Is there any difference between:

  1. Fast travel with no horse.

  2. Fast travel with a horse you are not currently on.

  3. Fast travel with a horse you are mounted on.

By difference, I mean in-game time that is consumed by the fast travel.


2 Answers 2


No, there is absolutely no difference, whether you're on foot, on a stolen horse, on a horse you own, or near a horse you own.

Tested by fast traveling between Riften stables and Markarth stables. the trip always took 26 hours and 5 minutes.


Yes, but only in one very specific instance: you're over-encumbered. Otherwise, all forms of fast travel occur at the same speed.



  • 4
    That doesn't make it faster, that just makes it possible.
    – bwarner
    Feb 15, 2012 at 21:20
  • Wow, and that is a great reason for horses!
    – Bill K
    Feb 16, 2012 at 1:50
  • 1
    Any form of fast travel is faster than no fast travel.
    – Ryre
    Feb 16, 2012 at 7:19
  • but...how do you get up onto the horse when you're over-encumbered?
    – Alex
    Feb 16, 2012 at 8:10
  • Good one! Upvoted.
    – kotekzot
    Feb 16, 2012 at 10:06

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