The Titanic and its demise during the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York is still a topic that fascinates a lot of people, even though it happened over a hundred years ago.
A lot of people still wonder what it was like to be on this popular voyage, as the passenger liner is still being studied after decades. This article will tell you how much the Titanic tickets cost for different passenger classes.
How Much Did The Titanic Tickets Cost?
A ticket for the third class in 1912 on this luxury liner cost 7 pounds. For a first-class suite, the cost was 870 pounds. If we were to take into account today’s inflation rate, the same third-class ticket would best closer to 850 pounds in today’s money, while traveling at first class would cost about 105,000 pounds.
As the exchange rate swung pretty wildly in 1912, it is pretty hard to figure out the price in US Dollars. It was about $5 per British pound most of the time, which means that first-class accommodations were about $4,350, while third-class tickets were worth about $35 in 1912.
This cost is really impressive when accounting for inflation. The first-class suite on the Titanic would cost about $133,150, while the third-class accommodations would be $1,075. The First class berths would cost about $4,600, while second-class would be priced at about $1,850.
Titanic passenger statistics
The TitanicFacts website provides an estimation of the Titanic, which concludes that the total number of travelers at first-class on the Titanic was 324. There is no information on how many of them upgraded to suites and how many booked just the standard first-class berths.
709 passengers booked and were traveling third class, while 284 were on board after booking second class. Overall, there were 107 children on board, out of which, most of them were third-class passengers.
Here’s how the number of potential passengers and passengers breaks down for the Titanic trip:
- The total number of passengers on board was somewhere between 2,208 and 2,240, depending on the source reporting on this
- The vessel was equipped and capable of transporting 2,566 guests
- When fully booked, the maximum capacity would be about 3,547 people, including the crew and passengers
- 20 people are said to have canceled plans to set sail on the Titanic, all of them having dreams about the vessel sinking
Based on these statistics, and assuming all first-class passengers were charged 30 pounds per berth fare ticket, the total fare would be 18,090 pounds or $90,450 in 1912. This translates into $2.75 million, or 2.2 million pounds in today’s money.
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An interesting aspect is that survivors sued the White Star Line for a total amount of $16 million, out of which they were only paid $664,000.
What Was the Most Expensive Ticket on the Titanic?
Historians believe that the most expensive suit was made up of a sitting room and two bedrooms, a suite more expensive than the average first-class ticket. Its occupant was a patron of the American Arts, called Charlotte Drake Cardeza. Charlotte was traveling with her 36-year-old son, valet, and maid, all of whom had survived the trip. Although they managed to reach the land safely, they left behind 14 trunks of luggage, as well as other items, several of them very expensive.
Third Class Accommodations
Third-class tickets for rooms were the equivalent of 7% of the average annual salary of a skilled working man in England. Most people getting the third class ticket were doing so as a way of setting sail to America looking for a new life and building a better future.
People in third class could take advantage of communal rooms, an outdoor deck space, and two dining rooms. They didn’t have dinner, as dinner was only available for the upper classes, but they could enjoy tea and supper.
Second Class Accommodations
Second class passengers on the Titanic had more comfort than those in third-class. Although they shared bathrooms, they had private cabins. They could use the library and had access to promenade decks where they enjoyed fresh sea air, as well as men-only smoking rooms.
They had dining rooms that could accommodate all of the guests simultaneously. Although they had a more limited menu, there was still a good variety of food.
First Class Accommodations
Passengers had first-class rooms at the same standard as many high-end hotels from those times. Guests have several onboard facilities designed exclusively for them, like places to play chess and shuffleboard, a swimming pool Turkish baths, gyms, and squash courts.
As a first-class passenger, you could have your meals inside the main dining room. Dinner was served between 7:00 PM and 8:15 PM. If you wanted to eat in an a la carte restaurant, then you could do this if you were traveling first class, by paying a little extra.
Food was also high class. It had everything from lamb, duckling, and other expensive cuts of meat to canapes and oysters, as well as French pastries for dessert and a lot of cheese boards. Their menu was mostly French cuisine but had British and American dish options as well.
Final words on ticket prices
So, how much did the Titanic tickets cost? The cheapest ticket prices were about $35, while the most expensive were about $4,350. The cost varied based on the class the patron was going for.