Coffin Prices in the USA and the UK

The coffin or casket is usually the most expensive part of a funeral. But coffin prices can be affordable if you do your homework. 

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The reason they are expensive is mostly because funeral homes charge quite a large mark-up on the price, and as most people buy direct from them, they are paying a premium.  

However, legally, funeral homes and directors are obliged to let you provide your own coffin or casket and have it delivered to them. In addition, you don't need a casket for a cremation.  

The regulations in the USA state: 

"Use an “alternative container” instead of a casket for cremation. No state or local law requires the use of a casket for cremation. A funeral home that offers cremations must tell you that alternative containers are available, and must make them available. They might be made of unfinished wood, pressed wood, fiberboard, or cardboard."

Check out the regulations for your local area by asking your funeral director.  

There is a huge range to choose from on the market from simple cardboard or pine right up to luxury handmade caskets in hardwoods, metals such as steel or copper, even gold plated! 

Prices will depend on the materials you choose and where you decide to buy.  If you look online or go to a wholesale supplier you will find cheaper prices.  

Click on the links for each type of coffin to see our recommendations for designs and where to buy.  

USA Coffin and Casket Prices: 

In the USA prices range from: 

Cardboard caskets:   

Pine Caskets:  

Biodegradable Caskets:  

Luxury Caskets in Hardwoods or Metal:  

In USD: 

$200 - $700  

$550 - $1000

$200 - $1000

$1200 - $10,000

UK Coffin Prices

In the UK prices range from: 

Cardboard coffins:  

Pine Coffins:  

Biodegradable Coffins:  

Luxury Coffins in Hardwoods or Metal:  


£99 - £900

£500 - £700

£199 - £600

£280 - £10,000

Prices reviewed in September 2018.  

Obviously you can go way above these prices if you get a bespoke coffin with gold plating like Michael Jackson's.  But these are the basic prices available from funeral directors and online.  

Related Pages: 

Understanding Different Types of Coffins

Funeral Caskets, Coffins and Urns

How to Plan a Funeral 

Making Your Own Funeral Arrangements

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