Red Dead Redemption 2, in spite of having a massive game world and relatively slow forms of transportation - horses - doesn't exactly spoil players with convenient fast travel. The situation is different in Red Dead Online though, as it features a different system. In Red Dead Online it's much easier to "fast travel" and significantly more useful in terms of actually moving between points of interest.
As described in our guide, fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 is highly limited. It is only unlocked once you buy several upgrades for your camp. It only works one-way, and only from your camp. You can't fast travel between Valentine and Strawberry, for example. You also can't fast travel back to camp either. It's barely useful as a fast travel system at all.
As fun factor likely overtakes adherence to realism on the priority list in Red Dead Online, the system has been overhauled. Taking pointers from some other open-world games, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Red Dead Online uses a fast travel post based system. Scattered throughout the game world are so-called fast travel posts, which allow you to instantly move to another such post.
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Indicated by a small sign-post symbol on your map, which only appears if you are in close proximity, these fast travel posts are little wooden scaffolds with a ram skull on top and a broken wheel at the base in order to help you identify them. Using fast travel will cost you money, and the price is calculated based on how far away your destination is.
You can only travel in between posts, not anywhere on the map from such a post. While this is much more accommodating than the solution in single player, it's still fairly restrictive when compared to other games. Some, for example, allow you to instantly travel from any point to any other point on the map, while others let you fast travel freely between all points of interest. The system used by Red Dead Online is an ideal compromise between convenience and realism.
There are a total of 16 fast travel posts in the game world. 15 are located at points of interest, while the 16th is located at your camp, the location of which is variable. The camp fast travel post is only unlocked when you reach Rank 65. Check out our Ranking Guide to learn how to reach it quickly.
The 15 fast travel posts are as follows:
- MacFarlane's Ranch
- Manzanita Post
- Van Horn
- Saint Denis
- Emerald Station
You'll notice that every location has railway access, or is close to a railway. The actual posts themselves are also physically close to railway stations or tracks. This little detail is an attempt by Rockstar to maintain immersion and realism, implying that the characters catch a train to whichever location they choose to fast travel to.
It also isn't generally allowed to take your horse with you on trains - at least, we suspect this is the explanation for one of the drawbacks of using fast travel. If your horse is carrying any pelts or carcasses when you use fast travel, they will disappear.