Play time: ~60 mins
Overview: Build train routes across a map with the goal of completing secret “tickets” – connecting two cities before the end of the game. During each turn you need to make important strategic decisions – play cards, collect cards, or draw more tickets. Ticket to Ride is a simple and quick-to-learn game, with excellent replayability.
Ticket to Ride was my introduction to the modern era of board games, and after all this time I’m constantly returning to it, whether it’s a quick weeknight game against my wife, or introducing friends to a new board game. I’ve yet to have a negative experience playing it, and after five years I’m still not bored of it.
There are two main “base games”, Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe. I personally prefer Europe, but I recommend regular Ticket to Ride for younger players (Europe adds slightly more complicated rules and more strategic gameplay).
Recommend to: families looking for a new “go to” board game. It’s a modern classic, loved by kids and adults alike. If you want to freshen up your games cupboard, you won’t go wrong with Ticket to Ride!
Ticket to Ride has a series of expansions, with each expansion providing its own board map (UK, Asia, etc) and slight twist on the rules.