Ticket to Ride

Players: 2 – 5

Playtime: 30–60 Min

Ages: 10 +

Ticket to Ride is known by many as a gateway game more importantly it is one of the three games in the holy trinity of gateway games sharing the space with classics like Catan and cassacone. It is a Drafting game designed by Alan R. Moon which was first released in 2004.  

Ticket to ride is a great intro game for anybody looking to get into modern board games. Don’t let the theme fool you building a train line across North America may become your newest Sunday afternoon past time.

With a back catalog full of expansions and spin offs this is one game you just can’t afford not to play and will change your expectations of Board Games forever

With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

“The rules are simple enough to write on a train ticket – each turn you either draw more cards, claim a route, or get additional Destination Tickets,” says Ticket to Ride author, Alan R. Moon. “The tension comes from being forced to balance greed – adding more cards to your hand, and fear – losing a critical route to a competitor.”

Ticket to Ride continues in the tradition of Days of Wonder’s big format board games featuring high-quality illustrations and components including: an oversize board map of North America, 225 custom-molded train cars, 144 illustrated cards, and wooden scoring markers.

Since its introduction and numerous subsequent awards, Ticket to Ride has become the BoardGameGeek epitome of a “gateway game” — simple enough to be taught in a few minutes, and with enough action and tension to keep new players involved and in the game for the duration.

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this fantastic game now.

Rating: 10/10


  • Good quality components
  • Super quick setup and easy to teach
  • Great game to introduce players to modern Board Games


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