Ticket To Ride: Ghost Train Board Game by Days Of Wonder

Ticket To Ride: Ghost Train Board Game by Days Of Wonder

Ticket to Ride goes kid sized in My First Journey, an adaptation of the card collecting, ticket completing, train riding game of luck and strategy. With Ticket to Ride: My First Journey, you can play with kids as young as six years old.
Base Game

Setup Time
10 Mins
Play Time
15-30 Mins
2 to 4
Age Level
6 and Up
Our Reviews
$35.00 USD
$35.00 USD

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Ticket to Ride: First Journey - A Family Review

Next stop, world adventure! Ticket to Ride is reimagined as a simple-to-play, European-set game for kids six and up, and we had a blast playing it. It has simplified rules from the original version but didn’t cut any of the charm.

7yo: “I loved it! I liked that I could play with the whole family.”

If you’ve got younger kids who want to game, Ticket to Ride: First Journey has several adaptations to make it more friendly for those players. Our younger kids loved the bigger train pieces—they were super detailed and easier to manipulate for little hands—and the art was cute and engaging.

As parents, we loved that each location on the map had both the city name and a cartoon graphic unique to that city. This made it easier for early readers or non-readers to understand different locations, while our older kids still learned new city names! One challenge? The board is visually busy. Between all the fun cartoons and colourful train tracks, it’s a bit difficult to pick out the train routes.

9yo: “It was a bit easy—I wanted a bigger challenge. It is a good game to play with my younger siblings!”

The strategy and turns are simple and fairly straightforward. Though our seven-year-old needed parental support with her turns at first, she gained confidence as the game progressed. She could definitely play independently in her second game, and it sounds like the older kids want to give that a go. They called it the sort of game that they’d pull out for a family game night with younger siblings, but they also explained that for a game with just them or their friends, they’d rather unbox the original version of Ticket to Ride.

Including the younger kids on game night can be a challenge, but something like Ticket to Ride: First Journey is a fun, approachable, and time-smart way to get everybody playing together.

Helpful hints

  • Similar to other Ticket to Ride games, each different colour is also associated with a unique symbol, making gameplay more accessible for colour blind players.
  • The game is short and the turns go by quickly, so nobody is left waiting or bored for very long.


Easy to learn and quick to play, Ticket to Ride: Ghost Train is a chilling introduction to the Ticket to Ride series.

In this horrifying edition of the classic Ticket to Ride First Journey, parents and kids collect Parade Float cards, claim routes on the map, and try to visit different locations in this hair-raising town.

"Knock, knock… Trick or treat!"

"Mommy! We found this vampire costume in an old trunk under the stairs. Is it yours?"

"My goodness, I wore this when I was your age. Every year around this time, my friends and I walked around town, all dressed up…"

"I hope this is a scary story. We love scary stories!"

"Well, not only did we go trick or treating, but we also explored all the mysterious places in town. We poked around the haunted mansion, visited the terrifying swamp, and checked out rumors of an old witch living by the hidden cave. We wanted to discover everything!"

A word from the author

There’s nothing scary about this ghost. So don’t be afraid. This is the perfect introduction to Ticket to Ride for younger players. Treat yourself!

What's in the Box

  • 1 Map of a Chilling Town
  • 80 Haunted Carriages
  • 72 Parade Float Cards
  • 33 Tickets
  • 4 “Trick or Treat” Bonus Tickets
  • 1 Rulesheet

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