Compare the best direct cremation costs & key features

Compare the best direct cremation costs & key features

Direct Cremation Prices

To help you choose what's suitable for your loved one, we've collated a table inclusive of the market-leading direct cremation companies offering the best quality and cheapest direct cremations. You can compare cremation only costs and how much each company charges, including any extras you might have to pay for.

Typically, direct cremations are the cheapest option when it comes to arranging a funeral in the UK. If you’re looking for an affordable option for a loved one who has recently passed away or looking to plan ahead by taking out a direct cremation funeral plan, this could be the best choice for you.

Choosing and organising a funeral is never easy. But with the best direct cremation provider comparison table below, hopefully, it'll make things that bit easier in helping you choose the best direct cremation for your loved one.

Alternatively, if you'd like to settle your funeral arrangements early, you can compare funeral plans.

Direct Cremation Product Feature Distinct Cremations
Pure Cremations
Celebration of Life
Bringing deceased into care during office hours ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Bringing deceased into care 24 hours a day
£250 for out of hours collection

£250 for out of hours collection

£195 for out of hours collection

£250 for out of hours collection
Bringing deceased into care from any place of death
£200 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection

£250 for non-hospital collection
Doctor's fee for medical cause of death certificate
£82 extra

£82 extra

£82 extra
Removal of pacemaker, medical implants or artificial limbs ✔️


£100 extra


Provision of standard coffin ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
No charge for oversized coffin
£150 extra

£250 extra

£300 extra
Transport of deceased ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Notification of the date of the cremation ✔️ ✔️
Unattended cremation fee ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Cremation service takes place in your region ✔️ ✔️
Hand delivered return of ashes included ✔️


£100 extra

£75 extra

£40 extra
Ashes return guaranteed within 14 days ✔️

£150 extra

Direct Cremation price £895 £1,195 £950 £995 £850

All information correct as of 18/05/2022

Direct Cremation Costs UK

The average cost of a direct cremation in the UK is £1,554* when extras and add-ons are taken into account. This is up to £2,630 cheaper than a traditional funeral with service.

Direct cremations are a simplified funeral that takes place without attendees or a service. Importantly, direct cremations maintain the quality and dignity that you would expect from any funeral provider.

*Sunlife Report 2021

Next steps

With so many options to choose from, we know how confusing things can be.

If you have any questions or just want to talk things through, you can speak to our expert team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, if you'd like to settle your funeral arrangements early, you can compare funeral plans.

The Doctor’s fees are needed to obtain cremation certificates required to carry out the service. Without them, there can be no cremation.

An oversized coffin is for individuals who are too big for the average coffin width of 24 inches and 84 inches in length. If the deceased is over 6ft 10 or over 25 stone, then an oversized coffin will be needed.

If the deceased goes to a coroner, there will be no need to pay for a medical certificate. This is because a coroner needs to perform different checks when there is uncertainty over how an individual died.

The direct cremations showcased in the table above are all unattended cremations. However, at Distinct Cremations we do offer the choice of a private cremation which allows 8 mourners to attend a 10-minute service.

All of our ashes are returned in a simple urn which can be upgraded to a wooden urn for an additional cost.

We offer the highest levels of support and service but don't take our word for it read why our customers trust us.

They are very helpful and staff are lovely I have recommended to other family members and friends thank you once again above excellent service .

Anonymous 29/06/22

Excellent service.Literature easy to understand. Good personal telephone calls during setting up.

Anonymous 27/06/22

Easy to contact, friendly professional staff.

Anonymous 27/06/22

Returned call on day planned. answered my questions.

Anonymous 26/06/22

Distinct Cremations came across as kind, polite, courteous and understanding. Which was all down to your telephone representative.

Anonymous 24/06/22

Helpful on the phone, good service.

Anonymous 21/06/22

superd service and would recommed you to anyone

Anonymous 17/06/22

This was a simple straight forward process with a very helpful lady from the company. I'm glad I chose Distinct Cremation

Anonymous 16/06/22

I liked the idea of a fixed price for my funeral.

Elizabeth Knowlson 13/06/22

Everything was very clearly explained. The documentation was easy to understand. I was given a cooling off period. Most of my family and friends are... Read more

Anonymous 13/06/22
Feefo independent service review 5 star