Prices & Travel Times of Space Travel
- Earth to Moon/L4/L5 budget passenger shuttle - travel time around 20 hours - executive travel in roomy seats $250 - standard travel in normal seats $125.
- Earth to Moon/L4/L5 express passenger shuttle - travel time around 6 hours - executive travel in roomy seats $1000 - standard travel in normal seats $500. Note these shuttles accelerate for long periods at close to Earth standard gravity - which may be too high for Tennin and permanent offworlders.
- For L4 to L5 passenger travel add a third to travel time and a quarter to prices.
- Earth to Mars, Mars to Mercury - travel time 2 to 6 weeks depending on planetary alignment - travel in shared accomodation - zero gravity bunk $5000, zero gravity cabin $10000, spin gravity bunk $7500, basic spin cabin - $15000, luxury spin cabin $30000. As there are a fleet of such craft regular voyages are available - at least once a month.
- Earth/Mars to Titan - travel time around 4 months - travel in nanostasis $25000 (advance booking only). There is likely only 1 or possibly 2 such regular craft and hence only one voyage every 4 or 8 months.
Prices suggested are for "open" tickets or short notice bookings. Advance bookings typically reduce prices by up to 50%.
- <$1 per pound Earth orbit - Lunar orbit/L4/L5 - cargo shuttles typically take 3 days
- 2-5 per pound Interplanetary Earth-Mars - typically a month or more
- $100-200 per pound from the Earths surface to orbit and $50-100 return
- $5-10 per pound from Mars surface to orbit via elevator
- $5-10 per pound from Lunar surface to orbit
Use the higher cost if special handling, environment or packaging is required.
So the price of a bottle of Earth Champagne on Mars is about $500 and it is
much cheaper (but much slower) to buy goods from Mars when off Earth (even in
Earth orbit) than it is from Earth.
Note: These prices are based off economic analysis of optimised Transhuman Space craft.
Transhuman Space Index