Elite Dangerous: Best Passenger Ships

If you’re tired of mining, exploring, and blasting apart pirates, there is a more laid-back career choice in Elite Dangerous: escorting passengers from place to place as a Liner. While this might not sound very exciting, there’s a lot of credits to be made and you get to explore the universe of Elite Dangerous while you’re at it.

To get started, you’re going to need a ship capable of carrying passengers. Every ship in Elite Dangerous has the capability to install a Passenger Cabin onboard, but some are better than others. Here’s a comprehensive list of the best ships to start your space-taxi empire.

The Adder, Because You’ve Got To Start Somewhere

The Adder is a small, robust, and reliable ship that probably most closely resembles what you’d expect of a space taxi. It’s cheap at less than 100,000 credits, has space for 10 economy-class passengers, and is suitable for short-range ferrying missions.

You won’t be transporting any VIP or important human cargo anywhere, but it’s a good place to start. Here’s what a passenger-ready Adder build might look like:

  • Lightweight Alloy, Power Plant, Thrusters, FSD Drive, Life Support, Power Distribution (these are all the core internals of your ship)
  • 2 x 3E Economy Passenger Cabins and 1 x 2E Economy Passenger Cabins, enough room for 10 passengers
  • Shield Generator and Fuel Scoop, because your passengers don’t like coming under attack, or getting stuck in the middle of space
  • Chaff Launcher and Heat Sink Launcher, because sometimes even taxis have to fight back

Anaconda, Massive Ship Great For Fast Trips

The Anaconda is a serious upgrade on the Adder, it costs close to 150,000,000 credits, so it might take you a while to get there through just ferrying passengers. However, once you’ve got the credits, the Anaconda is a good choice for a Liner because of its size, speed, and defensive capabilities.

With the right build, you can fit over 140 economy passengers on board and travel to destinations faster than the luxury Beluga. Plus, while you’re out on these expeditions you get to experience one of the best parts of Elite Dangerous: the adventure. You can also carry first-class and business-class passengers for those extra credits. Here’s a sample build:

  • Lightweight Alloy, Power Plant, Thrusters, FSD Drive, Life Support, Power Distribution (these are all the core internals of your ship)
  • 3 x 6C First Class Passenger Cabins and 3 x 5D Business Class Passenger Cabins
  • Shield Generator, DS Scanner (to impress your passengers), and a Field Maintenance Unit to keep the ship going at long distances
  • Heat Sink Launcher and Chaff Launcher for defensive capabilities

Beluga, A Stylish Ride For Stylish Passengers

The Beluga is massive. It’s the longest ship in the game and it can be fitted out with luxury-class cabins for the highest-paying passengers. With a full load of VIPS, you can make a lot of money via the Beluga, but there are a couple of things you need to keep an eye out for.

This ship is massive and its maneuverability suffers as a result. It’s also a bit tricky to take it on extremely long journeys, as the power, fuel, and overall running costs make it less efficient. You might want to opt for the Anaconda if you’re planning long journeys. A sample Beluga passenger build looks like this:

  • Lightweight Alloy, Power Plant, Thrusters, FSD Drive, Life Support, Power Distribution (these are all the core internals of your ship)
  • 2 x Luxury Cabins, 2 x First Class, 3 x Business Class
  • Shield Generator and Fuel Scoop, as well as a DS Scanner
  • Heat Sink Launcher and Chaff Launcher

Orca, A Liner For Space Celebrities

The Orca is a luxury Liner through and through. Specifically designed for the role, this is the ship you want to choose if you’re chasing after consistent VIP contracts. You can fit it out with lots of luxury cabins to make loads of credits.

Luxury passengers are in it for the long haul: they like long-range expeditions and plenty of sightseeing. At 48 million credits this is quite an investment, but you should be able to make your money back relatively quickly if you’re efficient with your trips, and it’s still nowhere near as expensive as a Fleet Carrier. An example Orca build looks like this:

  • Lightweight Alloy, Power Plant, Thrusters, FSD Drive, Life Support, Power Distribution (these are all the core internals of your ship)
  • 2 x Luxury Cabins, 1 x First Class, 1 Business Class
  • Fuel Scoop, Shield Generator, Detailed Surface Scanner
  • Heat Sink Launcher, Chaff Launcher

Python, An All-Around Versatile Ship

There isn’t much the Python can’t do in Elite Dangerous. It’s one of the best medium-class ships for its total versatility. You can kit it out as a passenger liner one day, then swap it over to be a brilliant mining ship the next. For this reason alone, it’s one of the top choices for flexible players.

The Python has a great jump range for short and medium-range missions, enough space for over 100 passengers in economy-class cabins, and the ability to refuel faster than most other ships on this list. An example Python build looks like this:

  • Lightweight Alloy, Power Plant, Thrusters, FSD Drive, Life Support, Power Distribution (these are all the core internals of your ship)
  • 2 x First Class, 2 x Business Class, 1 x Economy Class (you can chop and change this according to your needs, though)
  • Fuel Scoop, Shield Generator, Detailed Surface Scanner
  • Heat Sink Launcher, Chaff Launcher

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Harry Alston is a writer based in the UK. He was once number one in the world on Call of Duty: Black Ops and now spends his days chasing that past glory.

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