Sure, Rockstar deserves some credit for creating a jaw-dropping game world for Red Dead Redemption 2 but let’s face it. You won’t feel like taking in the sights when it’s your third time traveling to your destination along the same old path. This is where you appreciate the Fast Travel mechanics in Red Dead Redemption 2.
You can Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 after unlocking it by progressing to the Money Lending chapter and spending 545$. You can also move around the map using Trains, Stagecoaches, and the Auto-Ride feature. Fast Travelling in Red Dead Online is much easier. Simply select a Fast Travel Outpost on the Map and Travel there with no hassle.
But, of course, unlocking it is no walk in the park. Not to mention that the game mechanic comes with restrictions of its own, which is why we’re here to show you how to Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2. And while we’re at it, we’ll also go over other ways you can get around the map faster.
How To Unlock Fast Travel in RDR 2 Story Mode
There are several caveats to unlocking Fast Travel in the game, but the gist of it is to upgrade your gang’s camp after you’ve started Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook. You can start by completing the first five missions in Chapter 2 to Money Lending and Other Sins.
Once you’ve unlocked the Money Lending chapter, you’ll learn about the Ledger behind Dutch’s tent in the camp. Next, you’ll have to upgrade your Lodgings. Specifically, you’ll have to buy First Things First, aka Dutch’s Tent on page 6 of the Ledger, and then Next in Line, aka Arthur’s Wagon.
And voila, you have unlocked Fast Travel. Keep in mind that you need a total of 545 dollars to unlock the game mechanic—220 dollars for Dutch’s tent and 325 dollars for Arthur’s Wagon. You can go to The Heartlands or Treasure Maps to make some easy money if you don’t already have the sum.
How To Use Fast Travel
Sure, you unlocked Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption but slow down your horses. Unlocking the game mechanic doesn’t mean you can hop around on the map as you, please. If you want to make use of Fast Travel, you have to go to Arthur’s tent.
There you can view the map and choose your destination. That means every time you want to go somewhere using Fast Travel, you’ll have to do it at camp, but of course, that’s all right, considering that you get to reach your desired location with your trusted horse in little to no time.
Keep in mind that Fast Travel can only take you to a location as long as you’ve been there before. Moreover, once you get to your desired location, you can’t fast-travel back to camp. You’ll have to, unfortunately, take the long way in this case.
Oh, and if you’ve committed enough crimes to get on the local law enforcement’s radar, you can’t fast-travel to any towns on lockdown.
Ways To Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2
Of course, if you don’t feel like using Fast Travel or simply can’t because of a sticky situation, you can consider other options as well for getting around the map. Here are a few options:
1. The Train
This one seems like an obvious method. You’ll see an envelope in most of the towns you visit. That’s the train station. Instead of going there to place your Wanted bounties, you can purchase a ticket as well.
The train has a list of destinations where you can go. Just pick one and settle down for a ride.
2. The Stagecoach
Ever seen that icon with a signpost on it at most of the places you visit? Yeah, well, if you didn’t know before, that’s the Stagecoach, another way to get around the map. The Stagecoach will take you to smaller ranches and any other location you’ve visited.
Sometimes, the Stagecoach might be unavailable, but no worries. That probably means you have to pay a bounty, or you’re on a mission. It could also be locked because you’re riding your horse.
Fix these things, and you’ll be able to make use of the game mechanic. The Stagecoach is more expensive than the Train, but each has its perks, so feel free to choose either one to get around.
Another way to get around is by using the Auto-Ride feature. All you have to do is enable the cinematic camera while holding the Run button. Let go of the button once your camera is fully on, and voila! Your horse will be running at full speed to your destination.
Of course, like Fast Travel, this feature comes with its restrictions as well. It doesn’t work during missions. Moreover, you can’t use it if you have an NPC riding with you, either. Still, even with the restrictions, the mechanic can come in handy at times.
How To Fast Travel in Red Dead Online?
While there are multiple ways to Fast Travel in single-player, they are a bit tedious. Breaking the immersion and adding a bit of simplicity to traversing the world of Red Dead Online, Rockstar just added loads of Fast Travel Waypoints that you can select on the map and teleport to without much hassle.
Pull up the Map in Red Dead Online and look for the Fast Travel Outpost. It’s a bit hard to find as they only pop up when you’re close by. But you can find them pretty easily near prominent locations, points of interest, and towns.
Go ahead and interact with the Fast Travel Outpost and select your desired location. Remember, the farther you are from your desired location, the more expensive it’s going to be. Another quick note here. If you’re carrying any pelts or carcasses, you’ll pretty much lose them.
Fast Travel Outposts
There’s a total of 16 Fast Travel Outposts in Red Dead Online that players can spawn in and out of:
- Van Horn
- Saint Denis
- Emerald Station
- Manzanita Post
- MacFarlane’s Ranch
So, you can pretty much use Fast Travel to make getting around the map of Red Redemption 2 that much easier. Make sure you upgrade the Lodgings after you’ve unlocked the Ledger. You’ll have to be at camp to make use of the game mechanic.
In case you don’t feel like using Fast Travel, you can always take the train or the Stagecoach. Happy traveling!