The Titanic Was Longer Than TWO Football Pitches – Illustrated Size Comparison


It’s difficult to get an idea of the scale of ships like the Titanic. If you’re interested in the history of the ship, you may be wondering how she compares to regular items like buses, planes or buildings that you know well.

How Big Was The Titanic?

The Titanic was 882 feet (269 meters) in length and 92 feet (28 meters) wide. The length of the Titanic is equivalent to 2.6 football pitches, 5.9 commercial airplanes or 2.9 Statue of Libertys. The Titanic was as wide as 2.2 buses or 1/3rd of a modern aircraft carrier.

In this article, we will compare the size of Titanic to everyday objects and buildings.

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to Commercial Airplanes?

The Titanic was as long as the length of 5.9 commercial airplanes and as wide as the length of 0.6 of a commercial airplane.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Commercial Airplane5.9x60%

The below graphic shows the comparison between the length of a commercial airplane, assumed to be around 150 ft in length on average and the Titanic.

The titanic was as long as 2.9 status of 5.9 commercial airplanes, titanic size comparison

The below graphic shows the comparison between the width of the Titanic and the length of a commercial airplane. If comparing the width of the Titanic to the width of an airplane cabin, this would be 4.6 airplanes wide.

The titanic was as wide as 0.6 airplanes, titanic size comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to a Bus?

The Titanic was the length of 22 buses and as wide as the length of 2.3 buses.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Bus Length22x2.3x

The below graphic shows the length of the Titanic, compared to the length of buses. The buses used in this example are London double decker buses.

The titanic was as long as 22 buses, titanic size comparison

The graphic below shows the comparison between the width of the Titanic and the height of a bus.

If comparing the width of the Titanic to the width of a bus this would make the Titanic around 10x wider.

The titanic was as wide as 2.3 buses, titanic size comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to an Aircraft Carrier?

Modern aircraft carriers are, on average, 25% longer than the Titanic was and are 3x as wide.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
AirCraft Carrier80% of Carrier1/3rd of Carrier

The below graphic compares the length of a modern aircraft carrier with the length of Titanic. The measurements are based on a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier operated by the US navy.

A Modern Aircraft Carrier is 25% Longer Than The Titanic

Comparing width to width, a modern aircraft carrier is around 3x wider than the Titanic.

If we were to compare the width of the Titanic, to the length of an aircraft carrier, the Titanic would be less than 10% of the total length.

A Modern Aircraft Carrier is 3x Wider Than The Titanic

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to Noah’s Arc?

The Titanic was as long as 2 Noah’s arcs and as wide as 1.2 Noah’s arcs. Noah’s Arc has been estimated to be 450ft long and 75ft wide and the Titanic had a length of 882ft and width of 92ft.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Noah’s Arc2x1.2x

The below graphic shows the comparison between the length of Noah’s arc and the length of the Titanic.

titanic size comparison the titanic was as long as 2 noah's arcs

The below graphic compares the width of Noah’s arc, to the width of the Titanic.

If we were comparing the width of Noah’s arc, to the length of the Titanic, this would be 12x the width of Noah’s arc.

titanic size comparison the titanic was as wide as 1.2 noah's arcs

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to a Car?

The Titanic was a long as 59 cars parked in a line. The width of the Titanic is equivalent to roughly 6.1 cars.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Car59 Cars6.1 Cars

These calculations are created assuming a car length of 15 feet source . 15 feet is equivalent to a Audi A1 or similar medium sized car.

The below graphic shows the length of the Titanic, compared to the length of cars.

titanic compared to a car size comparison

The below graphic shows the width of the Titanic, compared to the length of the average car.

If comparing the width of the Titanic with the width of a car, the Titanic would be 15x the width of the car.

titanic compared to a car size comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to a Football Pitch?

The Titanic was the length of 2.6 football pitches and as wide as 1 football pitch.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Football Pitch2.6x1x

The below graphic shows the length of the Titanic, compared with the length of a standard football pitch.

The titanic was as long as 2.6 football pitches, titanic size comparison

The below graphic compares the width of the Titanic, with the length of a football pitch.

If comparing width to width, the Titanic was as wide as 0.3 football pitches are long.

The titanic was as wide as 1 football pitch, titanic size comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to The Statue of Liberty?

The Titanic was 2.9x the length of the Statue of Liberty and as wide as 1/3rd of the Statue of Liberty.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Statue of Liberty2.9x33%

The below graphic shows the length of the Titanic, compared to the height of the Statue of Liberty. This figure includes the height of the torch.

The titanic was as long as 2.9 status of libertys, titanic size comparison

The below graphic shows the width of the Titanic, compared to the height of the Statue of Liberty.

If the Titanic was stood end to end, she would only reach about 1/3rd of the way up the Statue of Liberty.

The titanic was as wide as 0.3 statue of libertys, titanic size comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to The Empire State Building?

The Titanic was 70% the height of the Empire State Building and was only 7% was wide as the Empire State Building is tall.

The below graphic shows the relation between the height of the Empire State building and length of the Titanic.

MeasurementTitanic LengthTitanic Width
Empire State Building70%7%

If the Titanic was stood on it’s side, it would reach 70% of the height of the Empire State building (not including the spire).

The Titanic Was as Long as 70% of the Height of The Empire State Building

The below graphic compares the width of the Titanic, with the height of the Empire State Building.

The Titanic Was as Wide as 7% of the Height of The Empire State Building

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to Her Sister Ships Olympic and Britannic?

The Titanic, Olympic and Britannic were almost identical in size with a length of 882ft (269m) and a width of 92ft (28m). Britannic was slightly larger than the Titanic in terms of gross tonnage. Titanic had a gross tonnage of 46,000 and Britannic had a gross tonnage of 48,000.

Gross tonnage is the measurement used when talking about ships, to measure the volume within the ship. Gross tonnage is not the weight of the ship.

Titanic v Olympic v Britannic Size Comparison

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to A Building?

If the Titanic was stood besides a building it would be 16 storys high.

The Titanic had 10 useable decks.

titanic compared to a building 16 storys high

How Big Was The Titanic Compared to Modern Cruise Ships?

Modern cruise ships are, on average, 20% longer than the Titanic and twice as high. The average Royal Caribbean cruise ship is 325 meters long, 14 decks high and has a gross tonnage of 133,000. In comparison, the Titanic was only 269 meters long, 9 decks high, and had a gross tonnage of 46,000. source.

To learn more about how the Titanic, compared to the Royal Caribbean fleet, check out this post:

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