Ticket to Ride Europe – Review

Ticket to Ride Europe is a board game from Esdevium Games, suitable for ages 8+ RRP £32.99 available from Amazon and other toy stockists.

Ticket to Ride Europe is a strategy game, but don’t be put off once the rules are learnt it is like Monopoly addictive! The box contains Board map of Europe, 240 coloured trains, 15 stations, 110 train cards, 6 long routes, 40 short routes, 5 score markers and rules.

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I was daunted by the size of the rule book, but once we had a test game it was actually much more straight forward to play Ticket to ride Europe. To set up the game each player picks a colour of train, stations and playing token. Then you deal each player one long route, 3 short route and 4 train cards. To start you have the chance to discard all but one of your dealt route cards. Think carefully as this is your only chance to get rid of these route cards.

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Ticket to Ride game play is then made up of 3 options, to take additional routes, place trains on the board, or collect the cards needed for completion of trains. This was the part we found was tactical. With the boy playing we found it was ok for him to have his route cards face up so he could see them all easily. When I play Ticket to ride Europe with Dad Dragon we use scrabble rests so we can keep our routes hidden. Game play continues with building, collecting and getting in the way of your opponents.

Claiming a train route involves matching cards to the board, and there are different rules for tunnels and ferry’s. Some involve you using your Train cards which act as jokers and come in very handy. If someone else steals a route you wanted then you have the option of adding stations to use their trains. The game ends when a player gets to their last 2 trains, and the winner is the person scoring the most. You score each time you place a train, each route you complete, unused stations and who has the longest train.

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The whole family has loved playing Ticket to Ride Europe, and we have played as 2,3 and 4, players. Once you have 4 or more players you can use double routes and this changes the game play and tactics a little as well as filling the board up quicker. Game play takes us around an hour, or longer with new players. Most of this time is getting to know the board and place names as they are not all familiar. Once you get used to where on the map they are play defiantly speeds up. We are addicted to playing this game, and have been having adult game sessions when the boy has gone to bed. I love having found a game that makes you think and love the level of strategy needed for this game. We have had some close matches and are currently drawing so there will be a rematch coming soon!

If you would like the chance to get to know Ticket to Ride Europe why not enter my Gleam giveaway below. Ticket to Ride Europe is available via my Amazon affiliate link below. With different editions available and expansion packs Ticket to ride is a game that I’m sure will become a family favourite.

Ticket to Ride Europe

Disclaimer we were sent this game to review and the words remain our own and have not been altered.

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  1. The train I’d most like to ride is the Orient Express, but I’d also love to travel around Italy by train – I love the food and culture!

  2. I would have loved to go on the Orient Express or the Trans Siberian Express. I often travel by train in Switzerland and it’s absolutely beautiful

  3. I’d definitely go to Venice. We’re planning to go there for our anniversary next year, but a train ride there would make a big difference to the whole experience.

  4. I’d love to travel through all of Italy- been to Milan and Rome but would love to see it all
    So much architecture and history it would be fascinating

  5. I would love to go to Disneyland,
    To stay there would be a dream,
    A castle built for many to see,
    A parade of characters will go by,
    And you will sit and maybe sigh.

    on this adventure, there will be lots of colours to see,
    And I know our hearts will jump with glee,
    When greeting Baloo and Mowgli,
    Cinderella will be there with her glass shoe,
    And Sleeping Beauty may sit by you.

  6. I would love to take the train from London to Edinburgh, and then continue up to the Highlands.
    Also, I love Ticket to Ride. It’s a really fun game.

  7. I would like to go to Disneyland Paris on Eurostar, or else take a train all around Europe to explore places like Croatia, Greece etc

  8. I’d take the train to Vienna and soak up the culture and the coffee and of course the cakes!

  9. We do a lot of European train travel as a family but still haven’t made it to Spain. Barcelona is on my list.

  10. I cant choose just one country so I think I would have to say I would love to travel across Europe on train, would be wonderful.

  11. Would love to travel on one of the original Orient Express to Paris and Constantinople (Istanbul)

  12. It would be rome for me – we travelled to lille on the train last year – so smooth and easy

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