The Endwalker expansion of FFXIV gave us access to more numerous and distant in-game locations, and that means you may find yourself paying higher prices more frequently to get around the world.
The cost was previously capped at 999 gil at maximum teleport distance, but the developers upped this price, most likely to create a more effective gil sink that keeps up with the in-game economy’s inflation.
With Endwalker you’ll regularly see costs above 1,000 gil when moving between the new zones, and you could pay over 1,500 gil for some trips. To some of you this might sound rather alarming, but don’t panic! I’m going to tell you the most effective ways to get around without breaking the bank.
By far the absolute best way to keep your teleport costs down is to have a supply of Aetheryte Tickets. There are also tickets specific to your Grand Company and to Vesper Bay, but I’m talking about the general use ones simply named ‘Aetheryte Ticket’.
Using a ticket waives the entire fee of a teleport, so if you always have a stack of these on hand you’ll never pay another teleport fee in your life.
If you go into the teleport settings (the gear icon at the top right) you can set your Aetheryte Ticket Usage to be automatic at certain teleport cost thresholds. I recommend you set this up to avoid dealing with those annoying pop up windows confirming if you want to use a ticket every time.
Whether you want to always use the ticket or only use them for expensive trips is up to you. You can adjust it as low or as high as you like.
You can buy these aetheryte passes with allied seals from the Hunt Billmaster at your Grand Company, or with centurio seals from Ardolain at the Forgotten Knight in Ishgard, for 5 seals per ticket.
You have a few sources of allied seals and centurio seals, in a mix of daily and weekly activities. Personally I’m too lazy to do the daily ones, but even if you just do the weeklies you’ll still have a large supply of aetheryte tickets.
For Centurio Seals you’ve got weeklies from the Heavensward and Stormblood Elite Mark Bills. The Heavensward board is in Ishgard outside the Forgotten Knight and the Stormblood bills can be picked up either in Rhalgr’s Reach or in Kugane.
Track down your two marks and claim 100 centurio seals from each, then take them to Ishgard to buy up to 40 aetheryte tickets with them.
There are also some weekly tasks that provide you with allied seals: ARR Elite Mark Bills and the Blue Mage Masked Carnivale challenges. The elite mark will earn you 100 allied seals (20 aetheryte tickets), while completing your weekly Masked Carnivale challenges will earn you 550 allied seals (110 tickets).
As you can see, even if you don’t do any of the available dailies for seals, you can earn an incredible 170 aetheryte tickets from these four weekly tasks. Let’s say you set your aetheryte tickets to only activate on trips above 500 gil; that’s at least 85k gil per week that you’re saving.
And if you teleport less than 170 times a week then you can set them to always activate and enjoy free teleports forever.
There are also Grand Company tickets (e.g. ‘Maelstrom Aetheryte Ticket’) that you can buy from your Grand Company Quartermaster. They cost 2,000 company seals and teleport you directly to your Grand Company headquarters.
In my opinion those ones really aren’t worth it since you’re essentially trading 2,000 company seals for the cost of one teleport – not very efficient use of company seals. Those seals could make you more gil if they were instead converted into Ventures or items to sell on the marketboard.
Ok, so I suspect aetheryte tickets have got most of you covered, but there are some other options in case they don’t work for you. Maybe you’re saving all of your allied and centurio seals for cosmetics you want, or you can’t stand doing hunt bills or blue mage content. In that case, here are some additional tips for reducing your teleport costs.
Discounted Teleports as Stepping Stones
As you’ve no doubt noticed, teleports are more expensive the further away the destination is from where you currently are. This makes teleports within the same region (e.g. Western Thanalan to Southern Thanalan) much more affordable than going from one zone to a distant one (e.g. Gridania to Kugane).
You can use this to your advantage by teleporting to a discounted teleport in the same region as your destination and then pay the smaller fee to get specifically where you need to go.
Some teleports are discounted automatically, like player housing: FC Estates, Private Estates, and Apartments are all discounted teleports listed in the ‘Others’ tab of the teleport menu. Travelling to Kugane might be expensive, but going to your FC house in Shirogane is probably cheaper.
Players can also designate up to three Aetherytes as favored destinations, granting a teleport fee discount when traveling there. You can change these as you like, by interacting with the aetheryte and selecting ‘Register Favored Destination’.
Customize your favored destinations according to your activities. You might want a discount to the Gold Saucer if you’re always popping in for GATEs and such. Foundation is a good choice if you’re often visiting the Firmament, or perhaps you’d pick the Doman Enclave if you’re in Bozja zones a lot.
The ultimate discount of course comes from your home point, which you can set the same way as you set favored destinations. I like to set my home point as the endgame hub (currently Radz-at-Han) but the starting cities are also a popular choice, especially Limsa Lominsa.
