$1,114 Movers From San Jose to Tucson

Quick Answer: The cost to move from San Jose, CA to Tucson, AZ averages from $594 to $5,389 depending on how much you're moving, your move date, and whether you hire a company or do the move yourself.

Hiring a full-service San Jose moving company will be on the more expensive side, while renting a truck or moving container is usually cheaper but requires more work.

Here's everything you need to know about your upcoming move to Tucson, AZ.

Moving the reverse route? We've got you covered with our Moving from Tucson to San Jose guide.

Moving from San Jose to Tucson resources

Moving 821 miles is no joke. Here's what you need to know.

How much does it cost to move from San Jose to Tucson?

San Jose movers charge $119 per hour on average. Here are average prices for a full-service moving company, moving container, or truck:

Move Size Moving Company Moving Container Rental Truck
Studio / 1 bedroom $1,114 - $4,277 $744 - $1,770 $572 - $1,088
2 - 3 bedrooms $2,187 - $5,389 $1,326 - $2,664 $594 - $1,244
4+ bedrooms $3,956 - $7,576 $1,780 - $3,373 $780 - $1,479
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*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 821 miles and historical averages. The actual size of your move, additional services required, truck parking access, market conditions, and availability can greatly affect the final cost of your move.

The cost to move from San Jose to Tucson will depend on:

  • Move size: The amount of items you have — as well as your home size and layout — will impact the total cost of your relocation.
  • Time of year: Summer is peak moving season in San Jose, so moving companies will likely charge more.
  • Do-it-yourself vs Professional Mover: DIY moving services are usually cheaper but involve more work and stress compared to letting the pros handle your move.

How much are professional moving companies when moving from San Jose to Tucson?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from San Jose to Tucson will cost between $1,114 to $4,277. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $2,187 to $5,389, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from San Jose to Tucson will cost from $3,956 to $7,576.

How much are moving container companies from San Jose to Tucson?

Moving containers from San Jose to Tucson will cost you $744 to $1,770 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,326 to $2,664. A larger home will cost $1,780 to $3,373.

How much is a moving truck from San Jose to Tucson?

Renting a moving truck is usually the cheapest option, but it requires you to do all of the driving and labor.

Moving a studio or one-bedroom apartment in a rental truck will cost around $572 to $1,088. A larger move will cost $594 to $1,244, and a four-bedroom move from San Jose to Tucson costs from $780 to $1,479. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best San Jose to Tucson moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from San Jose to Tucson is a big deal.

There are more than 8,000 moving companies in the U.S. But don't worry, you won't have to filter through all of them. We've done the research for you and narrowed the list based on customer satisfaction, cost, and services. Here are the best long-distance moving companies serving San Jose to Tucson.

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If you're just trying to ship a few items, here are our picks for the best small load moving companies.

Pros and cons of moving from San Jose to Tucson

Cost of living: San Jose vs Tucson

San Jose Tucson
Average rent cost $2,900 $1,332
Average home value $1,316,960 $324,114
Average income (per capita) $80,833 $60,444
Cost of Living (single person) $3,650 $848
Cost of Living (family of 4) $8,139 $2,936
Unemployment rate 6.6% 7.4%
Sales Tax 9.38% 8.7%
State Income Tax 13.3% 2.5%
  • Rent prices in Tucson are 54% lower than in San Jose.
  • Home prices in Tucson are 75.4% lower than in San Jose.
  • Income in Tucson is 25.2% lower than in San Jose.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Tucson is 76.8% lower than in San Jose.
  • The cost of living for a family in Tucson is 63.9% lower than in San Jose.
  • The unemployment rate in Tucson is 12.12% higher than in San Jose.
  • Sales taxes in Tucson are 7.25% lower than in San Jose.
  • State income taxes in Tucson are 81.20% lower than in San Jose.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $696.99 in Tucson to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in San Jose.

How is life different in San Jose compared to Tucson?

