Ticket to Ride Board Game Review

If you are looking for a fun, fast paced, family board game, then Ticket to Ride may be just the game for you.  This game is priced at $31.15 on Amazon.com and has a 4.8-star rating out of five stars. It is rated #57 in Toys & Games and #5 in Board Games.

This game comes with:

  • 1 Board map of North American train routes;
  • 225 Colored Train Cars;
  • 144 Illustrated cards;
  • 5 Wooden Scoring Markers; and
  • 1 Rules booklet.

Dimensions of this game:Ticket To Ride Box Top

  • 8 x 11.8 x 3 inches; Weight – 2.8 pounds; Shipping Weight – 3 pounds.


What is “Ticket to Ride” about:

This game is recommended for players between the ages of 8-12 years old. It is based on “Around the World in 80 Days.” The game begins in 1900, 28 years after Phileas Fogg (Jules Verne) accepted a bet that he could go around the world in 80 days. Your goal in the game is to win the $1 million bet by visiting the most cities in North America in only seven days. To do this, by train, you must collect train cards that allow you to claim railway routes that connect cities of North America. You get more points for longer train routes, for connecting distant cities, and for building the longest continuous railway.

Ticket to Ride is the second in a series of games like this and there is also a European version (meaning that you travel across Europe, not that is for Europeans.) Additionally, there are expansion packs that are available, which means that the game should never get old. Although the reviewers have commented that it is a fun game, it is not particularly an educational game. If that is what you are what you are looking for then this is not the game for you.

One thing that concerns me Ticket to Ride is there are a lot of pieces for this game. There are 225 Colored Train Cars, which is how you build your route across the country, and 144 cards to hold in your hand. One commenter recommended some sort of card holder as you can end up with so many cards in your hand there is no way to properly hold them. Between that and so many trains – 225 little trains. Do you know how long it takes for those trains to be lost? Depending on if you have children and/or dogs, not very long. Do you know how much it would cost to pay to have a train removed from your dog or your child? A lot of money.

What do the reviewers say about “Ticket to Ride:”

  • You need a large surface area to play this game;
  • Gameplay is very fast;
  • The total time to complete a game is between 60-90 minutes;
  • The board may not lie completely flat due to inferior quality or craftsmanship;
  • It’s family friendly;
  • It’s a game for between two and four players;
  • Although you can play with two players, many felt that the more players the better; and
  • It can lead to some tense moments if another player blocks your route across the country.

Ticket to Ride Board GameOverall, most people seem to really enjoy this game. There are few complaints about the quality of the board or the pieces, and although it’s recommended for those between eight and twelve, it’s a fun game for the entire family to play together. Some people enjoyed the Europe version better and some enjoyed the American version better, so I guess that is a matter of preference.

One commenter noted that the American version is not accurate geographically which made it confusing. Furthermore, in one case the game did not come with the correct number of trains. However, the manufacturer does send a bag of extras which makes me happy.

There are not only different versions but also expansion packs for Ticket to Ride. I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit annoyed with expansion packs. There is a 1910 expansion pack which seems a bit ridiculous to me, but I could just be a curmudgeon. However, other people may find that the expansion packs add to the game, especially after a couple of months of playing.


I think Ticket to Ride could be a fun game for families and friends on “game night.”


Family-friendly, teaches kids basic (very basic) geography, fun for family game night.


So many pieces. I can’t keep my ducks in the same lake, let alone in a row and now you want me to take care of 225 little trains?? Yikes.

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Related:  If you like Ticket to Ride, you may also be interested in Catan 5th Edition Review.



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