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There are a number of different transportation and travel methods that can be used to get across Tyria in Guild Wars 2.


Guild Wars 2 features multiple ways to instantaneously travel or teleport to areas; the primary methods include traveling via waypoints and using asura gates. There are also other secondary methods such as using the Guild menu to travel to your guild hall and traveling through lounges, as they often provide portals to certain zones and cities.

Location Name Icon
Player can be anywhere Waypoint Waypoint (tango icon).png
Player can be anywhere on the same map Drizzlewood Coast captured point [1] The Bloodfield (United Legions controlled map icon).png
Drizzlewood Coast uncaptured point [1] [2] The Bloodfield (Dominion controlled map icon).png
Unlocked Shrines in Siren's Landing and Dragonfall Shrine.png
Player must be at the icon on the map Nuhoch Wallow Nuhoch Wallow (map icon).png
Skritt Tunnels in The Silverwastes Skritt Tunnel (map icon).png
Thermal Tube in Bitterfrost Frontier, Draconis Mons, Ember Bay, and Dragonfall Thermal Tube map icon (Bitterfrost Frontier).pngThermal Tube map icon.png
  1. ^ a b Icon shown is for The Bloodfield.
  2. ^ Can only be used if the point is contested.

Teleportation devices[edit]

There are various teleportation devices, usually consumables or gizmos, that teleport the character to a specific location. Teleportation devices are items that lead to major cities or Living World maps. All teleportation devices from a Living World season can be stored in the Tome for that season. Other individual teleporting devices will teleport players back to story-related locations and special instances. The Living World Season 3, Living World Season 4, and Icebrood Saga maps each have portal scrolls available for purchase. The portal scrolls are account-bound, so they can be used by another character to enter that map, without the need to start that story.

Lounge passes are Gem Store items which teleport the character to a hub location containing most of the services found in cities. Other passes obtained from the Gem Store may give quality-of-life benefits. These benefits include entering one's home instance from anywhere in the world, and access to hard-to-reach locations.

Most of them can't be used while defeated, but there is a few exceptions such as Invitation to "Lily of the Elon" and Arborstone Portal Scroll.

Lounge passes[edit]

Permanent pass Destination Acquisition Temporary versions
Armistice Bastion Pass.png Armistice Bastion Pass Armistice Bastion Gem Store Armistice Bastion Pass (2 weeks).png Two weeks
Captain's Airship Pass.png Captain's Airship Pass Havoc's Heir Gem Store Captain's Airship Pass (2 weeks).png Two weeksCaptain's Airship Pass (single use).png Single use [1]
Champion's Rest Pass.png Champion's Rest Pass Champion's Rest Structured PvP tournaments Champion's Rest Pass.png Two weeks
Invitation to "Lily of the Elon".png Invitation to "Lily of the Elon" Lily of the Elon Path of Fire Deluxe or Ultimate Edition
Lava Lounge Pass.png Lava Lounge Pass Lava Lounge Gem Store Lava Lounge Pass (2 weeks).png Two weeks
Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey.png Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey Mistlock Sanctuary Gem Store Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey (2 weeks).png Two weeks
Noble's Folly Pass.png Noble's Folly Pass Noble's Folly Gem Store Nobles Folly Pass.png Two weeks
Royal Terrace Pass.png Royal Terrace Pass Royal Terrace Gem Store Royal Pass.png Two weeks
Thousand Seas Pavilion Pass.png Thousand Seas Pavilion Pass Thousand Seas Pavilion Gem Store Thousand Seas Pavilion Pass (2 weeks).png Two weeks

Other teleportation devices[edit]