Tucson San Jose
Population 542,629 1,013,240
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 5 7
Walkability score 43 51
Bike friendliness score 66 62
Crime Index 43.93 30.44
Safety Index 49.81 49.73
Air Quality Good Good
  • Tucson's population is about 46% less than San Jose.
  • Tucson's public transportation has a score of 5 out of 10 versus San Jose's lower score of 7.
  • Tucson is less walkable than San Jose with a score of 43 out of 100 vs San Jose's 51 out of 100.
  • Tucson is more bike-friendly than San Jose with a score of 66 out of 100 vs San Jose's 62.
  • Tucson's crime rate is higher than San Jose with a score of 43.93 compared to San Jose's 30.44. This means that Tucson neighborhoods are safer than 43.93% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and San Jose neighborhoods are safer than 30.44%.
  • Tucson is considered to be safer than San Jose with a safety index of 49.81 vs San Jose's 49.73.
  • Air quality in Tucson is good, and in San Jose it's good.

Considerations for moving to Tucson

  • Weather: Extreme heat may cause discomfort if you choose to move in the summer. Pay close attention to heat sensitive household items such as instruments, antique furniture, and electronics. .
  • HOA rules: Check ahead with any neighborhood or community rules on moving to ensure a smooth move.
  • Elevator reservation: If your building has an elevator you'll want to check on how to reserve it for move day.
  • Truck parking permits: Some cities require parking permits for large vehicles and moving trucks. Find out if you need any parking permits ahead of time.
  • State licensing: Though Arizona is largely an “unregulated” state, local moving companies are subject to some Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) and Department of Weights and Measures regulations intended to ensure that they operate safely and ethically. Make sure the moving company you use has a license before hiring.
  • State regulator: You can verify a Arizona moving license and its status through the state's public utilities commission.
  • Moving permits: Arizona does not require any moving permits, but it is helpful to check local parking restrictions before moving into the state.
  • Change of address: We recommend submitting your change of address form with USPS at least a week prior to your move. You can set an official move date on the form and this way all of your mail will get properly forwarded to Tucson. Get started here.
  • Moving company insurance: Every state requires moving companies to carry different levels of insurance. Choose Released Value Protection for its cost-effectiveness—offered by movers at no extra charge, although it provides minimal coverage. With a liability limit of 60 cents per pound per article, consider this option carefully. For instance, if a 50-inch TV weighing 25 pounds is lost or damaged, your reimbursement would only be $15 (60 cents x 25 pounds). For comprehensive coverage of your items' full value, consult with your moving company for alternative options or consider third-party insurance providers.
  • Moving checklist: Our moving checklist will help you have the peace of mind that you've got everything covered.

Local San Jose movers

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600 E Trimble Rd, San Jose, CA, 95131
(408) 351-9515
Ninja Movers, Inc. Get A Quote starstarstarstarstar
4.76 overall rating
401 Nelo St, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
(408) 638-6963

Visit our best long distance movers in San Jose page to see a complete list of moving companies, including hourly rates, services, and reviews.

What to do in Tucson

These are some of the best things to do in your new Arizona home.

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Gates Pass
  • Madera Canyon
  • Catalina State Park
  • Tohono Chul
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • The Gaslight Theatre
  • DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum
  • Cactus Forest Drive
  • Reid Park Zoo

Get your sports on!

Tucson is a great sports town, these are the local teams to support:
  • University of Arizona Wildcats (NCAA)
  • Tucson Saguaros (Pecos League)
  • Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)
  • FC Tucson (USL)
  • Tucson Monsoon (IWFL)
  • Tucson Sugar Skulls (IFL)

FAQs about moving from San Jose to Tucson

When is the best time to move from San Jose to Tucson?

The best time to move from San Jose to Tucson is during the transitional seasons of spring or fall, considering the summer highs of 101ºF and the winter lows of 38ºF in Tucson.

When is the cheapest time to move from San Jose to Tucson?

Because most people are moving from San Jose to Tucson in the spring or fall, you can often catch discounts by moving in the summer or winter. Read our guide on moving discounts to learn more.

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