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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.pngArmistice Bastion Pass Armistice Bastion Gem Store Armistice Bastion Pass (2 weeks).pngTwo weeks
Captain's Airship Pass.pngCaptain's Airship Pass Havoc's Heir Gem Store Captain's Airship Pass (2 weeks).pngTwo weeksCaptain's Airship Pass (single use).pngSingle use [1]
Champion's Rest Pass.pngChampion's Rest Pass Champion's Rest Structured PvP tournaments Champion's Rest Pass.pngTwo weeks
Invitation to "Lily of the Elon".pngInvitation to "Lily of the Elon" Lily of the Elon Path of Fire Deluxe or Ultimate Edition
Lava Lounge Pass.pngLava Lounge Pass Lava Lounge Gem Store Lava Lounge Pass (2 weeks).pngTwo weeks
Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey.pngMistlock Sanctuary Passkey Mistlock Sanctuary Gem Store Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey (2 weeks).pngTwo weeks
Noble's Folly Pass.pngNoble's Folly Pass Noble's Folly Gem Store Nobles Folly Pass.pngTwo weeks
Royal Terrace Pass.pngRoyal Terrace Pass Royal Terrace Gem Store Royal Pass.pngTwo weeks
Thousand Seas Pavilion Pass.pngThousand Seas Pavilion Pass Thousand Seas Pavilion Gem Store Thousand Seas Pavilion Pass (2 weeks).pngTwo weeks

Other teleportation devices[edit]

