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Ticket to Ride (2004) is a railway-themed strategy board game where players compete to earn the most points by collecting cards, placing trains and completing journeys. It is an easy-to-learn game that can be gently competitive and has become a popular classic.

Play involves claiming routes on the board using your trains and cards. Longer routes score more points but require more cards to claim. Your routes can be linked together to meet the criteria in your journey cards and earn more points.

As play develops you battle for routes and points. Play ends when one player has used all of their trains and scores are totalled. To do well you need to complete your own objectives, whilst carefully watching and obstructing or avoiding opponents.

This results in a game that combines planning and flexibility with a quaint construction of rail routes. What starts as a simple challenge soon gives way to more layered strategies and the desire to play one more time.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Ticket To Ride 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Traversal game with Collecting and Strategy elements. You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room. As the number of players increases, competition for space increases.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. However, the nuances of scoring and tactical play develop over a few hours.

When first playing, this can help:
  • Limit player numbers to two, so that you have more space on the board.
  • Remove the station pieces from the game to avoid learning their rules.
  • Start by looking at the Journey cards together to locate stations.
  • Ensure that players only have one longer journey card per game.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. Duration is affected by the speed of the players and the number of people playing.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children may struggle with the length of the game, and the strategy of utilising their resources. They also need to be able to cope with losing because they are targeted by another "mean" player.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Ticket to Ride is a series of board games with different locality maps, you may wish to choose a map that is more (or less) familiar to you. There are also expansion packs available, which add variety and extra rules to some maps. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-5

Genres: Sequencing, Traversal (Collecting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Cards and Figures

Developer: Days Of Wonder (@Days_Of_Wonder)

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