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During lockdown, my partner and I have gotten quite good at Ticket To Ride: Europe (TTRE). We have have been wondering what the theoretical maximum score possible in TTRE is? Assuming perfect draws and opponents not being relevant (basically single player)

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  • Perfect draws aren't at all relevant, are they? Because you can just draw the entire train card deck as you want/need.
    – GendoIkari
    May 4 '20 at 17:22
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    Perfect draws of destination cards matter. May 4 '20 at 18:41
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    In the Europe version you should be able to increase the score by having the second player build a few routes and use you station to pull in a few extra tickets.
    – Styxsksu
    May 4 '20 at 19:16
  • @GendoIkari "perfect draws" surely referring to destination cards. Nov 15 '20 at 3:19
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I had the same question, but having scored 189 in a game a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't believe 195 is the max score.

Edinburgh - Athína gets 21 points with 20 carriages, so I decided to explore possibilities from that route.

I set up the board and checked for the best routes to add. I came up with this setup:

Points for the routes

  • Edinburgh - Athína ----------> 21 points
  • Edinburgh - Paris ---------------> 7 points
  • Paris - Zágráb ------------------> 7 points
  • Paris - Wien ---------------------> 8 points
  • London - Wien ----------------> 10 points
  • London - Berlin -----------------> 7 points
  • Berlin - Bucuresti --------------> 8 points
  • Berlin - Moskva ---------------> 12 points
  • Berlin - Roma -------------------> 9 points
  • Roma - Smyrna ----------------> 8 points
  • Zágráb - Brindisi ---------------> 6 points
  • Zürich - Brindisi ----------------> 6 points
  • Zürich - Budapest -------------> 6 points
  • Amsterdam - Wilno ----------> 12 points
  • Athína - Wilno ----------------> 11 points
  • Essen - Kyïv ------------------> 10 points
  • Venezia - Constantinople ---> 10 points
  • Frankfurt - Smolensk --------> 13 points

This makes a total of 150 for the shorter routes and 21 for the long one (=171)

European Express

Track length 43+2 (10 points for longest route/European Express)

Points for the carriages:

  • Edinburgh - London_____________________4 carriages_____7 points
  • London - Amsterdam____________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Amsterdam - Essen_____________________3 carriages_____4 points
  • Essen - Berlin_________________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Berlin - Wien__________________________3 carriages_____4 points
  • Wien - Budapest_______________________1 carriage______1 point
  • Budapest - Zágráb______________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Zágráb - Venezia_______________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Venezia - Zürich________________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Venezia - Roma________________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Roma - Brindisi________________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Brindisi - Athína________________________4 carriages_____7 points
  • Athína - Smyrna_______________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Smyrna - Constantinople________________2 carriages_____2 points
  • Constantinople - Bucuresti_______________3 carriages_____4 points
  • Bucuresti - Kyïv________________________4 carriages_____7 points
  • Kyïv - Smolensk________________________3 carriages_____4 points
  • Smolensk - Moskva_____________________2 carriages_____2 points

Points for the carriages is 58 in total (this score is not that high, so there might still be room for a few dozen points of improvement.)

Stations:

  • Wilno (from Kyïv or Smolensk)
  • Frankfurt (from Amsterdam, Essen or Berlin)
  • Paris (from Zürich or Frankfurt)

171+10+58=239 points.

