purchase/acquire pet
$100 - $300Average of first year vet bills
$37 - $210Licensing/registrations
$125 - $700Average food costs (dependent on size of dog/brand of food)
$20 - $50Dog walking supplies
$25 - $150Toys and treats
$650 - $750Grooming (once a month)
$1,057 - $4,160Total yearly expenses
How Transporters Get Your Pets to Washington and surrounding areas?
Transporting your pets to Washington and the surrounding areas is easy when you use CitizenShipper. With a wide array of transporters using our platform, you can rest assured knowing your pet is in the best hands.
When it comes to pet transport, highways, and airports play a key role. Depending on the size of your pet, transporters using CitizenShipper can utilize both roads and airways to get your pet to its destination.
The major highways to and around Washington include I-95 and I-395. These roads provide direct access to major cities such as Arlington and Alexandria. Plus, they are connected to other major roadways, allowing transporters to reach any destination within the region easily.
When it comes to air travel, the Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport are the main airports in the area. Both airports offer direct flights to major cities in the United States and abroad. With CitizenShipper, you can easily find a transporter who can transport your pet to any airport in the region.
No matter what type of transport you’re looking for, you can be sure that CitizenShipper’s network of transporters can get your pet safely to Washington and surrounding areas. Whether it’s a highway or an airport, transporters using our platform have the skills and experience to get your pet to its destination in a safe and timely manner.
Navigating the Final Mile and Reducing Wait Times
To ensure that your driver reaches the destination the quickest, provide them with instructions on navigating the house or building's exact location. Additionally, you can request your driver to provide you with a tracking link using Google or Apple maps. This will not only reduce wait times at delivery but also reduce any anxiety you may have.
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No matter what you’re transporting, CitizenShipper has got you covered. We connect you with professional drivers eager and able to meet your requests.
What is the cost to ship your precious items to Washington, DC?
What you're transporting to Washington and how you choose to do it will determine the cost. Check out the examples and breakdown below.
Cost to ship a car
A host of factors determine how much it’ll cost to ship your vehicle to the Washington area. This includes its size and condition, the time of year, pickup and drop-off locations, travel distance, whether you use an open or enclosed trailer and mode of transport.
Cars/light trucks, RVs, camper trailers, oversized/lifted trucks, antique/special care vehicles, and others.
Cost to ship a motorcycle
The origin state and transport distance will impact the cost of shipping your motorcycle. An enclosed trailer will protect your bike much better, but an open trailer costs significantly less.
Racing bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, cruising bikes/choppers, ATVs, 3-wheelers, and others.
Cost to ship a boat
Your boat is an investment – finding safe transportation should be too. The cost will vary based on your boat’s measurements, the season, and other factors, such as the mode and method of shipping.
Power/motorboats, fishing boats, sailboats, and others.
Cost to ship freight
Numerous variables determine the cost of freight shipping to the Washington metropolitan area, such as how far it needs to go, its density or volume, whether you need extra accessories and the type of carrier you choose.
Less than a truckload, or a full truckload.
Cost to ship household items
You can use various options to move your household items to the Washington area. The most common choices include renting a van and doing it yourself, hiring a furniture-moving company and utilizing peer-to-peer platforms like CitizenShipper to connect with qualified experts.
Household Items include:
Furniture, kitchen appliances, and boxes.
Cost to move
Moving homes is a hassle. Transporting your belongings doesn’t have to be. You can rent a van and move everything yourself or hire a company. Using professional movers will make the transition to the Washington area less stressful and help prevent damage.
Apartment and House Moves include:
1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, 3 bedroom house, 4 bedroom house, and a 5 bedroom house.
Cost to ship heavy equipment
The size of your equipment will directly affect the shipping cost. Flatbed hauling is the standard solution and sufficient for most heavy equipment transports.
Heavy Equipment include:
Tractors, excavators, backhoe loaders, skid steer loaders, forklift/telehandlers, and others.
Cost of running errands
The average cost of hiring an errand service in Washington is around $30 per hour. Depending on the type of service you need, when you need it and how far the driver travels, you can spend as little as $15 per hour or as much as $100.
Local Errands include:
Grocery and meal delivery, office supplies shopping, sending and receiving packages and moving services.
Cost to ship fragile items
Transporting fragile items requires extra attention and care. The travel distance and mode and method of transport will determine the cost. CitizenShipper can connect you with qualified drivers who specialize in safely handling hard-to-ship items.
Special Care include:
Antiques, heirlooms, musical instruments, artwork, wine & spirits and other fragile items.
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I really like CitizenShipper because i can ship anything by them and its easy to use. I shipped my Jetski from Kansas to Iowa. I would use them again and again for anything i want to ship.
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Whitney was amazing! Very friendly, she arrived promptly and provided updates & pictures along the way; we felt very comfortable knowing she took great care of our puppy! Beyond happy and I totally recommend her!
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Love Citizenshipper! They do a fantastic job in weeding out great trustworthy drivers for your precious cargo. I have recommended them several times already. It's a very fast and efficient process. Thanks again!
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“Perfect job and communication for my old Harley Davidson Sportster! Thank you so much! See you next time.”
100+ completed shipments so far
Nico & Mica were amazing! They transported my silver lab puppy from MN to ME... They’re extremely on top of keeping you in the loop with the whereabouts in travel they are with your pup and very understanding when you ask lots of questions! I’d use them again in a heartbeat and I highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks again Nico & Mica ❤️
16+ completed shipments so far
Wow—this was a great experience! The word ‘care’ in the company name isn’t just a throw-in. It shows in how Shaun & the team help to make transporting a family member less stressful especially if you [like us] have never done this before. Special thanks to our driver, Larry. He’s caring, professional, flexible and someone we felt immediately comfortable with entrusting our daughter’s dog for a 3-day trip. Hard to see how you could do better than Bailey’s Best Care!
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