$1,177 Movers From Austin to Tucson

Quick Answer: The cost to move from Austin, TX to Tucson, AZ averages from $626 to $5,440 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 Austin 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 Austin guide.

Moving from Austin to Tucson resources

Moving 896 miles is no joke. Here's what you need to know.

How much does it cost to move from Austin to Tucson?

Austin movers charge $90 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 $1,177 - $4,234 $745 - $1,905 $557 - $1,130
2 - 3 bedrooms $2,325 - $5,440 $1,367 - $2,812 $626 - $1,290
4+ bedrooms $3,978 - $8,126 $1,781 - $3,718 $833 - $1,679
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*These price ranges are a rough estimate based on 896 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 Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin to Tucson?

Hiring movers for a studio apartment or one-bedroom home from Austin to Tucson will cost between $1,177 to $4,234. The cost to move a two- to three-bedroom home will range from $2,325 to $5,440, and a four-bedroom move or bigger move from Austin to Tucson will cost from $3,978 to $8,126.

How much are moving container companies from Austin to Tucson?

Moving containers from Austin to Tucson will cost you $745 to $1,905 for a studio or one-bedroom home. For a two- to three-bedroom move, moving containers can cost $1,367 to $2,812. A larger home will cost $1,781 to $3,718.

How much is a moving truck from Austin 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 $557 to $1,130. A larger move will cost $626 to $1,290, and a four-bedroom move from Austin to Tucson costs from $833 to $1,679. These estimates include the anticipated fuel cost.

The best Austin to Tucson moving companies

Hiring an interstate moving company to go from Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin to Tucson

Cost of living: Austin vs Tucson

Austin Tucson
Average rent cost $1,850 $1,332
Average home value $530,990 $324,114
Average income (per capita) $65,602 $60,444
Cost of Living (single person) $1,195 $848
Cost of Living (family of 4) $4,235 $2,936
Unemployment rate 3.5% 7.4%
Sales Tax 8.25% 8.7%
State Income Tax 0.0% 2.5%
  • Rent prices in Tucson are 28% lower than in Austin.
  • Home prices in Tucson are 39.0% lower than in Austin.
  • Income in Tucson is 7.9% lower than in Austin.
  • The cost of living for a single person in Tucson is 29.0% lower than in Austin.
  • The cost of living for a family in Tucson is 30.7% lower than in Austin.
  • The unemployment rate in Tucson is 111.43% higher than in Austin.
  • Sales taxes in Tucson are 5.45% higher than in Austin.
  • State income taxes in Tucson are 2.50% higher than in Austin.

To put this into perspective, you would need around $2,128.87 in Tucson to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $3,000.00 in Austin.

How is life different in Austin compared to Tucson?

Tucson Austin
Population 542,629 974,447
AllTransit Transportation Performance Score 5 5
Walkability score 43 42
Bike friendliness score 66 54
Crime Index 43.93 42.91
Safety Index 49.81 59.87
Air Quality Good Good
  • Tucson's population is about 44% less than Austin.
  • Tucson's public transportation has a similar score to Austin.
  • Tucson is more walkable than Austin with a score of 43 out of 100 vs Austin's 42 out of 100.
  • Tucson is more bike-friendly than Austin with a score of 66 out of 100 vs Austin's 54.
  • Tucson's crime rate is higher than Austin with a score of 43.93 compared to Austin's 42.91. This means that Tucson neighborhoods are safer than 43.93% of all U.S. neighborhoods, and Austin neighborhoods are safer than 42.91%.
  • Tucson is considered to be less safe than Austin with a score of 49.81 vs Austin's 59.87.
  • Air quality in Tucson is good, and in Austin 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 Austin movers

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102 Victor Street, Austin, TX, 78753
(512) 339-9922
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4.8 overall rating
9201 Brown Ln #180, Austin, TX, 78754
(512) 766-6683

Visit our best long distance movers in Austin 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 Austin to Tucson

When is the best time to move from Austin to Tucson?

The best time to move from Austin 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 Austin to Tucson?

Because most people are moving from Austin 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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