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For this mechanic in other games, see Fast Travel.

Fast Travel is a method of travel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a way of quickly "teleporting" to any previously discovered location. The travel takes place almost instantaneously in real world time through a loading screen, but in game time will still pass by as if the Dragonborn had walked there. When using fast travel, the time elapsed may be longer than the time it would have taken to run to the destination, especially when the distance is short.

Fast Travel can be done via the world map or by using one of the carriages stationed near the main gate of many cities. Fast travel via world map is free, but can only be done to a location that has already been discovered. Travel via carriage is limited to major cities, regardless if they have been visited or not before, with a fee relative to distance and the size of the destination city (for example it costs more to travel from Whiterun to Dawnstar than from Windhelm to Solitude even though the distance between Windhelm and Solitude is greater). The Hearthfire DLC allows the Dragonborn to hire a carriage for their homestead, which will also go to smaller cities and towns (Darkwater Crossing, Dragon Bridge, Ivarstead, KarthwastenKynesgrove, Old Hroldan, Riverwood, Rorikstead, Shor's Stone, and Stonehills).

With Dawnguard, fast travel can also be done between seaports by boat. With Dragonborn, the initial trip to Solstheim must be by boat. (Conventional fast travel can be used later, between the docks at Windhelm and Raven Rock.)


The fast travel cannot be done while in any of the following conditions:

  • While indoors
  • While jumping
  • While falling
  • While mounting or dismounting a horse.
  • While being too close to enemies
  • While being pursued by enemies/Hold Guards
  • While taking health damage (e.g. from poison)
  • While overburdened on foot. This condition can be avoided by:
    • Riding on horseback.
    • Under effect of a Fortify Carry Weight potion that is strong enough. There is no limit on fast travel distance while the potion is in effect. However, the effect of the potion immediately wears off after the arrival causing the Dragonborn to be overburdened again.
    • The Steed Stone. This stone is found near Fort Hraggstad, just west of the Statue to Meridia. This stone gives an extra 100 carry weight, and also makes all armor being worn weightless. This will help, but will not solve problems for being overburdened.

Fast travel timeEdit

Approximate time to travel between cities/towns wearing Light Armor, measured by in-game hours:

Dawnstar Ivarstead Markarth Morthal Riften Riverwood Solitude Whiterun Windhelm Winterhold
Dawnstar - 12 15 5 17 10 6 7.5 9 5.5
Ivarstead 12 - 18 12 7 4 15.5 6 8 11.5
Markarth 15 18 - 10 24 14 10 13 21.5 20
Morthal 5 12 10 - 19 9 4 6 12 11
Riften 17 7 24 19 - 11 21 12 9 14
Riverwood 10 4 14 9 11 - 12 3 10 12
Solitude 6 15.5 10 4 21 12 - 10 15 13
Whiterun 7.5 6 13 6 12 3 10 - 9 10
Windhelm 9 8 21.5 12 9 10 15 9 - 6
Winterhold 5.5 11.5 20 11 14 12 13 10 6 -


  • The amount and type of armor worn affects how much time passes during fast travel.
  • Fast traveling while on foot or on horseback takes the same amount of time. The only difference will be how the Dragonborn arrives: on foot next to the horse, or on horseback.
  • Any positive or negative effects (such as from a disease) will still progress during fast travel.
  • Neither the Dragonborn, their horse, or any companion will encounter any enemies during fast travel.


This section contains bugs related to Fast Travel (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • When arriving at a location by fast travel, random creatures can spawn in front of the Dragonborn. For example, a non-hostile bandit might spawn every time they fast-travel, who can be talked to, but will become hostile if attacked.
  •  PC   Fast traveling with followers to northern cities like Windhelm or the College of Winterhold can trigger a sliding effect on arrival. Normally, this effect is not critical; however, it is possible to sometimes slide for a very long distance and fall off of a cliff.
  •  360   After waiting in a location for a long time (two or three weeks), or if multiple other characters have been played before returning to play as the affected character, fast traveling to a location might spawn enemies that have made into thralls (or raised as zombies) in the past. They will attack each other, unless they are in the same faction. (Only bandits or spiders, for example).
  •  PS3   If fast travel is selected to any location and the back button is immediately pressed, the fast travel will not occur, the game will no longer be paused and the character menu will not be able to be opened. The pause menu can be opened, but saving the game will be the only option that functions, not loading an existing save. The "quit game" option is available however, allowing the a more time consuming reload of the game by saving and exiting the game. Reloading the game will fix this.
  •  PS3   Fast traveling to certain locations will cause the game to freeze upon loading. This glitch is possibly due to the game being unable to render the location fast traveled to correctly. It also may have to do with the auto-save function while the area has loaded. Disabling auto-save before fast traveling is a possible remedy.
    • Solution: Manually shut down the PS3 as any attempt to open the PS3 menu will result in the loading circles on every option and they will never load.
  •  PC   360   Fast traveling on horseback to the College of Winterhold will cause spawning several feet above the bridge.
  •  PC   Rarely, if the Dragonborn rides a dragon using the Bend Will shout after dismounting an owned horse and then fast travels to a place (e.g. High Hrothgar), the horse may spawn in mid-air next to the dragon-riding Dragonborn and quickly fall off instead of spawning on the ground.
    •  PC(Fix)   Quickly Fast traveling to another place before the horse falls off may solve the problem.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes, when attempting to fast travel, the game will say "You cannot fast travel while guards are pursuing you", even if guards are not pursuing the Dragonborn.

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