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Ship Passage Fares and Railway Fares (in progress)

1856 | 1872 | 1874-1875 | 1900 | 1901

One Guinea equals one pound, one shilling and no pence £1/1/0 (the pound symbol £ sometimes expressed as "L" or "l" - shilling as "s" and pence as "d") Calculate todays' cost of these fares using online tools, found on TheShipsList Resource page.

1856
Class (first)
Cost
Second/Steerage
Cost
Notes / Remarks / Route
Montreal Ocean Steam Ship Company (Allan Line)
Cabin
18 guineas
Steerage
8 guineas
Liverpool to Quebec (summer) and Portland (winter)
Taylor, Liverpool / Brooking, London & St. John's, Nfld. / Wier, Halifax (agents)
First
15 guineas
Steerage
5 guineas
Liverpool to St. John's, Newfoundland
First
16 guineas
Steerage
6 guineas
Liverpool to Halifax and Portland
Cunard Line
Chief cabin
25 guineas
Second cabin
15 guineas
Liverpool to Halifax and Boston
Chief cabin
30 guineas
Second cabin
20 guineas
Liverpool to New York
Passage money, including steward's fee and provisions, but without wines or liquors (which can be obtained on board) - Dogs £5 each. Small parcels 5s. each and upwards, according to size. These steam-ships have accommodation for a limited number of second-cabin passengers.
Railway in Canada
First
$10.00
Second
$8.00
Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Montreal
 
1872
Class (first)
Cost
Second/Steerage
Cost
Notes / Remarks / Route
Railway to emigration port(s)
Regular 3rd
47.20 francs
for Emigrants
30.? francs
Strasbourg to Havre
Regular 3rd
15.45 francs
for Emigrants
3.35? francs
Paris to Havre
.
.
One Fare
21.75 francs
Strasbourg to Antwerp
Antwerp to Quebec as transmigrants via Britain on Feeder Ships
.
.
Adult Fare inc.
160.00 francs
Antwerp - Grimsby - Liverpool to Quebec
Havre to Quebec and Portland as transmigrants via Britain on Feeder Ships - Allan Line from Liverpool
.
.
Adult Fare inc.
130.00 francs
Havre via Liverpool 1 Mar. to 30 Jun.
.
.
Adult Fare inc.
110.00 francs
Havre via Liverpool 1 Jul. to 31 Oct.
. . Adult Fare inc.
145.00 francs
Havre via Liverpool 1 Nov. to 31 Dec.
Hotel in Liverpool - expenses are borne by the Steamship Company - 3 to 4 francs a day
The price of assisted passages was uniformly maintained at 146.20 francs according to conditions previously agreed on. The above prices include the cost of passage by steamer from Havre to Liverpool–which is 26.85 francs, but regarding emigrants from Paris we must add 9.35 francs, for transport by railway to Havre.
 
1874-1875

The Canadian News of March 25, 1875

In a report of the Minister of Agriculture, which was laid before the Senate the other day, we find the following paragraphs:—
" The combination of steamship companies, commonly known as the North Atlantic Conference, broke up on the 7th May last, from differences among its own members. The combination had for some years previously maintained the steerage or immigrant fare on steamships at the uniform rate of £6 6s. steerage to all parts in Canada and the Northern United States. Thus any steamship lines, parties to the conference, would take an emigrant to Boston or New York for £6 s6., and pay the intervening railway fare to Quebec; or, if the emigrant were landed at a Canadian port he would be taken to Boston or New York for the same fare. After the rupture of the conference, the steerage fare practically fell to what could be obtained, but the prevailing rate was £3. This state of things continued throughout the year. The arrangement that had been made by the department with the Allan, and the Dominion, the Temperleys, and the Anchor Lines, to afford passenger warrants to approved immigrants to Canada at the rate of £4 15s., remained in abeyance, in consequence of the rupture of the conference. A special warrant, however, enabing [sic] families of agricultural labourers and female domestic servants to obtain passages for £2 5s., became in very great demand."

 
1900
Class (first)
Cost
Second/Steerage
Cost
Notes / Remarks / Route
    Adult Fare inc.
$45.50
Hamburg to Winnipeg, via Halifax
(in spring only)
    Adult Fare inc.
$54.20
Rotterdam to Winnipeg, via New York
    Adult Fare inc.
$40.75
Rotterdam to Winnipeg, via Liverpool
    Adult Fare inc.
$48.25
Libau to Winnipeg, via Liverpool
    Adult Fare inc.
$55.00
Odessa to Winnipeg, via Liverpool
    Adult Fare inc.
$52.00
Lemberg, to Winnipeg, via Liverpool
    Adult Fare inc.
$47.85
Vienna to Winnipeg, via Liverpool
 
1901
Allan Line
Second class
£6.10
Third class
£5.10
Glasgow to Quebec
Second class inc.
£9.00
Third class inc.
£8.00
Glasgow to Winnipeg inc. rail

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