Fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 takes on a few different forms. In this guide, we’ll teach you about them all.
Each one will prove useful in its own way as you travel the vast expanse of Red Dead Redemption 2’s world. After all, the scenic route — riding everywhere on Arthur Morgan’s horse — will get old eventually.
Stagecoaches and trains
Stagecoaches and trains are forms of fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2, but they’ll cost you. Literally. For a fee, you can hire a stagecoach or buy a train ticket.
Stagecoaches appear on the map as an icon that looks like two intersecting street signs. (It’s called a “taxi coach” in the menu that appears when you hover over it.) For a nominal fee that increases (as far as we can tell) based on distance from your current location, you can take a stagecoach to locations you’ve previously visited.
If you want to catch a train, you’ll need to buy a ticket. (Unless you don’t.) You’d think you’d be looking for a train station, but you might also be looking for a building sitting next to a train track. In one town, Rhodes, what you’re actually looking for is the post office icon (which looks like an envelope). Talk to the clerk inside, and you can purchase a ride on a very Old West kind of transportation.
Actual fast travel
Traditional video game fast travel becomes available after you upgrade your lodgings at the Van der Linde Gang’s camp.
Head to the icon in camp that looks like a briefcase with a dollar sign on it. (It says “Donate to camp” when you hover over it on your map.) There are three upgrades to purchase on the lodging page. The second one, “Next in Line,” costs $325 and says that “Arthur wants a map to help plan journeys.” This is a reference to fast travel.
Buy that upgrade, and you’ll find a map on the back of the stagecoach next to Arthur’s bed. Approach it and interact, and you’ll be able to travel to several destinations — a mixture of towns and significant locations like buildings.
Keep in mind that this form of fast travel only works one way — from camp to somewhere else. If you fast travel from camp to, say, a town on the opposite side of the map, you’ll either need to ride your horse, hire a stagecoach or buy a train ticket to get back.