Michigan to Montana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Grand Rapids to Billings is a major route for freight shipping services.
The Grand Rapids, MI to Billings, MT route is a 1,432 mile trip that takes a little over 20 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to Montana ranges from a minimum of 1,149 miles and 17 hours from Bridgman, MI to Broadus, MT, to over 1,930 miles and a minimum of 29 hours on the road from Rogers City, MI to Troy, MT. The shortest route from Michigan to Montana is along the I-94 W; however, there’s also a more southern route that uses the I-90 traveling through Rapid City, SD instead of Bismarck, ND.
Michigan, the Great Lakes State, is made up of two peninsulas surrounded by the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Southeast Michigan, the most densely populated part of the state, is home to the Detroit Metro Area and the American automotive industry. Further north, there’s lumber, mining and furniture manufacturing. Michigan borders Ontario, Canada to the east and north, across lakes Huron and Superior. Indiana and Ohio are to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin are to the west, across Lake Michigan. Detroit is approximately 300 miles east of Chicago and 250 miles west of Toronto, Canada. Michigan is warm and humid in the summer, cold and snowy in the winter. Michigan’s climate sometimes causes delays in trucking.
Named after the Spanish for “mountainous country,” Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, many of which form part of the Rocky Mountains in the west of the state. Its unofficial nickname, Big Sky Country, refers to the huge expanses of flat open plains in the eastern part of Montana, which provide fertile ground for agriculture and ranching and cover 60% of the state’s territory.
The major cities of Montana include Missoula to the east, Billings in the south and Great Falls. State capital Helena, Butte and Bozeman are also major population centers. Thanks to its size, geography and the Continental Divide, the weather in Montana can vary dramatically. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Montana (-70ºF) and the valleys and mountains can attract fog that is difficult for even experienced Montana trucking companies to navigate.
Michigan to Montana Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Michigan is mainly industrial and Montana is mainly agricultural, with manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Michigan and Montana are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.