The board game pieces are highly detailed with the starting piece being a separate color so it is easy to find. There is definitely some forethought put into the polish of this game that makes much of it intuitive and a pleasure to look at.
The core mechanics of the game are pretty simple to learn in under 15 minutes. Meaning more time can be spent playing the game rather than reading instructions. It also means it is great for newcomers to the game or those unfamiliar with boardgames in general.
There is no direct conflict between players, which makes it a good game for beginners but also players who do not like the cut throat tactics of games like Monopoly. It also makes for a good game for couples to play as there will be no arguments or moves that may slight another player.
From the large board map to the high quality illustrations, Ticket to Ride has a definite quality to its detail. This makes for a game that is great to show off to new players as well as great for ones collection.
When playing with more than three people it can be too easy to fall into this familiar multiplayer trap where many players can team up against one with that one having no real means to stop this uneven play.