Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride game box art front

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.  The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

The object of the game is to score the highest number of total points. Points are lost if you do not successfully complete the route given on your Destination Ticket(s).

"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 is a great family game, with a nice balance of strategy and luck.  Winner of the 2004 Spiel des Jahres prize.

  • 2 to 5 players
  • ages 8 years and up
  • 45 minutes to play

© Karin Belanger 2018