This guide will teach you how to unlock fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). There are 3 types of fast travel:
- Permanently Free Fast Travel: Can be unlocked by upgrading your camp.
- Train Tickets / Post Office: Train Tickets can be bought at the Post Office for a small fee, but not every other train stations can be reached from each town.
- Stagecoaches: Found in most towns, you can call a Stagecoach to drive you to another town. The downside is that these only work when you have no bounty on your head worldwide.
In addition to fast travel, there is automatic horse travel (autopilot) which lets you set a waypoint anywhere and you can hold Touchpad (PS4) / View-Button (Xbox One) to make your horse ride there automatically. To initiate this you must be riding on a road in the direction of the waypoint.
Unlocking Free Fast Travel (Camp)
Step 1 (Unlock Camp Upgrades): In Chapter 2, complete Strauss’s story mission “Money Lending and other Sins”. Strauss wants you to track down debtors who took a loan from your gang. There are 3 of them, you just need to get money from one and put it in the camp’s tithing box. This unlocks the ledger next to the tithing box. There you can select camp upgrades!
Step 2 (Unlock Fast Travel): Buy the first two camp upgrades in the lodging category “First Things First” ($220) & “Next in Line” ($325). That’s $545 in total. The second upgrade unlocks a fast travel map behind Arthur’s tent!
Now you can use the map behind Arthur’s tent for free fast travel. You can only travel to discovered towns, but cannot travel back. This is one way only. To get back you’ll have to either ride your horse or use one of the fast travel options below to get to the nearest town and then ride back to camp. Below is an image of what the fast travel map looks like:
Train Fast Travel
Train Tickets can be bought at any Post Office. The further you want to travel the more they cost (it usually varies between $5-$15). The downside is that not every train station is connected to each other. So you may have to take multiple trains to get where you want to go.
The upside is that it works even when you have a bounty on your head. The train fast travel is instant.
Post Offices are marked with this icon (do note that only post offices at train stations can sell you tickets):
Stagecoach Fast Travel
With Stagecoaches you can travel to other towns that have a Stagecoach post. Just like trains they usually vary between $5-$15 per ride. The downside is that you can only use stagecoach fast travel when you have no bounty on your head anywhere in the world. If you do, you must pay off the bounty first (but due to certain story missions you will quickly have a bounty back on your head). This option makes more sense for after the story when you go for 100% completion. During the story it’s too costly to pay off your bounty each time you want to fast travel.
The upside is that stagecoaches can reach more places than trains.
Stagecoaches are marked with this icon:
Those are all the fast travel options you have in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). Try to unlock the free fast travel from your camp as early as possible. This comes in very handy and saves a lot of time. To travel back to camp, use a train to fast travel to the nearest town and then ride back to camp or use the automatic horse travel autopilot. After the story, pay off your bounties and use the stagecoaches for fast travel.
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