The Best Ticket To Ride Versions And Expansions [2020]

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.

  • Technology cards that upgrade trains
  • Invest in stocks

Of all Ticket to Ride exansions, United Kingdom & Pennsylvania is the best Ticket to Ride expansion. Both variants 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.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Best for 2 - 3 players

If you, like us, play a lot of games with just 2 players, many Ticket to Ride maps are just too big. That’s where Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries comes in. This expansion is designed for 2 or 3 players, making it competitive even for small groups.

In Nordic Countries there are a lot of different types of train cards and railway routes, such as tunnels and ferries. Giving more variety to the game.

  • Players: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 60 minutes

For all players that like cooperative board games there’s Ticket to Ride: Team Asia & Legendary Asia. 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. 

The Legendary Asia map has mountain routes, that are more expensive, but also worth more victory points in the end. 

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

If you think about the Netherlands you immediately think about dikes, canals, and responsible fiscal policy. Wait, what? The designers of Ticket to Ride did anyway, so in Ticket to Ride: Nederland, they introduced toll bridges.

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.

This version of Ticket to Ride enforces quick building; you rather pay the bank than a fellow player. This makes it a rather dynamic and fast-phased expansion.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 60 minutes

Ticket to Ride: Japan & Italy has a very interesting new mechanic. On the Japan map there’s a bullet train. All players build together on this bullet train route and 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 oponents, or are you parasiting 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.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Duration: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Classic Ticket to Ride

Are you in for a classic Ticket to Ride game? Than go for Ticket to Ride: Europe. This version is the second version of the Ticket to Ride line and, in our opinion, the original game, but a little better. In Europe you can use ferries, tunnels and staions. Ferries make routes more expensive. Tunnels add a chance element to the game, making it uncertain how expensive a route is going to be.

Stations are most revolutionary: you can build a stations 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.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 60 minutes
  • Ticket to Ride in just 15 minutes

My boyfriend and used 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.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Duration: 15 minutes

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?

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 60 minutes