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Notice that all money-making methods in this table are available for both non-members and members.

Mining is a fast money making method used among lower level players as a way to make money. More experienced players will find that mining can be slow but still extremely profitable at high levels. It is also useful to have some kind of run refreshing device for quick access to banks. For all mining occupations, you make money quicker the higher your Mining level, as you mine the ores faster.

Effectiveness
(coins per hour)
Mining level requirement Details Risk factors Other requirements
*****
46,000
Level 1 Mining rune essence
You can mine rune essence and sell it for around 60 coins each (sometimes you need to drop the price a little bit to get it to sell in the Grand Exchange). Essences mine quickly; it usually takes less than a minute to fill an inventory, and then another minute or so is needed to get the mined essence to a bank and return to the mine for another load. For fast banking it is recommended that you use Aubury in Varrock to get to the essence mines and deposit each load of runes in the bank which is just north of his shop.It is also highly recommended that you wield your pickaxe and nothing else to increase your run time.
Rune Mysteries completed.
*****
72,000
Level 1 Mining clay
In the West Varrock Mine, in the Dwarven Mine, or near the Crafting Guild, you can mine clay, which sells for 160 coins each.
  • Level 6 Mugger in the mine south-west of Varrock
  • King Scorpions if you enter the Dwarven Mine from the Falador entrance
  • If a player with a higher mining level is also mining the clay, you may not be able to get any
Crafting level of 40 to enter the Crafting Guild (optional)
*****
76,000
Level 15 Mining iron
Iron ore sells for 206 coins, and is very quick to mine. The West Varrock Mine is best due to its proximity to a bank, but the East Varrock Mine and the Dwarven Mines are also popular.
  • If a player with a higher mining level is also mining the iron ore, you may not be able to get any
  • Level 6 Mugger in the mine south-west of Varrock
  • King Scorpions if you enter the Dwarven Mine from the Falador entrance or mine the iron in the southern end of the mine
*****
32,000
Level 20 Mining silver
Silver ore sells for 286 coins each, and is found in accessible locations. The best is the West Varrock Mine due to its proximity to a bank, but the Al Kharid mine is also available. Unfortunately, silver ore rocks only respawn every 2 minutes, which means a lot of time standing around waiting for the ore to become available for mining, which greatly reduces the profit per hour.
*****
45,000
Level 20 Mining silver (crafting guild)
There are twice as many silver rocks at the crafting guild as at the West Varrock Mine or Al Kharid mine, meaning the mining goes quicker, but its distance from a bank means the final profit is reduced.
  • If a player with a higher mining level is also mining the silver ore, you may not be able to get any
Crafting level 40
*****
43,000
Level 30 Mining coal
At this level you can mine coal and sell it for 269 coins each. However, mining coal is a slow process until much higher mining levels are reached (50+).
The most profitable is to mine at the Lumbridge Swamp south-west mine and use an explorer's ring 3 to teleport to the cabbage field south of Falador both for trips to the bank and for the final trip to the Grand Exchange. Mining at the Lumbridge Swamp south-west mine without an explorer's ring 3 generates 38,000 coins/hour; mining in the Barbarian Village and banking at Edgeville generates 35,000 coins/hour.
  • If a player with a higher mining level is also mining the coal, you may not be able to get any
Explorer's ring 3 (optional)
*****
18,000
Level 40 Mining gold
You can mine gold ore in the Dwarven Mines, the Rimmington Mine, or in the Al-Kharid mine (each mine has 2 gold rocks). Gold ore sells for 313 coins each. However, this method is not very effective because of the slow respawn rate of gold (approx. 2 minutes).
*****
29,000
Level 40 Mining gold (Karamja/Crandor)

Although Crandor island and the Karamja volcano would seem to be poor locations due to their distance from a bank, the slow respawn rate of gold means that mining in these locations is relatively profitable since there are more rocks (4 in each location). The recommended method is:

  • If a player with a higher mining level is also mining the gold, you may not be able to get any
  • Level 14 Scorpions
  • Level 22 Skeletons
30 gold (for the boat); must have reached Crandor island on the Dragon slayer quest.
***** Level 40 Mining gold (crafting guild)
Mining at the Crafting Guild is the best because it has seven rocks, so mining goes quicker.
Crafting level 40
***** Level 55 Mining mithril
Mithril ore sells for 287 coins each, but supply is very limited for non-members. The Mining Guild contains 5 mithril rocks (but requires 60 Mining), and mining from mithril rocks in the Wilderness or Lumbridge Swamp is also possible. There are 3 mithril rocks at the Al Kharid mining area, and there is also mithril on Crandor, although the distance and the presence of aggressive monsters does not make it a convenient place to mine.
***** Level 60 Mining coal (Mining Guild)
Once you can enter the Mining Guild, coal mining speeds up noticeably as there are many coal rocks inside the Guild and the Guild is very close to the eastern bank in Falador.
***** Level 70 Mining adamantite
Adamantite ore sells for 1,187 each and can be found in the Hobgoblin Mine (level 34-37 Wilderness), the west Lumbridge Swamp mines, Al Kharid, Crandor and the Edgeville Dungeon. If you mine in the Wilderness mine, also note that it is a common place at which to find revenants. Do not pass through the Bandit Camp on your way to or from the mine.
*****
350000 - 500000
Level 85 Mining runite
Runite ore is the most expensive ore in the game, at 17,228 coins each. It is only found in a few locations, including a few rocks in deep Wilderness. This is the only runite location available to free players. The amount of time it takes runite to respawn is dependant on world population; it will spawn quicker on more-populated worlds. Most players who mine runite tend to switch worlds rather than wait for the ore to respawn. It is recommended not to hop to busy servers, as the rocks may be mined already. Also, turning Private chat off is effective, so that friends won't be bothered by the spamming messages of the world switches.

Timing assumptions (assuming you use no more than 25 energy points)

  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to bank in Al Kharid = 3:30
  • Walking/running time from Al Kharid mine to bank in Al Kharid = 1:15
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to West Varrock Mine = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from West Varrock Mine to bank = 0:40
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to Crafting guild = 3:00
  • Walking/running time from Crafting guild to bank = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to East Varrock Mine = 2:00
  • Walking/running time from East Varrock Mine to bank = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to north entrance of Dwarven Mine = 2:15
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to south entrance of Dwarven Mine = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to closest iron ore = 0:15
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to bank = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to Grand Exchange (overland route through Falador) = 3:15
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to closest iron ore = 0:20
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to bank in Edgeville = 1:15
  • Walking/running time from Barbarian village to bank in Edgeville = 0:40
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to Barbarian village = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Rimmington mine to bank in Draynor village (using cabbage teleport) = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from bank in Draynor village to Rimmington mine = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Rimmington mine to Grand Exchange (using cabbage teleport) = 2:30
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