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February 04, 2021
Buying Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is one of the most popular board games ever. It has sold (literally) millions of copies across lots of different versions. There are so many versions that it can be a little confusing. This article discusses which versions you should get when.
This article is up-to-date as of February 2020
The base games come with everything you need to play – board, card, and pieces. Different sets are best suited to different numbers of players. You need to have one of these sets before you purchase any other expansion, or you won’t be able to play. All the base games take around 45 minutes to play.
Ticket to Ride
The original – no extra rules, 5 players.
Ticket to Ride Europe
Some extra rules (Stations, mountains, sea routes), 5 players
Ticket to Ride Nordic
Norway, Sweden, Denmark
Best for 2-3 -players – the one we advise if you are a small group
Ticket to Ride Germany
5 players, no extra rules
A recent introduction, the Cities range provides the core TTR experience in a smaller, quicker, less expensive box. The games have rewritten rules to make them easier to learn/teach, play 2-4 people and are done in 15-20 minutes on their smaller boards.
There are 8 (at least) map collections. They come in thinner boxes and it is vital to understand that they are expansions – that is, you cannot play them without also owning a base game with the appropriate number of players (Nordic, for example, only gives you pieces for 3 players, so won’t let you play with 5 on another map). Most of the maps also have rule tweaks. There are two maps in some boxes on opposite sides of the board.
Team Asia & Legendary Asia
Team Play for 4 or 6 players
India & Switzerland
Switzerland 2-3 players; India 2-5
Heart of Africa
Nigeria-Sudan south to South Africa
2-5 Players; Terrain Cards. Only one map.
2-5 players; Bridge Tolls, special 2P rules with Neutral player.
France & Old West
2-5 players: Old West can be 6 players with home bases
Japan and Italy
2-5 Players; Ferry cards and Bullet trains
UK+Ireland & Pennsylvania
Inventions & Train Company stocks; the most complex version
Polish release only; Trade Routes
There are a few small expansions which add options to the game. Again, these are no use without a core box.
Larger cards than original, some rules options
More cards for Europe
Alvin and Dexter
There are three special versions. These are hard to find and expensive! The trains are larger so not really compatible with other maps
Lovely trains; out of print
Rails and Sails
The World (Great Lakes on reverse)
Boats added; longer game
Lovely trains; coming soon
Our recommendation to buy is straightforward:
You can buy some Ticket to Ride at https://www.theludoquist.com/collections/ticket-to-ride .
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