Those who played that other big Rockstar game that’s been popular for the last few years will recall that there isn’t an easy way to fast travel. Yes, you can call a taxi and pay the fare with in-game currency, but it never breaks immersion. This is not the case for Red Dead Redemption 2. You can absolutely travel to other locations faster than by horseback, and there are multiple ways to do so. Because it isn’t obvious from the beginning, here’s how you can fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2.
How to fast travel
To fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2, open your map and look for the location of a Stagecoach. It will have an icon that looks like a signpost. When you arrive, talk to the person standing beside the Stagecoach itself to fast travel to your desired location. Note that if you approach on your horse, it will appear your can't use the Stagecoach, but this is simply because you can't take a ride while on horseback. It should also be noted that you must unlock fast travel destinations by visiting them at least once.
Another way to fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to take the train. To do this, head to any train station in the game and talk to the Station Clerk. They will have options for you to Send Mail, Receive Mail, Train Tickets, and Pay Bounty. For the purpose of this guide you’re going to want to select Train Tickets. It works very similar to the Stagecoach. Select your destination and hop on the train. The game will then initiate a cinematic that shows a train traveling across the land. Truth told, this isn’t exactly fast, but it does a fine job of saving you a 10-minute trip on horseback and not breaking immersion with the experience. If you have a mission to complete and it’s a long ride, you might consider taking the train and hurrying things along. Be warned, though; your horse does not travel with you if it's hitched to anything.
If you want to go for the immersion-breaking method of fast travel, head to the Van der Linde camp and to the back of Dutch’s quarters. There you’ll find a ledger and the option to contribute to the camp. Open the ledger and look under the Lodging section. Under Next in Line it will say, “Arthur wants a map to help plan journeys.” This upgrade costs $325 but will put a fast-travel map at the back of Arthur’s quarters. You can only travel to previously discovered locations, though.
If you don’t have the money to fast travel, you could always take a long trip by horseback and setup a camp along the way if day turns to night. You should also stop by our Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide for all the help you’ll need getting Arthur Morgan through this adventure in one piece.