Name Destination Acquisition
City scrolls
Black Citadel Portal Scroll.png Black Citadel Portal Scroll Black Citadel Mystic Forge
Divinity's Reach Portal Scroll.png Divinity's Reach Portal Scroll Divinity's Reach Mystic Forge
Ebonhawke Portal Scroll.png Ebonhawke Portal Scroll Ebonhawke Mystic Forge
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.png Fractal Gate Portal Scroll Mist Portals Token Trader
Hoelbrak Portal Scroll.png Hoelbrak Portal Scroll Hoelbrak Mystic Forge
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.png Lion's Arch Portal Scroll Lion's Arch Mystic Forge
Rata Sum Portal Scroll.png Rata Sum Portal Scroll Rata Sum Mystic Forge
Ebonhawke Portal Scroll.png The Grove Portal Scroll The Grove Mystic Forge
Living World Season 1
Lion's Pride.png Lion's Pride Memory of Old Lion's Arch Completing the Lion's Memory achievement.
Living World Season 3
Tome of Maguuma Mastery.png Season 3 Portal Tome Multiple [2] Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendors
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.png Bloodstone Fen Portal Scroll Bloodstone Fen Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Natto)
Ember Bay Portal Scroll.png Ember Bay Portal Scroll Ember Bay Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Scholar Surra)
Bitterfrost Frontier Portal Scroll.png Bitterfrost Frontier Portal Scroll Bitterfrost Frontier Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Slooshoo)
Lake Doric Portal Scroll.png Lake Doric Portal Scroll Lake Doric Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Quartermaster Hitchens)
Draconis Mons Portal Scroll.png Draconis Mons Portal Scroll Draconis Mons Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Supplymaster Hanjo)
Siren's Landing Portal Scroll.png Siren's Landing Portal Scroll Siren's Landing Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic vendor (Provisioner Anlana)
Bitterfrost Vantage Point.png Bitterfrost Vantage Point Bitterfrost Frontier (overlook) Black Lion Chest
Exalted Portal Stone.png Exalted Portal Stone Precocious Aurene instance Precocious Aurene (Living World Season 3 story)
Noran's Safe Room Pass.png Noran's Safe Room Pass Lake Doric (basement of Noran's Homestead) Black Lion Chest
Living World Season 4
Season 4 Portal Tome.png Season 4 Portal Tome Multiple [2] Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendors
Istan Portal Scroll.png Istan Portal Scroll Domain of Istan Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Alaleh)
Istan Portal Scroll.png Sandswept Isles Portal Scroll Sandswept Isles Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Ethall)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.png Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll Domain of Kourna Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Nalar)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.png Jahai Bluffs Portal Scroll Jahai Bluffs Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Trader Hyacinth)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.png Sun's Refuge Portal Scroll Sun's Refuge Poster Child achievement
Thunderhead Peaks Teleportation Scroll.png Thunderhead Peaks Teleportation Scroll Thunderhead Peaks Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Kynon)
Dragonfall Portal Scroll.png Dragonfall Portal Scroll Dragonfall Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic vendor (Olmakhan Quartermaster)
The Icebrood Saga
Icebrood Saga Portal Tome.png Icebrood Saga Portal Tome[3] Multiple [2] Karma.png Karma vendor (Humble Stone)
Grothmar Valley Portal Scroll.png Grothmar Valley Portal Scroll Grothmar Valley Merchant (Rally Provisioner)
Bjora Marches Portal Scroll.png Bjora Marches Portal Scroll Bjora Marches Karma.png Karma vendors (Anette Eymundrdottir , Humble Stone)
Drizzlewood Coast Portal Scroll.png Drizzlewood Coast Portal Scroll Drizzlewood Coast Karma.png Karma vendors (Annona Vinedrummer, United Legions Quaestor, Veteran United Legions Quaestor)
End of Dragons
Arborstone Portal Scroll.png Arborstone Portal Scroll Arborstone in the Echovald Wilds Completing the story step Fallout
Portal devices
Watchwork Portal Device.png Watchwork Portal Device 5000 units away, creates a portal between starting and ending points Crafting after learning the recipe (Recipe: Watchwork Portal Device)
White Mantle Portal Device.png White Mantle Portal Device 5000 units away, creates a portal between starting and ending points Random drop after defeating Xera in Stronghold of the Faithful.
Can be purchased after beating Xera from Scholar Glenna.
Prototype Position Rewinder.png Prototype Position Rewinder Returns to marked position, no known limit Karma.png Renown Heart vendor (Hafren)
Glyphic Rifle.png Experimental Teleportation Gun 900 units away, creates a portal between starting and ending points Copper coin Merchant (Danka)
Festival invitations
Invitation to the Mad Realm.png Invitation to the Mad Realm Mad King's Labyrinth during Halloween. Mailed to characters on entering Lion's Arch during Halloween.
Invitation to Wintersday.png Invitation to Wintersday The Crown Pavilion during Wintersday. Mailed to characters on login during Wintersday.
Invitation to Lunar New Year.png Invitation to Lunar New Year The Crown Pavilion during Lunar New Year. Mailed to characters on login during Lunar New Year.
Invitation to the Super Adventure Festival.png Invitation to the Super Adventure Festival Hub during Super Adventure Festival. Mailed to characters on login during Super Adventure Festival.
Invitation to Dragon Bash.png Invitation to Dragon Bash Eastern Watchpost during Dragon Bash. Mailed to characters on login during Dragon Bash.
Invitation to the Festival of the Four Winds.png Invitation to the Festival of the Four Winds Bazaar Docks or The Crown Pavilion during Festival of the Four Winds. Mailed to characters on login during Festival of the Four Winds.
Invitation to the Party.png Invitation to the Party Currently active festival Festival Frequenter
Water Toxin Analyzer.png Hall of Monuments Portal Stone Hall of Monuments Character creation if account is linked to Guild Wars
Merchant (Sarettokk, Scornheart)
Home Portal Stone.png Home Portal Stone Home instance Gem Store
Recharging Teleport to Friend.png Recharging Teleport to Friend Selected party member Gem Store
Spearmarshal's Plea.png Spearmarshal's Plea Domain of Vabbi (Sunspear Sanctuary)
Sun's Refuge [4]
Remains of the Last Spearmarshal
Teleport to Friend.png Teleport to Friend [1] Selected party member Black Lion Chest, Birthday Gift
Beginner Map Portal Note.png Beginner Map Portal Note[5] Caledon Forest
Metrica Province
Wayfarer Foothills
Plains of Ashford
Adventurer's Box
World Boss Portal Device.png World Boss Portal Device Currently active world boss and Drakkar. Gem Store
Maguuma Pact Operation Portal Device.png Maguuma Pact Operation Portal Device Heart of Maguuma Meta event locations in:
Verdant Brink (Maguuma's Breach)
Auric Basin (Northwatch Descent)
Tangled Depths (Ley-Line Confluence)
Dragon's Stand (Vigilant Precipice)
Dry Top (Prospect Valley)
Gem Store
Baby Book.png Baby Book Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Baby Book
Completed Baby Book.png Completed Baby Book Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Baby Book
Tiger Training Guide.png Tiger Training Guide Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Tiger Training Guide
Annotated Tiger Training Guide.png Annotated Tiger Training Guide Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Tiger Training Guide
Tiger Den Map.png Tiger Den Map Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Secluded Tour
  1. ^ a b This item is consumed on use.
  2. ^ a b c Living World portal tomes allow you to store all associated portal scrolls from the corresponding Living World season in a single item. When used, a dialog opens where you can select any location that was stored in the tome to teleport to.
  3. ^ This item comes with an Eye of the North portal option by default.
  4. ^ This location must be unlocked before it's available.
  5. ^ This item has 5 charges.

