a view of Ticket to Ride London game in progress

Ticket to Ride London family board game review. by a Slightly Bitter Loser.

We haven’t had the greatest weather these past few weeks have we? I feel as though our summer here in Ireland started off with some promise of sunshine but nowadays we are disappointedly and quietly moving though the damp and rain – sort of similarly to the slugs all over our garden, maybe.

However, on the more positive side, this is ideal board game weather! So I was thrilled when we were given three board games to play and write reviews about here on the blog. I come from a family of semi-fanatical board game players and enjoy being beaten by playing with my kids now too, so I’m always keen to try new ones.

AD|Gifted I was given these games in exchange for an honest review, if you don’t believe I’m being honest, keep reading.

The games we were gifted include Ticket to Ride London, Catan and Mysteruim, this post is my first review of the three.

Ticket to Ride London board game

lid of Ticket to Ride London boardgame
Love the art work on the outside of the box!

A couple of my friends have Ticket to Ride and I have always wanted to play it but they never invited me over to do so. Never mind, I still call them my friends. One of them, however, did allow me to look inside her European version so that I could compare the contents to my London version. (The game comes in a wide range of iterations including Europe, India, the USA, New York, France, Scandinavia, Africa and a children’s set called My First Journey). Compared to the European version, the London board is about half the size.

view of the board for the Ticket to Ride London boadgame
This is what the board looks like.

The blurb on the box says this:

“Welcome to the 70’s world capital of fashion and music. Jump aboard a famous double-decker bus to rumble through London’s historic streets, breeze past Buckingham palace, pop into the British Museum or listen to Big Ben’s chime echo across the Thames.”

TTRL marketing dept I presume.

None of those things actually happen in the game, they’re merely nice words to help set the scene and create the backdrop. However, backdrops aside, playing the game is quite realistic in that it makes me anxious about selecting the right bus routes. This is also how I feel about trying to catch a real bus when in London. I am usually second guessing my decision over which route would be the quickest to take or which of the three simultaneously arriving buses I should catch first. Often I’m on the bus that gets overtaken by the emptier and faster one.

My anxiety in this case could be due to the fact that I am very competitive and not one bit happy when my bus route is blocked by a gleeful child opponent.

Board games are great at teaching you how to be a bit more adult aren’t they?

transportation cards and tickets

Game Specs:

  • For 2-4 players
  • Aged 8 and up
  • It says on the box that the game takes 10-15 minutes to play – but in our case it’s closer to 30 minutes.

Our Verdict of Ticket to Ride London:

I say: I loved how quick it was to set the game up, to read and understand the rules and to get into the game. I also enjoy how the game combines a mixture of luck and skill, although it may be argued that with a bit more skill, your luck may also improve.

I don’t like how my kids keep beating me at this game, I have yet to win it. I blame it on bad luck, obviously!

I feel torn. On the one hand I think it would be ideal if the game took a bit longer to play and I imagine that the larger sized versions of the game do. On the other hand, Ticket to Ride London a perfect version if you’d like to play a board game with the kids that doesn’t take ages to get to grips with, or be thrashed in.

It’s a clever game that becomes more and more enjoyable as you figure out the tactics that are needed to win, and even though I’m the slowest to grasp them, I keep coming back for another thrashing. I give it 8/10.

10yo daughter says “I like the colours! It isn’t as creative as other games because all you have to do is pick a route and put busses down so I give it a score of 6/10”.

12yo daughter says: “I like the game. I enjoy making the routes and trying to get there first before anyone else. It would be cool to have a version set in Ireland too. Score 7/10”.

14yo son says: “The game is fun, fast paced and strategic. I score it 8/10” (He’s the most frequent overall winner).

15 yo Spanish Student says: “Ay carumba!”*

Ticket to Ride London Contains:

  • 1 board map of the London transportation network
  • 68 plastic coloured buses (plus a few spares)
  • 44 transportation cards
  • 20 destination cards
  • 4 scoring markers
  • 1 rule leaflet
inside of the game box with leaflet and board
Rule leaflet and board
box contents for Ticket to Ride London boadgame
Contents of the Ticket to Ride London box, after the board and rule leaflet have been removed

Links for buying your own version of Ticket to Ride London:

  1. If you’d like more information on this or other versions of the game, you can visit the Ticket to Ride website here: www.ticket2ridegame.com.
  2. www.daysofwonder.com is the website of the company that produces this board game as well as many others.
  3. You can also purchase Ticket to Ride London off Amazon here. (Please note this is an affiliate link, if you chose to buy anything through this link I will recieve a teensy commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks Amazon.)

Ticket to Ride London is designed by Alan R. Moon and illustrated by Julien Delval and Cyrille Daujean, published in 2004 by Days of Wonder. 

*artistic licence

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