One of the benefits of playing Red Dead Redemption 2 is exploring its vast open world. But, sometimes you need to get from point A to B quickly. And, if that transport can be instantaneous and also transfer your horse with it, that’d be great. Luckily, Rockstar Games recognized this need with years of experience and made it a reality. However, you must reach a specific point in the storyline before doing it and will have to explore a location before you can fast-travel to it. Encouraged? Let’s jump straight into how to fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Unlock fast travel Red Dead Redemption 2
Here’s a 4-step guide to unlocking fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2:
1. Reach the necessary chapter, mission, and have enough money
You’ll need $525 for the necessary upgrade so, first, check our guide to make money in RDR2. Before you can enable fast travel in RDR2, you must finish the first 5 missions in Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook.
2. Finish the fast travel mission
Now that you meet the requirements, go to the Strauss camp and accept, then finish a mission named Money Lending and Other Sins.
3. Purchase two necessary items to fast travel in RDR2
Finishing the mission above unlocked a Ledger behind the Dutch’s Tent in the camp. Approach it, and purchase the First Things First lodging upgrade for $200. Move a little, then purchase Next in Line map from Arthur’s Wagon for $325.
4. Start fast traveling
From your tent at the camp, you can travel to any eligible location for a fee, instantly, by selecting Travel to Destination. Additionally, since patch 1.15, you can use fast travel from any campfire as well. You can do that by putting a waypoint through Pause Menu > Map. You must have visited locations beforehand to fast-travel to them in both cases. Also, fast traveling more than once per in-game day empties the horse’s stamina and becomes free after you finish Epilogue 1.
SPOILER: Can I fast travel as John Marston in RDR2?
Yes, after you complete the storyline (see: how long is Red Dead Redemption 2?) you can fast travel as John Marston. The map is located in one of the rooms in Beecher’s Hope. Besides becoming free, after Epilogue 1, you can also visit the following locations via fast travel:
- Beecher’s Hope
- MacFarlane’s Ranch
- Thieves’ Landing
Where can I fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2?
The following is a list of locations you can visit using fast travel as Arthur Morgan in RDR2:
- Butcher Creek
- Braithwaite Manor
- Cornwall Kerosene & Tar
- Caliga Hall
- Emerald Ranch
- Manzanita Post
- Pronghorn Ranch
- Wapiti Indian Reservation
- Saint Denis
- Van Horn Trading Post
- Gang camp locations (during Chapters 2-6)
Other ways to fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2
These are alternative fast travel options in RDR2:
You can purchase a Train ticket (usually $3 to $10) at a town’s Post Office. It’s cheaper than a Stagecoach, but the number of locations is limited to 3 territories: West Elizabeth, Lemoyne, and New Hanover. You do not need to visit a location before you travel to it.
Using a Stagecoach, available in almost any town, is a great alternative to Train. It requires you to have visited that location too, although the number of locations slightly is lower than the ones from a camp fast travel. Also, the Stagecoach can’t take you back to your camp, won’t work if your honor is too low for that city, and will cost between $2 and $20.
This is a workaround before you unlock fast travel or if you’re broke. Set a waypoint, then enable the cinematic camera by holding the Run button (Shift on PC, X on PlayStation, A on Xbox). Release hold when the camera is fully enabled, and your horse will gallop toward the waypoint without your input. This won’t work if you’re riding with other NPCs or on an active mission. Also, getting attacked can cancel this autonomous travel, and horse AI is can get stuck.