Airlines Europe*

Before the likes of Ticket to Ride, Santa Fe Rails, and Union Pacific, there was Airlines - one of the earliest creations from renowned designer Alan R. Moon and publisher ABACUSSPIELE. Now, more than two decades later, Moon and ABACUSSPIELE bring you a reimagined experience with Airlines Europe, a game born from Moon's desire to expand upon the original while introducing exciting new choices.

Gameplay Overview

  • Stock Market Strategy: At its core, Airlines Europe is a stock market game. Players earn points based on the stock they hold in various airline companies when random scoring events occur.

  • Player Turns: On a player's turn, they can choose to expand an airline and claim stock, play stock onto the board and receive dividends, invest in the unique airline known as Air ABACUS, or collect funds from the bank. Each action affects your stock holdings and the overall state of the game.

  • Airline Valuation: An airline's value is determined by the licenses it owns for various routes. The challenge lies in deciding when and where to invest, balancing between expanding an airline and holding onto stock for potential dividends.

Special Features

  • European Setting: Experience the game on a map of Europe, adding a new dimension to your strategic decisions.

  • Air ABACUS: A special airline akin to Union Pacific introduces additional layers of strategy.

  • Share Track System: Manage your stock portfolio using the share track system, carefully choosing when to buy and sell.

  • Reduced Playtime: Enjoy the same thrilling gameplay in a more streamlined and time-efficient experience.


Airlines Europe takes you on an exhilarating journey through the aviation industry, combining elements of stock trading and strategy. With a European backdrop, a simplified ruleset, and the introduction of the Air ABACUS airline, this game is a must-play for both fans of the original Airlines and newcomers alike. Will you make the right moves and investments to soar above the competition and emerge as the top airline tycoon in Europe?

Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 75 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Airlines Europe so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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