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Ticket to Ride

2-5 Players
About 45 Minutes
Grade 3 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation
Ticket to Ride is a great family game with easy to learn rules.  It's competitive, but it isn't mean. Your gamers explore spatial perception and logistics as they map their routes across the board, and must think critically and tactically in order to adapt on the fly. Kids gain confidence as they complete each ticket while carefully managing time and resources.  In addition to these great skills, Ticket to Ride offers opportunities to reinforce arithmetic and geography. As the game progresses, players collect different sets of trains by drafting cards, and cash in their cards to place routes on the map. There’s a wonderful tension between hoarding your cards to make a longer route AND accounting for what the other gamers are trying to do.
Game Overview

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.  The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

  • Competition Competition
  • Logistics Logistics
  • Critical Thinking Critical Thinking
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
  • Confidence Confidence
  • Resource Management Resource Management
  • Time Management Time Management
  • Arithmetic Arithmetic
  • American History American History
  • Geography Geography
Game Details
  • Type:Board Game
  • Designer(s): Alan R. Moon
  • Published: 2004
  • Game Length:About 45 Minutes
  • Players:2-5 Players
  • 2004 - Spiel de Jahres Winner (Game of the Year - Germany)
  • 2004 - Best Board Game Winner (Origins Awards)
  • 2005 - Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Winner