A simple yet engaging train route building game (2-5 players, 45 minutes). Players compete for overlapping routes. Tradeoffs: blocking opponents vs. completing routes, low-scoring low-risk routes vs. high-scoring risky routes.
Ticket to Ride is a simple yet engaging train route building game. Players collect train carriage cards, then spend them to place routes on the shared map. Longer routes earn more points, and destination tickets provide additional bonus points for connecting more distant cities. Players must weigh up collecting additional cards and tickets against the possibility of losing routes to their competitors if they hold off for too long. Ticket to Ride won the 2004 Spiel des Jahres prize.
The original game is set in North America. Several alternatives with different maps and some extra rules also exist:
Ticket to Ride also has several expansions available.