Ticket to Ride is a classic in the board game scene. It is an easy-to-learn game, but still fun for the more experienced player. Over the years several expansions and versions have been released. In this article we ranked the best Ticket to Ride expansions and versions, to help you decide what is the best Ticket to Ride version for you.
Ticket to Ride: United Kingdom & Pennsylvania is the best Ticket to Ride expansion. Both the UK and PA legs of this expansion add a lot of new mechanics and strategy.
The United Kingdom map is one of the more complex expansions. This variant is set in the 19th Century during the industrial revolution. During the game players can choose to upgrade their trains using technology cards. By upgrading trains, you can built on different routes. But don’t be too keen on technology; too much focus on upgrading to the highest technology makes you fall behind on your network.
The Pennsylvania map adds shares to the game. When completing a route, a player can choose to invest in a company, that can be worth a lot at the end of the game. This variant adds a lot of strategy.
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries is our expansion of choice for games with 2 or 3 players. Most of the popular maps are too big for such small groups, which can result in too little competition. But his expansion has a smaller map that is tailor made for smaller groups.
Further, in Nordic Countries there are a lot of different types of train cards and railway routes, such as tunnels and ferries. This makes the game more varied and keeps it interesting in the long term.
And note that the Nordic Countries expansion can be played as a standalone game, so it doesn’t require the Ticket to Ride base game.
Ticket to Ride: Team Asia & Legendary Asia is the best Ticket to Ride expansion for players that like cooperative games.
This expansion has a huge map of Asia and is designed to play with up to 3 teams of 2 players. But there’s a twist. The players in a team don’t know the destination cards that the other team member holds. This makes it a lot harder to complete routes and is a great challenge.
Further the Legendary Asia map has mountain routes, that are more expensive, but also worth more victory points in the end.
Ticket to Ride: Nederland features everything that comes to mind when you think of Nederland: dikes, canals, and commercially viable toll bridges.
The main selling point of this expansion is the toll bridge mechanic. If you want to build on a route, you have to pay toll. If you are the first on the route you pay the bank, but if there’s already someone else on the route, you have to pay that player. Toll tokens are worth victory points at the end of the game.
What we like most about this Ticket to Ride expansion is that it enforces quick building, because you rather pay your tolls to the bank than to a fellow player. This leads to some exciting and fast paces Ticket to Ride games.
Ticket to Ride: Japan & Italy is a great expansion because the Japan map introduces a very interesting new mechanic: the bullet train.
The bullet train works as follows. All players build together on the bullet train route and it can be used by everyone to reach their destinations. This unique competitive co-op mechanic is strategically super interesting: are you going to get victory points, but help your opponents, or are you freeloading on the labor of others, but risking a penalty in the end for not helping to build the bullet train?
The Italian map is more traditional, with the addition of ferries to travel cheaper over water and the option to connect region’s to score more points. It’s nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Ticket to Ride: Europe is an absolutely classic board game. It’s the second version of Ticket to Ride and, in our opinion, a little better than the original game.
In Ticket to Ride: Europe you can use ferries, tunnels and stations. Ferries make routes more expensive, and tunnels add a chance element to the game, making it uncertain how expensive a route is going to be. And stations can be built within someone else’s route, making it easier to finish your destination cards.
Although the original Ticket to Ride is a great game as well, we prefer Europe over the original. The few extra element complete the game in our opinion.
What’s also great about Ticket to Ride: Europe is that it’s not just an expansion, but can actually be played as a standalone without getting the original Ticket to Ride.
And another fun bonus is that you can play Ticket to Ride with Alexa. She can both help new players by explaining the rules, but she can also play herself, and she is pretty good!
Ticket to Ride: New York is perfect if you’re in a rush (just like the people in New York).
My boyfriend and I like to play games early in the morning right before going off to work. However, most of our favorite games take at least half an hour. Not Ticket to Ride: New York. This standalone mini-expansion is there for you if you are busy-busy-busy, but really want to play Ticket to Ride.
The iconic yellow cab’s replace the trains and the map is of a city, instead of a whole country, but other than that it’s Ticket to Ride just as we know it.
Ticket to Ride: Germany seems like it has the biggest map of all Ticket to Ride versions and expansions. It stretches all the way down from Denmark to Switzerland and Austria. The twist of this version is the addition of passengers. In some cities passengers are waiting to be taken to their next destination and you can collect these passengers for extra points. This simple mechanic adds strategy to the game; are you just going for your destinations, or do make a detour to collect the passangers?