The unfortunate demise of the Titanic on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York over one hundred years ago remains a topic of fascination with people.
People have been studying this well-known passenger liner for decades, wondering what it was like to be on this voyage. We discuss how much ticket prices for the Titanic were and how they relate to today’s prices.
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Titanic Ticket Prices
A ticket to set sail on this luxury liner cost 7 pounds for a third-class ticket in 1912. For a first-class suite, the cost was 870 pounds. With today’s inflation rate, a third-class ticket would cost 850 pounds and to travel first-class would cost 105,000 pounds.
When translated to United States dollars, the exchange rate in 1912 swung wildly. Most of the time, it was $5 per British pound, so third-class tickets would cost $35 in 1912, with first-class accommodations coming in at $4,000.
Even when you account for inflation, the cost is staggering. It would cost $133,132 to travel in a first-class suite on the Titanic. First-class berths would cost $4,591, second-class would be $1,834, and third-class accommodations $1,071.
A calculated estimation of the Titanic concludes that the total number of first-class travelers was 324. It isn’t known how many booked standard first-class berths or upgraded to suites.
Of those who booked second class, there were 284 on board, with 709 traveling third-class. There were 107 kids on board, and most were third-class passengers.
The number of passengers and potential passengers breaks down as follows:
- The maximum capacity, if fully booked, was 3,547 people, including passengers and crew
- The number of guests the vessel was capable of transporting was 2,566
- The total number of those on board was between 2,208 and 2,240 (sources vary on this stat)
- The number of passengers was 1,317
- 49% of guest spaces were unused
- A reported 20 people canceled plans to set sail on the Titanic after having a dream it would sink
If we take these statistics and assume all first-class passengers paid 30 pounds in berth fare, the total fare was 18,091 pounds or $90,455 in 1912. In today’s money, it would equal 2.2 pounds or $2.75 million.
Interestingly, survivors sued the White Star Line for $16 million. White Star Line only paid $664,000.
What Was the Most Expensive Titanic Ticket?
It is believed the most expensive suite contained two bedrooms plus a sitting room. The occupant was Charlotte Drake Cardeza, a patron of the American arts. Charlotte was traveling with her maid, valet, and 36-year-old son, who all survived. However, they left behind 14 trunks of their luggage in addition to other items.
First Class Accommodations
First-class rooms had the same standards as many high-end hotels of the era. Several onboard facilities were available exclusively for these guests, such as squash courts, gyms, Turkish baths, a swimming pool, shuffleboard, and chess.
First-class passengers could have meals in the main dining room. Dinner was traditionally served between 7:00 to 8:15 pm. Those traveling first-class could also pay a bit extra to eat in an a la carte restaurant.
Food was high class. It included oysters, canapes, expensive cuts of meat (like duckling and lamb), and various cheese boards and French pastries for dessert. The menu tended to be primarily French cuisine. However, there were American and British options available as well.
Second Class Accommodations
Those traveling second-class had more comfort compared to third-class. They had private cabins with shared bathrooms. They had access to a library, men-only smoking rooms, and promenade decks where they could enjoy the fresh sea air.
Other dining rooms could accommodate all the guests simultaneously. The menu was more limited, but there was still a good variety.
Third Class Accommodations
Tickets for third-class rooms were 7% of a skilled working man’s average annual salary in England. Many in third-class were looking to set sail to begin a new life in America and build their future.
There were two dining rooms for those in third-class, an outdoor deck space, and communal rooms. They didn’t have dinner but ate tea and supper, as dinner was only for the upper classes.
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So, how much was a ticket on the Titanic? The cost was dependent on what class of ticket the patron was purchasing. Either way, this luxury passenger liner cost more than that era’s average price. However, no matter what class you traveled in, you were treated well while you were on board.