How do you fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2?

Sometimes riding your horse around the sprawling map of Red Dead Redemption 2 is not the most efficient form of travel. We explain how to fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The open world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is quite expansive, sprawling across numerous geographic areas with their own ecosystems. From the mountains up north to the swamps down south, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes players all over the ol’ western United States. With your trusty stead at your side, players can expect to make their way across all corners of the map.

However, traveling everyone on horseback can ultimately be quite tedious. It can take a while to get from point A to point B if you limit yourself to only traveling by horses. Luckily there are multiple ways to get around the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 much faster, including a fast travel system.

Unlocking the fast travel system is not as straightforward as you might expect. In the first game, all you had to do was pitch camp, and the option presented itself. In Red Dead Redemption 2, however, you unlock the ability to fast travel by upgrading your gang’s camp, namely, the lodging. Using the ledger in your camp after the start of Chapter 2 in the story, you can purchase an upgrade for Dutch’s lodging.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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After you make this purchase, you can then upgrade Arthur’s tent to include a fast travel map, which allows you to “quickly travel to previously discovered locations.” This upgrade isn’t cheap, however, coming in at a whopping $325. Once this is unlocked, you can find a fast travel map at your tent or bedside at the gang’s camp.

Initiating fast-travel to a location shows a relatively lengthy cutscene of Arthur mounting on his horse and riding towards his destination. It’s not exactly an immediate teleportation from one point to another, but it’s certainly quicker than riding there yourself. Unfortunately, you can’t fast travel back to your camp.

You can also travel to previously discovered locations via the stagecoach or train systems that are located in towns, for a relatively low price. Again, you cannot take either of these back to your gang’s camp (which makes sense, considering it’s supposed to be a secret location). Both these two options, as well as the fast travel option, bring Arthur’s horse along with him.

If you aren’t in a town and still can’t be bothered to ride around, you can use the game’s new cinematic camera feature.  With the cinematic camera enabled, your horse will follow the road towards a designated waypoint. This feature doesn’t exactly equate to “fast travel,” but lets you ride between waypoints while you take a break from the controller.

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