Reducing travel costs[edit]

Guild upgrades
  • Guilds can build upgrades to permanently reduce waypoint costs by 5%, 10% and then 15% for representing members.

Avoiding waypoint fees[edit]

To Lion's Arch

You can reduce the fees paid for fast travel primarily by going through The Mists to get to Lion's Arch:

  • Open the PvP Menu Bar icon.png PvP panel (no default keybind), click Enter PvP Lobby to travel to the Heart of the Mists.
    • Take the Asura gate (map icon).png Portal to Lion's Arch near Waypoint (map icon).png Portal to Lion's Arch waypoint.
  • Open the WvW Menu Bar icon.png World vs. World panel (default B), enter any of the five Mist War maps or the Edge of the Mists; take the asura gate to Lion's Arch.
From Lion's Arch
  • Asura gate (map icon).png Asura gates at the Point of interest (map icon).png Coriolis Plaza near Waypoint (map icon).png Gate Hub Plaza Waypoint provide free transportation to the following destinations:
  • You can travel back to Lion's Arch using the gate located at your arrival point from Lion's Arch.
  • Transport Facilitator (map icon).png Lionguard Aircrew (Transport Facilitator) offers transport to the Free City of Amnoon in Crystal Oasis.
  • To travel to Fort Trinity in Orr, you can use the asura gate in your chosen order's headquarters; this is unlocked during your personal story.
  • Stronghold of Ebonhawke can be reached by using the Asura gate at Rurikton in Divinity's Reach.
  • When defeated you can always travel to the nearest waypoint.
    • If you have insufficient coins to pay the normal waypoint fee, then the fee will be reduced the maximum that you can afford.
    • If the waypoint is contested, you will have to wait to travel (or have someone mail you the cost to travel to the next nearest waypoint).
    • You cannot travel to the Mists while defeated.
Other free waypoints

Gem store items[edit]

These can only be used in Player versus Environment. Waypoint Unlock Box and Central Tyria Waypoint Unlock Package are single-use items, that will unlock waypoints on one character only. There are also various Travel toys that while do not enhance the player's speed, that, when activated, changes the appearance of the movement animations of a character.

See also[edit]