Name Destination Acquisition
City scrolls
Black Citadel Portal Scroll.pngBlack Citadel Portal Scroll Black Citadel Mystic Forge
Divinity's Reach Portal Scroll.pngDivinity's Reach Portal Scroll Divinity's Reach Mystic Forge
Ebonhawke Portal Scroll.pngEbonhawke Portal Scroll Ebonhawke Mystic Forge
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.pngFractal Gate Portal Scroll Mist Portals Token Trader
Hoelbrak Portal Scroll.pngHoelbrak Portal Scroll Hoelbrak Mystic Forge
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.pngLion's Arch Portal Scroll Lion's Arch Mystic Forge
Rata Sum Portal Scroll.pngRata Sum Portal Scroll Rata Sum Mystic Forge
Ebonhawke Portal Scroll.pngThe Grove Portal Scroll The Grove Mystic Forge
Living World Season 1
Lion's Pride.pngLion's Pride Memory of Old Lion's Arch Completing the Lion's Memory achievement.
Living World Season 3
Tome of Maguuma Mastery.pngSeason 3 Portal Tome Multiple [2] Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendors
Lion's Arch Portal Scroll.pngBloodstone Fen Portal Scroll Bloodstone Fen Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Natto)
Ember Bay Portal Scroll.pngEmber Bay Portal Scroll Ember Bay Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Scholar Surra)
Bitterfrost Frontier Portal Scroll.pngBitterfrost Frontier Portal Scroll Bitterfrost Frontier Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Slooshoo)
Lake Doric Portal Scroll.pngLake Doric Portal Scroll Lake Doric Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Quartermaster Hitchens)
Draconis Mons Portal Scroll.pngDraconis Mons Portal Scroll Draconis Mons Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Supplymaster Hanjo)
Siren's Landing Portal Scroll.pngSiren's Landing Portal Scroll Siren's Landing Unbound Magic Unbound Magic vendor (Provisioner Anlana)
Bitterfrost Vantage Point.pngBitterfrost Vantage Point Bitterfrost Frontier (overlook) Black Lion Chest
Exalted Portal Stone.pngExalted Portal Stone Precocious Aurene instance Precocious Aurene (Living World Season 3 story)
Noran's Safe Room Pass.pngNoran's Safe Room Pass Lake Doric (basement of Noran's Homestead) Black Lion Chest
Living World Season 4
Season 4 Portal Tome.pngSeason 4 Portal Tome Multiple [2] Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendors
Istan Portal Scroll.pngIstan Portal Scroll Domain of Istan Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Alaleh)
Istan Portal Scroll.pngSandswept Isles Portal Scroll Sandswept Isles Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Ethall)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.pngDomain of Kourna Portal Scroll Domain of Kourna Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Nalar)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.pngJahai Bluffs Portal Scroll Jahai Bluffs Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Trader Hyacinth)
Domain of Kourna Portal Scroll.pngSun's Refuge Portal Scroll Sun's Refuge Completing the Poster Child achievement
Thunderhead Peaks Teleportation Scroll.pngThunderhead Peaks Teleportation Scroll Thunderhead Peaks Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Kynon)
Dragonfall Portal Scroll.pngDragonfall Portal Scroll Dragonfall Volatile Magic Volatile Magic vendor (Olmakhan Quartermaster)
The Icebrood Saga
Icebrood Saga Portal Tome.pngIcebrood Saga Portal Tome[3] Multiple [2] Karma Karma vendor (Humble Stone)
Grothmar Valley Portal Scroll.pngGrothmar Valley Portal Scroll Grothmar Valley Merchant (Rally Provisioner)
Bjora Marches Portal Scroll.pngBjora Marches Portal Scroll Bjora Marches Karma Karma vendors (Anette Eymundrdottir , Humble Stone)
Drizzlewood Coast Portal Scroll.pngDrizzlewood Coast Portal Scroll Drizzlewood Coast Karma Karma vendors (Annona Vinedrummer, United Legions Quaestor, Veteran United Legions Quaestor)
End of Dragons
Arborstone Portal Scroll.pngArborstone Portal Scroll Arborstone in the Echovald Wilds Completing the story step Fallout
Secrets of the Obscure
Wizard's Tower Teleportation Scroll.pngWizard's Tower Teleportation Scroll The Wizard's Tower in Horn of Maguuma Completing the Secrets Obscured achievement
Portal devices
Watchwork Portal Device.pngWatchwork 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.pngWhite 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.pngPrototype Position Rewinder Returns to marked position, no known limit Karma Renown Heart vendor (Hafren)
Glyphic Rifle.pngExperimental Teleportation Gun 900 units away, creates a portal between starting and ending points Copper coin Merchant (Danka)
Festival invitations
Invitation to the Mad Realm.pngInvitation to the Mad Realm Mad King's Labyrinth during Halloween. Mailed to characters on entering Lion's Arch during Halloween.
Invitation to Wintersday.pngInvitation to Wintersday The Crown Pavilion during Wintersday. Mailed to characters on login during Wintersday.
Invitation to Lunar New Year.pngInvitation 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.pngInvitation to the Super Adventure Festival Hub during Super Adventure Festival. Mailed to characters on login during Super Adventure Festival.
Invitation to Dragon Bash.pngInvitation to Dragon Bash Eastern Watchpost during Dragon Bash. Mailed to characters on login during Dragon Bash.
Invitation to the Festival of the Four Winds.pngInvitation 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.pngInvitation to the Party Currently active festival Festival Frequenter
Water Toxin Analyzer.pngHall of Monuments Portal Stone Hall of Monuments Character creation if account is linked to Guild Wars
Merchant (Sarettokk, Scornheart)
Home Portal Stone.pngHome Portal Stone Home instance Gem Store
Recharging Teleport to Friend.pngRecharging Teleport to Friend Selected party member Gem Store
Spearmarshal's Plea.pngSpearmarshal's Plea Domain of Vabbi (Sunspear Sanctuary)
Sun's Refuge [4]
Remains of the Last Spearmarshal
Teleport to Friend.pngTeleport to Friend [1] Selected party member Black Lion Chest, Birthday Gift
Beginner Map Portal Note.pngBeginner Map Portal Note[5] Caledon Forest
Metrica Province
Wayfarer Foothills
Plains of Ashford
Adventurer's Box
World Boss Portal Device.pngWorld Boss Portal Device Currently active world boss and Drakkar. Gem Store
Maguuma Pact Operation Portal Device.pngMaguuma 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.pngBaby Book Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Baby Book
Completed Baby Book.pngCompleted Baby Book Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Baby Book
Tiger Training Guide.pngTiger Training Guide Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Tiger Training Guide
Annotated Tiger Training Guide.pngAnnotated Tiger Training Guide Tiger Den Chuka and Champawat IV: Tiger Training Guide
Tiger Den Map.pngTiger 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]

In addition to using objects and items listed above, there are other methods of reducing or avoiding waypoint fees:

Guild upgrades
  • Guilds can build upgrades to permanently reduce waypoint costs by 5%, 10% and then 15% for representing members. Currently unlocked upgrades can be viewed by guild members in the Main tab of the Guild panel, section "Attributes".

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]