Ticket to Ride Review: The Train Adventure Board Game

We absolutely love playing board games for kids, and Ticket to Ride is no exception. Carry on reading for our Ticket to Ride review and why we love to play it in our homeschool.

This was a new game for us and despite there being lots of different varieties of the game we had never come across this before. We played the Northern American game, but there is Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, and many others to choose from.

We very quickly spotted the places we have been to such as New York, Miami, and Atlanta. I love it when a board game is educational without realizing it!

You are also going to love our review of the new history board game, Trekking through History.

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How to play Ticket to Ride?

I have to admit when I first opened the instructions for Ticket to Ride I was a little overwhelmed!

There are lots of different train cards and lots of train pieces and although the instructions are very clear it was a bit confusing to start with. Within 15 minutes though I was ready to play.

What is in the box?

Ticket to Ride back of the box
  • 1 map of North America
  • 240 Colored Train Cars (48 each in Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, & Black)
  • 96 Train Cards (12 each in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black & White)
  • 14 Locomotive Wild Cards (Multicolored)
  • 1 Scoring Summary Card
  • 30 Destination Ticket Cards
  • 1 Longest Route Bonus Card
  • 5 Wooden Scoring Markers (1 each in Blue, Red, Green, Yellow & Black)
  • 1 Rules Booklet

Playing the game

As we were playing this with our 9 year old son, we played “open book”. We always do this when playing with younger players in the first round. After the first journey though he was hooked and knew how to play. The age rating for Ticket to Ride is everyone over the age of 8 years old.

The aim of Ticket to Ride is to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

Ticket to Ride Game

The longer the train routes the more points scored. Additional points are scored by connecting two distant cities and for those with the longest continuous route.

But be careful, if people know you are trying to claim a route, they can block you!

The end of the game is decided when one player has only two or fewer of their colored train pieces. When this occurs, every player then plays one additional turn, after which they each reveal their previously hidden destination tickets.

Ticket to Ride Board Game Review

We often play board games on a Sunday, and Ticket to Ride is the perfect family game.

9 year old boy playing Ticket to Ride North America

The first game we played took about 45 minutes, but the next couple of rounds were completed in 30 minutes.

It is a great game and is no surprise it has won the game of the year, and numerous subsequent awards.

Get your ticket to ride game here, it is a perfect game to play while studying geography in your homeschool!

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Have you played Ticket to Ride yet? Do you love it as much as we did?

Last Updated on 18 July 2024 by Clare Brown

One Comment

  1. We played Ticket to Ride with friends and loved it, so we were excited to buy a set to play with our family. However, we were so disappointed to find that the playing cards had been downsized to a size that was almost impossible to either read or shuffle! When we called to complain to the local shop where we had purchased the game, they told us the newer models had the small cards! Why? To save money? Our game brags that it has sold over 15 million copies! We were told that we could buy a larger deck size for 22.00! We already paid 60.00 for the original! So disappointed!

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