You can return to your home point using the Return action (Travel > Return or type /return) which can be assigned to a keybind. This has a cooldown of 15 minutes. You’ll also return to your Home Point when incapacitated, so Blue Mages get an extra free ride with Self-Destruct on a 10 minute cooldown. Well almost free, it does damage your gear.
If you’ve registered a security token to your account you’re entitled to designate one aetheryte as a free destination as well. This works just like a favored destination except instead of simply being discounted, you don’t pay any gil at all.
Use NPC Shortcuts
Aside from teleports there are a handful of connection points in the game that allow travel between zones. After all, the story had to get you there somehow before you unlocked the Aetheryte.
Some of these can drastically reduce the cost, so if you know your routes this could save you a significant amount of gil. Here are a couple of especially convenient cost-saving routes that would normally cost a lot of gil by teleport.
Old Sharlayan -> Yedlihmad, Thavnair (Free)
Speak to Kytte at the Confluence northwest of the Aetheryte Plaza for a free one-way trip.
Limsa Lominsa <-> Kugane (300 gil)
Speak to the East Aldenard Trading Company Sailor outside the Arcanists’ Guild in Limsa or Uguisu the Ferry Skipper at the pier near Shiokaze Hostelry.
Limsa Lominsa <-> Old Sharlayan (300 gil)
Speak to the Sailor <Ferryman> outside the Arcanists’ Guild or to Aergwynt <Ferry Ticketer> on the pier southeast of the Scholar’s Harbor aethernet shard.
Ala Mhigan Quarter <-> Camp Broken Glass, Garlemald (Free)
Speak to the Ironworks Pilot northeast of The Ala Mhigan Quarter aetheryte or the Ilsabard Contingent Flyer south of Camp Broken Glass.
Airship Travel (Varies)
Most of the major cities have airship landings that make trips to the other cities (and the Gold Saucer), so if you’re travelling between Limsa Lominsa, Ul’dah, Gridania, Ishgard, or Radz-at-Han, that’s probably cheaper than a teleport.
Note that the Gold Saucer connects to the starting cities and Ishgard. Airship trips to the Gold Saucer are free, while trips out of the Gold Saucer have a small cost except for Ul’dah which is free.
Overall Limsa Lominsa is the city with the most connections while Kugane only has an airship to Radz-at-Han and a boat to Limsa Lominsa.
FC Buffs & Priority Aetheryte Passes
Your Free Company has the option of running the Reduced Rates FC buff, reducing teleportation fees by 20, 30, or 40% depending on the tier.
You can also earn Priority Aetheryte Passes from your weekly Grand Company squadron mission, which give a personal buff with the 40% discount for two hours (does not stack with the FC buff).
Use Party Teleports
If a party member in your zone teleports somewhere, you’ll be offered the same teleport for free. If you’re concerned about gil, take advantage of these free opportunities when you’re in a group of players for something like hunt trains or FATE farming.
Hopefully all these tips will help ease the burden on your in-game wallet. With a steady supply of aetheryte passes I don’t pay for teleports at all anymore, and can finally save up gil for the important stuff. Glamour.
Additionally to this, going to the login screen and selecting “Visit Another World Server.” will automatically (and freely) teleport you to your starting city. You can then walk up to the Aetheryte and teleport back to your Home World, and you’ll remain right in your starting city!
The Gold Saucer is free from any city, and Ul’dah is free from the Gold Saucer. Limsa Lominsa is the most connected city from a travel perspective.
True! I’ve added that info now, thanks!
I have Limsa Lominsa as “home,” Gridania as “free,” and set “favored” to zones where I’m questing or transit hubs. Use of the “free” teleport is unlimited and without cooldown. I don’t waste a “favored” on Ul’dah since I can port to Gridania free, take a free airship (since there’s no cutscene it’s effectively a teleport) to the Gold Saucer, and then turn right around and travel free to Ul’dah. If I need to get to Limsa Lominsa and “home” is on cooldown, I can use “free” to Gridania and take a cheap airship ride. Don’t forget chocobo porters, which can get you across borders and give you a minute to visit the privy as well. When you arrive you can get a cheaper teleport to your final destination.
I pretty much always play with my husband, and we can not only share teleport costs this way by being in a party as you say, but we’ve also got the eternal bonding ring to instantly teleport directly to the other person’s location for free. It’s got a bit of a cooldown, but it does mean we can set our home destinations to different places and then ring to each other since Return isn’t a shared teleport.
Not that I need to save gil that much, just leveling crafting and selling the results over the years has left me with far more gil than I have any reasonable use for.