Time: 30-60 min
Introduction to Ticket to Ride
Ticket to ride is a wonderful board game experience where players try to complete destination cards. The original Ticket to ride (America) is hailed as one of the classic European style board games that started the board game craze back in the mid 2000s. Since then it has been adapted into many different variations with plenty of fun expansions. On top of its great game play, I have also found ticket to ride a great teaching tool in helping me with geography (especially with the Europe version). I highly recommend this game for any parent looking to find a game for older kids and couples who like to play board games together.
How to Play Ticket to Ride
The main objective of Ticket to ride is to complete as many ticket cards as you can by purchasing routes with train cards. On your turn you can either pick up more ticket cards, pick up train cards, or pay train cards to place your trains on the board. When someone runs out of their trains, the last round is triggered. Everyone then reveals what ticket cards they competed and count up their points. The game play is fairly straight forward and most of the strategy is planning which routes will connect you to the most about of cities you have on your cards. The best way to win is to have your destination cards link up/have some smaller destination cards auto complete with the larger ones. This is one of those games where it can be hard to say who wins until right at the end so always keep trying to complete destinations!
Notes on Ticket to ride
Ticket to ride is a personal favorite of mine and one that I find myself going back to time and time again. Its beautiful art and great game play make it a must have in any board game collection. I myself own the Germany edition, the Europe Edition (my favorite) and the United Kingdom/Pennsylvania expansion. Each comes with its own unique game mechanics but overall play pretty much the same. This is a classic that you cannot miss and I highly recommend any edition to become a feature in your own board game collection.