TTRE 239

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  • Replacing a 4-carriage-route with a station and two stations with the freed carriages, means you free up a station, but probably lose the longest route. The spare station can be used for a new destination (Angora (5) / København (5) / Petrograd (6) / Warszawa (6) / Pamplona (7) / Palermo (8) / Brest (8) / Marseille (8) / Sofia (5+5) / Riga (10) ) or saved for 4 points. This makes the new total: 239 - 7 + 2 +2 + 10 = 246 if you have the longest route with 34 carriages. If you don't have the longest route, you'll have 236 points. Nov 14 '20 at 16:14
  • If you can swap some routes to free enough carriages to get Barcelona - Munchen, Barcelona - Bruxelles and Bruxelles - Danzic or Brest - Venezia, Brest - Marseille and Marseille - Essen, you might improve your score. Nov 14 '20 at 16:21
  • What about the destination cards? You should assume that you get longest route: this is largest possible score, and it's possible to get longest route. Nov 15 '20 at 3:29
  • Acccumulation, I don't understand your question. Can you explain it a bit? Nov 15 '20 at 18:20
  • Maybe I just missed them, but I didn't see where you included points for destination cards. Nov 15 '20 at 18:25
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So myself and my daughter had a go at this and if you don't use stations i.e. you get 12 points for them, we got to 172 points going from Roma to Palermo and along the longest routes through Bucaresti, Budapest and Kyiv, then Petrograd to Stockholm. This gave a route of 44 carriages, so assumes longest route.
It completes one long route and six short ones. Using stations opens up a bit of a can of worms and it would be an unknown as to whether there'd be two adjacent routes to use. However, assuming only one attached route off your own and using all three stations, three other double figure routes are possible. So lose 12 for stations but gain 35. Total score 195. Routes completed along the long route were:

  • Palermo to Moscow

  • Kyiv to Petrograd

  • Stockholm to Wien

  • Roma to Smyrna

  • Budapest to Sofia

  • Palermo to Constantinople

  • Sofia to Smyrna

Additional routes using stations all scored ten or more.

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  • I’m confused as to why it matters if there are multiple routes claimed next to a station. The station can only use one of these routes anyway. A station can’t use one route for one ticket and then use a different route for another. May 19 '20 at 5:37
  • I believe that the poster is talking about only using a station to bridge a 'gap' of one route. Its kinda hard to explain, but I'll try: Imagine they had a route that ended with Wien to Warsawa, the poster would consider routes using 1 station to get from Warsawa to Wilno, but not a second station to use two routes to get to Petrograd. May 19 '20 at 6:59
  • @NeilTarrant absolutely. I think it maximises points to use one station per route, but happy to be proven wrong if there are some smarter moves.
    – Beerhunter
    May 19 '20 at 7:27
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I am playing the pc version. I just scored a whopping 347 to AI 94. Need to connect Angora to Madrid via Athens, Rome, and Marseille; Marseille to London via Paris and Dieppe; and Rome to Wien any path through the Alps. From Wein, spurs to Bucurest, Berlin, and Frankfurt. Use Stations where possible to ride on opponent's train. I played early routes that blocked and confused AI. Once I completed the first three main routes between Ankara, Madrid, and London, I just kept drawing more ticket, automatically completing 2 to 3 each draw for a total of 28 completed tickets and no incompletes. AI completed only 2 tickets.

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Link to the picture of the route I thought of: https://i.stack.imgur.com/zaLzd.png

  • 45 trains + 3 trainstations
  • Points for traincarriage: 52x
  • Mountain routes: 4x
  • Locomotives needed: 4x
  • 21 tickets but no bonus for European Express
  • Green cirkels on the map are the trainstations*

*** 1: Palermo-Moskva (20)

2: Frankfurt-Smolensk (13)

3: Amsterdam-Wilno (12)

4: Berlin-Moskva (12)

5: Athina-Wilno (11)

6: Essen-Kyiv (10)

7: Venizia-Constantinople (10)

8: London-Wien (10)

9: Berlin-Roma (9)

10: Roma-Smyrna (8)

11: Marseille-Essen (8)

*** 12: Palermo-Constantinople (8)

13: Paris-Wien (8)

14: Brest-Venezia (8)

15: Berlin-Bucuresti (8)

16: Brest-Marseille (7)

17: Paris-Zagreb (7)

18: London-Berlin (7)

19: Zurich-Budapest (6)

20: Sofia-Smyrna (5)

21: Budapest-Sofia (5)

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194 points + 52 points = 246 points

Alternative longest routes *** Palermo-Moskva (20) Palermo-Constantinople (8) = 28 points *** Edinburgh-Athina (21) Edinburgh-Paris (7) = 28 points *** Brest-Petrograd (20) Kyiv-Petrograd (6) = 26 points

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